Meet Dr. R. Wayne Bowman
LASIK and Cataract Surgery Specialist in Dallas

Holder of the:
Irene Wadel and Robert I. Atha, Jr. Professorship in Ophthalmology, in Honor of R. Wayne Bowman, M.D.

Ophthalmologist R. Wayne Bowman, M.D., was one of the first surgeons in the nation to gain experience in LASIK when the procedure was initially being tested by the FDA, and he has stayed on top of the most leading-edge vision correction techniques ever since.

Dr. Bowman treats all cornea and external eye diseases, including performing cornea transplants and taking care of ocular infections, but he is best known for his work with LASIK and cataract surgery.

LASIK uses a laser to reshape the cornea so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. Dr. Bowman has translated his experience with LASIK to his work with cataracts because of the level of vision correction it achieves.

He is also skilled in the latest techniques for cataract surgery, including laser-assisted cataract surgery and implantation of a variety of intraocular lenses, such as the Toric lens and other multifocal lenses.

A caring and compassionate doctor who has been recognized by D magazine as a Best Doctor and Texas Monthly as a Super Doctor for many consecutive years, Dr. Bowman says it’s all about the patients for him, every day. 

“The patients are the focus of what we do. They are our world, our family,” he says. “It’s a privilege to interact with and take care of them.”

Dr. Bowman became well known in 2009 for taking care of one patient in particular, when he performed cataract surgery on a 47-year-old gorilla named Timbo at the Dallas Zoo. The surgery was a success, and Timbo lived out her last few years being able to clearly see her gorilla friends and visitors to the zoo.

While that was a unique experience, cataract surgery on humans is continually gratifying, Dr. Bowman says, especially as technology constantly improves, enabling patients to recover so quickly and have almost immediate vision improvement.

The newer technology gives him a different perspective on a surgery he has been performing for more than 30 years.

“It’s a field of innovation, continued advancement, and development that gives us a sense of excitement every day,” he says. “For patients, this means safer procedures and better results.”