Category Archives: Vision Stories

Mystery of the Giant Eyeball has been cracked

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Its not every day that you find an eyeball the size of your hand at the beach. A clam, some tar, a shell – all common treasures to be found with the incoming tide. But an eyeball fit for a mythical monster? Not on your average weekend.
This unusual eye was found last Wednesday by a fisherman at Pompano beach, Florida. A great deal of mystery and speculation have surrounded its discovery, creating wild theories of monsters and the apocalypse. Fortunately, more recent scientific analysis has stomped such notions and concluded this eyeball to be that of a swordfish. It was said to have been cut out by a fisherman, then discarded (most likely when reminded of the legality of such actions). With the case now being solved, the only real mystery left is how it got all the way to shore in such pristine condition.
Do you think this eye would be a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery or Laser Cataract Surgery? Find out if you are today at NVISION Laser Eye Centers.

Arika Sato gets LASIK

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American Nisei television personality and host, Arika Sato recently graced our presence when she decided poor vision should be a thing of the past. Arika underwent LASIK surgery at our Torrance center and couldn’t be happier with the results. Here is what she had to say:

NVISION Alumni Casey Kotchman signs big contract with The Indians

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After experiencing eye issues during his 2010 season, the veteran baseball player gave NVISION’s Dr. Tooma a visit to see how the issue could be resolved. Tooma quickly diagnosed the problem as a bacterial infection and performed a surgery that cleared out his tear ducts. With a boost in his vision, Kotchman’s batting average increased and gave the player ‘a new look’ at the game. With increased playing ability, Kotchman was given a $3 million dollar deal with The Indians this past Friday. Good luck Casey!
More on Casey’s new contract here.

The latest trend – Steve Job’s Glasses

The most recent example of tragedy turning to trend comes in the form of the late Steve Jobs. The glasses in which he was featured wearing on the cover of his biography have now become the new ‘must have’ accessory. The German manufacturer of the specs, Lunor is trying to capitalize on their popularity by heavily promoting images of steve jobs on their website. At a recent trade show in Hong Kong, a Steve Jobs shrine was constructed, to display the frames. Whether the idea of this is genius is or shameless is up to you to decide. If you want to get your hands on some of these spectacles, they will cost you over $450. According to company executives, the glasses have been selling like hotcakes.

Turn Your Brown Eyes Blue

A recent development by the California Medical Company has made it possible to turn brown eyes into bright blue eyes. Apparently everyone has blue eyes but when you are born, most of our blue color is covered by a thin layer of pigment. The new technology uses a laser to fire through the cornea and disrupt the pigment. The disruption forces the body to digest the brown pigment, leaving the patient with dazzling baby blue eyes.

The controversial procedure takes only 20 seconds but doesn’t turn them blue instantly. Eyes will actually get darker for a week and then slowly turn blue between two and four weeks post-procedure. The cost of changing your eye color is set to be around $5,000 and will be available in the US in about three years. Can’t wait that long? You will be able to get it done in Europe in about 18 months.

Turning your eyes blue seems like a revolutionary concept, but are there any downsides? According to Dr. Brian S. Boxer Wachler, an ophthalmologist and director of the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills, once the disruption occurs and your brown pigment is eaten away, it can never come back. He is also concerned of potential long-term risks of Glaucoma or Cataracts. The cost of the procedure is close to that of LASIK surgery and should put things into perspective if you are considering either.

Who Doesn’t love perfect vision?

At NVISION Laser Eye Centers we are committed to providing the best results possible when it comes to your vision. We love to hear feedback on how our alumni are enjoying their vision. We ask you to submit your stories so we can share them with our staff and other patients. Making a difference in people’s lives makes all the difference for us. Here are some of our alumni and what they had to say:


I am 4 weeks post surgery, I chose the PRK procedure. Dr. Parikh is a skilled surgeon with amazing bedside manner. I was a little apprehensive about having the surgery and then fearful of the possible lengthy and painful recovery process. I felt Dr. Parikh was honest but encouraging about the process. I am so glad I decided to put my eyes in his hands. The results are amazing !!! Thank You Dr. Parikh!!!

Myself and Dr. Tooma after my surgery 4 months ago. I’ve had this beautiful realization of how happy this surgery has made me. Time to time I look up at the sky and see perfectly the clouds and the shapes of leaves and I have to say- I still find it unbelievable that I live life without my glasses or contacts. Very wild and I couldn’t be more satisfied.

Dr. Tooma!!! NVISION — Incredible experiencce and all you folks are simply the best!! After 43 YEARS of glasses and unruly contact lenses, I got my own eyes returned to me in less than fifteen minutes. By the way, I’ve experienced NO complications whatsoever. What a miracle!! I don’t remember this photo being taken though, I guess I was still pretty doped up….

