Welcome to Wellish Vision Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada

Since 1994, Wellish Vision Institute has been at the forefront of advanced vision correction, offering Las Vegas LASIK that is second to none at one of the most complete eye care centers in Nevada. Our commitment to patient care has led us to create a practice where our patients receive individualized treatment for LASIK refractive surgery, cataract surgery, and more with the latest technologies. We have put together a diverse staff of highly trained and experienced professionals in all areas of eye care, and we are confident that no matter what your needs are, we can help. We make it a top priority to always be on the search to find and implement cutting-edge technology for our patients in Las Vegas requiring All-Laser LASIK, cataract surgery, dry eye treatment and glaucoma treatment.

Looking for a Las Vegas LASIK surgeon? Look no further than the Wellish Vision Institute. According to a recent poll amongst area eye doctors concerning whom they refer their patients, family, and friends to, Dr. Kent Wellish was the #1 choice for LASIK in Las Vegas, more than any other LASIK practice in Las Vegas.

Wellish Vision Institute is the only permanent on-site All-Laser iLASIK center in Las Vegas owned and operated by a Las Vegas “Top Doc,” an honor bestowed upon Dr. Wellish by peer physicians on multiple occasions. Dr. Wellish has also been nationally recognized by Premier Surgeon Magazine for his work in cataract surgery. Additionally, Wellish Vision Institute has been nationally recognized as a Dry Eye Center of Excellence, offering Las Vegas residents state-of-the-art treatments for moderate to severe dry eye. Dr. Wellish has helped thousands of Las Vegas LASIK patients, and he can help you too!



Kent L. Wellish, M.D.

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.

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Jay K. Mattheis, M.D., 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.

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Aiyin  Chen, M.D.

Dr. Chen specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts, including both traditional and new cutting-edge modalities for treatment. Since glaucoma is a chronic disease, she believes that it is especially important to involve the patient in managing his or her own condition and to “find what works” for each patient.

Thanks to her superior residency training in comprehensive ophthalmology, Dr. Chen is also able to provide 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.

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K.C. McCandless, O.D., F.A.A.O.

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.

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