Santa Barbara Opthamology
Santa Barbara Ophthalmology
The Katsevs Have Been Serving Santa Barbara For 30 Years
Santa Barbara Eyecare has partnered with Goleta Valley Optical to provide Ophthalmology services to our customers. Drs. Douglas, Nina, and Cailyn Katsev and the entire Santa Barbara Eyecare team strive to provide the best in eye care services. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our ophthalmology and optometry services and join our patient family by scheduling an appointment at our office.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Douglas Katsev | M.D.
Douglas Katsev, M.D., is the Surgical Director and founder of Santa Barbara Eyecare. Dr. Katsev grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Louis University and graduated from Emory Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia. He returned to his hometown for his ophthalmology residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis.
He did a corneal/refractive fellowship at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. He was previously practicing in private practice from 1990 to 2020 at the Sansum Clinic of Santa Barbara, CA. He has been both the chair of Ophthalmology at Sansum Clinic and Cottage Hospital.
After 30 years of dedicated work in the Ophthalmology world, he started Santa Barbara Eyecare in 2020. He performs more than 2500 cataract and refractive surgeries a year. Dr. Katsev is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has been on the editorial board of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today as well as has been a board member of the American College of Eye Surgeons and the Santa Barbara Surgery Center.
Dr. Nina Katsev | Optometrist
Dr. Nina Katsev is a Santa Barbara native. She grew up in Goleta and attending Dos Peublos High school. She then ran cross country at UC Berkeley before getting her Physician Assistants degree at Emory. Douglas and her met at Emory and were married years later when they would move to St. Louis to complete her second profession in Optometry at the University of Missouri. Nina specializes in post operative surgical care as well as full comprehensive eye examinations. She has inspired both her daughters to pursue a career in Optometry.
Santa Barbara Eyecare Services
The comprehensive eye exam looks at your eye externally and internally for any signs of eye disease, then tests your vision in a variety of ways. These tests includeExternal Exam, Internal Exam, Visual Function and Eye Health, Glaucoma Testing, and Visual Acuity
A value of 20/20 is normal (optimum) vision. This means that individuals who have 20/20 vision are able to read letters that are 3/8-inch (1 centimeter) tall from 20 feet (6 meters) away. The normal uncorrected vision (without glasses or contact lenses) refractive error is zero (plano). Individuals who don’t have 20/20 vision, have what is called a refractive error. A refractive error means that the light is not bending properly when it passes through the lens of the eye. The refraction test will tell the doctor what prescription lens should be used in order to have 20/20 vision.
Eye emergencies cover a range of incidents and conditions such as; trauma, cuts, scratches, foreign objects in the eye, burns, chemical exposure, photic retinopathy, and blunt injuries to the eye or eyelid. Since the eye is easily damaged, serious complications can occur from an eye injury thus, any of these conditions without proper treatment can lead to a partial loss of vision or even permanent blindness. Likewise, certain eye infections, other medical conditions, such as blood clots or glaucoma, and eye problems such as a painful red eye or vision loss that are not due to injury also need urgent medical attention.
Dry eye occurs when a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears reduce eye infections, wash away foreign matter, and keep the eye’s surface smooth and clear. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are poor quality. It’s a common and often chronic problem, especially in older adults.
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), is the most popular refractive surgical procedure. In this procedure, a laser is used to permanently change the shape of the cornea (the clear covering on the front of the eye) to correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. This improves vision and reduces a person’s need for glasses or contact lenses.
Ophthalmologists are physicians trained to diagnose, monitor, and medically or surgically treat a full range of ocular and visual disorders. Ophthalmologists are different from optometrists and opticians in their medical background and training, and in the conditions they can diagnose and provide treatment for.
Glaucoma testing requires careful evaluation of many aspects of your eye’s health – from eye pressure to cornea thickness to the health of your optic nerve. This article describes how your eye doctor assesses your risk and all the tests needed to properly diagnose glaucoma.
Myopia is a very common issue throughout the world. Approximately 1/3 of the population in the United States have the condition and over 90% of several East Asian countries suffer from myopia. While myopia may seem like such a common condition that it shouldn’t be cause for concern, it is actually associated with several very serious conditions that can threaten one’s ability to see..
Macular degeneration, commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the single largest cause of sight loss in the developed world and affects more than 10 million Americans. It usually affects people over the age of 60, but has been known to affect those who are younger. It is a painless condition that usually affects both eyes with the loss being experienced in the central vision. It does not affect the peripheral vision, meaning that it does not cause total blindness.