Joel T. Muirhead, M.D.

Joel T. Muirhead, M.D.


  • All-Laser LASIK Vision Correction
  • Cataract Surgery with Lifestyle Lenses
  • Oculoplastic/Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment

Joel T. Muirhead, M.D. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He was named Intern of the Year at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center before continuing his surgical training in San Antonio at the prestigious and highly selective combined Army and Air Force ophthalmology residency program at Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall.

Before joining Heaton Eye Associates, Dr. Muirhead served as the Aeromedical Ophthalmology Consultant to the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center Commander at Fort Rucker, Alabama. His efforts in that role helped formulate policy on topics ranging from glaucoma vision care to vision correction protocols for all U.S. Army Aviation personnel. Dr. Muirhead served as the department of surgery chief at two Army hospitals prior to entering private practice with Heaton Eye Associates in Longview in 2003.

Dr. Muirhead specializes in refractive cataract surgery. He is a pioneer in utilizing advanced lifestyle lens implants for cataract surgery, having been one of the first in the area to use lenses such as ReSTOR®, TECNIS® Multifocal, Crystalens and astigmatism correcting implants. He has performed many thousands of cataract surgeries, and has also incorporated microincisional glaucoma surgery for his cataract patients who also have glaucoma. Dr. Muirhead also specializes in All-Laser LASIK, and has been performing laser vision correction procedures since 1999.

He continues to be an active member of the military through his service in the Air Force Reserve as a flight surgeon for the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Airforce Base. He, his wife and three daughters are proud to call Longview home.

Professional Credentials

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Texas Ophthalmological Association
  • Society of Military Ophthalmology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Gregg-Upshur County Medical Society


  • Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS – B.S.
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS – M.D.
  • Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO – Internship
  • Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX – Residency
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