Our Doctors

At Dell Laser Consultants, our patients receive the best care possible from some of the most experienced and extensively trained ophthalmologists in the industry. To learn more about the background of each of our medical professionals, please follow the links below. If you have additional questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

Steven J. Dell, MD

p-dr-dell-homeConsidered an international leader in refractive, cataract, and LASIK surgery, Dr. Steven J. Dell is a board certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of Dell Laser Consultants. He has dedicated his career to enhancing vision correction in the US and abroad, and he strives to provide each patient with exceptional, customized treatment and unparalleled results. An award-winning eye surgeon, Dr. Dell has been a featured presenter at major ophthalmology conferences around the world, where he helps to train other eye surgeons in the latest techniques. Furthermore, he is an advocate of continuing education, and his research has led to the development of some of the most advanced technologies available. Through his relationship with the FDA and several ophthalmic equipment manufacturers, he is able to provide patients with state-of-the-art innovations years ahead of other practices.

Dr. Dell believes he has a responsibility to help educate the next generation of eye surgeons, and he sponsors learning opportunities for budding eye doctors. These externships allow students to observe him performing groundbreaking surgical techniques and to develop practical experience in the field. Dr. Dell has also been the preferred choice for athletes, politicians, celebrities, and other eye doctors seeking their own eye surgery. With every patient the goal remains the same: to help each person achieve optimal visual acuity in the most comfortable environment possible.

Experience and Accomplishments:

Dr. Dell has served in prestigious roles for some of the most esteemed medical journals, institutions, and organizations around, including:

  • Founding Chief Medical Editor of Advanced Ocular Care
  • Chief Medical Editor of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today
  • Editorial Board of Ocular Surgery News
  • Founding President of The American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology at Tulane University


Dr. Dell is an active member of several renowned ophthalmology associations, including:

  • The Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology (Fellow)


Dedicated to the advancement of the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Dell has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including:

  • Second US eye surgeon to perform laser cataract surgery using a femtosecond laser
  • Twice elected as one of the Top 50 Opinion Leaders in Cataract and Refractive Surgery by his peers
  • VISX® Star Award, given to top 5% of refractive surgeons in the US
  • Named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly magazine several years in a row
  • Named one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • Named one of Austin’s Best Doctors by Austin Monthly magazine

Technology Patents:

Dr. Dell offers a range of technologies at his state-of-the-art practice to provide the best care possible to his patients. He selects the ideal option for each person based on their needs and goals. Furthermore, Dr. Dell has developed and patented numerous medical instruments and devices that hundreds of eye surgeons use today, including:

  • Dell Astigmatism Marker™
  • Dell Fixation Ring™
  • Dell PlumeSafe Ophthalmic Evacuation System™
  • Dell PlumeSafe Handpiece™

Dr. Dell continues to research and develop innovative techniques that further the ophthalmology field, as well as help patients to reduce their dependence on corrective lenses and to improve their eyesight.

Derek Cunningham, OD

dr-cDr. Cunningham’s advanced research cover a vast spectrum of eye are and neuroscience including; dry eye treatments, glaucoma medications and surgeries, retinal disease, cataract and lasik surgeries, cosmetic treatments and products, vision enhancement and sports vision. His innovative research has been presented at all major meetings ranging from the American Retinal society, the Academies of Ophthalmology and Optometry, to the American College of Sports Medicine. His research has been featured in many medical journals and showcased in publications such as Sports Illustrated and Forbes Magazine.

In addition to his teaching duties at Texas Tech, Dr. Cunningham also held adjunct professor status at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and University of Waterloo. Dr. Cunningham’s research background includes diabetic retinopathy, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma surgery and macular degeneration.

Dr. Cunningham is a nationally recognized educator, having provided continuing education lectures to eye doctors throughout the country. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is board certified by the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Cunningham has a special interest in Sports Vision and Performance, and is the Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section. He has worked with professional and NCAA sports teams, as well as often attending and presenting at the American College of Sports Medicine national meeting.

As Director of Optometry at Dell Laser Consultants (DLC), Dr. Cunningham specializes in the evaluation and management of vision correction surgery patients and coordinates Dr. Dell’s clinical research studies. He also coordinates and administers the optometric co-management and education programs for DLC.

Divya M. Varu, MD


Dr. Divya M. Varu is a board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in the care of cataract and refractive surgery patients at Dell Laser Consultants (DLC). As a fellowship-trained surgeon in iLASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation/PRK she provides a customized treatment plan for patients in order to meet their individual needs. She is also a skilled cataract and refractive lens exchange surgeon, performing surgery using full focus intraocular lens implants.  With her expertise in a wide range of complex pathology, Dr. Varu has expanded the services provided at Dell Laser Consultants to include comprehensive eye care and aesthetic services. She uses state-of-the-art treatments for patients with dry eye disease, keratoconus, ocular allergies, rosacea, glaucoma, retinal disease, and other concerns. Dr. Varu strives to translate the spectacular advances of medical science and technology into quality care for her patients.

Read Dr. Varu’s Patient Reviews

Dr. Varu has received numerous accolades and her research has been presented at the:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • World Cornea Congress
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Chicago Cornea Association
  • Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Varu’s memberships include:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • International Council of Ophthalmology
  • Texas Medical Board
  • Travis County Medical Society
  • Austin Ophthalmological Society

Dr. Varu has published in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent contributor to the medical journal Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. Furthermore, Dr. Varu serves on the Cornea/External Disease Preferred Practice Panel, which is a distinguished group of ophthalmologists who provide international recommendations for care to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

After graduating from the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Varu completed her ophthalmology residency training at the prestigious Northwestern University. During her training, she was selected as the first chief resident and served as the resident ambassador for the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology. Interested in the precise nature of corneal, cataract, and refractive surgery, she pursued a rigorous fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, working with world-renowned surgeons. Prior to joining DLC, she was in private practice outside of Chicago and later at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, an affiliate of Stanford University. Throughout her career, Dr. Varu has been committed to education and continues to be involved in training eye care specialists around the country.

Additionally, Dr. Varu is passionate about public service and has been a medical volunteer in Cuba, Ethiopia, and India. She has worked with the United States Senate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, and the American Medical Women’s Association on a variety of health care initiatives.

Dr. Varu looks forward to serving you and your families with your eyecare needs.

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