We Are Changing Our Weekend Hours:

Our Westside location will be open the 1st and 2nd saturday of each month and will be closed the remaining saturdays!

University Vision Centre

About Us

We Are University
Vision Centre

We believe in providing our communities with full-service eye care for all the vision needs of our patients. When you choose eye care from us, we want you to confidently know you’re making the right choice for you and your family: our experienced team has been trusted for decades for compassionate care and exceptional results. We take the time to choose the treatment or eyewear that’s best for you.

University Vision Centre in El Paso, TX

Reaching our Communities

No matter what your eyes need, or where you come from, we can help you at University Vision Centre. Our multilingual team can provide detailed eye care in both English or in Spanish, so we can learn about your eyes and help you understand exactly how we can help without losing anything in translation.


Since our humble one-doctor, one-location beginnings in 1940, our goal has remained to provide premier eye care using the most up-to-date procedures and advanced technology.

With each new doctor and move, we’ve grown and evolved our practice to fit the everchanging needs of our El Paso community. And all the while, our commitment to serving the community has remained — we want what’s best for your eyes!

  • 1940
    Dr. Hugh Hall, our first doctor, begins practicing in El Paso, TX. Dr. Hall was our Dr. John Ellis II’s childhood optometrist!
  • 1950s
    Dr. Darwin Rice starts his practice in the downtown area of El Paso, TX.
  • 1980
    Dr. Darwin Rice starts his practice in the downtown area of El Paso, TX.
  • 1980
    Dr. Bruce Blair graduates from optometry school and purchases the practice of his longtime optometrist, Dr. Rice.
  • 1990
    Dr. Blair moves his practice to the middle of the same plaza as our current Westside office location. We were one of the shopping plaza’s original tenants!
  • 1997
    Dr. Ellis purchases Dr. Hall’s practice.
  • 2003
    Dr. Ellis and Dr. Blair merge their practices into Dr. Blair’s plaza office.
  • 2005
    Dr. Hall retires at age 90 and 67 years in practice.
  • 2011
    We moved from the middle of the plaza to our current, 7,000 sq. ft. location, just a few storefronts down from the original office — where we’ve remained since!
  • 2012
    Dr. Ammon Garner joins the practice as an associate optometrist.
  • 2016
    Dr. Garner purchases Dr. Blair’s share of the practice and becomes a partner with Dr. Ellis.
  • 2019
    Dr. Blair retires.
  • 2020
    Opened the doors to our Eastside location at 11365 Montwood Drive in El Paso, TX in order to offer convenient service to even more members of the El Paso community. New associate optometrist, Dr. Lindsey Kennedy, joins the practice.
  • 2021
    Further expanded the practice by bringing on three new associate optometrists: Dr. Karina Quiñones, Dr. Gabriel Davila, and Dr. Gabriel Luna. This expansion allowed us to continue to meet the growing needs of our community.
  • 2022 and Beyond
    We continue to expand, serve the community, and offer the same fantastic eye care services our patients have come to expect during our decades-long history. We look forward to taking care of your entire family’s eye care as we continue to grow together.

Our passionate
team of Doctors

Our bilingual doctors are dedicated to bringing El Paso personalized eye care our patients can rely upon. We’re committed to our patients’ vision and having options for any eye care needs, and our specialties and commitment to quality mean our patients can always expect industry-leading care from us. We even use scribes to make sure our doctors can fully focus on you!

Our Advanced Technology

We pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of the latest optometry standards and techniques. We use cutting-edge technology — from exciting treatments to proven diagnostic tools with clear, easy-to-read results on large monitors — to help protect and care for your most precious assets: your eyes. And to prioritize your experience, we adopt solutions to ensure our care is as comfortable as can be.


Rebeca Alcantara
Rebeca Alcantara
Very professional and kind staff. They don’t keep you waiting very long.
cina maresca
cina maresca
This has been my eye doctor for over 20 years. Friendly and very knowledgeable staff and doctors.
Deana Duquesne
Deana Duquesne
Knowledgeable staff who are always courteous & helpful.
Cecilia Montoya
Cecilia Montoya
I'm Always Very Satisfied with my visits at University Vision Centre, Dr's & staff are very Professional and Caring. Left for a year & came back, service at other places Do Not Compare to University Vision Centre...
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Lagana Intel Platforms LLC est. 2018
The Contact Lense Associates are 💯! And my Eye exam Doctor was very well Educated M.D. 👌

The Best Eye Care
in El Paso

We don’t compromise quality of service, no matter if you’re here for an annual comprehensive eye exam or specialized optometric services. We work with our patients in El Paso to explain their care and provide a clear picture of their entire eye health, in an office that’s close to home and easy to contact.

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