Dr. Farzana Virani was born in Houston, TX to parents of Indian descent. She grew up in a household that demonstrated very strong family values and watched parents dedicate themselves to each other and the family. Her father’s work allowed the family opportunities to travel the world extensively and live in places like Indonesia, Tunisia, and Singapore.
When Farzana was only 13, her family was living in Indonesia when her father became very ill with severe pneumonia. Due to the lack of advanced medical care and technology, her father was deemed critical and put on a ventilator. Of course, like any young girl, her father was the center of her world. It was at this age, that she realized how fragile a human life can be. Hope, faith, and pure determination from the family permeated everyone surrounding them, and after 9 months of stateside hospitalization and a year of intensive rehab and therapy, her father's health was restored.
Farzana realized there is no substitute for strong community and family and that it is difficult to walk any path alone. From this time, Farzana saw that no opportunity should go wasted. No gift is too small. No second chance should be taken for granted. She took advantage of every opportunity available to her in life with her eyes wide open to the fragility of life. She knew that there was a higher purpose for her. She spent her high school and college years volunteering in hospitals, aiding on multiple mission trips, working in homeless shelters, providing free eye exams and screenings for the community, and participating in elderly care in low income nursing homes. During her college years, she became Ms. India Texas 2002. Dr. Virani graduated from the University of Houston with degrees in Biology and Psychology. She went on to study at The New England College of Optometry where she obtained her doctorate in Optometry.
Shortly after she began practicing, her father started to suffer from lung fibrosis as an aftermath of the original trauma to his body, passing away in 2009. Though the journey was arduous, physically and emotionally, there were many gifts; gifts of togetherness, solidarity, community, love, and the gift of time.
Since then, Dr. Virani has taken life by the horns with even more fervor. She practices as an ocular disease specialist at Mt. Vernon Eye Care in Dunwoody, GA with a focus on the impacts of cancer, inflammatory diseases, and hormone changes on the eye. She enjoys working with children and treating eye muscle imbalances which hinder children in their learning and school work. She has completed multiple mission trips, acted in and co-produced 4 films in 2015 and 2016, has been in commercials, learned yoga and meditation, and dedicated herself to teaching her patients holistic health and functional health.
She is participating in Dancing Stars of Atlanta to raise money for Alzheimer’s because she truly believes in finding the root cause of all disease processes. She believes everyone should live their life to the fullest potential. To have that taken away because of one organ malfunctioning, as in the case of her father, or because of any combination of inflammatory processes in the human body is something that should not be accepted. If we as a society can fund research to help our future, then we should take the opportunity to do it...even it you have to cha cha to make it happen!!
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