A pioneer in the world of LASIK surgery, Dr. Tooma was a principal investigator in the field of laser vision correction in 1993 and 1994. He helped several excimer laser manufacturers obtain FDA approvals for their lasers in the United States.
He holds the record for many firsts. He was the first doctor in California to perform LASIK surgery and was the first to perform Custom Wavefront Guided LASIK. He was also the first to use the FemtoSecond Laser (IntraLase FS30 – All Laser LASIK), which is safer and more precise than a traditional blade and also increases the patient’s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision. He was the first in California to use the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ Crystal Line laser, currently the most advanced laser available for LASIK surgery.
In 1999, Dr. Tooma partnered with TLC Laser Eye Centers. In 2010, Dr. Tooma was TLC’s largest franchisee with 10 locations in California. At that time he separated from TLC and rebranded under the name NVISION Laser Eye Centers. This separation has enabled Dr. Tooma to develop new product lines and expand into new geographic markets.
NVISION now provides LASIK, but is the first eye center in California to perform cataract surgery with the LenSx Laser, bringing increase safety and accuracy to the procedure. NVISION also offers laser treatment for dry-eyes, and Glaucoma surgery. Dr. Tooma has developed relationships with more than 1,700 eye doctors in California and Nevada who choose NVISION for themselves and for their patients who need surgery.
Dr. Tooma received his M.D. from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology. He completed his fellowship in Corneal Surgery and External Disease at the Emory University Department of Ophthalmology in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been board certified in ophthalmology for more than 25 years.
Dr. Tooma has done medical teaching missions to Romania, Bulgaria, China and Fiji, helping teach local ophthalmology doctors about LASIK procedures. In 2008, he and his wife, Maria Tooma DDS, founded the Mission at Natuvu Creek in Fiji. The Mission provides medical care to the 250,000 local people, with dental and ocular care provided by visiting physicians, including the Toomas.
NVISION Eye Centers
3501 Jamboree Road, Suite #1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660 USA
Telephone – 949-392-5218
About: Thomas Tooma, MD Bio