Meet Our Austin Cataract & LASIK Eye Surgeons & Staff
Texan Eye was founded by highly respected eye surgeons who have a continued commitment to excellence in surgical eye care. Our eye surgeons have been instrumental in the introduction and development of advanced surgical techniques, and have lectured around the world on their research and surgical advancements. As a result, Texan Eye has become the practice of choice for vision correction in Central Texas.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our Central Texas or Austin area eye surgeons, please contact Texan Eye today.
Tom R. Walters, MD
Dr. Tom Walters is the most experienced eye surgeon in central Texas, specializing in cataract, LASIK, and refractive lens implant surgery for vision without glasses from near to far. Austin-area doctors and their patients choose Dr. Walters as their consulting surgeon more often than any other, benefiting from his unmatched expertise of having performed more than 35,000 surgical procedures. As a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr Walters is repeatedly recognized with awards including one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumers’ Research Council and the Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists, one of the Top Refractive Eye Surgeons by the Austin Business Journal, and a Texas Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine
As an internationally recognized expert in the field of cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. Walters is an active leader in developing new advancements in ophthalmic technology. With a dedication to the highest-quality surgical results, Dr. Walters offers the iLASIK Technology Suite for his LASIK patients, the exclusive combination of Intralase and Advanced CustomVue technologies. This all-laser LASIK system provides Dr. Walters’ patients the safest and most technologically advanced corneal refractive surgery in the world. As Austin’s most experienced cataract and implant surgeon, Dr. Walters has been selected by Premier Surgeon publication as a leading innovator in the field of cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery.
Trusted more often than any other to lead the development and advancement of ophthalmic science, Dr. Walters has served as principal investigator for over 200 FDA-approved research studies. His dedication to excellence contributes to the continued development of advanced surgical techniques in cataract and lens surgery with new technology, astigmatism correcting and multifocal lens implants, LASIK and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. These advanced innovations are used to better treat eye conditions including cataracts, near and far sightedness, astigmatism, or just problems reading without glasses.
With a reputation earned for achieving outstanding surgical results, Dr. Walters is often chosen to launch new ophthalmic technologies and to mentor eye doctors regarding the application of new surgical techniques, devices and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Walters was the first doctor in Texas to implant the FDA-approved ReSTOR® multifocal lens implant, enabling cataract and refractive lens patients to be glasses free for both near and far vision. Dr. Walters continues to play an active role of instructing and mentoring other ophthalmologists in the application of new ophthalmic innovations and holds consulting and advisory positions with global ophthalmic companies. Dr. Walters is President of Texan Eye PA, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
To schedule a LASIK or cataract consultation with Dr. Walters, please contact our office today.
Julia B. Sargent, MD
Dr. Julia B. Sargent is considered one of the top ophthalmologists in the country. Named among "The Best Doctors in America," and selected as one of "America’s Top Ophthalmologists" by the Consumer’s Research Council of America, Dr. Sargent enjoys widespread recognition in her field. She is also regarded as one of Austin’s premier eye surgeons and is included in the "Texas Super Doctors" edition of Texas Monthly.
Dr. Sargent has been in private practice with Texan Eye since 1989. She specializes in the care of the adult eye, specifically cataract surgery, Crystalens® and ReSTOR® vision correction.
Dr. Sargent is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the following organizations: the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Texas Medical Association, the Travis County Medical Association, the Texas Ophthalmology Association, the Austin Ophthalmological Society, and the Cordes Society.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Julia B. Sargent, please contact Texan Eye today.
Steven J. Dell, MD
Dr. Steven J. Dell has earned a reputation as an internationally recognized leader in the field of Refractive and Cataract Surgery. Dr. Dell serves as the Chief Medical Editor of the journal Advanced Ocular Care and he is President-elect of The American College of Ophthalmic Surgery. He has twice been elected one of the Top Fifty Opinion Leaders in the field of Cataract and Refractive Surgery by the worldwide physician readership of the medical journal Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. He has also been honored by the medical journal Premier Surgeon as one of the country's leading innovators in the field of Cataract and Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery. He was recently named one of twenty-one of the Best Ophthalmologists in the US by Becker's ASC Review.
