Dr. W. Scott Lohner
Scott Lohner, M.D.
Dr. Justin Wilkinson
Justin Wilkinson, M.D.

W. SCOTT LOHNER, M.D. is extensively trained in ophthalmology and specializes in laser refractive and cataract surgery. He started performing LASIK shortly after its FDA approval.

Having served thousands of patients with all types of eye diseases, he finds his greatest satisfaction by helping patients lose their dependence on glasses and in restoring vision that was previously lost.

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JUSTIN T. WILKINSON, M.D. is a fellowship-trained subspecialist in the field of cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery. He specializes in cornea transplants, laser vision correction including LASIK, advanced cataract surgery, and ocular surface diseases and infections.

He also provides general ophthalmology care including the management of trauma, glaucoma, diabetes, and more.

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Excel Eye Center - Provo
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LASIK elderly couple LASIK Vision Correction Back to Top

HAVING PERFORMED LASIK SINCE 1995, EXCEL IS ONE OF UTAH'S FINEST CHOICES for patients who desire vision correction surgery.

LASIK (an acronym for Laser Assisted Intrastromal Keratomileusis) improves vision problems by reshaping the cornea, correcting the eye's focusing element. The laser used for LASIK was first developed in the 1970s to etch delicate computer chips. The beam is precise enough to remove tissue from the eye that is thinner than a piece of human hair without causing damage to surrounding tissue.

At Excel we use the latest in refractive technology. Currently we offer patients the VISX Star 4 with 3D ActiveTrak and iris registration—the most advanced laser approved by the FDA. This allows for pinpoint accuracy by automatically tracking the tiny motions of your eye in all three directions during laser procedure.

What Can I Expect?

LASIK surgery takes less than 15 minutes from beginning to end. Eye drops are given to numb the eye, making the procedure virtually painless. A device is inserted over the eye to keep the eyelids open during the procedure. Next, the surgeon creates a protective corneal flap using IntraLase—making it an all-laser procuedure. When the eyes are perfectly aligned, the doctor engages a computer-controlled beam of cool laser light. The laser takes less than one minute per eye.

Although you will be able to hear the laser working and your vision will be temporarily blurry, you will not feel the laser working. Once the lasering is complete, the doctor will replace the corneal flap. Most patients experience improved vision immediately as they walk themselves back to the waiting room. Prescriptions typically stabilize within a few days or weeks after the surgery.

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Not to be confused with RK, an older procedure involving bladed incisions, PRK is a customized laser refractive procedure.

What is PRK
Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, is an elective, outpatient laser procedure to improve vision and reduce the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Prior to LASIK, PRK was the most commonly performed laser vision correction procedure. PRK differs from LASIK as it is performed on the surface of the eye and no flap is created during the PRK procedure. PRK may be suitable for people with larger pupils, thin corneas, or those who have other corneal issues or dry eyes.

Custom PRK
Custom PRK provides an additional level of data about your vision requirements using a device called a wavefront analyzer which measures the way light travels through your eye then creates a 3-D map that is uniquely yours. This additional data is then used by your surgeon to customize the PRK procedure to your individual vision requirements.

The PRK Procedure
To accomplish the reshaping, the surgeon first removes the protective surface layer (epithelium) from the cornea. The epithelium is regenerated within three to five days. Your surgeon will then smooth the area and proceed with applying computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light to reshape the front surface of the eye. The PRK laser process is completed in approximately 30 to 60 seconds, and immediately after, a clear “bandage” contact lens is placed on the cornea to protect it. Additional eye drops are applied.

Since a layer about as slender as a human hair is typically removed the cornea maintains its original strength.

After the Procedure
Post-operatively, PRK patients are placed on antibiotic drops, along with anti-inflammatory agents to promote comfort and reduce swelling. Patients are also fitted with a bandage contact lens to improve their comfort while the eye is healing. Once healed, usually in three to five days, the bandage contact lens is removed by your doctor and steroid anti-inflammatory drops may be prescribed.

