Eye Institute of Marin's Dr. Kathryn Najafi-Tagol Named "Best of the Bay"

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Dr. Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, founder and CEO of the Eye Institute of Marin, has been nominated by KRON 4 TV’s “Best of the Bay” viewers as Marin County’s “Best Ophthalmologist.” She is the first ophthalmologist in the Bay Area to receive the prestigious designation and will be featured on KRON 4’s “Best of the Bay” television program on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The program will air again on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

This recognition is truly an honor for me and the Eye Institute of Marin

"This recognition is truly an honor for me and the Eye Institute of Marin," Dr. Najafi said. "We strive to provide the highest quality of care in a setting that offers the most advanced technologies and treatments available today. This award is particularly meaningful because our patients are clearly pleased with the care they receive."

A longtime Marin County resident, Dr. Najafi founded the Eye Institute of Marin in San Rafael in 2004 because she saw the need for a state-of-the art eye care center in the community. Dr. Najafi wanted to establish a private, solo practice where she could provide the highest level of care and personal attention, and offer her patients the latest technologies for detecting and treating eye conditions and diseases. At the Eye Institute of Marin, Dr. Najafi provides the latest in cataract and glaucoma surgeries and treatments including, LASIK, ReSTOR® multifocal Intra Ocular Lens (IOL), accommodating Crystalens®, and Micropulse Diode Laser Trabeculoplasty.

"The rapid advancements in the field of ophthalmology over the past 10 years have been truly amazing," Dr. Najafi said. "Patients who once suffered chronic poor vision as a result of conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma are now able to choose from a variety of treatment options for improving their eyesight, thanks to new technologies and treatments. I have had the privilege of treating many patients with glaucoma and nothing is more gratifying than knowing that the early treatment and detection we have provided them has saved their eyesight."

The aging Baby Boomer generation is expected to create greater demands for eye care in the next 20 years. Age-related eye diseases including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration are expected to dramatically increase from 28 million to 43 million by 2020, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. By age 65, 1 in 3 Americans suffers from some form of vision-impairing eye disease and many do not know it.

Dr. Najafi is a board certified ophthalmologist and the only fellowship trained glaucoma surgeon in Marin County. She practices at Marin General Hospital, Novato Community Hospital and at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where she also is a faculty member. Prior to founding the Eye Institute of Marin, Dr. Najafi was a member and partner of the Solano Regional Medical Group and the Solano Regional Medical Foundation. She also is a founding member of the scientific advisory board of NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AMEX & TSX: NBY), where she has been instrumental in the development of an investigational treatment for eye infection.

Dr. Najafi completed her clinical fellowship at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California. She earned her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed her ophthalmology residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

About The Eye Institute of Marin

The Eye Institute of Marin is a solo practice, fully comprehensive eye care center in San Rafael, California run by Dr. Kathryn Najafi-Tagol. The practice provides the most advanced surgical and medical services, including LASIK, ReSTOR® multifocal Intra Ocular Lens (IOL), accommodating Crystalens®, and Micropulse Diode Laser Trabeculoplasty. The Eye Institute of Marin's staff members are highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to patient education and strive to provide the highest quality care using the most modern, state-of-the-art technology available. For more information, please visit http://www.eyeinstituteofmarin.com.

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Susan L. Thomas
Eye Institute of Marin
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