Dr. Brett Mueller is a board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in and has performed thousands of cataract and refractive eye surgeries. With advanced fellowship training in refractive surgery through the world college of refractive surgery and visual sciences, he hones a comprehensive range of skill sets needed to diagnose, address, and treat the full spectrum of refractive surgery. He is a 6th generation Texan and is ecstatic to be back in Dallas/Fort Worth and being able to provide his patients better clear, crisp vision with leading surgical and refractive techniques and technology to improve eyesight.
Brett H. Mueller II, D.O., Ph.D. is a Board Certified, fellowship-trained refractive and cataract surgeon. He is a 6th generation Texan. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, he then received his medical degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Mueller’s scientific work and academic accomplishments enabled him to author over 45 publications and book chapters, present at national and international meetings, and be a recipient of several grants (including an NIH grant). He was then accepted to attend an ophthalmology residency at the University of Louisville, where he developed a reputation for being a leader amongst his colleagues, serving as chief resident, and a skilled surgeon. After finishing residency training, Dr. Mueller then completed a one year refractive, cataract, and anterior segment fellowship through the Refractive Fellowship Network and the World College of Refractive Surgery and Visual Sciences. He now specializes in state-of-the-art laser guided cataract surgery and advanced lens implants that reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. He also specializes in the full spectrum of refractive surgery which includes: modern LASIK, SMILE, EVO-ICLs, Refractive Lens Exchange, PRK, and Cross-Linking.
Cataracts, which occur as we age, can cause blurry, impaired vision. Dr. Mueller is skilled in removing cataracts to help restore clarity and even enhance vision.
Dr. Mueller is skilled in enhancing patients’ vision via EVO Visian implantable contact lenses (ICLs), which are placed into your eye without removing any tissue for outcomes similar to LASIK.
One of the most common vision-correcting refractive surgeries, LASIK improves eyesight by reshaping the cornea using an ultraprecise laser for long-term clarity.
Small incision lenticule extraction surgery, commonly known as SMILE, provides patients with similar vision results as LASIK. Dr. Mueller offers this procedure for patients who have thinner corneas, active lifestyles, or otherwise don’t qualify for LASIK surgery.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a popular vision correction alternative to LASIK for people with certain cornea or eye issues. Dr. Mueller is experienced with both LASIK and PRK, and these very similar procedures also have nearly identical outcomes.
Refractive Lens Exchange, or RLE, is a quick outpatient procedure where Dr. Mueller replaces the eye’s natural lens with a vision-enhancing artificial lens. RLE’s outcomes are the same Vision Packages as those we have for premium cataract surgery, and this procedure prevents cataracts as well.
Dr. Mueller also is an innovator and researcher having received his PhD studying new treatment modalities in the field of Ophthalmology. He is quickly making a name for himself and has over 45 scientific articles, papers, and abstracts published at both national and international meetings. At NuVision, he has served as both a principal investigator and sub-investigator on numerous industry-sponsored and FDA clinical trials. Dr. Mueller’s passion has always been to improve the field of ophthalmology and refractive surgery, and he looks forward to continuing to advance his field for his patients for many years to come.
I remember distinctly the exact time when I knew that I wanted to be an ophthalmologist. It was June 2007, and I had just completed a ten-day medical mission trip to Guatemala, where we served over 2000 patients. These patients came to our clinic seeking something very foreign to them: medical care. I recall one elderly man, blinded by cataracts, who took the arduous journey of over eight hours from the Guatemalan hills, with his grandson holding his hand, guiding each step. Upon entering the patient room with the general surgeon, we had to apologize to this elderly man and his grandson, because there was no ophthalmologist at the facility, so we could not remove his cataracts. As the look of joyous hope turned to despairing sadness, the grandfather communicated through tear-filled eyes that all he wanted to do was to see the sunrise one last time, behold the beauty of nature, and look into the eyes of his grandson. As they left, I felt an overwhelming sense of compassion, as I would have given anything to have been able to help him that day.
