Steven J. Dell, M.D.

Ophthalmologist | Cataract Surgeon | Dr. Steven J. Dell, M.D. | Austin TX

Our Medical Director, Steven J. Dell, M.D. is an internationally recognized leader in refractive and cataract surgery. Dr. Dell has twice been elected by the worldwide physician readership of the medical journal “Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today” as one of the Top Fifty Opinion Leaders in Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Dell is an award winning lecturer, textbook author, editor and researcher. He has been a featured lecturer at major eye surgery meetings around the world, and his patented surgical instruments and medical devices are used by hundreds of surgeons. Dr. Dell is the Founding Chief Medical editor of the medical journal Advanced Ocular Care, and is also a Medical Editor of the journal Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Dr. Dell serves as President of The American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery. Dr. Dell has received numerous honors from his peers. He has been honored as a VISX Star Surgeon, an award given only to the top surgeons in the United States. Dr. Dell is consistently named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly Magazine, and he has been named one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.  Austin Monthly magazine has repeatedly named Dr. Dell as one of Austin’s Best Doctors.

Ophthalmologist | Cataract Surgeon | Dr. Steven J. Dell, M.D. | Austin TXDr. Steven Dell has been named a “Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly Magazine for the 5th straight year.

In 2010 Dr. Dell became the second surgeon in the United States to perform LASER cataract surgery. By using this ground-breaking femtosecond laser technology, Dr. Dell can now apply the incredible precision and accuracy of LASIK to cataract surgery as well. Through his research, Dr. Dell is able to provide the most advanced technology to his patients, sometimes years before it is available elsewhere.

Dr. Dell’s research for the FDA has helped bring new laser treatment approvals to the US, and his continued work in the development and refinement of new surgical instruments and devices has been the subject of numerous articles and lectures. He serves on the editorial boards of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Ocular Surgery News and The Video Journal of Ophthalmology. He has also served a member of the Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee of the American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery , the largest organization of its kind.


Dr. Dell has a strong commitment to education, and sponsors a popular externship where student eye doctors can observe his surgical techniques. Dozens of externs have traveled to Austin to take advantage of this opportunity. Dr. Dell has also personally trained several hundred eye surgeons from around the country in his surgical techniques. In fact, if your eye doctor practices in Austin, odds are high that your doctor trained with Dr. Dell. And while you will often see observers following Dr. Dell in surgery and in the office, you can rest assured that every single surgical procedure is personally performed by Dr. Dell.


Eye doctors have unique inside knowledge of the capabilities of all the surgeons in the Austin area. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that more Central Texas eye doctors have chosen Dr. Dell for their own eye surgery than any other surgeon. Dr. Dell has also operated on a variety of other physicians, current and former professional athletes, nationally known celebrities and politicians.


While anyone can claim to have the best technology in the world, there is simply no way that you as a patient can sort through the various claims. You can be assured, however, that Dr. Dell is at the leading edge of his profession, and will always offer the very latest and best technology available for laser vision correction. He currently uses several different laser systems, and selects the best attributes of each system for the individual needs of the patient.


Dr. Dell is a Board Certified member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the inventor of the Dell Astigmatism Marker™, the Dell Fixation Ring™, the Dell PlumeSafe Ophthalmic Evacuation System™ and the Dell PlumeSafe Handpiece™. He works closely with a variety of ophthalmic companies in the development of new products and technologies, and serves as a consultant to several major companies in the industry. Dr. Dell holds a faculty position as Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology at Tulane University in New Orleans, and is Co-Director of Refractive and Corneal Surgery at Texan Eye in Austin.

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