A Veteran’s Day Tribute

Every year, we celebrate Veteran’s Day on the 11th of November. On this special day, we honor and show gratitude to all the amazing men and women who have served our country. These members of the U.S. Armed Forces have made remarkable sacrifices to protect our freedom and we could not be more thankful.

This occasion also gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the veterans here in our very own NVISION community. These are the very same heroes who make a difference in someone’s life every single day by assisting them to gain their vision back.

Dr. Loren E. Little

Surgeon, Las Vegas, Nevada

Major, United States Army

“Having always been surgically oriented, I knew I wanted to go into something like ophthalmology, be an emergency room surgeon, general surgeon or OBGYN.

After attending medical school and an internship, I was drafted into the U.S. Army and initially was a paratrooper, then was assigned to an airborne battalion in Vietnam. During my time, I was the battalion surgeon and had about 600 people under my watch. Their health and welfare was my responsibility and I would travel around Vietnam to assist in any way I could.

I will never forget the night of January 9, 1970, when our command post was attacked. Although I was wounded in the chest and abdomen during the initial attack, I knew that it was my duty to help those around me in need of medical attention.

Dr. Little was awarded the Silver Star in recognition for his brave actions.

I was released on honorable discharge, allowing me to recover from my wounds the summer of 1970. After, I was assigned to a station where I did medical exams for people being drafted.

Once I was fully recovered, I started my ophthalmology residency in 1971 where I served as chief resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Since 1976, I have practiced in Las Vegas and am proud to have served my country and my community.” 

Dr. Emil Stein

Surgeon, Las Vegas, Nevada

Major, United States Army

Dr. Stein proudly served in the United States Army as the Chief of Ophthalmology for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His military service included two overseas conflicts: Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He was promoted to Major prior to an Honorable Discharge in 1993.

Dr. Paul Casey

Surgeon, Las Vegas, Nevada

United States Air Force


After receiving his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Casey went on active duty with the United States Air Force. Dr. Casey’s commitment to help stem the worldwide cataract epidemic takes him to countries such as Honduras, Namibia and Mexico, to orchestrate missions with the United States Air Force, Global Eye Care and Medical Ministries International.

Elena Foster

Executive Director, Concord, California

Army Reserves

“At the age of 17, I enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1999 as a combat medic and respiratory therapist. I served for a little over eight years, and was on active duty for five of those years. From 2002 to 2004, I was activated during Operation Enduring Freedom and also participated in a peacetime mission in Ecuador.”

Photos of Elena during her time in the Army Reserves.

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Luis (Armando) Gonzalez

Sierra Eye Care, Sacramento, California

Active Reserves for the National Guard

We are proud to be working among these outstanding individuals who have made tremendous contributions to both our country and our communities. We offer our sincere thanks, not only to our own veterans, but veterans everywhere, for your personal efforts and sacrifices in the past, present, and future.

Halos after LASIK Eye Surgery

By: Stanley Teplick, M.D.

One of the most popular options out there for achieving excellent vision is LASIK. By undergoing LASIK, people are able to see clearly without the need for corrective lenses. It’s an ideal treatment option for people suffering from refractive errors, which you may know better by the following names:

With that said, LASIK surgery is not without side effects, some of which can be more serious than others. As the surgeon here at Teplick Custom Vision, An NVISION Company, in Portland, Oregon, I’d like to take a few moments to go over one particular LASIK side effect: halos.

About LASIK Surgery

It’s helpful to first look at the LASIK surgery itself since it helps explain why halos occur. During LASIK, I create a flap in the topmost portion of the cornea, also known as the epithelium. Through this epithelial flap, a laser is used to reshape the cornea and improve the way light passes through the eye. Once the reshaping is completed, the epithelial flap is set down to heal.

Halos as a Side Effect of LASIK

Halos are one of many light sensitivity and light-related side effects that are associated with LASIK. By halos, we simply mean cases in which rings appear around bright lights and light sources. Also common and related to halos are starbursts, excessive glare, and issues with low-light and night vision.

Why Halos Occur After LASIK Surgery

When the epithelial flap is created, it’s necessary for the eye to heal. While healing from LASIK, the way that you perceive and view light will change. It’s one of the side effects that we let all patients know about when they visit us for a consultation.

How common are halos after LASK surgery?

Halos after LASIK are essentially a fact of the healing process. They are unavoidable to a certain degree, though they only tend to last a few weeks. Thankfully, there are things that can be done to reduce the duration and severity of halos.

Reducing the Severity of Halos After LASIK

One of the great advances in eye care over recent years is the advent of custom LASIK surgery. Using precise digital mapping of the corneas, we are able to pinpoint and reshape very minor imperfections in corneal shape. These lasers emit anti-glare patterns that provide an incredible quality of vision during the day and night.

How Patients Can Deal with LASIK Halos

To help improve recovery time and experience, it’s important that patients follow pre-operative and post-operative instructions to the letter. This will help reduce the duration of side effects following LASIK and also reduce the chances of complications occurring.

Patients should wear sunglasses when outdoors in order to reduce the severity of halos and glare during daytime. When it comes to night vision issues related to glare, patients should be wary of bright lights. If night vision is severely impaired, patients should avoid driving at night and instead rely on public transportation, a ride share service, or on friends/family members for rides.

Learn More About Laser Vision Correction

For more information about LASIK surgery, be sure to fill out the “Book an Appointment” button to schedule a free LASIK consultation.

If you’re in the Portland area, our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible results!

Are Halloween Costume Contact Lenses Safe? What You Need to Know

With Halloween less than a week away, many are finalizing the last details to make their costumes spectacular. At this time of year, yellow cat eye lenses, colored contacts, blacked-out lenses, or even all white lenses are especially popular for those dressing up to scare or impress. But, are these finishing touches safe? San Diego based NVISION Surgeon, Dr. Mihir Parikh, joins us for a Q + A to cover all things contact lenses to help you protect your eyes while making a statement this Halloween.

Optometrist Dr. Jon Crum’s Getting LASIK! Part 1: Consultation

Dr. Jon Crum of Crum Optometric Group in Chino Hills, California, is a trusted optometrist who refers about 30 LASIK and cataract surgery patients a year. Over his 20 years of work, he has referred a total of 600 patients! Now, it’s his turn to get the clear vision he helps his patients get.

In a recent interview, he explains what his consultation process was like: