Meet Our doctors
It is our lifetime dedication to treat every patient as if they are a part of our family. Investing in the latest technology, having great staff members, as well as experienced and caring LASIK surgeons, is what sets our practice apart from others.
Dr. Yaghouti is a leading corneal and refractive surgery specialist educating eye surgeons from all over the world about the most recent advances in refractive surgery. He is proud to have been the choice of fellow physicians and their wives when seeking a refractive specialist in the area of laser vision correction.
A Phi Beta Kappa high honors graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Yaghouti received his medical degree with distinction from the University of Southern California. He was a resident and chief resident of ophthalmology at Georgetown University Medical Center where he performed his first refractive procedure in 1995. He is one of only a handful of ophthalmologists who has completed a formal two year fellowship specializing in Refractive Surgery, Cornea and External Eye disease at the renowned Harvard Medical School. In fact he is the only certified refractive surgery specialist from Harvard Medical School in the state of California.
Dr. Yaghouti is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has certifications in: Nidek PRK, VISX PRK H-PRK, and PRKa, Summit Technology PRK and PRKa, Chiron Vision C-LASLK, and Microtech Moria LASIK. He has earned prestigious scholarships and fellowships for academic achievements and ophthalmology research and won numerous awards for excellence in ophthalmology including Patient’s Choice award, America’s Top Ophthalmology award, Best Lasik Surgeon in San Diego award, Physicians Dedicated to the Health of America award, and Top Doc’s award.
Dr. Yaghouti has conducted numerous research projects in the field of cornea and refractive surgery and has written and published many articles in these areas. He has lectured and presented various significant research papers on advances in cornea and refractive surgery at national ophthalmology meetings. Furthermore, he has been distinguished for the design and development of many instruments and software used today in refractive and ophthalmic surgeries including LASIK eye surgery.
Dr. Yaghouti has been a dedicated member to a variety of professional organizations such as the
• American Academy of Ophthalmology
• International Society of Refractive Surgery
• American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and
• International Society of Online Ophthalmologists
For the past 14 years, Dr. Yaghouti has been able to apply his skills to treating a wide range of eye disorders. His practice specializes in LASIK, Excimer Laser PRK and PTK, Femto LASIK, Radial and Astigmatic Keratotomy, clear lens extraction, corneal transplants, no-stitch cataract surgery, pterygium excision, general eye examinations, and prescribing contact lens and glasses. To date, Dr. Yaghouti has performed well over 75,000 laser and refractive surgical procedures and hundreds of pterygium surgeries.
In his leisure time, Dr. Yaghouti enjoys playing racquetball, painting, swimming, and composing music. In his opinion, the most fascinating aspect of ophthalmology is the new technology, patient care and the amazing ability to restore eyesight.
Meet Dr. Blanton:
Dr. Blanton received his B.S. Degree from the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from the Medical College of Ohio as the valedictorian of his class and then pursued further training in the U.S. Navy. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital in Orange County and then completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He proceeded to specialize in his current field by doing a Fellowship in corneal surgery and external disease at the internationally renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Blanton has been the principal investigator in numerous studies with the excimer laser and the effects of altitude on refractive surgery patients. Dr. Blanton has performed over 20,000 LASIK procedures. He also has performed thousands of corneal transplantations, cataract extractions and has trained hundreds of doctors on laser vision correction.
Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners
Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology
Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
AMO/VISX West Coast Medical Advisor
As one of the outstanding surgeons at Global Laser Vision, Dr. Blanton has performed thousands of successful Laser eye surgical procedures and continues to strive for excellence in patient care. Having had CustomVue™ LASIK himself, Dr. Blanton is excited to offer the opportunity to enjoy life without the hassles of glasses or contact lenses.
Meet Dr. Melikian:
Dr. Melikian received his B.S. Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2003. He has completed internships at Gainesville VAMC, Illinois Eye Institute, Cleveland VAMC and at Barnet-Dulaney-Perkins Eye Clinic. Then he proceeded to be the director of the LASIK center in Tucson Arizona for Nationwide Vision Laser and Medical Eye Centers. During the five years with NWV he trained many doctors, and co-managed over 20,000 LASIK procedures. He has received several awards for his contribution to the community such as:
World Class Patient Care
LASIK Co-Management Doctor of the Year
Dr. Melikian is certified by California board of Optometry for treatment and management of primary open angle Glaucoma. He is also certified in CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) for nonsurgical vision correction. He specializes in challenging contact lens fitting including but not limited to Keratoconus.
Dr. Melikian loves the interaction he shares with his patients. He treats every patient as his own family. He is uniquely qualified to address individual concerns and questions that his patients may have.
Meet Dr. Kao:
Dr. James Kao is a highly skilled and experienced, fellowship-trained, refractive eye surgeon. Dr. Kao grew up in New York and California. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and obtained a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He received medical degrees (DO and MD) from Western University in southern California and International University in southern Florida. Residency and fellowship training were completed at Michigan State University and University of Cincinnati respectively.
Dr. Kao participated in studies in the field of refractive surgery as early as 1990 (initial FDA approval for PRK) at the University of California, Irvine, Department of Ophthalmology and as an Ophthalmic surgical consultant. He utilizes the latest refractive surgery techniques in providing the most advanced technology to his patients. Dr. Kao is one of few surgeons certified on all five of the excimer lasers approved in the U.S. Additionally, he is experienced in the use of all microkeratomes in the U.S. and is among the first surgeons in the U.S. to regularly utilize the IntraLase Femtosecond laser for the all-laser LASIK procedure. Having been the LASIK surgeon with all three national LASIK Corporations, he has performed over 45,000 refractive procedures not limited to LASIK, PRK/LASEK, Conductive Keratoplasty (Near Vision CK), INTACs, VISIAN ICL, and cataract surgeries. He has had LASIK himself and performed LASIK on his family members as well.
Dr. Kao is most committed to providing Global patients the best that modern medicine has to offer.
- (Formally Global Laser Vision)
- Huntington Beach
- 18632 Beach Blvd. Suite 100
- Huntington Beach, CA 92648
- Santa Ana
- 720 N. Tustin Ave. Suite 202
- Santa Ana, CA 92705
- Market Optometrix
- 6333 W. 3rd St. Suite 708
- Los Angeles, CA 90036
- Inland Eye Lasik
- 3257 E. Guasti Rd. Suite 210
- Ontario, CA 91761
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