This story resonates with me, because I see this elderly man in every single one of the patients that I treat on a daily basis. Whether it be people who come in that are not able to experience life to their fullest because of their cataracts, or blinded because of their near-sightedness or astigmatism. I love being able to offer solutions to YOU for these conditions, and see that look of joy come across your face when you discover that there is a cure, that you can live life with clear, crisp vision.
These moments are even more special to me when I get to provide them for my family. My mother just recently had laser cataract surgery, and can now see 20/15 at distance, and read her book without the need of reading glasses. She describes her vision as like how it was when she was 20 years old. My sister, who was blinded by her nearsightedness since she was 3 just recently had the EVO-Visian ICL procedure performed on her, and she can now see 20/10 without the aid of glasses or contacts and describes everything in her world being in HD. These stories happen all the time with my patients, and I feel very blessed and fortunate to be able to share these moments with you.
As a refractive cataract surgeon, I daily witness patients and family members frustrated by loss of eyesight due to cataracts, or the debilitation from needing to be dependent upon prosthetic eyewear. Such experiences always bring me back to my experiences in Guatemala, but now, instead of telling this grandfather and grandson that there is nothing we can do, I can now say, “There is something that I can do … I can help you.”
Where are you from originally, and what other places have you lived?
I am a 6th generation Texan, born and raised in San Antonio Texas. But spent 7 years going to medical school and getting my PhD in Dallas/Fort Worth and fell in love with DFW. I am happy to be back and cant wait to help the people in DFW with their vision
Please tell us more about where you live now and/or the people and pets you live with.
I am married to my wife Deanna Mueller, and I have three kids: Brett Mueller III, Daniel Mueller, and Autumn Mueller
Please list the hobbies, interests, or unique talents you would like us to share publicly.
I am an avid cyclist, and raced on the Texas A&M cycling team. I also love running and being outdoors.
Is there any community/volunteer/service work that you participate in?
I do medical mission work where I travel to 3rd world countries performing cataract surgery on people that do not have access to medical or surgical care. I work with the Rotary club where we go to rural towns in Mexico performing cataract surgery on patients where they do not have access to medical or surgical care. Also I have involved with the Himalayan Cataract Project that has the goal of curing needless blindness with high-quality, cost effective eye care in underserved areas of the world. It gives me great satisfaction utilizing my surgical training to help those that are less fortunate. Also starting a foundation with STAAR surgical where we are going to provide refractive surgery for individuals with special needs and those that are economically disadvantaged in the US. In addition, AVI is also partnering with the Community Eye Clinic in Fort Worth and Cornerstone Fort Worth to provide cataract surgery for patients who do not have medical insurance and that are below 250% the federal poverty level.
Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak English and Spanish
What differentiates you from your competitors?
I have advanced specialized fellowship training that encompasses the full spectrum of refraction surgery. I am an expert in all 8 of the different refractive procedures that are performed world wide.
Is there a certain type of patient, or a subset of patients, that you particularly like working with?
Patients seeking a cure from their glasses and contacts. Also helping patients by performing modern cataract surgery and helping them achieve glasses independence after cataract surgery
Why do you think Alliance Vision Institute is special/unique?
AVI is going to be on the forefront and cutting edge in terms of refractive surgery and cataract surgery. We are world renowned experts in this space and we look forward to helping people be able to see clearly and crisply without the need of glasses and contacts.
What are you most excited about to be working at Alliance Vision Institute?
It is a world class team that has come together to provide the very best care in terms of refractive surgery and cataract surgery in the world.
Do you believe there are technologies or services at Alliance Vision Institute that patients can’t find elsewhere?
We have the best in terms of surgeons and the different technologies that are available in ophthalmology
Why would a patient choose Alliance Vision Institute (over another provider) for their vision needs?
We have world class fellowship trained surgeons and the best in terms of the different technologies that are available.
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