Dr. Andres Parra

Ophthalmologist Houston

Dr. Andres Parra is passionate about helping his patients achieve the vision goals that best suit their lifestyle. Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Texas, Dr. Parra found his calling in medicine at a young age while serving as an interpreter for his mother at doctors’ appointments, where he recognized the incredible impact an empathic doctor can make in a patient’s life.  He brings this perspective to his practice with a focus on refractive cataract surgery, catering to each patient’s individualized needs, as well as laser correction surgery in our state-of-the-art laser suite equipped with the WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser and the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser.

Dr. Parra graduated Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Psychology with Honors as a full-tuition Annika Rodriguez Scholar.  He completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as president of the Ophthalmology Interest Group and coordinated multiple vision fairs for underserved populations throughout Houston. He went on to complete his Ophthalmology residency at the world-renowned UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, where he was nominated for the ASCRS Resident Excellence Award for his impressive leadership, educational achievement, commitment to research, and a contagious passion for patient care.

As a surgeon, patients can expect Dr. Parra to be a great listener with extremely high standards, meticulous attention to detail, and exceptional responsiveness throughout the pre-, peri-, and post-operative process. On a personal level, Dr. Parra is very easy going, approachable, and a conversationalist with an interest in people’s unique journey through life. He is proud to call himself both Colombian and Texan, and his hobbies and interests include traveling, fitness, salsa dancing with his wife, and hiking with their dogs.

Dr. Parra is fluent in English and Spanish.


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery Alliance Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Harris County Medical Society

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