As Director of Refractive and Corneal Surgery for Texan Eye and Medical Director of Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, Dr. Dell has performed more than 20,000 surgical procedures. More Central Texas and Austin eye doctors have chosen Dr. Dell for their own eye surgery than any other surgeon. In 2008, Dr. Dell was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly magazine for the fourth year in a row. He has also been named one of America's Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumers' Research Council of America, and one of Austin’s Best Doctors by Austin Monthly magazine.
Dr. Steven Dell is an award winning lecturer, textbook author, editor and a noted clinical researcher. In addition to personally training several Austin area eye surgeons, Dr. Dell has elected to share his expertise with other doctors by sponsoring popular externships and lecturing on the topics of refractive surgery and cataract surgery at ophthalmology meetings around the world. He has personally trained over 500 surgeons on his advanced surgical techniques.
Throughout his career, Dr. Steven J. Dell has conducted research on the latest advances in eye surgery, often serving as an investigator for studies sponsored by the FDA. In this role, Dr. Dell has been instrumental in bringing new technology to the United States. He continues to work closely with ophthalmic companies in the development of new products and instruments, and is himself the inventor of several innovative medical devices used by hundreds of LASIK and cataract surgeons.
Dr. Dell maintains his status as one of the premier LASIK and cataract surgeons in the United States by continuing to update his knowledge of surgery. Dr. Dell currently holds positions on the editorial boards of several well-known ophthalmology journals and serves in a leadership role as a member of the Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is also a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Dell features only the most sophisticated technology in the world at his practice in Austin. His consulting partnerships with leading ophthalmic companies allow him to utilize multiple laser systems to achieve the best results with LASIK and ASA eye surgeries. Patients can count on Dr. Dell to choose the best technology available to fit their individual needs.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Steven J. Dell, please contact Texan Eye today.
Robert Marquis, MD, PhD
Dr. Robert Marquis is both a glaucoma specialist and a cataract surgeon. Born in Austin, he is a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.S. in Zoology and B.A. in Biochemistry. He received his M.D. and Ph.D from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center after completing his thesis work in Neuroscience at Rockefeller University of New York. His Ophthalmology Residency and Glaucoma Fellowship training were also completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Marquis joined Texan Eye in 2004 and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He focuses on sight-saving early detection and treatment of glaucoma, and the restoration of visual function and clarity utilizing premium intraocular lens implants such as ReSTOR® and AcrySOF® Toric during cataract surgery.
Dr. Marquis uses the latest technologies, including optical coherence tomography (OCT) and Heidelberg retinal tomography (HRT) to diagnose and treat glaucoma and to prevent vision loss. He offers the safest and most effective medical, laser (selective laser trabeculoplasty, or SLT), and surgical therapies available for glaucoma management. Surgical options include canaloplasty, trabeculectomy, and tube-shunt placement as well as experimental devices available through the several FDA clinical trials for which he is an investigator.
As glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States and worldwide, Dr. Marquis is a staunch advocate of research and development. Advancing new therapies aimed at preventing vision loss secondary to glaucoma, Dr. Marquis served as an investigator in two recent FDA clinical trials that involve two entirely new classes of glaucoma medication. These new surgical and medical research therapies add to the expanding armamentarium of glaucoma treatment that offers new promise and hope for the more than four million Americans with the eye disease.
