Todd M. Nickel, D.O.

Todd M. Nickel, D.O.



  • All-Laser LASIK Vision Correction
  • Cataract Surgery with Lifestyle Lenses
  • Family Vision Care

Todd Nickel, D.O. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in laser vision correction, cataract surgery and refractive lens procedures. Dr. Nickel earned his medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  He then completed an internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital.  He continued his training with a three-year ophthalmology residency at University of Kansas School of Medicine where he trained with nationally recognized pioneers in LASIK surgery and intraocular lens procedures.  During Medical School, he initiated research and was the lead author of a LASIK study presented at the Eye Banks Association of America scientific session to the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Orlando, Florida.  He is also the son of a long-time Optometrist in Kansas, and has always had in interest in vision correction.

Dr. Nickel joined Heaton Eye Associates in 2004 and has performed over 10,000 ophthalmic surgeries since that time.  He is a regional leader in LASIK and refractive procedures utilizing femtosecond and excimer lasers.  He loves to help improve the quality of life of his patients when he performs surgeries to eliminate glasses and contact lenses.  An experienced cataract surgeon, he also focuses on the implantation of intraocular lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.

With varied work and volunteer experiences, Dr. Nickel has served as director of many youth programs and summer camps. He is also involved in several charitable and mission organizations and is on the Board of Directors with the Lighthouse for Christ in Mombasa, Kenya.

Dr. Nickel enjoys running, hiking, skiing and spending time with his wife of 25 years, Stephanie, and their four kids.

Professional Credentials

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Texas Ophthalmological Association
  • Smith County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Association


  • University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS – B.S. Journalism
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO
  • University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, MO – D.O.
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO – Internship
  • University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, Kansas City, KS – Residency
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