Dr. Raoof is a fellowship-trained and board-certified cataract, cornea, and LASIK surgeon. She is a highly acclaimed ophthalmologist and influential surgeon in the eye care industry.
Hello! My name is Dr. Duna Raoof and I am thrilled to be joining the NVISION teams at Laguna Hills and Newport Beach.
Why I Became an Ophthalmologist
I chose ophthalmology early on during medical school after witnessing cataract surgery. The precision, elegance, and beauty of eye surgery was absolutely captivating to me. I was further drawn by the tremendous impact vision has on a person’s activities, lifestyle, and happiness. I love my field and love going to work every day to witness the positive difference I make on my patient’s quality of life. I also have a keen passion for technology; and ophthalmology is a field that continuously has advancements in its surgical techniques and lasers. I enjoy constantly learning about and applying what is most cutting edge, because I believe when it comes to your eyes, you should settle for nothing less.
As NVISION continues to add clinics, the network of surgeons and centers also continues to grow bigger and bigger. Challenges are no surprise when a new center is added, but a consistent one had been the process of ordering supplies. Each center had it's own process and choice of supplier, chosen by the staff, allowing no room for standardization. The Source magazine features Stacy Gober, NVISION's Senior Director of ASC Operations, and discusses how membership in AdvantageTrust will benefit NVISION with cost savings and streamlined purchasing.
With millions of people in the U.S. currently suffering from farsightedness, and astigmatism, many have, or will consider LASIK as a possible treatment option at some point in their lifetime. However, there is still a general hesitation in today’s culture when it comes to actually having the procedure. While it is understandable that some might be a tad nervous about having a laser pointed directly at their cornea, the belief that LASIK is a relatively new, primitive, or dangerous procedure with dozens of pitfalls could not be further from the truth.
In the wild, I prefer contact lenses to enhance my vision. Nonetheless, because I oftentimes travel to arid climates such as Joshua Tree National Park, my contacts tend to dry out fast. On this account, I can always be expected to carry artificial tears within an arm’s reach. Eventually when my eyes have become irritated enough, I surrender to my glasses (aka a friendly reminder to tone down my enthusiasm, now that plastic frames are on my face.)
Not only do the contact lenses become a nuisance, but the discomfort can also be dangerous. Most notably when I’m rock scrambling and maintaining a grip between boulders, the last thing I want running through my mind is: Get ready! The moisture of your contacts are about to dry up...Oh dear, there goes your vision. A bit blurry isn’t it. Why do I remember now that rocks are scary and sharp?
The final straw was when I was camping in the Sequoias and lost one of my contacts. I had forgotten to bring additional lenses and naturally, my glasses. So… I had to function with one eye for the rest of the duration of the trip, which lasted for several days. For those who are active and love the outdoors, one of the best parts of a trip is the scenery. For me, when my vision was compromised, it felt like I was injured and then outcast from a place I loved so dearly.
Because of these experiences, I was overjoyed to get LASIK with Dr. Pirnazar at NVISION Newport Beach. To anticipate that all the years of overly dry contacts, worrying about if I packed my glasses, or waking up to a blurry picture were about to end! It’s electrifying! Check out the video of my procedure, below!
Now that my LASIK procedure is completed and I've given my eyes a few days to heal, my immediate goal is to backpack the Six Peaks in California. From there, I can’t wait to move freely, be independent, and live without worry – because my adventure, is ready to see again!