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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Mark Chavana is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds an associate of Arts in Biology from Del Mar College, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. He also performed research and received further medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His externship training at Houston Eye Associates provided a primary care education with emphasis on cataract and glaucoma treatments. As a therapeutically licensed optometrist, he is experienced in diagnosing and managing ocular disease. He specializes in difficult to fit contact lenses, dry eyes, glaucoma, LASIK/RK/PRK, and cataracts.
Verified Patient Reviews
Very good visit. Dr. Chavana was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. He even helped me pick out a pair of glasses! Highly recommend.
Great office and staff. We did not have to wait at all and the Dr. was attentive and personable. Very good experience.
Best optometrist appt I have been to yet! Staff was wonderful. Doctor was patient and thorough. Thank you!
We booked our appointment online and filled out all of the paperwork in advance, so when we got there, we were able to head back into the exam room. Dr Chavana and his assistant were both knowledgeable and helpful.
Mark Chavana, OD was excellent. Professional, quick, and took the time to answer my questions. I would probably not go back because of the office staff. The appointment was for 3:30 - the office called to ask me to come in at 3 instead, which I agreed to. I showed up just before 3 and got check in. I then waited until 3:40 to be seen. I understand that doctors offices get behind and sometimes the wait is long but I was specifically asked to come in half hour earlier and wasn't even seen until after the original appointment time. No one came to apologize or let me know what was going on and when I mentioned it they dismissed me. No apology or acknowledgment of the inconvenience they caused after I tried to accommodate them by coming in early.
Had a great visit. A little bit of a wait due to the amount customers, but good service.
Spent over two hours in the office. There was a lack of communication between the staff and no one seemed to know what was going on. The staff and doctor were not very personable and were not very apologetic for the long wait time.
Great staff as well
Great doctor, he listens to you and explains issues or diagnosis very thoroughly.
I walked in 45 minutes early to the appt because in the past I’ve gotten in a little earlier than my scheduled time. I was not greeted, just told “have a seat in our lobby, we will be with you in a sec” by a small technician with an attitude. I’ve never had a rude reception here before so that was disappointing. I ended up waiting...and waiting...I was not seen until an hour and a half AFTER my scheduled time. Once the actual exam was done it took another twenty minutes before my bill was ready? I’m pretty sure the same girl who forgot me the first time forgot about me again leaving me in the exam room. They were not busy and there were plenty of them there. I will say this was my only bad experience in this office, normally I have a pleasant experience which is why I keep going back. I really like Dr. Chavana and most of his technicians are nice and helpful...except for this one today. They also gave me a discount to try and make up for it, which was appreciated.
As always, a pleasant visit to a nice office with competent and friendly staff.
Great experience! Doctor was very helpful.
Had a great experience! Very knowledgeable and explains everything with high detail.
Dr. Chavana was courteous and professional -- visit for contacts and prescription eye glasses.
Very professional and comprehensive service. Will make Mark my regular optometrist! Thanks.
Very professional and kind people Thanks a lot
Very appreciative that they accommodated me running late in traffic! Staff was awesome, Dr. Chavana was very knowledgeable and professional. Would definitely recommend the office to anyone!
It was good, but my insurance info had not been verified yet. That took a while.
Pleasant and professional
In my 25 years of seeing eye doctors, this was the best experience I've ever had. Dr. Chavana and his staff were knowledgeable, kind, and did not push glasses/lenses/surgery -- but rather laid out all of my options. I highly recommend Dr. Chavana. - Beth C., Austin, TX
The doctor was very professional and answered all my questions. Very personable too. Will be coming back here for my future eye care visits.
Very pleasant experience.
Visited Dr. Chavana after experiencing an emergency. Dr. Chavana and his staff were friendly, professional and everything was done quickly. I look forward to returning in order to complete my routine eye exam in the future.
