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Welcome to Eyes of the Southwest

Las Cruces Eye SurgeonWelcome to Eyes of the Southwest where our dedication to leading edge technology is surpassed only by our commitment to personal patient care. Our team of eye care professionals pride themselves on offering quality care in a high-tech yet comfortable environment.

Eyes of the Southwest featured in Las Cruces Sun-News

State-of-the-Art Bladeless Laser for Cataract Surgery

Eyes of the Southwest was featured in the Las Cruces Sun-News, and is the first clinic in New Mexico/El Paso to use this cutting edge bladeless laser for cataract surgery.

Click here to read the full article (pdf opens in new window)

Our Doctors

Edward V. Hernandez, MD

Ed Hernande at_5.39.13_PM_r2_c2Dr. Edward V. Hernandez is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery and the treatment of ocular disease. Dr. Hernandez was born and raised in California. He attended the University of California, Irvine where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in biology. While attending the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Hernandez conducted research in the field of vision physiology and was the recipient of many honors and awards for his academic achievements. He was accepted into multiple medical schools but chose to attend the University of California, San Francisco where he continued to conduct vision research in the electrophysiology of the retina and co-published a number of scientific journal papers. During his medical school he also completed a research project and co-authored a paper in the electrophysiology of the retina at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jules Stein Institute. After completing a medical internship at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California he completed his ophthalmology training as chief resident at the University of California, Davis. In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Hernandez holds a patent on a novel ocular device under development for the treatment of dry eye. Dr. Hernandez arrived in Las Cruces and began practicing ophthalmology in 1998. He is now owner/president of Eyes of the Southwest, a state-of-the-art ophthalmology practice in Las Cruces, NM. He is a member of many professional medical associations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is board certified to practice in the states of New Mexico, California and Texas. He met his wife in high school and they have 2 daughters. Outside of work, Dr. Hernandez enjoys being with his family, skiing, hunting and traveling.

Andrew A. Mohammed, MD

Ed Hernande at_5.39.13_PM_r2_c2Dr. Mohammed is fortunate to have been able to translate his lifelong interest in science and medicine into a career that allows him to make a difference in the lives of his patients. He is an ethical, compassionate physician who combines state-of-the-art training and technology with a caring attitude. Dr. Mohammed enjoys the variety and challenge of a comprehensive ophthalmology practice. His area of emphasis is cataract surgery. He employs modern surgical techniques, including the use of topical anesthesia (“no injection”) and small incision size (“no stitch”) surgeries, and also offers the implantation of new-technology intraocular lens implants for the correction of astigmatism (blurring cause by the shape of the cornea) and presbyopia (poor vision in the reading/computer range) in applicable patients.

He also has expertise in the the medical and laser treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Mohammed is board-certified in Ophthalmology by the American

Board of Ophthalmology.

After matriculating at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Summa cum laude), Dr. Mohammed completed his medical training and received his Medical Doctorate from the historic Medical College of Virginia. After a one year internship, he then went on to complete a three year residency in ophthalmology at the same institution. For the final phase of his formal training, Dr.Mohammed was accepted into and completed a year-long fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Scheie Eye Institute.

Dr. Mohammed was born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has also practiced in Washington state and Nevada. After a brief return to the humidity and snow of his native Maryland, he is very happy to have returned to the sunny southwest and is proud to call New Mexico his home. He enjoys travel, fine dining, the study of ancient and military history, swimming, and exploring the outdoors with his wife.

Neal L. Apple, M.D.

Neal Apple 003Born in Chicago, Illinois Neal attended the University of Illinois for his undergraduate and medical education and then moved to San Diego, California for his internship, one year of a Family Medicine residency, then worked as a General Practitioner in the community clinic system of San Diego for three years. Neal returned to Chicago to complete his Ophthalmology residency at Michael Reese Hospital and in 1986 moved to Silver City, New Mexico to join Drs Roberts Sexton and Jack Moody in Silver City Ophthalmology  Associates. Neal worked there along with various partners and employee associates (including Dr. Edward Hernandez from 2006-2008) until 2009 when he closed that practice and traded hats with Dr. Hernandez and became his employee associate. Neal still lives in Silver City, and commuted to Las Cruces to work as a Medical Ophthalmologist one or two days per week, only seeing patients in the office and not performing surgeries.

Neal also has a very small psychotherapy practice in Silver City, having been trained in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and travels to Peru regularly where he assists a Peruvian Ophthalmologist in a medical missionary organization.

Neal is married to Vicky Allen who works as a psychotherapist and Reiki Master in Silver City, and has a daughter, Abbey, who is finish her social work undergraduate degree at NMSU and is a drummer in a heavy metal band.

What We Do

Las Cruces Eye DoctorEyes of the Southwest offers a complete menu of services.

Patient Forms

For your convenience we have provided our patient forms on the website to shorten your time in the waiting room. Please take the time to print and fill these forms out before your appointment, and bring with you day of appointment.

New Patient Information
(This is a pdf document.  Right-click and choose SAVE AS or DOWNLOAD LINKED FILE AS to save to your computer).

Contact Us

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Address: 2810 N. Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM

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