Excel Eye Center’s seven locations and 17 healthcare providers are wholly devoted to improving vision for all types of patients throughout Utah Valley and beyond
It didn’t take long for Preston and Kerry Buchanan of Orem to know their newborn son, River, had something wrong with his eyes.
“His eyes were crossed really bad,” Kerry says. “It was obvious.”
Plus, every once in a while, his pupils seemed to shake back and forth. The shaking eyes caused even more stress for the couple, as it can sometimes be a symptom of a neurological concern. The couple reached out to the pediatric ophthalmologists at Excel Eye Center for help.
Dr. Brad Henriksen, who recently joined Dr. Scott Yeates as a pediatric specialist at Excel Eye Center, found that the shaking was benign, and that the crossed eyes — known as strabismus — could be improved with a simple surgery, which could greatly improve River’s vision.
“It’s scary when you’re not sure if it’s his eyes or his brain, but Dr. Henriksen was amazing and put us at ease,” Kerry says. “It’s a great relief to know that these skilled doctors can help your baby boy.”
River had surgery at the end of October and the Buchanans appreciate the follow-up care they are receiving.
“Dr. Henriksen has been doing amazing things with River,” Preston says. “He has a great demeanor with our son.”
The end result has made River’s mom hopeful for his future.
“He’s looking amazing,” Kerry says. “He’s not cross-eyed anymore. Of course, we know he’ll need glasses for a while, but we’re so pleased with how he looks and what this means for him.”
The comprehensive care Excel Eye Center offers has helped more than just River.
“I am a patient, too,” Kerry says. “Excel has helped my vision and I couldn’t recommend them more highly. They are professional, skilled and kind.”
Comprehensive Ophthalmology & Optical
Excel Eye Center provides routine and comprehensive eye care including a full optical care center for glasses and contact lenses.
Cornea & External Disease
Dr. Justin Wilkinson specializes in the treatment of corneal diseases including advanced techniques of corneal transplantation surgery. Corneal diseases — ranging from dry eyes and infections to progressive diseases such as keratoconus and Fuch’s dystrophy — can result in chronic pain and vision loss.
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Excel Cosmetic Surgery Center — with Dr. Todd Engen — provides the best in eyelid and rejuvenation surgery.
Dr. Engen specializes in facial rejuvenation with options ranging from Botox and Juvederm injections to the most recent facial aesthetic treatments.
Cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss. They cause cloudy vision by blocking the passage of light. However, vision can be easily restored with outpatient, no-stitch small incision surgery.
Advanced surgical techniques remove the damaged lens and replace it with a plastic lens implant. These techniques allow for faster recovery and improved visual outcomes.
Dr. Jon Gunther specializes in the treatment of medical diseases of the retina, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and vessel occlusion.
Dr. Mason Schmutz specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma. He performs traditional and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. Glaucoma can cause permanent and progressive vision loss if left untreated. It often goes unnoticed by patients in early stages.