Originally from Muscatine, Iowa, Wayne A. Solley, MD, has been with Texas Retina Associates since 1999, after he completed both his ophthalmology residency and viteroretinal disease and surgery fellowship at Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Solley sees patients in our Arlington, Fort Worth, Grapevine and Wichita Falls offices.

Why did you choose to become a physician?
I have wanted to be a physician since I was about six years old. Don’t ask me how I knew, I just knew. As I got older, I realized that God had blessed me with a mind for science, steady hands for surgery, and a general love of people.

What is your philosophy of patient care?
In my nearly 20 years of retinal practice, I have always tried to treat people as I would like to be treated. This may not always mean that each visit will be quick … sometime it is anything but! What I do always remember is that when a patient has a serious vision problem, the last thing they want to encounter is an unpleasant, uncaring doctor and staff who don’t explain things very well. Often, in these unfortunate cases, people leave their doctor visit with more questions than answers, and this just increases their anxiety. I take more of an “old school” approach, meaning I do my best to listen, do a thorough exam, explain my findings, and be sure that my patients leave with at least a reasonable understanding of their problem, including any treatment options that might be available. This is what I expect when I am a patient or one of my family members is the patient, and I try to provide no less to the people who put their trust in me to take care of them.

What do you enjoy doing when not at Texas Retina Associates?
I am a sponsor of the Grapevine Christian School Boys varsity basketball team and enjoy attending and cheering them on at their games. I am also active in my church — Hills Church of Christ in Southlake, Texas. In addition, I sponsor children through Compassion International and give financial support to Kanakuk Institute, Community Enrichment Center food bank, NEXT ministries, and Open Arms International.

Learn more about Dr. Wayne A. Solley here.