Dr. Michael Everson is the latest optometrist to join the Memorial Eye Center at Sugar Land family.
Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Dr. Everson grew up wanting to be a surgeon like his dad. Dr. Everson says, “I have some stomach issues, and stress is not my thing…so I realized I had to lean away from the medical field. When I was in high school, I started going with my dad to clay shooting tournaments after a baseball injury.”
Dr. Everson went on to become one of the best competitive clay shooters in the nation. As a seven-time All American and three-time Team USA member for the National Sporting Clays Association, he traveled the world shooting.
“Shooting is eye dependent,” continues Dr. Everson. “And I wanted a career that followed in those footsteps; I wanted to do something with the eyes for my entire life.” After receiving his optometry degree in 2019 from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dr. Everson did an externship at the Eye Centers of South Florida where he focused on retinal pathology, glaucoma and post operative care. Then he landed an internship right here in Sugar Land with Dr. Tom Arnold at Memorial Eye Center at Sugar Land. Dr. Everson says, “Dr. Arnold is a well-known contact lens specialist. I’m a long-time wearer of contact lenses myself, and I took the internship to see if I liked contacts enough to do a residency. Those three months with Dr. Arnold solidified my decision.” Contact lens residency programs accept only one person per year. Dr. Everson was offered the spot at his top choice: University of Alabama–Birmingham. There he completed a residency with a specialty in contact lenses, soft lenses, and sports vision.
Residency completed, Dr. Everson had several job offers that ultimately fell through as the pandemic swept the nation. He left Birmingham and was driving home to Rockford when he got the call: Dr. Arnold had an opening. “I was humbled and proud when Dr. Arnold asked me to join him,” says Dr. Everson. “I never expected him to have an opening. This is a well-run office. Most of the staff and technicians have been here more than 20 years. The patient has a good experience from the moment they walk in the door until the moment they leave, and Dr. Arnold is a really great guy!”
At Memorial Eye Center at Sugar Land, Dr. Everson specializes in fitting rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, scleral lenses, and traditional lenses. He performs general eye exams for individuals ages seven and older, and also treats retinal health issues, glaucoma, dry eye, and other eye conditions. Eye exams with Dr. Everson can be scheduled online at www.memorialeyecenter.com.