About Us





Texarkana’s Premier Laser Vision Eye Center

Since our humble beginning in 1977 things have come a long way at Collom & Carney Eye Institute.  When the institute was founded, it was located behind the Collom & Carney Clinic and saw about 10 patients a day with one doctor on site.  Now the leading eye care center in the Ark-La-Tex, the institute serves betweeen 100-130 patients a day and has three ophthalmology partners – E.T. Ellison, M.D., Wanda Northam, M.D. & Charles Thornton, M.D.

Original Eye Clinic 1977

The “Eye Institute” building is completely different now from the original building 35 years ago, which was a triple-wide trailer at the back of Collom & Carney clinic.  Now, the “Eye Institute” has state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot facility that is free standing with its own cataract and yag laser surgery center behind.

Collom & Carney Main Clinic

The Collom & Carney “Main Clinic” is located at 5002 Cowhorn Creek, Texarkana, TX.  It has seven satellite clinics, and 85+ physicians.     The current “Eye Institute” team is made up of the four ophthalmologists, a refractive coordinator, eleven ophthalmic assistants, a full office staff and an optical supply.  Patients can come to the institute for just about any eye treatment.  There is also a retinal specialist and pediatric opthalmologist that come to the clinic on a 2-3 week basis to see patients.  We have  all the latest technology available – all the lasers for treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, refractive surgery (LASIK and PRK), the latest in cataract intraocular lens technollogy (ReSTOR & Toric IOL’s), as well as correction for glasses and contact lenses.

Wanda Northam, M.D.

In August of 1991 Dr. Northam joined the practice.  She had already been performing RK and PRK since her residency.  She immediately began practicing refractive surgery (PRK & LASIK) at Collom & Carney Eye Institute.  A personal approach to each individual patient has always been the hallmark of Dr. Northam.  From the moment patients walk through the door they encounter a friendly staff with the most up to date diagnostic equipment.  Dr. Northam prides herself on each patient receiving the individual time they need to help them make an informed decision regarding refractive surgery.  A typical initial consultation (Free Screening) will take 30-1 hr so that whatever your vision correction needs, we are here to help you find the right solutions by utilizing the experience and technology you can trust. Since moving back to Texarkana (where she was raised), she has build one of the largest and most successful refractive surgery practices and has become one of the most sought after surgeons in the Ark-La-Tex.  Her exceptional training extensive experience have made her a true pioneer.  She has performed thousands of eye surgeries and is widely known for her successful visual outcomes.  She is thrilled to have her very own specially trained LASIK staff, as well as her own CustomVue Wavescan technology & Visx Star S4 IR excimer laser surgery suite.  Most in office and surgical treatments are covered by insurance or health plans, but for those cosmetic or refractive procedures which are not, we offer 0% interest and other finance options making these procedures even more affordable.  As patients’ needs change, Collom & Carney Eye Institute will remain one of the area’s premier eye care centers providing a full spectrum and high-quality medical and surgical eye care services.

Specially trained LASIK staff

Specially trained LASIK staff

You can also be assured that Dr. Northam is continually staying up to date with the latest technologies, helping to keep Texarkana at the forefront of eye care.  If you are interested in LASIK, Refractive IOL’s or one of our other refractive procedures, the next step is to schedule a Free LASIK Screening.  (903) 614-3937.