Meet the Doctor
Dr. Andrew Alpar O.D.
Position: Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist
Location: 5311 SW 9th Ave, Amarillo
Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist
Dr. Andrew Alpar immigrated from Hungary during the revolution to oust the Russians. His family moved to Amarillo in 1960. He attended St. Mary’s School, Austin Junior High, and was a member of the last graduating class of the old Amarillo High School on Polk St. He received his private pilot’s license that year. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tulane University in 1977. After graduation, he worked in the ophthalmology department of LSU Medical School and then moved to Oscher Clinics Department of Ophthalmology.
In 1981, he began his optometric education at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He graduated magna cum laude in 1986. During his time in Optometry school, he was a teaching assistant for Clinical Practice labs, did research in electrophysiology and pharmacology, and also worked at the Hermann Eye Center as an ophthalmic photographer. Upon graduation, he returned to his hometown of Amarillo to open St. Luke Eye Institute with his ophthalmologist father, Dr. John Alpar.
Dr. Andrew Alpar enjoys pediatric optometry, including infant eye exams. He specializes in fitting contact lenses for irregular corneal conditions, such as keratoconus. He is certified as a Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Dr. Alpar performs routine eye exams for children and adults, as well as treating a number of eye conditions such as “pink eye,” glaucoma, and dry eyes. He manages patients with diabetic eye disease, thyroid eye disease, and eye conditions associated with immune-system disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Alpar is active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and serves as an officer for the Knights of Columbus chapter there. He donates time annually to vision screen the children at St. Mary’s School. His hobbies include hiking, scuba diving, biking, photography, and spending time with his grandchildren.