Dr. Faisal Haq, M.D. specializes in cataract, vision correction surgery, corneal disease and
glaucoma management at the
Key-Whitman Eye Center. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston
University. Dr. Haq served an internship at the Health Alliance Hospitals
in Cincinnati and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University
of Illinois at Chicago where he was selected chief resident by the faculty
and served as assistant professor of ophthalmology for two years. He completed
a Fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the prestigious New York
Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York.
Dr. Haq is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is
a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society
of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association and
a board member of the Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology. He diligently stays
current with the newest medications and techniques in order to provide
his patients with the best possible care. Dr. Haq’s research studies
have been published on numerous occasions and he has been a speaker at
national ophthalmic conferences and symposiums.
In an effort to get to know more about Dr. Haq, we sat down with him to
discuss a number of topics, including what inspired him to become a laser
Who/what inspired you to become an ophthalmologist and laser eye surgeon?
I wanted to choose a specialty where I could make a difference in people’s
lives, and where I could use the most advanced techniques possible to
provide innovative patient care. A formative experience at a charity eye
hospital during my medical school years exposed me to the possibilities
of a career as an eye surgeon. I never looked back.
Why did you choose to specialize in cornea disease?
I have a special interest in laser eye surgery. This type of surgery reshapes
a patient’s cornea to compensate for their refractive error. One
motivation to do a corneal fellowship was to obtain a mastery of all of
the nuances of refractive surgery. In addition, being a cornea specialist
exposes me to a wide variety of pathology, which I have an opportunity
to help take care of.
What is most rewarding about your work?
Without sight, a patient’s quality of life is reduced in ways that
can cause pain, suffering and isolation. I can help others to see, or
to see better. What could be more rewarding?
I also enjoy the variety of patients I see in a single day. As I am out
and about in the Plano and Dallas communities with my family, I will often
bump into a current or former patient. It’s given me a new lens
on those living in my own city.
Are there any new technologies not currently available to patients that
you look forward to? Or, any new technologies many patients don't
We have made tremendous strides in providing our patient’s with glasses-free
vision. The intraocular lens technology that we currently have available
has completely changed our approach to our patients—we now expect
our patients to not only see better, but to see better without glasses.
This technology is continually improving and with time we will be able
to provide glasses-free vision at all distances for most of our patients.
Is there a time you can recall when you thought to yourself: "this
is why I do what I do"?
It’s so hard to name just one, but I will say that when I find myself
dealing with an elderly patient, someone who could be the same age as
my parents, it’s incredibly gratifying to help them feel more at
ease and less in pain. I get a lot of hugs from grateful patients and
knowing that I have helped improved someone’s life is extremely
What is one dream/goal you have for the future of your career?
That I can continue to do the innovative and challenging surgical work
that is ground-breaking even at the national level, but enjoy the beautiful
suburban community of Plano that I live and practice medicine in.
What are some hobbies you enjoy outside of work?
I am an avid golfer. I also enjoy tennis, swimming, and traveling with
my wife and children.
If there was one thing people may not know about you?
During my seven year medical program at Boston University, I chose to major
in English Literature in my undergraduate component of my degree. I don’t
think I admitted that to anyone when I was chosen to be chief resident
in my residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago!
If we were to interview your patients, what is one thing you would hope
your patients would say about their experience with you and Key-Whitman?
I would hope they would say, I’ll see you again! That says it all.
Jokes aside, I would hope they felt they were well taken care of, and
that I helped them feel more comfortable about making decisions about
their eye care.
Are there any common misconceptions many patients have that you would like
to clear up about laser eye surgery?
I would like patients to know that common eye tools like contact lenses,
can be much more dangerous than laser surgery! I worry about the abuse
I see with contact lenses, and the number of serious complications. I’d
advise patients that before developing an opinion, take the time to visit
us, and get educated. If laser surgery is right for you, it can be life-changing,
and give you freedom from glasses and contact lenses. But choose where
you go wisely, because while price-comparison can seem attractive, eye
surgery is something you should only undertake with full knowledge of
the risks and rewards, and look for a practice with a focus not just on
volume, but on proper patient care.
If you have questions about laser eye surgery, contact Key-Whitman for a