Our Investigators

Carol Aune, OD

Carol Aune, OD

  

Carol Aune, OD is the President and Director of Clinical Operations as well as a  principal investigator for Oculus Research. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Houston College of Optometry. She is a practicing optometrist and acts as the principal investigator for multiple research studies. As Director of Clinical Operations, Dr. Aune is responsible for overseeing staff and sub investigators. She has years of experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of eye disease as well fitting specialty contact lenses. She has been fully trained in clinical research including current GCP training. She also receives ongoing training to ensure that she is up to date with the latest research, technology, practices, and techniques in clinical research and optometry.

Tonica Johnson, MD

Tonica Johnson, MD

  

Tonica Johnson, MD is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist. She specializes in cataract surgery and is certified in a wide variety of advanced vision correction procedures including laser cataract surgery to reduce patients’ dependence on glasses. In addition to cataract surgery she also specializes in the care and treatment of patients with dry eyes, cornea diseases, glaucoma and diabetes.

Dr. Johnson has practiced in the Durham and Roxboro areas for the past 12 years and has performed over 7,000 cataract surgeries for patients during that time.

Education and Training

Dr. Johnson graduated from MIT with a BS in electrical engineering. She then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University. After her engineering training she worked as an engineer at Bellcore (formerly, Bell Labs), but had a change of heart and felt drawn to the medical field while participating in volunteer work. A graduate from Emory University School of Medicine, where she attended as a Full Dean Scholar, she completed her ophthalmology residency at Case Western Reserve University and her cornea fellowship training at Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California.

Osama Said, OD

Osama Said, OD

  Osama Said, OD is a graduate of North Carolina State University with degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, Dr. Said earned his Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. He is licensed to practice optometry in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and Florida.

Dr. Said has extensive experience in Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT – alternative to laser vision correction) and surgery comanagement. His clinical rotations included the world renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He is an avid fisherman and enjoys chess, diving, and all outdoor sports.

Dean Dornic, MD

Dean Dornic, MD

 Dean Dornic, MD is one of the Carolinas’ most experienced and qualified refractive surgeons, having performed thousands of successful LASIK eye surgeries and other vision correction procedures at his Raleigh/ Durham NC area practice and nearby hospitals! He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, vision correction specialist dedicated to the highest standards in ophthalmic surgery.

Dr. Dornic performs needle-free cataract surgery and laser assisted corneal transplants. He was selected as one of "America's Top Ophthalmologists" by Consumer's Research Council of America and was named a LASIK Gold surgeon by Sightpath Medical. Newsweek recently named Dr. Dornic one of "15 Leaders in Laser Eye Surgery." He has been honored by Castle Connolly as a "Top Doctor" in the Raleigh-Durham region. HealthTap named Dr. Dornic the top LASIK surgeon in the Raleigh, NC region. Dr. Dean Dornic is the first Raleigh/ Durham-area ophthalmologist to perform IntraLase®, a revolutionary advance in LASIK that utilizes a laser rather than a metal blade to make the LASIK flap. He is also the first area ophthalmologist to perform Intacs®, and implantable contact lenses.  Dr. Dornic also unlike centers that offer only LASIK, Dr. Dornic’s expertise and extensive experience in a variety of vision correction procedures means that he can offer the procedure most likely to satisfy your visual needs.

Dr. Dean Dornic is an active member of the medical staff at Rex Health Care Center, WakeMed Cary Hospital and Johnston Memorial Hospital.

After completing his ophthalmology training at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, he underwent additional fellowship training in refractive surgery at the prestigious Sinskey Eye Institute in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Dean Dornic brought his expertise in refractive surgery to North Carolina in 1998, and has been practicing here ever since. In addition to having a thriving LASIK eye surgery practice in Cary North Carolina, Dr. Dean Dornic is a recognized authority in vision correction procedures, having lectured at international meetings and publishing a book and various papers on ophthalmological topics.  He is a featured expert on vision correction on the many websites and serves as a medical reviewer for the Journal of Refractive Surgery and currently serves as the eye doctor for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.