Merina Thomas M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (683 Ratings, 228 Comments)


  • Ophthalmology

Special focus on

  • Retina and Vitreous Disease
  • Retina Surgery


  • B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois United States 2007
  • M.D., Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Nashville Tennessee United States 2012
  • Internship:

    • General Surgery, Atlanta Medical Center--Atlanta, GA, 2012-2013
  • Residency:

    • Ophthalmology, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago--Chicago, IL, 2013-2016
  • Fellowship:

    • Vitreoretinal Surgery, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, MI, 2016-2018
    • Research Fellow, Retina, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University--Baltimore, MD, 2010-2011
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Ophthalmology, 2017


Dr. Merina Thomas is a retina specialist. Her clinical interests include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, disease of the retina and vitreous and vitreoretinal surgery.

Dr. Thomas went to medical school at Vanderbilt University, then went on to complete her residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois and a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center.

An Illinois native, Dr. Thomas enjoys discovering new restaurants, live music performances and traveling with her husband. She is also interested in international ophthalmology, having participated in a medical outreach trip to India in medical school and being named a Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellow selected to provide eye care with their program in Accra, Ghana.

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Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (683 Ratings, 228 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Quick, professional, informative and she created a comfortable environment.

  • Oct 20, 2019

    She has treated me a few times and is skillful and caring and personable. Also very cheerful.

  • Oct 19, 2019

    A good experience, although the injection introduced annoying bubbles in my eye

  • Oct 19, 2019

    Dr Thomas was attentive, friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. She took time to explain my condition and addressed all of my concerns.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Very nice kind people. Everyone explained everything so I could understand

  • Oct 17, 2019

    She was warm and welcoming. She took the time to clearly explain everything to me. She eased my nervousness about my eye issues.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    She was very professional and very kind. I like her and I would use her again. Thank you.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Very good.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    She was compassionate, engaged and felt safe to speak with

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Personable, competent, friendly and efficient.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    She was very clear and thorough. She explained what she was doing before she did it.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Doctor and staff always helpful and nice!

  • Oct 05, 2019

    She was absolutely great to see and treated me very well.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    The staff and physicians are efficient, friendly, and highly professional.

  • Oct 02, 2019

    he explaned everything to me so i could understand & set me on a goal

  • Sep 30, 2019

    Dr Thomas is very professional and personal.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    Very nice office staff, very efficient. I think they did great.

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Knowledgeable and helpful

  • Sep 19, 2019

    Same info as the last one I filled out.

  • Sep 19, 2019

    She is pleasant cheerful efficient and effective.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    I am so pleased with my dr she is the best

  • Sep 18, 2019

    She was very helpful, and she's very good on everything. She did. Thank you.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    Regardless of the nature of my visit (not so much fun to get a shot in the eye) it is always a pleasure to see the staff at this clinic.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Very good

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Very thorough and very polite and knowledgeable. I was very impressed with the lady, I think she's awesome.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Dr. Thomas is very professional very personal and an excellent person.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    I was very satisfied with my appointment and the care the doctors and nurses provided. I would recommend you to anyone in need of care.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Professional ad caring for her patients.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    The Best Eye Care

  • Sep 09, 2019

    She was very thorough, talked very plain and let me know just exactly what she thought and the follow up that she thinks I need and got me scheduled for further appointments.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    Very caring and courteous doctor technicians receptionist surgical staff I am very happy with my experience there

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Dr. Thomas was extremely friendly and inspired confidence. She was patient and did a great job explaining things.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Hi, she is extremely talented. She's very efficient. She answers all the questions I have. I just am really impressed with her work and her as a person.

  • Sep 05, 2019


  • Sep 04, 2019

    Yes, my service was excellent and the doctor was very helpful, and I enjoyed the experience.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    Dr. Thomas was very knowledgeable and very kind and I would recommend her to any of my family and friends. Thank you.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    Great dxpefiencd as usual.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    Staff and Dr. we’re fantastic and caring. Had to wait a while but that’s all.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    As usual it was a good visit with Dr. Thomas. Definitely... replace not replace seeing her. Okay.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    The were very professional and I trust them quite, quite well and that's really all that's necessary to be.

  • Aug 26, 2019

    I'm happy with Dr. Merina Thomas and I actually did this survey online so I don't quite understand why I'm also getting the phone call but that's okay. Alright.

  • Aug 25, 2019

    I'd just like to say that I think she's a very fine doctor and I was going through some family issues at the time. She's very sympathetic and talked to me about my eyes and just general things and I really appreciate her.

  • Aug 24, 2019

    Very helpful informative and great care from everyone.

  • Aug 24, 2019

    Grateful for her knowledge and compassion

  • Aug 24, 2019

    I am very happy with the way it went yesterday, with the integrity that I found there, and so ... and the diagnosis, and the prognosis, and the recommendations, all of which were very good and very thoughtful. And I will do my best to do those just as they were recommended. Thank you very much. I am very happy.

  • Aug 23, 2019

    I get a shot in my left eye for macular degeneration and this is the first time I've used Doctor Thomas, and I thought she was extremely polite, very informative, a pleasant lady, and I didn't feel a thing when she gave me the shot. So I think she's pretty good.

  • Aug 23, 2019

    On time, great information, very complete exam.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    I found it to be very informative and know what to expiring the future.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Dr. Marina Thomas was excellent; as was everyone else I came into contact with at your facility.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Such a wonderful way to start a doctor visit, when she walks in with her warm beautiful smile, she's very kind, patient & easy to talk to, and obviously very experienced in her chosen profession. Thank you Dr. Thomas

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