Intacs Visian ICL Back to Top

The Next Generation of Vision Technology
From Glasses to Contacts to LASIK, the Visian ICL ushers in the next generation of vision technology. Many vision correction procedures promise an improved level of vision, but few can promise the level of quality found with the Visian ICL. It’s called High Definition Vision, its sharper, clearer, with greater depth and dimension, and it’s only available with the Visian ICL.

ICL = Implantable Collamer Lens
What is ICL? While you may have heard it called the Implantable Contact Lens, the Visian ICL officially stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. Collamer is a technologically advanced lens material exclusive to STAAR Surgical. Because of the collagen base in Collamer, it is 100% compatible with your body’s natural chemistry. Among collamer’s advantages are its anti-reflectivity and UV protection. The Visian ICL is the best choice for a lens that is going to remain in your eye for a lifetime.

A Simple Procedure
The Visian ICL procedure is a short outpatient procedure. Prior to the implantation of the Visian ICL, you will receive topical anesthetic drops to minimize discomfort. The doctor then creates a micro opening to insert the lens. The lens is folded and loaded into a small cartridge and as the lens is injected, it gently unfolds in your eye. Patients then experience an immediate improvement in vision quality and are “Wowed” by the results.

Good Candidates
If you are between the ages of 21 and 45 and nearsighted, including those with mild, moderate, and severe myopia (as low as -3.00D to as high as -20.00D prescription) with minor or no occurrence of astigmatism you are an excellent candidate for the Visian ICL. The Visian ICL is able to treat patients with thin corneas, dry eyes and patients with low and extreme high refractive errors. In fact, if you have thin corneas or dry eyes, ask your doctor if the Visian ICL may be the best vision correction option for you. 

300,000 Lenses and Growing
The rapidly growing Visian ICL has now been implanted in over 300,000 eyes worldwide. Superior athletes, celebrities and elite US Military personnel have chosen the Visian ICL as the best technology for their individual vision needs. In fact, more than 98% of US Military patients are seeing 20/20 or better. Imagine what the Visian ICL can do for you!

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Intacs Corneal Intacs for Treatment of KeratoconusBack to Top

Intacs corneal implants is an FDA approved option for the keratoconus patient that is in-between contact lenses and a corneal transplant!

What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease, which causes a thinning of the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye.  As keratoconus progresses, the quality of one's vision deteriorates and contact lenses or glasses no longer become a satisfactory solution for most people.  Historically, a corneal transplant has been the only option – until Intacs!

Good Candidates
Intacs corneal implants are an exciting option for individuals experiencing an intolerance to contact lens and are facing a corneal transplant. Intacs corneal implants may be the best possible option to stabilize the cornea, improve vision and potentially defer the need for a corneal transplant.

Indication and FDA Approval
Intacs corneal implants are indicated for use in the correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism associated with keratoconus where contact lenses and glasses are no longer suitable. Intacs corneal implants are approved by the FDA for keratoconus under a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE).

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THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF A CATARACT are cloudy or blurry vision, problems with light such as glare or halos, poor night vision, faded colors, double or multiple vision and frequent changes in eyeglasses or contact lens prescriptions.

Early cataracts can sometimes be improved by using eyeglasses, magnifying lenses or stronger lighting. However, developed cataracts require surgery to remove and replace the cloudy lens. A cataract needs to be replaced only if it interferes with your every day activities such as driving or reading. Our ophthalmologists can help you make that decision.

The exact cause for cataracts is unknown. However, we know the lens of your eye that helps light focus on the retina is made mostly of water and protein. Sometimes the protein clumps together and clouds small areas of the lens. This blocks light from reaching the retina, reducing vision.

Excel's ophthalmologists are cataract specialists and have treated thousands of patients who suffered from cataracts. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact Dr. W. Scott Lohner or your Excel physician today.

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EXCEL OFFERS A VARIETY OF COSMETIC SURGERY OPTIONS.
Todd B. Engen, M.D., is Excel's authority on reconstructive and facial cosmetic surgeries. His practice is located at Excel's Provo office. The most common facial cosmetic procedures performed at Excel include the following:

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty): Eyelid surgery removes excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. This corrects drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes.

