Thousands of people got a better look and a longer look at South Texas because Arnoldo R. Villarreal, M.D. dedicated 54 years of his life to training and practicing ophthalmology. Dr. Villarreal is unique in his field in that he trained and practiced as an optometrist before becoming an ophthalmologist. He also trained optometrists at University of Houston from 1969-1971 and then entered medical school at University of California Irvine. He completed his residency at University of Texas while serving as a military Lt Commander. As Dr. Villarreal practiced medicine in Corpus Christi he also assembled and led a 30-person team to do medical mission work in Ecuador. Over the nine years of service nearly 200 people recovered their site through the free cataract surgeries he provided. Also while practicing ophthalmology Dr. Villarreal served as chief of ophthalmology at Memorial and Spohn hospitals and as chief of staff at Memorial. In 1979 Dr. Villarreal began a 39-year legacy of ophthalmology practice in Corpus Christi. With hundreds of long-time loyal patients depending on him for eye care, Dr. Villarreal began practicing with Dr. Christopher Majka, at Texas Eye Care in October 2016 in order to provide a smooth transition for them. According to Dr. Villarreal, “As I prepare for my retirement I want to leave my patients under the best care possible.” Dr. Villarreal and his wife, Lillian have 4 children and 14 grandchildren. Along with his devotion to them, Dr. Villarreal is an avid conservationist and sports fisherman. He intends to complete his transition into retirement in the near future. His wife, his children, grandchildren, and the best fish in the bay have already made plans for his life beyond more than four decades of eye care.