The doctor was a little snippy. Additionally, the wrong prescription was ordered for my left eye contacts, and when I came to get it corrected, the tech argued that it was correct and tried to send me home with an incorrect trial lens to "let it settle." I told him multiple times that the first trial was fine, but that the official box of lenses was wrong and that I simply could not see, that my left eye was struggling to adjust properly. He insisted that they were right and I was wrong. As I started to leave - with the still wrong lenses and a wrong trial lens - he finally called me back to the front desk and said that he could see the problem - about a 100° difference in the tilt in the lens. I have the right lenses now, but I was definitely annoyed that he didn't take the time to review it closely before insisting that they were correct.
Very professional. Very efficient.
In and out in a short amount of time - great experience as always!
Very friendly and fast. I wear contacts and this is the first time I was able to walk out with a trial pair. Location and hours are great
Everyone was very friendly and professional. I had a great experience.
Dr. Chavana is great and very nice. The staff in his office are also very friendly and helpful. Very welcoming.
Very in depth and answered all my questions
Very professional and always attentive to your concerns. His staff is courteous and very professional too which shows he cares greatly about customer satisfaction.
I got good help picking out glasses and I didn't have to have my eyes dilated.
It never fails that I end up spending way more than I am comfortable with. It has gotten worse over the years. This last visit was like shopping for a used car. I felt the office workers were pushy and borderline rude. Thus, they have lost my business.
Dr. Chavana and his staff were very helpful and friendly. Mimi, one of the employees that helped me, was very thorough with the retina examinations as well as explained the whole process to me. Dr. Chavana was kind and personable in conversation and even inspected something on my eye that I thought might be a concern but it turns out that I'll be okay! I would definitely come back again for any future purchases.
Very nice doctor and I loved the staff!
Very friendly and nice. Loved the environment
So thankful to find an office open on a Saturday. Extremely professional.
Very pleasant office staff. They made everything so easy. No waiting, will recommend to everyone I know. Thanks
This place was awesome. They had me in and out in 30 minutes, and answered all the questions I had, even about Lasik!
He wasn't super personable, but he was professional and thorough. Dr. Chavana's staff was great as well. One associate spent quite some time with me helping me decide on a pair of glasses and never made me feel rushed or as though I was inconveniencing him.
I am completing this for an eye exam visit but before I have my new glasses to evaluate. The office was friendly. I made a same day appointment and was immediately brought back when I arrived a few minutes ahead of schedule. They do a photo of the retina that saves doing a dilated exam. I don't know what the validity of it is as a substitute, but is better than nothing which is what I would have had since I could not have done a dilation that day. I would have preferred they did not assume that I would want the added expense. That part felt a bit like a sell rather than a care decision since it nearly tripled my out of pocket cost for the visit. My refraction is difficult as I have had corneal surgery, so I will revise this review when I get my new glasses and see how Dr. Chavana did on the actual prescription, which is the crux of the visit.
The staff was professional.
100% enjoyable experience! Absolutely everyone in the office was inviting, helpful and super friendly. Nothing negative can be said about this fabulous group of professionals.
Mark Chavaba, OD was extremely friendly and knowledgable. His staff explained everything thouroghly and the office was very clean.
The staff and lovely offices really make this place shine. One of the most comfortable visits to a medical office I have ever had. I didn't feel rushed or ignored in the slightest. Couldn't recommend more highly or commend the staff--especially the manager, Mike--on their excellent customer service more.
Dr. Chavana was very friendly and professional. He is the first eye doctor I've been to that took the time to explain to me how every step worked and benefited my best interest. He was concise, quick, thorough, and informative. I had only arrived in Texas an hour before my appointment, and they took me in without hassle. I would 100% recommend this office and Dr. Chavana.
It went well. I was asked to come in early and then had to wait for the Dr. and the Dr seemed a little rushed like he had something else to get done. The rest of the staff was very friendly and helpful.
It was an awesome experience!
This staff was unbelievable. Friendly, personable, had personality and the doctor was awesome. He explained everything as we went along and no details were left out. This was a excellent experience all the way through my appointment from when I walked in, until I walked out. I highly recommend this to be your first choice.
