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"Combining innovative research with compassionate care, I am dedicated to advancing ophthalmology and positively impacting my patients' lives."

— Zarmeena Vendal, M.D.

Zarmeena
Vendal, M.D.

Dr. Vendal is a board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the owner of Westlake Eye Specialists. She has practiced in Central Texas for over 15 years has been voted Austin Top Doc by her peers in 2013, 2019, and 2020. In 2017 she was also recognized as a Woman to Watch by Ausin Womens Magazine.

Dr. Vendal is committed to cutting edge technology in both cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery. She was the first surgeon in the US to implant the RESTOR Active Focus Toric implant which gave patients access to both near vision and astigmatism correction at the same time. After training at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for glaucoma, she also brought MIGS technology to the Austin area with the use of the OMNI canaloplasty device allowing for a minimally invasive approach to glaucoma surgery.

Dr. Vendal’s commitment to the Austin community remains a priority. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Contemporary Austin Museum. She also served as the president of the Board for ConnectHer, an organization devoted to the advancement of women and girls locally and internationally. In 2019, she was honored to be named a candidate for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year initiative in Austin.

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Education

University of Texas at Austin (Bachelor of Arts - Biology, 1992-1996)

Dr. Zarmeena Vendal commenced her impressive academic journey at the University of Texas at Austin, where she pursued and successfully obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. This foundational education laid the groundwork for her distinguished career in medicine.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (Doctor of Medicine, 1996-2000)

Dr. Vendal furthered her medical education at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, earning her Doctor of Medicine degree. Her time here was marked by significant academic achievements and research contributions, setting a high standard for her future endeavors.

University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill (Internship in Internal Medicine, 2000-2001)

Dr. Vendal honed her clinical skills during her Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill. This period was integral in providing her with practical, hands-on experience in a dynamic medical environment.

Penn State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Residency in Ophthalmology, 2001-2004)

At Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Vendal completed her Residency in Ophthalmology. Her residency period was crucial in shaping her specialized skills and expertise in ophthalmology, a field in which she has made significant professional contributions.

Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Fellowship in Glaucoma, 2004-2005)

Dr. Vendal’s educational journey reached a pinnacle with her Fellowship in Glaucoma at Harvard Medical School, through the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. This prestigious fellowship allowed her to gain advanced knowledge and skills in glaucoma treatment, further distinguishing her in the field of ophthalmology.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

At the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Dr. Vendal earned her Doctor of Medicine, a critical step in her medical education.

University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill

Dr. Vendal’s internship in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill was a key phase in her clinical training.

Penn State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

She completed her residency in Ophthalmology at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a significant milestone in her specialization.

Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Dr. Vendal pursued a fellowship in Glaucoma at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, marking a high point in her advanced medical training.
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