Fellowship-trained cataract, refractive, and cornea surgeon, Dr. Andrew C. Hou spent his formative years in Copenhagen, Denmark before growing up in New York City. After graduating summa cum laude from City College of New York, he earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed a surgical internship and ophthalmology residency at Henry Ford Hospital where he treated a wide spectrum of routine and complicated eye diseases and was named chief resident. After finishing a fellowship at the prestigious Dean McGee Eye Institute, one of the top cornea programs in the country, he joined The Eye Depot in 2021.
Dr. Hou specializes in premium cataract and lens replacement surgery as well as the most cutting-edge cornea surgeries including Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), ultrathin Descemet Stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), advanced keratoconus treatments, LASIK, and PRK. He brings a wealth of knowledge for therapy in ocular surface disease, severe dry eyes, Fuchs’ dystrophy, keratoconus, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). In glaucoma surgery, Dr. Hou specializes in ab-interno canaloplasty (ABiC), a procedure which opens up the natural outflow channels of the eye to restore normal aqueous flow, without damaging tissue or leaving behind a device in the eye.
Outside of work, Dr. Hou spends a lot of time with his wife Alicia Alvarez, who is also a physician in Allergy and Immunology. They enjoy traveling, hiking, and cooking together. They had their honeymoon on Anna Maria Island and are excited to be living in Florida.