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Restoring Eyesight to Others Around the World

Dr. Douglas  A. Katsev
Dr. Douglas A. Katsev is a board certified ophthalmologist trained in cornea refractive surgery at the prestigious Jules Stein Institute at UCLA. Dr. Katsev is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and is an affiliate of Surgical Eye Expedition (SEE) International. In 2012 he received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award for many years of distinguished service to programs of the Society. He specializes in corneal surgery, which includes laser treatment on cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, as well as corneal transplants.

Dr. Doug Katsev is a board certified ophthalmologist and is also specially trained in advanced laser procedures including LASIK, cornea surgery and lens replacement. He was one of the first physicians to perform LASIK surgery in Santa Barbara and has been seeing patients at Sansum Clinic for more than 20 years.

As a member of Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International for the same period of time, Dr. Doug Katsev has performed thousands of examinations and procedures that have helped to preserve or restore the eyesight to people around the world who would have no other access to the procedures and treatments he brings to their towns and villages.

His most recent trip took him to several smaller cities across India, and also to an ophthalmology conference in Delhi where he was able to present new surgical techniques to the doctors there in hopes of improving the level of ophthalmic care that is available across their country.

Past trips have taken him to China, Brazil, Guyana, Honduras, and Mexico and even to the island nation of Fiji on similar missions. This time it was a family affair as Dr. Katsev was accompanied by his two daughters who volunteered in the organization’s efforts. Cailyn, 24, has plans to go into optometry when she graduates from UC Berkeley and Kiki, 22, attends UCLA.  Dr. Katsev says, “It was a very moving family experience for me to share with them the satisfaction of helping people and making a difference.”

Dr. Douglas  A. Katsev

During their trip they brought equipment and supplies to set up temporary screening sites and examined hundreds of individuals. Over just one week Dr. Katsev arranged more than 70 cataract surgeries and he also trained local ophthalmologists to perform the procedures on scores more that suffer from bilateral blindness due to cataracts. He plans to visit again next year to follow-up on patients and perform additional procedures.

Dr. Katsev recalls one such trip where he performed the surgery on three blind sisters who had not seen each other for more than 20 years. “Cataract surgery can produce almost immediate results in reversing certain types of blindness. To experience these women seeing again for the first time, and the joy they had in just looking at each other was immensely heartwarming.”


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