Our Team

About Santa Barbara Eyecare

Santa Barbara Eyecare provides the highest quality, compassionate ophthalmology to ensure you and your family are healthy and happy.

Meet the team

Meet the Team


Dr. Douglas Katsev


After 30 years of dedicated work in the Ophthalmology world, Dr. Katsev started Santa Barbara Eyecare in 2020. He performs more than 2500 cataract and refractive surgeries a year. Read More

Dr. Cailyn Katsev Ruck OD


Dr. Cailyn Ruck is a native of Santa Barbara. Practicing full scope eye care, Dr. Ruck sees patients of all ages and types. She is licensed to treat and manage the visual and medical conditions of the eye, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cataracts. Dr. Ruck is a residency trained optometrist, a distinction only 10% of optometrists achieve.

Dr. Nina Katsev


Dr. Nina Katsev is a Santa Barbara native. She grew up in Goleta and attending Dos Peublos High school. She then ran cross country at UC Berkeley before getting her Physician Assistants degree at Emory. Douglas and her met at Emory and were married years later when they would move to St. Louis to complete her second profession in Optometry at the University of Missouri. Nina specializes in post operative surgical care as well as full comprehensive eye examinations. She has inspired both her daughters to pursue a career in Optometry.

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