About Our Doctors
NADER ISKANDER, MD, FACS
is a refractive surgery specialist with refractive surgery experience spanning more than 20 years, resulting in tens of thousands of excellent surgical outcomes, making him one of the most established and experienced fellowship-trained refractive surgeons in Texas. He trained at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and the Prestigious Kresge Eye Institute in Michigan. He further underwent a sub-specialty fellowship training in refractive surgery, the science and art of surgical vision correction, with an international pioneer in refractive surgery, Dr. Howard Gimbel, the 2019 inductee into the ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame. He has been performing laser vision correction procedures including LASIK, LASEK, and PRK since the late 1990’s. Dr. Iskander holds certifications for mastering every excimer laser vision correction platform approved by the FDA in the USA. He embraced “All Laser” Femtosecond LASIK technology at its introduction to the USA and is highly experienced on the Z-LASIK and i-LASIK platforms. Similarly, he also embraced wave-front guided and wave-front optimized laser treatments that revolutionized LASIK treatments and is highly experienced on all FDA approved platforms; Customvue, Zioptics, Wavelight and CZ LASIK. Dr. Iskander was awarded the Bausch and Lomb achievement award for his pioneering experience on the Zioptix custom LASIK platform. He was the first surgeon in Texas to introduce Carl Zeiss Excimer laser technology. Dr. Iskander is the first surgeon in south Texas to implant the newest generation toric intraocular lenses by Johnson and Johnson. More recently, he is one of few surgeons in San Antonio to offer the revolutionary topography guided Contoura treatments to his patients. A technological leap that offers personalized “thumb print” treatments based on individual surface corneal characteristics.
As a fellowship-trained refractive specialist, Dr. Iskander has been performing thousands of intraocular refractive procedures like Clear Lens Extractions (CLE) and Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) for over 20 years. Dr. Iskander is one of the few refractive specialists in San Antonio who implants the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL). Dr. Iskander’s experience with ICL dates back to the late 1990s, under the guidance of world-renowned Dr. Howard Gimbel in Canada, making him a prominent authority on the procedure before it was FDA-approved in the USA.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Nader Iskander is one of the most experienced surgeons in laser cataract surgery in Texas. He is the first certified surgeon in Texas on the LENSAR laser cataract surgery technology. As both an accomplished refractive and cataract surgeon, he was a pioneer in combining his refractive experience with cataract surgery to achieve spectacle independence for his patients. He utilized LRIs to treat astigmatism during cataract surgery before the advent of premium intraocular lenses. An expert on toric intraocular lens technology for correction of astigmatism, he has successfully implanted thousands of toric lenses using multiple platforms like Alcon, Johnson & Johnson, and Bausch + Lomb. As a refractive specialist, he was also a pioneer in using different multifocal and accommodating intraocular lens technologies before they gained popularity. Dr. Iskander is the first surgeon to implant Tecnis Multifocal low-add lenses in South Texas. He uses various advanced intraocular lens technologies to best maximize the visual needs of his patients based on the individual characteristics of their eyes.
Dr. Iskander co-authored a textbook on LASIK, has many publications in peer reviewed journals, and is frequently consulted by his colleagues and patients as an expert in his field for difficult cases and for remedying surgical complications.
Eye surgeons, Eye professionals, and other Physicians of various specialties entrusted their eyes to the experienced surgical care and management by Dr. Iskander when they underwent eye surgery.
He is known for his thorough examinations with his compassionate and honest approach. Dr. Iskander’s surgical finesse is aided by the use of state-of-the-art diagnostics, surgical equipment and techniques. Dr. Iskander is sought out locally, nationally, and internationally.
San Antonio has been home since 2002. Dr. Iskander enjoys traveling with his family, watching soccer games, and is an avid history buff.
ANTONIO URBINA III, OD
is a board-certified therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist who received his Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry. During his clinical rotations, he became proficient in treating and managing ocular conditions such as dry eye, cataracts, diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. To supplement his strong background in primary eye care, he also received specialty training in the co-management of glaucoma laser surgery, cataract surgery, refractive surgery, and various anterior segment procedures. In addition, Dr. Urbina was selected as a teaching assistant for Neuro-anatomy and Optics.
Here at San Antonio Eye Specialists Dr. Urbina specializes in treatment and management of anterior segment diseases such as dry eye syndrome, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), keratoconus, corneal transplants, and post-refractive surgical ectasia. He is passionate about fitting specialty contact lenses for patients with corneal anomalies whose vision cannot be corrected with glasses or additional surgery. He is an expert in dry eye therapy and has performed numerous therapeutic procedures to improve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Dr. Urbina is an active member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.