Joel T. Muirhead, MD


Special Interests

  • All-Laser LASIK Vision Correction
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Lifestyle Lens Cataract Surgery
  • Routine Vision Care


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

Professional Activities

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

Joel Muirhead, M.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist who received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and 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. He served as the department of surgery chief at two Army hospitals prior to entering private practice with Heaton Eye Associates in Longview. He is a pioneer not only in Longview but in all of east Texas in the arena of new technology cataract surgery lens implants, having been the very first or among the fi rst in the area to use such lens options as the ReSTOR®, TECNIS® Multifocal, and astigmatism-correcting implants. He has performed thousands of cataract surgeries and has been performing laser vision correction since 1999. Dr. Muirhead continues to be an active member of the military through his service in the Air Force Reserve as a flight surgeon for the 301st Fighter Wing in Fort Worth.

Before joining Heaton Eye Associates in the fall of 2003, 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 care to laser vision correction protocols for all U.S. Army Aviation personnel. As a medical student, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and was subsequently named Intern of the Year at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center for class year 1993-94. He, his wife, and three daughters live in Longview and are proud to call east Texas home.