What is an Ophthalmologist?
An Ophthalmologist is a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and the prevention of eye disease. An Ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery, can diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform delicate eye surgery, and prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Ophthalmologists must complete four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of medical internship, and at least three years of residency in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye disorders before they can be licensed.
Dr. Zarmeena Vendal is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. She specializes in the treatment of diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and comprehensive ophthalmic care. Her surgical specialties include glaucoma lasers, glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery, and Prelex refractive surgery. Dr. Vendal attended college at the University of Texas at Austin and received her B.A. in Biology.
She attended medical school at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed her internship at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill. Dr. Vendal spent her residency at Penn State University, and in 2004 was accepted to Harvard Medical School’s prestigious Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for subspecialty training in Glaucoma treatment. Throughout her professional career, her #1 priority has been her patients, and she strives to make their experience a positive one.
Dr. Natalie Stanciu is a Board-Certified physician and surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. She specializes in orbital tumors and trauma, oculoplastic surgery, and diseases of the optic nerve/optic neuritis. Dr. Stanciu’s surgical specialties include orbital tumors, Thyroid Eye Disease, orbital trauma, and soft tissue trauma, oculoplastic surgery (including eyelid malpositions, reconstruction, and tumors; tear drainage system and BOTOX for facial spasms and cosmetic treatment), Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, and giant cell arteritis.
She attended college at Cornell University where she received her B.A. in Policy Analysis and Management. She went on to attend medical school at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She then traveled to Miami to complete her internship in medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Stanciu remained in Miami and completed her three-year residency in ophthalmology along with a one-year neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She came to Austin in 2011 to complete a two-year ASOPRS-accredited fellowship in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at TOC Eye and Face.
Dr. Stanley Saulny is a Board-Certified physician and surgeon who specializes in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery of the upper face and eyelids, as well as general ophthalmology.
He specializes in eye plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes, rehabilitation (like car accidents or facial burns), age-related changes (like droopy lids), and reconstruction after removal of facial tumors. Dr. Saulny obtained his undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy, where he studied engineering, followed by a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
After serving as an engineer and captain in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Saulny attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He continued traveling, and completed his Internship in Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, and his Residency in Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Institute in Los Angeles, California.
He finished his medical training at Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon, where he received his Fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery. Dr. Saulny’s goal is to ensure his patients appear – and feel – natural and rejuvenated after surgery. He believes it is well worth the extra effort it takes to avoid leaving the clear signs of conventional facial plastic surgery.