Harry Potter and your VISION

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 3D: it is the blockbuster event of the summer. Whether you’ve been counting down the days on your calendar or aren’t really much of a Potter fan, there may be a reason for everyone to see it. A new study by leading eye experts finds that 3D technology can be a key identifier of sight problems. Conditions such as lazy eye and squints are easily diagnosable by watching 3D movies due to the technology’s requirements for both eyes to be working in sync effectively. Certain eye conditions can cause a 3D movie experience to be nonexistent, nauseating, dizzying, or even cause double vision. The College of Optometrists is now suggesting that if movie-goers experience any discomfort during The Deathly Hallows 3D (or any other 3D movie for that matter), they should make an appointment for a check-up with their eye doctor.

It is even more important for children to identify such problems while their eyes are still developing because it is possible to receive treatment before it is too late. A relevant question that is often asked is: can 3D movies hurt my eyes? According to Dr Susan Blakeney, from the College of Optometrists in London, “There is no evidence to suggest using 3D technology can damage the eyes. If you can’t see the 3D effect, or feel dizzy, tired or uncomfortable when viewing 3D and have not had this problem investigated before, we recommend an eye examination.”

If you do find yourself in a painful situation at the new Harry Potter film, there still may be hope. Dr Blakeney suggests that optometrists can not only help your eye condition identified through these movies, but can incorporate special lenses known as prisms, into your glasses. Prisms allow you to view 3D films in full comfort, even if your eyes aren’t working properly. Check out your local Orange County Lasik provider or optometrist to discuss any further complications.

CNN spotlights Kurt Weston

We were fortunate enough to spend a couple days with Kurt Weston at the Newport Beach Film Festival last month. He is a talented artist/photographer who has gone through a life journey unmatched by most people. After dealing with Cytomegalovrus, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, and becoming legally blind, the survivor has pushed on to create masterpieces of art that inspire us all. We got a chance to display samples of his work at our pop-up store and were able stand in the presence of a truly unique individual. CNN has recently picked up his story which you can find here. Below is some of his work as well as behind the scenes action of Kurt at the festival. Or check out more at Shared Visions.

San Diego Chargers’ Malcom Floyd speaks about his LASIK experience with NVISION Laser Eye Centers

Malcom Floyd former NVISION Laser Eye Center PatientDr. Mihir (Max) Parikh is the Team Ophthalmologist for the San Diego Chargers. Dr. Parikh of NVISION La Jolla has been the Official Ophthalmologist of the San Diego Chargers for the past 7 years. Dr. Parikh has completed more than 12,000 LASIK procedures, many of which have been Chargers and San Diego State Aztecs’ athletes.

One of Dr. Parikh’s most recent surgeries for the San Diego Chargers is one of Philip Rivers’ main targets on the field, Malcom Floyd. Malcom Floyd just finished his 6th season in the NFL and had a phenomenal season with the Chargers. #80 Malcom Floyd caught six touchdown passes and had 717 receiving yards for the 2010-2011 year. Malcom Floyd told NVISION Laser Eye Centers, he can see the ball better and with his good statistics he “can attribute playing well due to my LASIK.”

Head Athletic Trainer, James Collins explains that he feels the biggest feedback he receives from his athletes is that the “clarity of what they can see on the field, helps their reaction time.”

Dr. Parikh has also performed LASIK on other key Chargers players, such as former wide receiver Kassim Osgood, as well as cornerback Quentin Jammer. Quentin Jammer told Dr. Parikh, “Thank you for making me a better football player. I can’t wait to get on the field.”

Watch this video to learn how LASIK can improve the performance of athletes on and off of the field and how it can enhance their skills as an athlete.

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The Brilliance of the September Moon

The full moon this month falls on September 23rd, the same day as the autumn equinox, also known as the beginning of fall.  The full moon of September is well known for being particularly vivid and detailed, and often seems to be bigger, brighter and more colorful than other full moons. These effects are related to the seasonal tilt of the earth.  On a clear, early fall night it is common to be able to be able to view the dry seas, mountain peaks, fields and of course the craters of our planet’s closest celestial companion.

September’s full moon has significance across various cultures.  In American myth and folklore the full moon of September is known as the Harvest Moon – the reason being that the bright, vivid moon was said to help farmers work into the night as they worked diligently to harvest their crops on time.

Chinese culture marks September’s full moon with the Moon Festival, also called the Mid Autumn Festival. The Moon Festival is a major holiday in several Asian countries. Traditionally on this day Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together.

Of course, the September moon in all its glorious detail is best enjoyed with freedom from glasses and contacts.  And with recent LASIK innovations at NVISION Laser Eye Centers, such as use of the Wavefront Analyzer in treatment, results can include greater clarity of vision and less complaints of glares and halos at night.  And that makes the September moon all the more special, doesn’t it?