Dr. Alina Ishtiaq is a licensed therapeutic optometrist/optometric glaucoma specialist, who grew up in Houston, TX. Dr. Ishtiaq received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Houston. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Ishtiaq always had an interest in science and wanted to practice medicine growing up. She believes her dad’s compassion and devotion towards his career as an ER doctor has played a huge role in shaping my decision to become an optometrist. As she watched and shadowed him over the years, she noticed that he was always compassionate towards his patients and gained their trust and friendship very easily.
Over the years, he has inspired her to hope to serve her prospective patients in a way that builds that kind of connection. After graduation, she starts working at Kingwood medical center and exploring different options in the medical field, she starts shadowing optometrists and ended up loving the field of optometry. Where she still gets to practice medicine, help people, and enjoy work.
Dr. Ishtiaq completed her clinical training with honors at Woolfson Eye Institute, The Illinois Eye Institute, and the Tallahassee VA, where she diagnosed and managed glaucoma, and various other retinal pathologies as well as developed expertise in the selection, evaluation, and management of patients who desire refractive surgery with an emphasis on providing pre-and post-operative refractive surgical care.
Dr. Ishtiaq also got trained at a private practice in Austin- McCormick Vision Source, where she was able to fit specialty contact lenses and manage patients with anterior segment disease. Throughout her rotations, Dr. Ishtiaq received clinical experience with emphasis on primary eye care, ocular disease, contact lenses, dry eye treatment, and pediatrics. In her spare time, Dr. Ishtiaq loves spending time with her family especially her nieces and nephews, and exploring new places and restaurants, and traveling.