Dr. Robert Chu, O.D. as a result of his leadership abilities and his commitment to extraordinary eye care, was elected by his peers to serve as the youngest President of the Tarrant County Optometric Society and the Board of Directors of the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. Chu is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Alcon Pharmaceuticals Clinical Excellence Award and the prestigious American Optometric Association Award for Outstanding Leadership. Dr. Chu is featured in the Guide to America’s Top Optometrists compiled by Consumer’s Research Council of America.
Dr. Chu, a native Texan, graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School in 1993 and from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors in Science degree in Neuroscience in 1997. Dr. Chu is the second generation in his family to receive a doctoral degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry. He completed an internship at the eye hospitals at Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Chu is certified by the Texas State Board of Optometry as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Returning to Fort Worth in 2002, he began private practice with his mother, a noted Fort Worth optometrist. In the early 2000’s he invigorated Chu Eye Associates in Fort Worth, Texas and expanded the practice by establishing an additional practice location in Southlake, Texas. Chu Eye Associates is honored in Fort Worth Magazine’s “TOP DOCS” issues in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 for six consecutive years.
Prior to practice, following in his mother’s footsteps, Dr. Chu studied the eye and became involved in research. Dr. Chu began researching the eyes and visual system over ten years ago at the Vanderbilt University Vision Research Center where he studied neural plasticity and retinal regeneration in goldfish. Dr. Chu is published and a recipient of the National Eye Institute (NEI) Training Grant to study morphology of cells in regenerating salamander retina. Currently, Dr. Chu remains active in academia by teaching 3rd year family practice medical residents from John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX on primary eye care. In fact, Chu Eye Associates is part of the JPS Ears, nose, & Throat Rotation. Today, Dr. Chu remains involved in clinical research and continues to innovate in the field of eyecare. Dr. Chu is Principal Investigator for many FDA clinical trials involving revolutionary pharmaceuticals and contact lens biomaterials. Dr. Chu was recently featured in Optometric Management, a widely respected journal among Optometrists.