Dr. Marquis is equally dedicated to utilizing the latest advances in lens technology for cataract surgery. With more than three million Americans undergoing cataract surgery yearly, applying and combining such innovative intraocular lens technologies grant patients the best possible results for clear vision at all ranges spanning distance, intermediate, and near. As such, Dr. Marquis now offers treatment to patients with mild to moderate glaucoma and cataracts. Glaukos iStent inject® is a trabecular micro-bypass stent that is implanted in the eye during cataract surgery and may help reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops in some patients. The stent is designed to reduce intraocular pressure and prevent further vision loss due to glaucoma. Glaukos iStent inject® may be an option for patients who qualify for the research study. We welcome patients with both glaucoma and cataracts to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marquis to determine whether they are candidates for this glaucoma treatment. Dr. Marquis is also an investigator for the Hydrus Intracanalicular implant. Approximately the size of an eyelash, this investigational implant is placed through a minimally invasive, microsurgical procedure and may reduce eye pressure by reestablishing the patient's conventional outflow pathway. Dr. Marquis is enrolling patients with mild to moderate glaucoma who are candidates for this study.
Please contact Texan Eye today if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Robert Marquis.
Theresa E. Wagner, MD
A Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Born in New Orleans, LA, she is a graduate of the University of Texas. She received her medical degree and completed her ophthalmology residency from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She has a Fellowship in Anterior Segment Surgery (Corneal, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery). Before joining Texan Eye in January, 1996, Dr. Wagner practiced in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Wagner currently provides ophthalmic services and LASIK surgery in the Georgetown area.
Isaac (Ike) A. Loose, MD
A Board Certified Ophthalmologist who sub-specializes in diseases of the retina and vitreous. He received his medical degree and internship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. Dr. Loose completed his residency at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. In 1994, Dr. Loose completed a 2-year Retina/Vitreous Fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Loose joined the staff of Texan Eye in 1998.
Donald A. Hollsten, MD
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Hollsten received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1977. He is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in Eye Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a full Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and was selected by his peers to appear in the Best Doctors in America publication.
Douglas E. Lewis, MD
A Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Born in Beaumont, TX, he is a graduate of Texas Christian University. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX. His internship was done in pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Dr. Lewis completed his ophthalmology residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. Before joining Texan Eye in 1999, Dr. Lewis was in private practice in Fort Worth, TX.
Kimberly Keeland, MD
A Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Born in Houston, TX, she is a graduate of the University of Texas. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX. Her ophthalmology training was done at the University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, TX. Dr. Keeland joined Texan Eye as a medical ophthalmologist in July, 2001, and she has practiced in Austin since 1986. Dr. Keeland is fluent in Spanish. In addition to her special interest in treating children, Dr. Keeland welcomes patients of all ages. She has been listed in the Texas Monthly edition Texas Super Doctors five years in a row and was also named by her peers to appear in the Best Doctors in America publication for several years.
Kristin A. Sargent, MD
A Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Born in Houston, Dr. Sargent is a graduate of Stanford University. She received her medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Sargent completed her internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston and her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Before her recruitment to Texan Eye in 2004, Dr. Sargent was an assistant professor with the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern for five years.
Dr. Sargent is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with a special interest in cataract surgery, which is the restoration of visual function and clarity with intraocular lens implants. With advanced lens designs such as ReSTOR® and Tecnis®, Dr. Sargent utilizes the best technologies in multifocal optics to correct both distance and near. She also combines these multifocal lenses with the AcrySOF® Toric lens implant to correct astigmatism when present to provide the clearest vision possible. Additionally, Dr. Sargent performs surgery to correct disorders on the anterior surface of the eye, including pterygium removal, and she performs upper eyelid blepharoplasty to enhance both cosmetic and visual function. She is conversant in Spanish. She welcomes adults and children, and treats eye diseases as well as provides routine care for glasses and contact lenses.
Dr. Sargent is currently a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the Texas Medical Association, the Travis County Medical Association, the Texas Ophthalmology Association, and the Austin Ophthalmology Association.
