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Dr. Thomas A. Paz

Dr. Thomas Paz was born in Las Cruces New Mexico and, except for his time away at school, he has been a lifelong resident.  He and his wife Janet have two daughters named Kristen and Kiana. He is the youngest of seven children born to Dr. Raymond M. Paz and Mrs. Carrie Paz.  Dr. Paz enjoys golfing and fishing.

Dr. Paz proudly took over his father’s optometric practice in 1988. Over the years he has been fortunate to expand and develop Looks with the help of numerous key people, a tremendous staff and the Las Cruces community. He enjoys his profession and has had the pleasure of serving on the New Mexico Optometry Board for seven years and various board positions in the New Mexico Optometric Association.  Dr. Paz has been active in numerous community organizations over the years.

Professional Experience:

  • Solo and Group Private Practice, Las Cruces, NM, 1987 to Present

Degrees and Education:

  • University of California, Berkeley, 1986 School of Optometry Doctor of Optometry
  • Northeastern State University, 1995 College of Optometry Certification to prescribe or administer oral pharmaceutical agents in the treatment and management of ocular disease
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1986, Certification to prescribe or administer topical ocular therapeutic agents
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1984 B.S., Physiological Optics
  • New Mexico State University, 1980-1982 Pre-Optometry curriculum


  • Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco, CA
  • Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco, CA
  • Toulumne Indian Reservation, Toulumne, CA


  • New Mexico Board of Optometry, Board Member, 2003 to 2007
  • New Mexico Board of Optometry, Secretary/Treasurer, 2007 to 2013

Memberships and Associations:

  • American Optometric Association, Member, 1987 to Present
  • New Mexico Optometric Association, Member, 1987 to Present
  • New Mexico Optometric Association, Board Member,  1998 to 2001