Welcome to Wellish Vision Institute

Eye Care, Vision Correction, Cataract Surgery, LASIK & Laser Eye Surgery Las Vegas

Wellish Vision Institute is a leading Las Vegas LASIK, ophthalmology & laser eye surgery practice. 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, Glaucoma treatment and much more! Las Vegas ophthalmologist 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 a cataract and LASIK 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 Las 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.

Welcome to Wellish Vision Institute

Our Vision Services

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 cataracts or dry eye, we have your vision needs covered. We diagnose and treat a variety of conditions through laser eye surgery in Las Vegas & Henderson, Nevada.

Best Surgeon

Best Surgeon

Top Doctor

Top Doctor

Best By Docs

Best By Docs

Wellish Vision Insitute has an excellent team of doctors that provide an impeccable quality of care, a passionate love of their work and a commitment that endears them to their laser eye surgery patients. Dr. Wellish has been recognized nationally by his peers as one of the leading LASIK surgeons in the country. He has also been honored as a Top Doctor in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as voted the best surgeon and best doctors doctor by local and national doctors.

Meet Our Doctors

Meet Our Doctors

Kent L. Wellish, MD

Founder and Medical Director

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.

Jay K. Mattheis, MD, MSPH, FACS

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.

William May, MD

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.

Douglas Van Putten, MD

For Douglas J. Van Putten, M.D., F.A.C.S. cosmetic surgery is both a professional career and a personal commitment that is dedicated to helping women and men achieve a more attractive, natural-looking, youthful appearance.

Dr. Van Putten is a specialist in Ophthalmic, Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery of the eyes, face and neck. Meeting the challenges of technical advances in his field, as well as evolving patient requirements, he can rejuvenate the brow, face and neck. He utilizes the most technically advanced lasers and surgical techniques available, including endoscopic cosmetic surgery procedures that leave no visible scars and offer quicker recovery times than traditional surgery.

K.C. McCandless, OD, FAAO

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, las vegas optometrist 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.

Isaac Ortiz, OD

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.

Matthew Chiapa, OD

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.

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