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Dr. Rachel Gelman is a board-certified, fellowship trained, ophthalmologist, specializing in cornea, LASIK, and cataract surgery. She currently serves patients at her practice in McAllen, Texas, and is the only ophthalmologist performing cornea transplants in the Rio Grande Valley. Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, she attended the University of Texas-Pan American, where she graduated summa cum laude. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, one of the top ranking medical schools in the nation. Following this, Dr. Gelman did her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Arizona, where she served as chief resident her senior year. She then completed a fellowship in cornea, anterior segment, and refractive surgery at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine. Throughout her training, Dr. Gelman has authored several publications in ophthalmology. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society. A proficient pianist, Dr. Gelman has enjoyed playing the piano since the age of five. She is fond of traveling and immersing herself in new and unfamiliar cultures and languages, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her family.

  • Refractive surgeon
  • Corneal transplantation expert
  • Cornea surgeon
  • Provides the highest quality, customized eye care

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is a type of vision correction surgery in which a laser reshapes your cornea...

Refractive Lens Exchange

is a type of vision correction surgery...

Corneal Transplant

Diseased cornea is replaced with a clear, healthy cornea from...

Cataract Surgery

is the progressive thickening and clouding of the eye’s lens...


Our Team

We’re passionate about helping you see clearly, but we believe how we treat you is just as important. That’s why we treat you with genuine care and respect, involving you in every aspect of your treatment — taking the time to listen, explain, and reassure.

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What Our
Patients Are Saying

“Dr Gelman did my corneal transplant on my left eye, it’s been a week since I had my surgery, I’m already seeing better and I’m doing great. I totally recommend Gelman Vision, you definitely will be in good hands. Truly love how Dr. Gelman cares for her patients. Thankful for her!”

Rebecca G

“I’ve waited to post my review simply to give my honest opinion after having had my refractive lens exchange surgeries 6 months ago; 7/1/21 & 7/6/21, respectively. I am beyond pleased and genuinely grateful to Dr. Gelman for the huge impact she’s made in my life. My vision is 20/20 and there’s been no complications. Highly recommend to anyone having any questions or concerns or if you’re just ready to make a change for yourself, Dr. Gelman and her staff @ Gelman Vision are most professional, helpful, and always friendly. Sincere thanks and much appreciation! 👓 No More!!”

Aurora G

“Dr. Rachel Gelman is an excellent physician. She’s very knowledgeable and informed me of various causes for my eye problems. I had seen four doctors previously and none of them helped me to address my problem. Dr. Gelman’s ideas to help me look promising. I’m so glad I found her. I’m looking forward to her treatments.”

Emily Z

“Great experience with Dr Gelman! She’s very thorough and takes her time. Great office staff and new immaculate office. Also noticed they don’t overbook patients. Right now with this virus, it’s best to be safe.”

Sylvia Y

“Excellent Doctor who takes the time to explain and is very detailed in her explanation of plan. Really liked that she wrote all prescriptions on a sheet of paper for me to take with me. Would highly recommend”

Jorge B

“Above and Beyond service and comfort! Very relaxing environment. This is one Dr’s office I do not mind coming to. Dr Gelman is the sweetest most patient Dr I have been to here in the Valley. Her staff is friendly and the office is very relaxing and as a bonus there is coffee, water and snacks to enjoy while you wait and with the music playing, it makes the environment very peaceful and relaxing.”

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