Having performed over 20,000 laser vision correction procedures since 1996, Dr. Chaknis is certainly among the most experienced refractive surgeons in the United States. Among the thousands of patients who have entrusted their eyes to Dr. Chaknis are fellow doctors, athletes, military personnel, lawyers, media personalities, and members of Dr. Chaknis’s own family. A strong advocate for the wonders of LASIK, Dr. Chaknis is proud to say that he, too, has been freed from the hassle of glasses and contacts. Personally enjoying the benefits of laser vision correction since 1996, Dr. Chaknis was literally one of the first American ophthalmologists ever to do the procedure and have it done himself! Learn more.
Having performed approximately 25,000 laser vision correction procedures over a fifteen-year period, Dr. Merkley is among the most experienced refractive and corneal surgeons in the United States. In addition to his role as Medical Director of Joffe MediCenter, Dr. Merkley is also a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical Branch responsible for training resident doctors how to do LASIK. Among the thousands of patients who have entrusted their eyes to Dr. Merkley are fellow doctors, pilots, military personnel, athletes, and Dr. Merkley’s own friends and family members. As a passionate advocate for the wonders of laser vision correction, Dr. Merkley is proud to say that he has personally had LASIK on his own eyes, and loves the lifestyle that comes with being less dependent on glasses and contact lenses. Learn more.
Having started his own private practice in general ophthalmology in 2003, Dr. Smith prides himself on delivering the highest quality of care in cataract and LASIK surgery. Having performed approximately 10,000 laser vision correction procedures and known both for his clinical skill and his ability to forge strong patient relationships based on trust, warmth and care, Dr. Smith is highly respected by his patients, colleagues, and the community at large. Most recently, the Consumer’s research Council of America selected Dr. Smith as one of America’s top Ophthalmologists. Learn more.
Dr. Heuer is among the most experienced refractive ophthalmologists in the United States, having performed over 22,000 laser vision correction procedures since 1996. Her interest in, and passion for, laser vision correction was born soon after FDA approval of the procedure in 1995, and has only grown over time. In addition to the depth of experience and clinical skills Dr. Heuer brings, she is also known for her caring, comforting demeanor. After spending time with Dr. Heuer, patients are not surprised to learn she trained as a nurse prior to becoming a medical doctor. Learn More.