A native Texan, Dr. Homerstad achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology in August of 1991 at the University of Houston. Before entering Optometry school, she worked in a virology lab researching Sr. Louis Encephalitis. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry in May 1996. In July 2000, she became certified to treat glaucoma. During Optometry school, she was awarded the Edith Greeman Scholarship and was recognized as the Most Outstanding First Year and Second Year Student. She received several Letters of Clinical Excellence and was inducted into the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Homerstad was also active in the American Optometry Association as the University of Houston’s school president and student representative of the Foundation of Education and Research for Vision.
In 1995 – 1996, she completed her externship at Houston Eye Associates and at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with a Neuro-Ophthalmologist. She gained extensive experience in pupil anomalies, migraines, visual field defects, and unexplained vision loss. Dr. Homerstad also completed an externship in primary eye care, pediatrics, contact lens and emergency ocular care.
Dr. Homerstad’s professional experience includes a position at a Corpus Christi ophthalmology practice where she helped establish a new satellite clinic in Aransas Pass and provided primary eye care, including contact lens, pediatric, and post-operative care. Dr. Homerstad also practiced full-scope optometry at a private optometrist’s office. Her clinic time encompassed vision therapy, complex contact lens fits, nursing home examinations, ocular infections, minor trauma and glaucoma evaluations.
When Dr. Homerstad came to Victoria Eye Center in 1997, she started a Low Vision Clinic to offer patients with limited vision or visual field loss an alternative to standard glasses. The low vision devices more commonly used are microscopes, telescopes and magnifiers. The devices Dr. Homerstad prescribes help the patients maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence.
Dr. Homerstad is married to Rick Williams. Rick is the managing Pharmacist at Roger’s Pharmacy, Regional Branch. They have two joyful children, Peyton and Arin.