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Clinical Leadership in FDA Studies

The very first thing to know about Dr. Dishler, an esteemed ophthalmologist, is that he is a trailblazer in laser vision correction. Dr. Dishler's remarkable career features over a dozen principal investigator roles in sponsored FDA clinical studies, collaborating with laser manufacturers like Bausch & Lomb, ReVision Optics, and Carl Zeiss Meditec refractive products. His notable achievements include steering the approval of The Dishler Excimer Laser System and serving as a medical monitor for pivotal studies.

Innovative Contributions & International Patents

Dr. Dishler is a prolific inventor with international patents for groundbreaking contributions to ophthalmology. Notable inventions include the Dishler Excimer Laser, Dishler LASIK Cannula, and Excimer Beam Profiler. His expertise extends to perfecting the design of the IntraLase™ femtosecond laser, and he played a pivotal role in bringing the SMILE procedure to the global market.

Excellence in Clinical Practice

Despite his extensive contributions to research and innovation, Dr. Dishler maintains an active clinical practice, serving the Rocky Mountain region. His reputation extends through a robust referral network of eye doctors, attesting to the trust and recognition of his services in the ophthalmic community.

Visionary in Refractive Laser Surgery

Dr. Jon Dishler, a trailblazer in refractive laser surgery, passionately dedicates himself to advancing laser vision correction technologies and pioneering innovative procedures. His commitment drives the evolution of laser eye surgery.

"Having great vision is one of the most important aspects of our quality of life, and the major thrust of my career has been to improve our patient's vision, "making their lives better," – Dr. Jon Dishler.

LASIK Pioneer in Colorado

Dr. Jon Dishler, a board-certified ophthalmologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, transitioned from general eye surgeries to specialize in laser eye surgery. His pioneering work includes developing the Dishler Excimer Laser for LASIK, which was FDA approved in 1996. This marked him as the first in Colorado and among the early practitioners in the nation to perform LASIK. With over 13 FDA clinical investigations, Dr. Dishler continues to shape the landscape of laser vision correction.

Leading the Way in All-Laser LASIK

In 2001, Dr. Dishler pioneered All-Laser LASIK in Colorado, breaking away from traditional blade methods. Recognizing the future in safer and more sophisticated procedures, he introduced the femtosecond laser, becoming the state's first LASIK eye surgeon to do so. His significant contributions were acknowledged with the Pioneer Award from the IntraLase Corporation for perfecting the design of Femtosecond laser technology.


As the medical monitor for the FDA clinical trial in 2012, Dr. Dishler played a crucial role in guiding the innovative ReLEx SMILE procedure to FDA approval on September 13, 2016. His commitment to patient care and pioneering spirit establishes him as the first and most experienced surgeon in the U.S.A. (since January 2007) and all of North America to acquire and contribute to the development of Zeiss VisuMax technology.

Training & Certification Journey

Dr. Jon Dishler, a prominent Colorado resident, obtained his medical degree from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1978. Following an internship at Denver's Presbyterian Medical Center and a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas, he returned to Denver, establishing the Dishler Laser Institute in 1985.

Committed to staying at the forefront of his field, Dr. Dishler has pursued extensive postgraduate training in various procedures and medical conditions. As a LASIK specialist, he is adept at advanced surgical techniques, including LASIK, PRK, SMILE, IntraLASIK, and lens implantation. Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Dishler combines experience with ongoing education.

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Distinctive Awards & Achievements

Since establishing his practice in 1982, Dr. Jon Dishler has garnered numerous accolades for his groundbreaking contributions to refractive surgery. In 2002, Bausch & Lomb honored him with the Clarity Award for his exceptional leadership and expertise. Three years later, he received the Luminaries Award from the IntraLase Corporation in recognition of his significant contributions.

In 2009, Dr. Dishler achieved a listing on Trusted LASIK Surgeons, a premier online directory that screens surgeons based on experience, patient care, and professional credentials. Acknowledged as among the top 1% of refractive surgeons in America, he has earned a reputation for trustworthiness.

Dr. Dishler's pioneering achievements include being the first in Colorado to perform LASIK and automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK). He was also among the earliest in the U.S. to conduct the advanced all-laser IntraLASIK procedure and the first LASIK procedure for farsightedness in Colorado. Furthermore, his inventions, including the Dishler Excimer Laser and LASIK Cannula, underscore his pivotal role in advancing LASIK technology.

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