Facelift (Rhytidectomy): A facelift helps restore a youthful countenance and eliminate wrinkles and sagging skin. This procedure tightens the skin and muscle on the face and neck and removes excess skin.

Endoscopic Procedures: Endoscopic procedures such as brow lifts and upper facelifts, tighten and smooth the skin on the upper portion of the face through the careful placement of small incisions in the hairline.

Nose, Chin & Cheek Implants: These procedures improve the shape of the face and create a harmonious balance among all the facial features.

  • Surgery of the Nose
  • Surgery of the Chin
  • Surgery of the Cheek

Cosmetic Surgery of the Ear (Otoplasty): Large protruding ears can be the source of much anxiety and embarrassment. The procedure of otoplasty is often described as "pinning back" the ears in order to change their shape and contour.

Laser Skin Resurfacing: Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser beam to remove the damaged outer layer of skin. This procedure reveals firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin. Laser skin resurfacing eliminates fine lines and wrinkles as well as uneven pigment, skin discoloration and scars.

Rhinoplasty: Rhinoplasty is cosmetic surgery of the nose. This procedure helps improve the size, shape and contour of the nose, creating a pleasing balance with other facial features.

Liposuction: This procedure removes fat deposits on the body, face or neck. Bodily and facial liposuction are used to slim the figure, correct overly round faces, remove double chins and firm sagging jaw areas.

Botox: Botox, also known as cosmetic denervation, is used to eliminate or reduce facial wrinkles. Botox works by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles thereby relaxing them. The result is that the pull of the underlying facial muscles relax causing the skin to flatten.

Other areas of specialty include blepharoptosis, bicornal brow elevation, septoplasty, lip augmentation, and scar revision.

Call Excel Cosmetic Surgery Center at (801) 379-2900 for more information.

Diabetic Eye Exam Diabetic Eye Care Back to Top

AT EXCEL WE UNDERSTAND THAT DIABETES IS ASSOCIATED WITH LONG-TERM COMPLICATIONS that affect almost every major part of the body, including eyesight. Our physicians offer eye care for diabetics including regular eye exams to screen for diabetic related symptoms, laser surgery to treat diabetic retinopathy and treatment of diabetic related cataracts and glaucoma.

Diabetic Eye Exam Cornea Transplants Back to Top

OVER 40,000 CORNEAL TRANSPLANTS ARE PERFORMED EACH YEAR in the United States. Corneal transplants are not only the most common type of transplant performed, but they are also the most successful.

The cornea is the clear surface at the front of your eye that is used for focusing. If the cornea is damaged it may become swollen or scarred. Either way, vision is significantly reduced. Several conditions may require a corneal transplant. You and your ophthalmologist can decide what is best for your situation.

If a transplant is required, before it can be performed, your name will be put on a waiting list for a cornea at the local eye bank. Before the cornea is released for transplant, it is tested for viruses including hepatitis and AIDS. The surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis. You will be given eye drops and anesthesia depending on your age and medical condition.

During this procedure, the damaged cornea will be carefully removed and the new, donated clear cornea will be sewn into place. After the surgery, a shield will be placed over your eye.

You may go home shortly after the surgery, but you will need someone else to drive for you. An examination at the doctor's office will be scheduled for you the following day.

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Excel Eye Center invites you to visit Excel Optical -
our full service optical facilities located in the Provo, Orem, American Fork, and Lehi offices.

Each office features frames selected to provide the greatest value to our patients: current fashion combined with excellent quality. Our in-house optical lab features new technology to create lenses that help you look great and see great. They are thin, lightweight, strong, and guaranteed to meet ANSI standards of accuracy and quality. Please feel free to browse our changing frame selection or ask one of our certified opticians to recommend a frame that will highlight your particular facial features.

Our ABO-certified opticians are here to serve you and work directly with the doctors to ensure patient satisfaction and accuracy with every prescription. Our opticians create custom eyeglass lenses and frames at our centralized Excel laboratory using the latest technology. This process minimizes errors and provides quick delivery of the eyewear to our patients—with many prescriptions ready on the same day. When your glasses are ready, please spend a few minutes with us to allow the opticians to custom fit the glasses and show you how to use the new features of your custom eyewear. Your new glasses will feel and function like never before. We invite you to return often to keep your glasses adjusted properly and in perfect condition.

