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In Memory

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you, Dr. Dennis Neely passed away Wednesday February 17th, 2016. Dr. Neely was a friend, helper and advocate for optometry and patients. At one time or another he served as president of Prevent Blindness, the West Texas Optometric Society and the Texas Optometric Association. He worked for many years to secure changes in laws to improve the delivery of eye health care to the citizens of Texas.


Dr. Dennis K. Neely

Dr. Neely was a native West Texan, raised in Odessa. His undergraduate and graduate studies were done at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin; he received his doctorate in optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1984 and held advanced credentials in Ocular Therapeutics and Glaucoma treatment by the Texas Board of Optometric Examiners. Dr. Neely also held a certification in Minor Surgical Procedures for the Optometric Physician from Northeastern State University College of Optometry.

Dr. Neely devoted his time to community education and vision awareness. He also donated services to: Prevent Blindness, Vision USA, and the Lions Club. Dr. Neely was very active in the Texas Optometric Association and a past president of that organization. He had worked with the TOA for many years to secure changes in state laws that have improved the delivery of eye health care to the citizens of Texas. When not practicing Optometry, Dr. Neely enjoyed automobile restoration.


The pandemic of coronavirus (COVID 19) continues to spread endangering many of us who call Midland/Odessa home. While the number of cases in Texas is growing rapidly, so far there are few cases in our area. At Vision Health Specialties it is our goal to keep it that way.

Because eye care by necessity requires close contact between workers and patients, the Center for Disease Control along with other eye care specialty organizations recommend that during this critical period eye doctors suspend routine vision examinations. In complying with this, Vision Health Specialties will terminate routine eye care beginning Monday, March 23‎rd until Wednesday, April 1st. We will be open from 9:00 till 4:00 PM during this period of time with a small staff to handle urgencies such as red eyes, corneal ulcers, uveitis, abrasions, sudden increases in floaters, or flashes, and foreign bodies in the eye. Please call our office before coming in. Furthermore, those who have traveled to China, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Iran, or the state of Washington, California, New York, Louisiana and/or other affected areas, as well as those who have respiratory disease, and/or fever, will be referred to the emergency department of Midland Memorial Hospital where they are equipped to handle those at risk of coronavirus.