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For more than 20 years, the North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) has advanced the frontiers of visual sciences through basic and clinical research. Our scientists have received national and international recognitions for their contributions to the field. Our clinicians continue to provide unmatched care to those who suffer from diseases of the eye.

Our mission

NTERI advances research, education, and clinical care by understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and finding cures for disorders of the eye. NTERI is committed to lead the scientific community as a world-renowned authority that seeks to eliminate racial and ethnic healthcare disparities, and develop effective interventions to eradicate eye diseases and disorders. 

Meet the Executive Director

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Dimitrios Karamichos, BEng, MSc, PhD

NTERI Executive Director Dimitrios Karamichos, BEng, MSc, PhD, is a renowned scientist, teacher, mentor, and innovator. His research focuses on interdisciplinary and collaborative corneal research that can give rise to deep understanding of disease(s), and the development of novel therapies. Dr. Karamichos is leading NTERI to scientific excellence and clinical primacy.

Meet the team

NTERI currently has 9 principal investigators supported by numerous sponsors, and agencies, including the National Eye Institute, Department of Defense, BrightFocus Foundation, Glaucoma Research Foundation, as well as research Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies.


Our outstanding scientists, together with their PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff are making a difference in people’s lives with their groundbreaking discoveries. Committed to the highest standards, our team is investigating, testing, and developing novel therapeutics that are destined for pre-clinical/clinical trials, and ultimately patient care and treatment. Our faculty share their discoveries at the most prestigious publishers in ophthalmology.


NTERI is committed to training the next generation of scientists and clinicians. With focused, as well as interdisciplinary programs, including a PhD in Visual Sciences we strive for excellence and preeminence. With outstanding work ethics, and engaging programs, NTERI continues to grow and innovate.

Community engagement

NTERI is engaging with the community by conducting presentations, offering printed information about prevention of blindness and managing vision issues, participates in community events, and educates the public about the importance of vision and vision care. In addition, the Eyeglasses donation program is an initiative where, together with HSC Health and the Lions Club, we provide free glasses to those who cannot afford it both locally and internationally. These services bring together HSC faculty, staff, students, and trainees for the benefit of our community and raise awareness for vision-related care and diseases.