Amazing! So nice and helpful! Definitely recommend
Was very personable and helpful in explaining the LASIK procedure to me
I saw Dr.Chavana on riday, May 7. Dr. Chavana explained very thoroughly explained every aspect of my vision condition in a clear and easy to understand way that professionals I'd seen in San Francisco could not. I'd had a couple of bad experiences with HMO's in Baltimore and San Francisco. Dr. Chavana went the distance to put my fears about HMO's and the quality of their health professionals completely to rest. I would highly recommend Dr Chavana to anyone seeking quality eye care. Tom P
Was well cared for during my first eye examination by Dr. Chavana. I especially appreciated the friendliness of everyone here.
Dr. Chavana and staff were super sweet and attentive, highly recommend this office for all your eye care needs.
Dr. Chevana and the Staff at Today's Vision Gateway were prompt, professional, and very informative. I was given specific, detailed information regarding each of my options for vision correction (severe astigmatism and myopia), and a cost breakdown of each, along with some issues that were affecting my eyeball itself. Dr. Chevana also gave me information about LASIK upon finding out I was interested, and let me know what I'd need to do with my eyes health-wise to be considered a candidate for it. From intake, to exam, to choosing between contacts and glasses, to the selection of my final purchase, I never felt overwhelmed or pressured. There is a slight up-sell on products, but I expect that anywhere, and they listened to my needs and wants and didn't try to force me into unnecessary options.
Everyone was super nice and helpful. My exam was very quick and painless and they cut my lenses right then and there, all in under two hours. It was hands down the best experience I've had getting eyeglasses. I will definitely go back anytime I need another pair of glasses.
Dr. Chavana and his staff are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable! Highly recommended
Dr Chavana was very nice and professional. He took the time to explain everything, which I was thankful for! Mike is awesome! Super nice and very very helpful! Would definitely recommend it!
It was the best eye appointment I ever had!
It's a very sterile environment; I don't get a very friendly feeling from Dr. Chavana in general. Sometimes his staff are super friendly, but it's a very get in, get out kind of business. The waits tend to be super long, despite me getting there and pre-checking in on time. I will probably try to find someone who at least cares a little more.
Everyone in the office at Today's Vision was very helpful, very supportive and the entire experience was very positive!
I enjoyed my clinical visit because he was friendly, professional, and informative. He took the time, after my exam, to explain what he saw. I felt very informed and confident that eye health was fully addressed.
My partner and I were the last patients of the day and she had never been to an eye doctor. Dr. Chavana was very understanding and took the time to explain every little thing to her. Everyone here has always been really kind, the visit was very thorough but fast, and we will definitely be returning for our future checkups.
Fast, professional, and polite. His team worked to get me processed and prepared quickly. I was in and out of his office in under an hour with.
Dr. Chavana was knowledgable and informative!
The doctor was professional and kind. Most of my interaction was with the tech. He seemed a little frazzled, but the office was busy that day. I waited 30-45" after my appt to be seen, but they were all very nice about it. The front desk staff is also great. The lady working in the glasses section of the office helped me pick the perfect pair. I would recommend Dr. Chavana.
-Very fast in and out, I have never worn glasses before and was new to the purchasing part of the visit. I did not realize how expensive glasses can be. The pair was way out of my budget at this time. I decided to wait to purchase. -What I really did not like about the process was not getting the prescription for the glasses I need. I did ask twice and was told that the script can be faxed to any place I needed. I will call tomorrow and ask for the script as to shop and compare.
Great experience! I haven't been to a dentist in years and had a lot of anxiety, but he did a great job explaining everything he was going to do and didn't make me feel guilty for not brushing or flossing.
Great! Honest and took his time to explain what was going on.
The actual encounter with the doctor was short, it appears the assistant's work in the front end helps. But the doc was quite friendly during the 10+ minutes. There is a new technology that takes a picture of the retina instead of doing the dilation using drops, but the insurance did not cover it, so I stayed away from it. But I believe this will soon become the norm, so doctors don't have to wait while the drop's taking effect.
I loved Joel the assistant, super nice guy! Even thought I was 8 minutes late they saw me and the doctor did not seem rushed. The office is super clean and modern looking. Great experience!
