About Us

About Us and our Doctors

For over 20 years the Southwest Eye Institute has been a leader in state-of-the-art eye care. We have consistently been rated the “Best of the Best” with a local and national reputation. We specialize in vision correction (refractive) surgery (LASIK), no stitch, no patch premium cataract surgery, SLT laser glaucoma treatment, pterygium treatment and the medical treatment of eye diseases.

Our team consists of highly trained and conscientious staff which make us proud daily.

Our ophthalmologist, Dr. David I Malitz is specially trained in complete eye care. Dr. Malitz is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has over 25 years of experience in medical and surgical eye care with an expertise in Cataract Surgery and Laser Vision Correction.  Dr. Malitz provides the latest FDA approved, advanced forms of eye care.  We’d love to help you see clear like thousands of other patients.  See what some of our patients have said about Dr. Malitz here.

Dr.  John Ketcher is a valuable member of our medical staff.  Dr. Ketcher is specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions as well as evaluate patients for contacts and glasses.

Our broad range of services allows us to find a solution customized just for you.   Even if you have been led to believe that you are not a candidate for vision correction, there’s better than 95% chance that we can reduce or eliminate or need for glasses or contact lenses.  Imagine freedom for for virtually all of your daily activities. Schedule an appointment today by calling 702-362-3900.


David I. Malitz, MD


Dr. Malitz is a board certified ophthalmologist (eye specialist and surgeon). Dr. Malitz was born in the midwest, graduated in the top 3% of his class from the University of Michigan and was one of a very few selected for admission from out of state to UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Malitz did opththalmic research and was trained at the UIC Eye Center in Chicago, IL. He practiced in San Pedro, California and the Midwest and took over the Buzard Eye Institute which he renamed the Southwest Eye Institute. He is recognized by his collegues as providing the highest quality comprehensive care. He participates in teaching programs and offers a comprehensive array of services with a special focus on vision correction surgery (LASIK and C-Lex (clear lens exchange), and advanced cataract surgery). He also has extensive training and expertise in glaucoma treatment and cosmetic eyelid surgery. He is the medical director of the Southwest Eye Institute and Red Rock Surgery Center. He is currently accepting new patients. Call the office at 362-3900 to schedule an appointment.

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Cataract, & Refractive (vision correction) Surgery


B.S. Anthropology-Zoology, with highest distinction
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Medical School

UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA


White Memorial Medical Center,
a Loma Linda Affiliate, Internal Medicine

Los Angeles, CA


University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary – UIC Eye Center
Chicago, IL

Am. Acad. of Ophthalmology
Am. Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery




Laser Certifications

AMO Visx Star S4, Intralase, Summit



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