6 Crazy Facts

Santa Monica, Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank

  1. Babies are born color blind. Their color perception develops gradually, usually reaching a full ability to recognize and distinguish colors at about 5 months.
  2. Our irises have over 256 unique characteristics. Compare that to fingerprints, which only have about 40. This is why many new security measures have iris scans instead of fingerprint scans.
  3. When we’re attracted to someone, our pupils dilate as much as 45%. In addition, women with dilated pupils are judged to be more attractive. In fact, Italian women in the Middle Ages capitalized on this idea by using belladonna to dilate their own pupils. Don’t try that at home, though; belladonna is toxic to your eyes!
  4. The colossal squid has the largest eyes on the planet, measuring 10.6 inches across!
  5. Why did pirates wear eye patches? It was actually a trick to help them see better. The eye with the patch was used to see in the dark below deck, while the uncovered eye was used for bright light above deck.
  6. Shark corneas are amazingly similar to humans’. They’re close enough that shark corneas have been used for human transplant surgery.

What to expect during your consultation

Santa Monica, Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank

Thank you for considering us for your laser vision correction. Here at Rancho Laser Vision Center, we pride ourselves on our level of patient care. We understand that trusting someone with your eyes is a lot to ask and it is very important to us that we ensure that our patients are happy and comfortable. We know how scary it can be to visit a doctor, let alone one who could be operating on you! That is why Dr. Vishteh makes it a priority to meet all of his patients and evaluate them personally. Not only will he assess your candidacy for surgery, but he will also be sure to thoroughly explain the LASIK/PRK process and all of your options to find the treatment that is right for you.






Your appointment will take place at one of our three offices in Beverly Hills, Burbank, or Rancho Cucamonga. Dr. Vishteh divides his time between these locations so that he can meet with, treat, and follow-up with his wide patient base. We have appointments available throughout the week as well as one Saturday a month for your convenience.



When you check in, you will complete a brief questionnaire explaining a little bit about yourself; how you came to find us, your medical and ocular history, and what you hope to gain from your treatment with Dr. Vishteh. After completing this form, you’ll watch an introductory video that offers some basic information about the procedure and will hopefully answer some questions you may have before we get started with your exam.



Your exam will consist of three parts: first, the work-up; second, a thorough examination by Dr. Vishteh; and last, a closed meeting with your LASIK counselor. During your work-up, your ophthalmic technician will conduct a series of tests to help determine your candidacy including an automated refraction and topographical corneal scans. Your tech will also go over your medical and ocular history so that the doctor has a clear and broad understanding of your needs when he meets with you. Dr. Vishteh will join you to complete his exam and review your options with you. At this time you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like to be certain that you have a clear grasp of both the doctor’s recommendations and your prospects for treatment. After you’ve finished with Dr. Vishteh, you’ll sit down with your LASIK counselor who will explain your pricing and answer any additional questions you may have.






Once you’ve been cleared for surgery, the next step is to schedule your dilated exam and surgery date.


The dilated exam must be completed before your surgery. At that time, we acquire your iris registration photos and custom wavefront-guided readings, followed by a manual and cycloplegic refraction. These tests provide the information that Dr. Vishteh needs to determine your treatment plan and tailor it specifically to you. We will also dilate your pupils so the doctor can perform an internal examination of your eyes to be certain they are healthy inside and out. A word of caution: dilated pupils are very light sensitive and can cause blurry near vision. It is recommended that you be prepared with dark sunglasses (if not, we carry disposable sunglasses that we provide at no charge) and understand that you may not be able to function at full capacity (if, for example, you do a lot of close-up work or fine motor tasks) for the few hours that your pupils will remain dilated. These symptoms are temporary, and will dissipate with time.





Before you are discharged after your dilation, we will provide consent forms for your review and completion. You are encouraged to read these forms in the office in case you have any questions. Your counselor will prepare and review the forms and all that applies to you before you sign them. Afterwards, we will collect your payment (we accept cash, MoneyOrders/Cashier’s Checks made out to Dr. Armin Vishteh, and all major credit/debit cards except American Express). Finally, you will be provided with a written prescription for your post-operative medications to be filled at your pharmacy of choice. If you prefer, we carry the medications in-office and can provide them for a small fee to save you a trip. This is all done at the time of your dilated exam so that you have nothing else to worry about or bring with you on your surgery day!





If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the consultation process, feel free to contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at (888) 514-2020, or check us out online at facebook, or tweet us @RanchoLasik.

Eye Injury Prevention Month (October)

Santa Monica, Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank

Did you know that October is Eye Injury Prevention Month?

October is eye injury prevention Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that nearly half of all eye injuries occur in the home. Nearly 2.5 million people suffer eye injuries each year in the United States, and nearly one million people have lost some degree of vision as a result. Most could have been prevented with protective eye wear.

These are some of the most common places that eye injuries happen and prevention tips for both indoor and outdoor activities: 

  • In the house – When using household chemicals, read the instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure to point spray nozzles away from you. Many chemicals are extremely hazardous and can permanently destroy the surface of your eyes, resulting in blindness. For this reason, it is very important to use appropriate eye protection to prevent blinding consequences from chemical splashes.
  • In the workshop – Think about the work you will be doing and wear protective eye wear to shield your eyes from flying fragments, fumes, dust particles, sparks and splashing chemicals. Many objects can fly into your eyes unexpectedly and cause injury.
  • In the garden – Put on protective eye wear before you use a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger and be sure to check for rocks and stones because they can become dangerous projectiles as they shoot from these machines. In the garage – Battery acid sparks and debris from damaged or improperly jump-started auto batteries can severely damage your eyes.
  • Learn the proper way to jump-start an automobile, and keep protective goggles in the trunk of your car to use for those emergencies and everyday repairs.