Why doctors choose Steven Dell, M.D. for their own eyes.

Doctors have a unique knowledge of surgeons and the medical field. We feel honored every time a doctor or surgeon chooses us for surgery on their own eyes. We have corrected the vision of the majority of doctors that have chosen to have surgery in Central Texas (and many nation wide). Discover why Dr. Dell is considered the doctor’s ophthalmologist, and why we provide every one of our patients the same level of care.

These are the very same reasons your eye doctor is likely to recommend Dr. Dell for your surgery. We have over 200 local and national eye doctors that refer patients to Dr. Dell. Every referring doctor knows that their patients will receive the same nation leading care and results that they would experience themselves at our center.

I may have been one of the longest holdouts to have refractive surgery, considering I have managed three eye surgery centers in the last 10 years. Truth was that I did not mind contacts and glasses that much at the time. Life seemed OK despite all the nuisances and delays that glasses and contacts impose on our lives. I helped people get rid of this physical handicap on a daily basis, but did not see it as a priority for me. Safety was never a question for me, it was more of an issue of simply accepting the current status quo (we all accept what is familiar and change can be a big hurdle regardless of the eventual benefit).

Then I had children….. Late nights, waking up in the middle of the night, wrestling with hands all over my face, spur of the moment swimming, all made my little nuisance of glasses and contacts a big one. Just so happened at the time I was also working with one of the leading LASIK authorities in the country. Although I have never advocated having surgery with a coworker for doctors, there is no one in the country I would trust more than Steven Dell in the operating room (you can also read about endless amounts of other doctors that feel the same way). In my profession of eye doctors, we all routinely read Dr. Dell’s articles and publications, but having an opportunity of having arguably the most respected surgeon correct my eyes was too cool to pass up (even though I work with him).

Shortly after having the procedure done, I had better vision than I had ever experienced with glasses or contacts. More importantly after gaining this freedom, I cannot believe I ever put up with the hassles of glasses and contacts. Irritated eyes, fluctuating vision, dirty contacts, constantly cleaning glasses, trying to exercise with glasses, allergies all seem like a terrible memory. After experiencing consistent perfect vision and thinking about what I used to go through, makes me wish I had done this the second I was eligible. I still catch myself getting caught up in the incredible clarity of the moon on a regular basis. I don’t know if I can even put a price on it.

Derek N. Cunningham, O.D., F.A.A.O, Dipl ABO

I wasn’t someone who was planning to get LASIK anytime soon, but when I started having problems with contacts I had to reconsider. I saw several ophthalmologists around town, spoke with friends who had the procedure and did some research online. They had all suggested LASIK and spoke of their concerns about my severe astigmatism. My experience during my initial consultation at Dell Laser Consultants made me choose them, and I am so glad I did. I was terrified by the thought of having someone operate on my eyes. At DLC, Dr. Cunningham spent a lot of time explaining exactly what was going on with my eyes, what my risks and benefits would be. I was pleasantly surprised at how thorough and understandable he was. During my day of surgery, the waiting, the surgery and after care was fantastic. Dr. Cunningham was always available if I had any issues or concerns. It’s been 6 months since my surgery, and I can’t believe how wonderful its been. Even at my last visit, Dr. Cunningham took the time to find me the right eye drops for the recent allergies I was experiencing. The front staff have been friendly and approachable every time I’ve been to visit. If you’re considering getting LASIK, I would highly recommend checking out DLC.

Farah Raqib,M.D.

I have been an optometrist for nearly 20 years. I have worked with Dr. Steven Dell, sending him patients for roughly 15 years. Over the years, I have sent him some of my more difficult surgical challenges in addition to several refractive surgery patients.

I have discovered a few things that I really like about Dr. Dell and his organization. The most important thing I have discovered is that they will only do refractive surgery when everything is 100% right. I have had a few instances where I referred a pt. for surgery and thought they were a great candidate but upon final testing at the surgery center, one measurement was not quite right and so either surgery was cancelled or postponed. In other words, there was a question about whether or not the patient was a good candidate. Other surgery centers would have done the surgery regardless, I know, but DLC did not. I like that. That is why I trust this center. Furthermore, I keep seeing results like 20/15 in each eye and even witnessed a patient read 20/10 and get every letter right. I have never seen that before. Frankly, I got a little jealous. So 2 ½ months ago DLC performed laser refractive surgery on my eyes and I am 20/15 in each eye. But the quality of vision goes beyond what can be measured in the exam room on the eye chart. Everything is just crisp. I have never seen this good before in my whole life. Words cannot describe the joy you get from not only the awesome vision, but the freedom to see without glasses or contacts. I am grateful to the Lord for my good vision but you can bet that I am also thankful to Dr. Dell and his staff for their commitment to excellence.https://www.dellvision.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/quote_end.gif

Hans Oosterbaan, O.D.

As an optometrist, my job is to provide the best care possible for my patients. That’s why I’ve always recommended Dell Laser Consultants when it comes to refractive surgeries. Dr. Dell and the entire staff at DLC treat my patients with the same level of care they receive in my office. The level of excellent, individual care and consistently great results are why I chose DLC when I decided to have the surgery done for myself. The care and results I received were exactly what I expected (first class all the way). My vision has been great since the procedure. My eyes have needed correction since the third grade. Even though I was quite comfortable wearing glasses and contacts, I was amazed by the freedom that I gained. The experience has been truly priceless. Thank you to Dr. Dell and the entire staff for a life changing experience.

