Alittle more than 20 years ago, Dr. Brian Stahl opened Stahl Vision Eye Laser and Surgery Center in Dayton. Today, it is one of the premier ophthalmologist centers in the area, offering eye laser and cataract surgery as well as state-of-the-art implants. With more than 40 employees, the business has grown into a regional practice, serving patients from around the Miami Valley and beyond.

According to Diana Ernst, one of two refractive coordinators in the practice, Stahl Vision focuses on all things surgical related to the eye.

“We don’t offer glasses or contacts here,” Ernst says. “Our surgical procedures are high level and with all the newest technology patients can end up basically seeing in (high definition).”

In fact, when Ernst herself had LASIK surgery five years ago she couldn’t believe the difference it made in her vision.

“The first time I started seeing right after my surgery I literally started crying,” Ernst says. “Everything is so defined now. It’s amazing.”

Stahl Vision offers free LASIK exams to help people determine if the procedure, which surgically corrects near sightedness or myopia, is right for them. Together with Dr. James Knowles, Stahl has helped thousands of patients over the years, using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

“We have a new procedure that uses topography-based measurements of the eye,” Ernst says. “This allows corrections unique to each person’s eyes.”

Topography-based LASIK is the first FDA approved advancement in LASIK in more than a decade. Known as “Topo-LASIK,” the procedure has the highest patient-satisfaction rate of any corrective vision procedure. People interested in LASIK initially have a meeting with one of the doctors. After evaluation and determination of suitability for the procedure members of the team will provide details and address concerns and costs.

“One thing that is really great here is that patients meet with their surgeon before the surgery date,” Ernst says. “The doctor who will be performing the procedure is there to answer questions and address concerns.”

Today’s LASIK doesn’t just correct vision to duplicate contacts or glasses, but with the topography measurements vision can often be corrected beyond that, creating true high-contrast vision. The procedure also corrects tiny imperfections that may cause night vision problems such as halos and glare. These can’t often be corrected with traditional glasses or contacts. Stahl is the only ophthalmologist practice in the area to offer CustomVision using Wavelight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q lasers.

In addition to custom LASIK procedures, Stahl Vision offers treatment for glaucoma and cataracts. Cataracts often appear as people grow older. Near vision or presbyopia often gets progressively worse as people age, resulting in a need for bifocals or reading glasses. And for many people older than 50 the eye lens starts to cloud, eventually leading to an inability to see well, even with corrective lenses. Cataracts are often worse in diabetics and in people who have a family history.

“We have an outpatient facility right here so people don’t have to go to a hospital for cataract surgery,” Ernst says. “Most surgeries are about two hours long and feedback has been great. Most people will see better immediately afterwards.”

Stahl offers refractive lens exchange or implants for cataract patients, which often fix astigmatisms and near sightedness.

“For most patients over the age of 55 refractive surgery is the most appropriate,” Ernst says. “We offer advanced Lifestyle Lenses that have two points of vision—for distance and up close. So not only are they getting better vision because their cataracts are removed but they are getting out of glasses and contacts.”

The artificial lenses are best suited to individuals who are relatively healthy, over 50 years old, possibly with early cataracts and who need glasses for both distance and near vision.

Glaucoma is a term used to describe a broad range of eye problems that can cause partial or complete loss of vision. There are many possible causes for the disease but high pressure in the eye is most likely the major cause. Since glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people aged 18–65, most optometrists are screening for it regularly.

Stahl Vision uses advanced-imaging technology to provide an early and accurate glaucoma diagnosis. Treatment options include medical, laser and surgical. These include eye drops designed to decrease the fluid produced inside the eye and sometimes a combination of drops and laser treatment.

Stahl was one of the first doctors in the region to perform laser surgery and is now one of the top LASIK surgeons nationwide. Knowles, formerly the chief of ophthalmology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the area, joined Stahl Vision and together the pair are highly rated by patients.

With three facilities all “under one roof,” Stahl offers patients multiple vision treatment options using the most advanced, state-of-the-art procedures.

“Both of our doctors are also devoted to mission work,” Ernst says. “They offer free eye surgeries to people in (developing nations).”

In fact, Stahl and Knowles have together completed 25 mission trips in eight countries, traveling great distances and working long hours to see new and returning patients. Many of the patients have been blind in one or both eyes and the doctors have helped them see again. They have also surgically removed cataracts that have grown dense and difficult to remove, enabling many people to see clearly after years of living with limited vision.

Stahl Vision has created what they call the “Peace of Mind Promise,” a personal guarantee that all patients will receive the most advanced procedures, experienced surgeons and a professional staff. Financing is available and Stahl often has special offers on laser procedures.