Yen Nieman, MD
Dr. Nieman returned to her home state to join Texan Eye as a Cornea & External Disease specialist. She received a Bachelor degree from Baylor University and a Medical degree from the University of Texas - Houston Medical School. She completed an Ophthalmology residency at Tulane University Medical Center and a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Keratorefractive Surgery at the University of Texas - Southwestern in Dallas. Upon completion of her training in 2004, she was recruited to be an Assistant Professor and Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. During this time, she also served as a consulting physician at the Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Assistant Medical Director for the Arkansas Lions Eye Bank and Laboratory.
Dr. Nieman specializes in disease of the cornea and ocular surface in adults and children: dry eye, keratoconus, corneal infection, dystrophy and malignancy...etc. In addition to cataract and refractive surgery, she performs both the conventional corneal transplant and the new partial thickness corneal transplant (DSAEK), as well as other ocular surface treatments: superficial keratectomy and phototherapeutic keratectomy with the excimer laser. Dr. Nieman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, the Paton Society of the Eye Bank Association of America, and the Castroviejo Cornea Society. Dr. Nieman has been serving as the Medical Director of the Lone Star Lions Eye Bank since 2009 and was recently named one of Austin's Best Doctors by Austin Monthly Magazine.
Lara Dudek, MD
A Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Dr. Dudek is a graduate of the University of Arizona. She received her medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University and completed her internship at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, both in Portland, Oregon. Her residency training was completed at the University of Texas Health Sciences Medical Center at San Antonio in 2008. Dr. Dudek's interests lie in comprehensive ophthalmology and surgery and she welcomes patients of all ages. Dr. Dudek is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, and the Travis County Medical Society.
Cecilia R. Sanchez, MD
A Board Certified Ophthalmologist who sub-specializes in the medical treatment of retinal diseases, especially diabetic eye disease. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Following her ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she completed a one-year fellowship in medical retina at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston focusing mainly on diabetic eye disease. She also spent time at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Vanguard clinics to focus on macular degeneration, vein occlusions, retinal tears, and other retinal conditions. Dr. Sanchez welcomes all adult patients, including those without diabetes or retinal disease.
Blythe E. Monheit, MD
Dr. Monheit specializes in the medical and surgical care of glaucoma and cataract patients. She routinely preforms trabeculectomies, the procedure considered amongst fellowship trained glaucoma surgeons "the procedure of choice" for progressive, advanced glaucoma. In addition, she performs shunts for appropriate glaucoma patients. She is one of the top surgeons in the area doing the iStent, one of the newer, Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgeries (MIGS). She is an investigator for several ongoing medical clinical and surgical trials, and can offer her patients advanced treatment options via this avenue. She performs state of the art cataract surgery, and can offer a TORIC lens implant (to correct high levels of astigmatism) when appropriate.
Dr. Monheit is from Birmingham, Alabama, where she was exposed to medicine at an early age by her father, who is a practicing Dermatologist there. She attended undergraduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was on the Dean's list and a member of the National Pre-Medical Student Honors Society. She double majored in French and English Literature, while still completing her premedical studies. As a French major, she attended New York's University affiliate school in Paris, France. Later, as a pre-medical student, she worked in the Children's Hospital in Nice, France.
Dr. Monheit received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree, she completed a transitional internship at Brackenridge Hospital, here in Austin. Her ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship were completed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and The Eye Foundation Hospital. After completing her fellowship, she was a clinical instructor with UAB.
Dr. Monheit has lived in Austin and practiced glaucoma focused ophthalmology since 2006. She has been recognized as a doctor who knows and cares for her patients as individuals, taking the time to fully explain their glaucoma and various medical and surgical interventions. She creates a partnership with her patients and enlists them as active participants and decision makers in their glaucoma care. She has built strong relationships with her patients and the community. She is frequently called upon to speak at meetings of professional societies and healthcare organizations on glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, both medical and surgical.
Dr. Monheit is an active member of the American Glaucoma Society, Austin Ophthalmology Association, Travis County Medical Society, Texas Ophthalmology Association, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also an active sub-committee member of the American Glaucoma Society. She is currently accepting new patients for evaluations, ongoing glaucoma care, and surgical consultations. In addition to her main practice in Austin, Dr. Monheit sees glaucoma patients once a month in Georgetown and Marble Falls. To schedule an appointment with her in any of these offices, please call the main Texan Eye number.