Contact lenses are available for almost every kind of prescription. If you’ve been told that you can’t wear contact lenses, please ask again. The latest lenses are thin and moist with many new prescriptions available. At Excel Eye Center, we are not limited to one or two contact lens contracts—we can order contact lenses from any contact lens company in the world. This means our certified optometrists can recommend a lens that would be the perfect match for your prescription. With hundreds of lenses available, we will find a lens for you that will be clear, comfortable, and healthy for your vision.

With convenient same-day service, many contact lenses are available right in our offices. You and your family members can have a complete vision exam, get new glasses, and pick up your contact lenses all in one streamlined yearly visit. If we don’t have your contact lenses, they can be delivered directly to you in 3 days or less.

Excel Optical welcomes you to our offices and invites you to let us fulfill your eye care and eyewear needs.

Eye Exam Pediatric Ophthalmology Back to Top

CHILDREN ARE A HIGH PRIORITY AT EXCEL. Michael S. Abrams, M.D., is the only fellowship-trained pediatric specialist in Utah County. His extensive experience at the Children's Hospital of Michigan and subsequent training enables him to quickly and accurately diagnose vision impairments in young children. His cheerful personality helps children be comfortable and relaxed throughout the examinations and surgical procedures. Our offices and staff are all child-friendly.

What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is a deviation or misalignment of the eyes where one eye is turned inward, outward, upward or downward. Strabismus is not uncommon and usually begins in childhood, but it may occur at any age.

The cause of strabismus in childhood is not fully understood. We do know that heredity plays a role. However, strabismus may occur even when no relatives have the problem. It affects males and females equally.

Strabismus may also develop as a result of other problems. A child with conditions such as cerebral palsy, Down's Syndrome and hydrocephalus may often have strabismus. An eye that is out of focus with the other eye, or an eye that has been injured or has a cataract or tumor may also develop strabismus.

The primary symptom of strabismus is an eye that is not straight. Other symptoms include squinting one eye in bright sunlight or having trouble with coordination of body movements and depth perception. Some children turn or lift their heads in order to use their eyes together. Fatigue or illness may worsen strabismus.

Parents may believe that the child will outgrow the problem. However, if it is suspected that a child has strabismus, an immediate examination by an ophthalmologist is necessary to determine the cause and begin treatment.

What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, occurs one eye develops good vision and the other doesn't. The condition is common, affecting one or two of every fifty people. Amblyopia can be corrected only if treated during infancy or early childhood. Parents should be alert to this threat because it will affect children's vision later in life. Most primary care physicians test a child's vision as part of a routine medical exam and refer the child to an ophthalmologist if they detect any signs of amblyopia or related conditions. Nonetheless, a complete eye exam by a pediatric ophthalmologist should be done for every child between the ages of three and five.

Treating amblyopia requires forcing the weak eye to be used. This is usually done by temporary patching the good eye or by blurring the vision in the good eye with eye drops or glasses. If the eyes are misaligned or an abnormality such as a cataract is discovered, the ophthalmologist may also prescribe medicine or surgery to correct the problem that is causing amblyopia.

An ophthalmologist can instruct parents on the treatment of amblyopia, but it requires much parental involvement to carry out the treatments. Since no child likes to have his or her good eye patched, the parent will have a vital role in determining whether the child's amblyopia will be corrected. Time can be detrimental to an amblyopic eye. If the problem is detected and treated early, most amblyopic eyes will have improved vision. However, if the condition is discovered after nine years of age, it is often too late.

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WITH MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF AMERICANS REQUIRING CORRECTIVE EYEWEAR, our ophthalmologists understand the need for quality and accurate eye care. Our ophthalmologists and optometrists perform comprehensive eye exams for patients using the most advanced and precise equipment to diagnose vision problems and to prescribe appropriate remedies.

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