Dr. Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, MD

Dr. Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Female  ·  
50 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in San Rafael, CA and has been practicing for 18 years. She specializes in ophthalmology and other.Read her story

Eye Institute Of Marin

4000 Civic Center Dr Ste 200A

San Rafael, CA 94903
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Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Western Health Advantage

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Najafi-Tagol performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 98% of peers
Visual Field Defects
very high
more than 97% of peers

Dr. Najafi-Tagol's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Najafi-Tagol's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Najafi-Tagol "Dr. Kathryn Najafi-Tagol is board certified "American Board of Ophthalmology". She has been practicing Opthalmology for 13 years ."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Najafi-Tagol "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. She 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 her 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. She believed in offering the best quality care possible to her 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. Professional Experience: Founder and Medical Director of Eye Institute of Marin since 2004 Director of Glaucoma Service Solano Regional Medical Foundation, Solano County, CA 2000-2004"


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2  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Other

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

89  Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birthmark
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Hyphema
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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19  Procedures

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Stamford Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Doheny Eye Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Najafi-Tagol has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Najafi-Tagol's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Najafi-Tagol to family and friends
13 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

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Dr. Najafi-Tagol's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Dr. Najafi's attention to detail, warm, caring manner and level of expertise has given me full confidence in her and her staff. I recently had cataract surgery - both eyes, and am now seeing better than I have in my lifetime. Dr. Najafi has performed numerous sight-saving procedures on me, and I...more
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I have been a patient of Dr. Najafi for years. She is extremely knowledgeable as a doctor not only in Ophthalmology but general medicine. katy shows a lot of love for all her patients. Unlike my general practitioner that hardly spend any time with me, she spends as much time as I need. Katy is...more
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I went in for Chronic Dry Eyes.She offered a machine that "might " help LipiFlow.Completely useless and her assistant didn't know how to use it.$1750!!!!! Don't feel desperate enough to let them do it to you.
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