A board certified ophthalmologist, Phillips Kirk Labor, MD ,FACS, FICS is internationally recognized for his work in refractive surgery. He has over 30 years of refractive and cataract expertise, and has performed thousands of LASIK, cataract, PRK and Intraocular Lens Implant procedures over his career. Dr. Labor’s board certification goes above and beyond, placing him among a very select group of U.S. eye surgeons. In addition to standard certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), he is certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES) in the fields of cataract and LASIK surgery. This requires more in-depth study, and passing a rigorous process of testing by his peers. In addition, ABES requires doctors to repeat this process regularly for re-certification, which Dr. Labor has achieved. Dr. Labor chose this voluntary certification to continue to grow his expertise in order to better serve his patients. Dr. Labor has been the first or among the first to perform new procedures and adopt new technologies. In 2011, he introduced ORange® (now ORA) to DFW, the world’s first technology that measures vision quality during cataract surgery. He was the first in Texas to implant the ReZoom premium intraocular lens, and in 2016, the first Texas eye surgeon to use the MKO Melt, an oral sedative that affords IV-free cataract surgery. He was the first in Dallas/Fort Worth to implant the Verisyse Implantable Contact Lens, and the first U.S. solo private practitioner to acquire the Ziemer FEMTO LDV surgical laser for use in LASIK surgery. In 2013, three surgical instruments were introduced that bear Dr. Labor’s name: the Labor A/C Cannula, Labor-Lester IOL Manipulator, and Labor Cyclodialysis Spatula. Manufactured by Katena Products, Inc., a leader in ophthalmic surgical instrumentation, each instrument is based on Dr. Labor’s modifications. In addition, he has published numerous articles on a wide range of ophthalmic subjects and issues, and led or collaborated on key studies. He is one of a select few U.S. eye surgeons manufacturers such as Bausch & Lomb have chosen to evaluate new technologies. Dr. Labor has received several honors for his outstanding work and expertise. For example, he has been voted a Tarrant County “Top Doctor” by his peers numerous times in Fort Worth, Texas magazine—most recently in 2016; “Top Ophthalmologist for Northeast Tarrant County”; and “Best Local LASIK/Laser Surgeon in Colleyville and Grapevine” in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s “Best of the Best 2016” readership poll. He has also been named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, and recognized by Premier Surgeon as one of the top 250 leading U.S. innovators for premium intraocular lens surgery. In addition, Dr. Labor is actively involved in a leadership capacity with several notable eye care organizations. He currently serves as president of the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE); an elected position based on his reputation as an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, and continued contributions to SEE. He serves on the board of the American College of Eye Surgeons, and has remained an International College of Surgeons (ICS) U.S. Section Vice President since elected in 2013. He is a Fellow of the ICS, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and a founding member of the American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons.
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Top Care Areas for Dr. Labor by Patient Volume
Dr. Labortreated this condition for more patients than 99% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Labortreated this condition for more patients than 99% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Labortreated this condition for more patients than 96% of his peers nationwide.
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Where our data comes from - The data you see on providers' Healthgrades profiles comes from both the provider and public sources. The Top Care Areas section uses public data from billing claims that providers submit to insurance companies. That data is filed nationwide on behalf of the provider to either the government or a private health insurance company.
How we evaluate our data - Patient volume is analyzed by provider and compared nationally with all providers who perform the same procedure, or treat the same condition. We organize the volume data in percentile ranking from 'may perform' for the lowest claims volume to 'Very High' for the highest claims volume data. For a given condition or procedure, performance categories are defined based on 80%, 90%, and 95% confidence intervals from the average patient volume for all providers in our database. Providers identified as ‘may perform’ do not have sufficient volume for Healthgrades to create a statistical evaluation.
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Accidental Eye Injuries
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Binocular Vision Disorder
Cataract - Alopecia - Sclerodactyly
Cataract - Ataxia - Deafness
Cataract - Cardiomyopathy
Cataract - Congenital Ichthyosis
Cataract - Microcornea Syndrome
Cataract Congenital Dominant Non Nuclear
Cataract Dental Syndrome
Cataract Hutterite Type
Chemical Burn - Eyes
Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
Chronic Eye Diseases
Corneal Flash Burns
Degenerative Disorders of Globe
Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Eye Muscle Disorders
Foreign Body in Eye
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
Glaucoma - Sleep Apnea
Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
Glaucoma in Ciliochorodial Detachment
Glaucoma in Epithelial Ingrowth
Glaucoma in Intra Ocular Tumours
Glaucoma in Iridoschisis.
Glaucoma in Phacomatoses
Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid
Ocular Convergence Spasm
Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome
Ocular Myasthenia Gravis
Optic Nerve Disorder
Poor Color Vision
Progressive High Myopia
Refractive Eye Disorders
Retinal Artery Occlusion
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Retinitis Punctata Albescens
Strabismus-Like Double Vision
Visual Field Defects
Visual Field Loss
Cataract Removal Surgery
Contact Lens Exams
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
Excision of Chalazion
Foreign Body Removal
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
Ocular Inflammation (Uveitis) Treatment
Ocular Surface Reconstruction
Punctal Plug Insertion
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
Soft Contact Lenses
YAG Laser Capsulotomy
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Texas.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Centenary College Of Louisiana
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
Medical School | Graduated 1991
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
Rothchild Eye Institute
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Labor has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
American College of Eye Surgeons, Board Member
American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons, Member
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Fellow