He was okay. Got me in and out quickly. The prescription he gave me was quite different than the last one I received - which raised some concern. But haven't had any issues.
It was eventful but out of my distance area
Very clean office, professional staff, No Wait! They discussed a range of options within my budget. Will definitely be back.
Everyone was very friendly here and I came based on location, not knowing what I was gonna get. Dr. chavana's assistant, Stephanie was thorough and I trusted her every word. Dr. Chavana was also nice and the exam was a breeze. No more puffs of air! That was a nice surprise. The office was also nice and clean. My appointment went past closing time and they didn't seem rushed to get me out of there. I definitely spent more money than I've ever spent on glasses but I trusted Stephanie's counsel on what was best for my terrible vision. I think the exam prices were pretty standard. And they match contact lense prices if you normally buy them online cheaper. That's nice. Good experience.
My experience was very pleasant. I felt good about my decision to see Dr. Chavana!
They were so helpful and quick! It was my first time visiting them, but they answered all my questions and were quick to help me. I would definitely recommend them.
Everyone there was really friendly and helpful! I had a limited understanding of my insurance as it was new, but they were able to help explain things and really went the extra mile to figure out the best option for me. I came in late and they were very understanding.
The office atmosphere was friendly and comfortable. The technicians were very attentive and organized, and Dr. Chavana was helpful and informative. There is a lot of good team work going on here. My overall experience - from scheduling my appointment to getting directions to finalizing my lens purchase - was excellent!
The assistants were very friendly and I was sitting in the waiting room for about 30 seconds. Dr. Chavana was also friendly and informative.
Dr. Chavana was friendly and professional. He listened to my concerns and responded with a clear explanation.
Everyone at the office was professional and personable. Mirta and Dr. Chavana were extremely helpful and made me feel comfortable and welcomed. I'm hard pressed to remember any other appointment at which I laughed so much.
Stephanie was very knowledgeable in answering all of my questions and was very helpful while I was trying on contact lenses. Dr. Chavana was friendly, I didn't have to wait at all, and my appointment was very quick!
Everyone was so helpful and friendly! I can't wait for my follow-up appointment.
The office was nice and clean, I had the first appointment of the day, so there was zero wait. The assistants were super curteous and friendly. Dr. Chavana was okay, he was professional and mild-mannered but not super friendly.
Very friendly and informative.
he was very nice, but prescribed me eye drops that i was allergic to. very painful results.
Great experience. Will use again.
My actual appointment took a little longer than I wanted (45 minutes vs 30 minutes), but besides that it was an ideal eye appointment.
I had never been to an eye doctor before, but he put me at ease and got me the right prescription that solved my vision problems entirely. And quickly, too – in fact, my glasses came in less than 48 hours somehow.
I came in much earlier than my appointment time and was seen right away! Everyone there is so friendly and efficient. Highly recommended!
AMAZING! I went in on a Saturday (expecting I would have to wait for a while) but it was less than 15 minutes--I was shocked my wait was so little for such a busy office. I had some complications with my eyes and trying on contact but the office stayed opened until 4:45pm. They were SOOOO nice to even consider that but Dr. Chavana, Rachel and Merta (I think that's how it's spelt) were soooo attentive. I'm going back to now get glasses because they have really nice basic glasses or very affordable designer brands.
Dr. Chavana is knowledgeable and a good listener. He explained everything during my exam and helped me weigh the pros and cons of different approaches to my mix of near- and far-sightedness. I'm bringing both of my children in to see him next week.
Excellent staff that was eager to make the visit a pleasant experience.
I was very happy with my appointment. I walked in and didn't have to wait at all. Dr. Chavana started my exam right away. He was very friendly and personable and I would recommend him to anyone!
The service was fast and fine and I loved the assistant, but it was really very expensive, I would recommend going to the optometrist in Walmart. Here I was charged a substantial amount for fitting my contacts, which is not really required. I've had contacts before and they just gave them to me.
