Doctors & Staff
Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, M.D.
- Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
- Founder and Medical Director of Eye Institute of Marin since 2004
- Director of Glaucoma Service
- Solano Regional Medical Foundation, Solano County, CA 2000-2004
- Internal Medicine Internship, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut, 1996.
- Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, 1999.
FELLOWSHIP in GLAUCOMA
- University of Southern California, Doheny Eye Institute, 2000.
Eye Care – Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologists are Doctors of Medicine who are clinically and surgically trained to diagnose and treat all types of eye disorders. They are the only eye care professionals certified to perform surgery on the eye. Ophthalmologists have graduated from medical school, first earning their Medical Doctorate (M.D.), and then continuing their medical education with specialized training in Ophthalmology (surgery and treatment of diseases of the eyes). Finally, some continue on to additional training (Fellowship) in a specific area of eye care, such as Glaucoma.
“I fell in love with ophthalmology during my medical school rotation in this specialty,” says Dr. Najafi. “I find it very rewarding to help people by improving their vision.”
Dr. Najafi is a specialist in geriatric vision care, which includes treating cataracts and glaucoma. She completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Doheny Eye Institute and is an expert at managing glaucoma through medications and/or surgical techniques. She also treats children with glaucoma and cataracts.
“I was inspired to specialize in glaucoma surgery by a 90-year-old patient who was blind from glaucoma. ‘Dr. Najafi,’ she said, ‘if you had been my doctor 10 years ago, I wouldn’t be blind.’ This made me realize how many people with glaucoma are unaware of their condition. Had they been screened and received early treatment, their vision could have been saved.”
“I believe in offering the best quality care possible to my patients,” Dr. Najafi says. “This starts by being a good listener. You can identify many problems just by listening to your patients’ description of their problems.”
Dr. Najafi-Tagol is a strong believer in patient education. “I want each patient to thoroughly understand his or her condition and I encourage questions,” she says. “I also stress the importance of regular vision check-ups and screenings for eye diseases.”
Crizelda Lauron, O.D.
Crizelda (Crissy) Lauron was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at the University of Miami. She then received her Doctorate of Optometry from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. As a licensed Optometrist, she is certified to diagnose, treat and manage diseases of the eye as well as use pharmaceutical therapeutic agents. She is a member of the California Optometric Association, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society, and American Optometric Association. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, hiking, travelling and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.