Wellish Vision Institute is a leading ophthalmology practice and LASIK provider in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our commitment to patient care has led us to create a practice where our patients receive individualized treatment for LASIK laser vision correction, laser-assisted cataract surgery, advanced dry eye treatment and much more! Dr. Wellish and his staff make it a top priority to seek out the most innovative technology and combine it with decades of experience for our patients. If you’re looking for an eye surgeon in Las Vegas, look no further than the Wellish Vision Institute.
According to a recent poll amongst area eye doctors concerning to whom they refer their patients, family and friends, Dr. Kent Wellish was the #1 choice for LASIK in Las Vegas, more than any other LASIK eye surgeon in the greater Vegas area.
Wellish Vision Institute is the only permanent on-site, all-laser LASIK center in Las Vegas owned and operated by a “Top Doc;” an honor bestowed upon Dr. Wellish by peer physicians on multiple occasions. Our very own Dr. Wellish has also been nationally recognized by Premier Surgeon Magazine for his outstanding work in cataract surgery. On top of that, Wellish Vision Institute has been nationally recognized as a Dry Eye Center of Excellence, offering Las Vegas residents some of the most innovative and up to date treatments for moderate to severe dry eye.
At Wellish Vision Insitute, we pride ourselves on offering an extensive list of eye care treatments. Whether you are in need of LASIK or you are suffering from dry eye, we have your vision needs covered. We diagnose and treat a variety of conditions.
Dr. Wellish has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Refractive Surgery and is a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Wellish is the first surgeon in Nevada to perform laser vision correction (July 1994), and has been honored twice by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and has also been honored by several members of Congress for his work.
Dr. Wellish’s published work is used to train surgeons to perform laser vision correction. He also performed pioneering research in Excimer Laser Vision Correction and became one of the first surgeons in the world to complete a two-year university fellowship in corneal and laser refractive surgery.
Dr. Mattheis (pronounced “MATH-EYES”) is an adult comprehensive ophthalmologist. His work has been nationally recognized by Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans, and the Consumers’ Research Council of America has selected him as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists.
Dr. Mattheis specializes in many areas of adult eye care, including dry eye (offering LipiFlow and IPL treatments), diabetic eye care, macular degeneration, glaucoma, LASIK and cataract pre- and post-op care. Dr. Mattheis also specializes in acute eye care problems and reserves appointment slots for immediate availability by appointment at both our east and west office locations.
Dr. Saboori specializes in medical and surgical treatments of glaucoma and cataracts, including both traditional and newer microinvasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS). He is a strong believer that the treatment of glaucoma is as much about preserving vision as it is helping his patients maintain their quality of life. He seeks to keep his patients informed and tailor their care to each individual’s needs.
Thanks to his well-rounded training in comprehensive ophthalmology, Dr. Saboori also provides quality care to patients with a variety of other ocular conditions, including those due to diabetes, macular degeneration, optic nerve and/or visual field disorders, and inflammatory conditions of the eye, including dry eye.
Dr. May attended the University of California at San Diego where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978. He then went to the University of California at Davis School of Medicine where he graduated as the Morton Levitt Research Scholar in 1984. He did his internship and residency in Ophthalmology at the Los Angeles County- University of Southern California Medical Center finishing in 1988. He stayed in private practice in Southern California until 2012 when he began working for Johns Hopkins in Saudia Arabia as the Chief of Cornea and refractive surgery at Saudia Arabia’s The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital.
In 2015 Dr. May returned to the US where he worked at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 3 years. In addition to his expertise in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery Dr. May has developed extensive skill in caring for Dry Eye Disease. He is currently studying, performing and lecturing on a new treatment for dry eye that has implications for both cataract and LASIK surgery. Dr. May is a national and international lecturer in Ophthalmology. He speaks around the world in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at U.S.C.
Dr. McCandless received his undergraduate degree in zoology with a minor in business from Brigham Young University (BYU). While attending BYU, he completed a VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity) trip to Mexico, where he assisted in the distribution of 15,000 pairs of eyeglasses – 10,000 of which he personally collected – to underprivileged people. For his service, Dr. McCandless was awarded the college’s Community Outreach Award by the faculty and staff.
At Ohio State University (OSU), he excelled while working on his O.D., graduating Beta Sigma Kappa, cum laude and with OSU honors. During his schooling, he worked all four years at an optometry clinic, where he participated in the treatment and prevention of ocular disease.
Dr. Alexander Choy, originally from the Portland, Oregon area, graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from Oregon State University before earning his Doctor of Optometry degree as a cum laude graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. His training includes patient care at the Illinois Eye Institute, the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Tennessee, and the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas.
Prior to joining Wellish Vision Institute, Dr. Choy worked in private practice optometry, where he fit specialty contact lenses and worked in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.
Dr. Ortiz is residency-trained optometrist who has lectured at multiple optometric conferences. These conferences include The American Academy of Optometry and Mid-Western University. He works with the Wellish Vision Institute research team as a sub-investigator for clinical trials.
Dr. Ortiz is glaucoma certified optometrist who manages the treatment of diabetes, macular degeneration, and other ocular diseases. He is involved with cataract post-operative care and dry eye treatments such as, LipiFlow and IPL treatments.
Dr. Matthew Chiapa was born and raised in the city of Bakersfield, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of California at Riverside
After college he immediately attended the Southern California College of Optometry where he earned his degree in Optometry. He was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society all four years of his attendance and was the recipient of the Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship. He developed an interest in the management of ocular disease as he attended clinical rotations at the Spark M. Matsunaga Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Hawaii, the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California, and finally at the Wellish Vision Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada. When Dr. Chiapa received his degree, he decided to begin his optometry career here in Las Vegas and what better place to start than the Wellish Vision Institute.