Everyone was super friendly and explained everything clearly. I was in and out in under an hour.
I showed up a little early and was seen right away.Rachel & Mirta were very sweet & helpful when I asked questions about tests, services, & prices. Dr. Chavana was very professional and explained the type of glasses lenses I would need and all my different options. Thank you!
Extremely pleased. I would definitely recommend this doctor.
Excellent visit and interaction
It was great seeing Dr. Chavana.
It was great to have check-up done by Dr. Chavana. Thank you so much for your help!
The appointment was rather quick. I just needed to get a new contact Rx since it'd been far too long since my last exam. Had to wait a little while near the end of my appointment due to some issue with getting information from my insurance company but hey, does anyone ever have good luck talking to insurance companies? It's likely I'd come back but there wasn't anything to rave about, I mean, it's an eye clinic.
Very nice but reluctant to give prescription for severe eye allergies
worst eye doctor appointment ever. People kept coming in and out of the room, I never really had a specific doctor and they'd leave me alone for long periods of time without giving me notice. They'd just walk out. It was horrible and I will not be going back.
Very friendly, quick, and professional. I hadn't been in the office in over a year and he still remembered me. Would definitely recommend him.
He was amazing! I just had my eyes checked by another doctor 3 months ago, who told me my Rx remained the same. Despite feeling like my vision had to have gotten worse, I believe that Dr and ordered contacts and lenses for my glasses based off of that. Dr. Chavana changed my Rx dramatically and I feel like I can finally see all that I was missing and everything that seemed blurry before. I'm very glad he was thorough. He answered all of my questions and the office staff was very friendly.
He was a very professional doctor. I was taken within 15 minutes and the process through ZocDoc made everything quick and easy.
Dr. Chavana was great! I was seen as soon as I walked it, I don't even think I had a chance to sit in the waiting room. I was able to get through a regular eye exam in under 30 minutes, which includes picking out a frame for my sunglasses.
I have been going to dr chavana for years and I love him.
No issues and very detailed oriented
He was awesome. Down to earth, skilled and very helpful as was his staff.
Great, very nice.
very friendly and professional exceeds my expectations
Dr Chavana was a competent optometrist, and was able to quickly and professionally take care of my needs. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for a general eye doctor.
It left me fully satisfied.
The person trying to sell me glasses while I waited for my rx was REALLY pushy and obnoxious. Dr Chavana was fine though. And Saturday appointments ftw.
Dr. Chavana and all of his staff were very friendly and courteous. My appointment started right on time and all costs were explained to me up front.
Great as always!
Excellent service and staff.
It was fine. I was surprised that his assistant not only did the pre-appointment testing but administered the vision tests, too. The OD just verified what she recommended. Never experienced that.
Very personalized and receptive team. The look and feel of the clinic and store; excellent. thank you for such a great experience.
It was a good visit, everybody was very professional, friendly and helpful.
I normally dread going to the eye doctor. I find the experience typically involves seeing the optometrist for all of 5 rushed minutes, with very little conversation, and some obligatory pushing of expensive products that I don't need. My appointment with Dr Chavana was the exact opposite. I spent most of my appointment time being seen by him, and he was extremely amiable for the duration of my appointment. Definitely coming back here next year!
The staff is friendly and very helpful. Excellent customer service and I will recommend my friends and family.
The customer service was excellent and the doctor was friendly.
It was great! Im very happy!
As a doctor he is efficient and wonderful, as a person, he made me feel very comfortable and calmed an anxieties that I had.
I got contacts that work. The technician did all the work. There was a lot of waiting between each step and no one seemed very on top of things. The doc saw me for about 5 mins and spent most of his time entering numbers in a computer. He almost forgot to show me the scans they'd taken of my eyes. We never discussed any family history or concerns I have and it was time for me to go. I care about my eyes and need more than this. Will look elsewhere next time.
could use a larger frame selection - especially for children
Mark was awesome - as opposed to my scammer Cigna insurance, which doesn't cover preventative care.
Helped me with everything I needed quickly and efficiently. The front desk personel is also amazing!