Neil R. Gurwitz, OD
A Therapeutic Optometrist. Born in Laredo, TX, Dr. Gurwitz graduated from Texas A&M University and the Southern College of Optometry. He went on to complete his therapeutic training at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Before he joined Texan Eye in 1996, Dr. Gurwitz worked in private practice and with the Texan Eye Center in Bastrop, TX. He retired from the Texan Eye clinic in Bastrop in 2007.
Robin K. Watson, OD
A Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Raised in Minnesota, Dr. Watson graduated from the University of Texas Austin, cum laude, and the University of Houston College of Optometry with Beta Sigma Kappa honors. She comanages refractive and cataract surgery, and performs comprehensive eye exams for glasses and specialty contact lenses. Before joining Texan Eye in 1995, Dr. Watson held several positions as a therapeutic optometrist in the Austin area.
Mark A. Licatino, OD
A Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Born in Port Arthur, TX, Dr. Licatino attended Lamar University and the University of Houston College of Optometry. He performs comprehensive eye exams for glasses and contact lenses. Before joining Texan Eye in 1995, Dr. Licatino held several positions as a therapeutic optometrist in Austin and Dallas.
Jeffery R. Lane, OD
A Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Originally from Ardmore, OK, Dr. Lane received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. At Texan Eye, he co-manages cataract and refractive surgery patients. He also sees patients for routine vision care including examinations for glasses and specialty contact lenses. He has served as an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Houston College of Optometry and is a volunteer with Vision USA. Before joining Texan Eye in 1999, he was a family practice optometrist in Killeen, TX. Dr. Lane is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Central Texas Optometric Society.
David R. Tauch, OD
An Optometrist. Born in Flatonia, TX, Dr. Tauch is a 1966 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He performs routine eye exams for glasses and contact lenses. Before joining Texan Eye in 2002, he held various positions in Central and South Texas.
Sylvian H. Ung, OD
A Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. A Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dr. Ung graduated from the University of Central Florida, magna cum laude, and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She comanages refractive and cataract surgery, and performs comprehensive eye exams for glasses and contact lenses. She is the Advertising and Public Relations liaison for Texan Eye. Dr. Ung volunteers locally and abroad, doing eye care mission work with VOSH International. She is named one of America's Top Optometrists by the Consumers' Research Council. Before joining Texan Eye in 2006, she worked at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA. She is a member of the Central Texas Optometric Society, the Texas Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association. She is fluent in Vietnamese.
Sara R. Langer, OD
A Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Born in Durham, NC and raised in Syracuse, NY, Dr. Langer graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens and worked as an Environmental Specialist for the state of Georgia before returning to school. She graduated from the Southern College of Optometry and joined Texan Eye in 2008. Dr. Langer performs comprehensive eye exams for glasses and contact lenses. She has volunteered with VOSH International and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Central Texas Optometric Society.
Noah Neiman, OD
Dr. Noah Neiman is a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston College of Optometry from which he received his professional training and Doctorate in Optometry. Dr. Neiman performs comprehensive eye exams for glasses and contact lenses as well as pre- and post-operative care for surgical procedures. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association, and the Central Texas Optometric Society.
Jennifer Catalasan, OD
A Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Dr. Catalasan received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she graduated magna cum laude and with Beta Sigma Kappa honors. Before starting optometry school, Dr. Catalasan worked at Texan Eye for four years in multiple positions. Dr. Catalasan was awarded "Letters of Excellence" in patient care by the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2010 and 2011. Dr. Catalasan rejoined Texan Eye in 2012 and is currently serving the Georgetown area by providing comprehensive eye exams, including exams for eye diseases, glasses, and contact lenses, as well as co-managing patients undergoing cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Catalasan is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Central Texas Optometric Society.
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