Jason McCain, O.D.

Asked my colleagues in medicine for a referral, that’s how I learned of Dr. Dell. What impressed me the most was Dr. Cunningham. He’s the one I spent the most time with and have followed up with from the start. The front desk staff and the MA/RNs were all professional, polite, and best of all, all smiles:) I have had some minor problems, only because I went in (having been told by Dr. Cunningham and not by any other OD) that I have severe dry eye. My viison is near-perfect, it’s as if I never had glasses. The payment plan was a nice option too.

L. Kadir, MD

As a local optometrist, it is important that I can trust my patients’ eyes with the same doctor that I would go to. This is exactly why I had my Lasik done at Dell Laser Consultants. Dr. Dell and his staff are committed to providing patients with the highest quality of care. I was extremely satisfied with the entire Lasik process experience, from the initial consultation to the follow-up appointments with Dr. Dell and Dr. Cunningham. I have been very happy with the results of my procedure, and without a doubt I would not hesitate to send my own patients to see Dr. Dell. Thanks, Dell Laser Consultants!

Jennifer Kahn, O.D.

I had been thinking about corrective vision surgery for about 20 years, as I felt it would vastly improve my quality of life. And yet I remained apprehensive, as my livelihood literally depended upon my eyesight. Recently, intrigued by the reviews of several friends and colleagues who underwent the procedure, I began to consider it more strongly. I casually asked around–optometrists, ophthalmologists, anyone who had had it done… and the name Dell kept coming up. So I went for a consultation, and was very impressed. Dr. Cunningham, in particular, was excellent, patiently answering all of my many, many questions. And as he explained in one of our meetings, their laser is second to none in Austin. Taken together, the combination of the superb staff and state-of-the-art technology made the decision surprisingly easy. The actual procedure was even easier–completely painless, not a hint of eye irritation, and incredibly effective. I couldn’t be happier with my result or my experience at Dell.


Steve Henry, M.D.

I have been practicing Optometry in Austin for over 25 years, and have worked closely with Dr. Dell during that time working with a wide variety of patient situations and problems. I have always been impressed with the professionalism and expertise of Dr. Dell and his staff and the surgical outcomes have always been excellent.

When I decided to have refractive surgery on my own eyes, there was no hesitation about who to have perform the procedure. After seeing how well my procedure went and how well I could see after, several of my staff members also had Dr. Dell operate on their eyes. I have such confidence in Dr. Dell that when my sister, who lives in Colorado, asked me who she should see for LASIK, I insisted she come to Austin to have it done.

I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Dell to all my patients for refractive surgery.

Dan E. McQueen, O.D.

I researched my LASIK options for several years before I decided on Dell Laser Consultants. My research consisted of asking my fellow optometrists this simple question: “Who would you send your family member to for LASIK?” The answer was the same every time…Dr. Dell. After co-managing on several post-op LASIK patients from Dr. Dell and witnessing outstanding results, I finally made the decision to do it myself. My only regret was waiting as long as I did.

Tom Wilkins, O.D.

I decided to get LASIK surgery due to the nuisance of allergies with soft contact lens use. I chose Dr. Steven Dell to peform Custom LASIK due to the fact that I was seeing my patients who also decided on LASIK return to our office in Bee Cave and get close to 20/20 or even better vision post-op. Most importantly I chose Dr. Dell to perform my LASIK due to his level of expertise and knowledge within the field.

The process of pre- and post-op was quite simple, both Dr. Dell and Dr. Derek Cunningham spoke with me about the different options and explained which suited me the best. The actual surgery was amazingly quick and painless. Better Visual acuity was immediate right when I walked out of the surgical suite. The next day I was back at the office seeing patients. My vision has been greatly enhanced and the allergy issues have been virtually non-existent. Looking back, I wish I had made the decision sooner rather than later.

Nolan Barit, OD

The decision of entrusting my eyes to Steven Dell is quite easy actually. He is known for versatility and competency in a variety of refractive procedures using ground breaking laser technology. He has more than 20 years of experience and always use the best technology available. The staff was also very friendly and competent, making you feel at ease. Overall, it was a great experience w/ superb outcome.

Tram Truong, OD

I love my new vision w/Lasik performed by Dr. Dell and would recommend him to family and friends.

Brenda Forbes, O.D.

Just a short note to let you know how thrilled I am with the outcome of my recent cataract surgery. With my long standing history of herpes keratitis, I knew that I was not an average, run of the mill patient, but I need not have worried at all. You, Dr. Dell and the other members of the Dell team in your 3 locations provided superb care and I can’t tell you how grateful I am. Immediately after the surgery I couldn’t believe that I had no pain or discomfort, and on the very first post operative day, my vision had improved dramatically.

It is now 6 weeks post surgery, and with my increased visual acuity, I can read the smallest print anywhere, my tennis game has greatly improved now that I have binocular vision, and my night time driving has improved to the point that I am no longer a menace on the road. (much to my wife’s delight!)

Dr. Cunningham, I think you know how grateful and appreciative I am for the wonderful care I have received; please convey my thanks and appreciation to Dr. Dell.


David Levy, M.D.

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