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Welcome to UCLA Laser Refractive Center

As a division within the world renowned Stein Eye Institute, the UCLA Laser Refractive Center is dedicated to teaching both patients and young physicians the art and science of vision correction surgery. It is our reputation that brings patients to us, and our warm environment that keeps them referring friends and family.

If you are curious about vision correction, including LASIK eye surgery in the Los Angeles area, take a few minutes to view our educational videos or read about the various treatment options we offer. When you are ready to receive more information or schedule a complimentary consultation, click on the link or call our office directly at (310) 825-2737.


LASIK is an acronym for Laser in-situ Keratomileusis and is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery today. It is a wonderful option for individuals who desire a reduction in dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. For both personal and professional reasons, active and social patients choose LASIK as it allows them to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options. LASIK is generally safe and is a very successful procedure when patients take the time to educate themselves and diligently search for a skilled and qualified surgeon. LASIK was approved in 1995 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Since its approval, advancements in technology have continued to increase its effectiveness and safety profile. Click on the links below to learn more about LASIK in Los Angeles.


A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. Because it is not a film over the lens, it can't be removed with a laser or eye drops. Surgery,  is the only way to treat cataracts. Surgery at our Los Angeles Cataract Center involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). After numbing the eye, our Los Angeles eye surgeon removes the natural lens with gentle ultrasound and replaces it with an IOL. In standard cataract surgery, the IOL has a fixed focusing power that is set for distant vision. Patients who choose a presbyopia-correcting IOL can benefit from improved distance and near vision. There are two general types of presbyopia-correcting IOLs: multifocal and accommodative. Multifocal IOLs use diffractive or refractive optics to restore distance, intermediate and near vision to the aging eye. Accommodative IOLs feature a hinged design that allows the lens to move forward as the eye focuses on near objects. Learn more about these specialty IOLs in Los Angeles by clicking the links below.

Dry eye

Due to its complex nature, dry eye disease is often times under diagnosed. When it is diagnosed, accuracy is difficult since common dry eye symptoms can mimic the same symptoms as those of other ailments, like ocular allergies.

There are two predominant forms of Dry Eye – aqueous and evaporative. Evaporative dry eye, which affects 65% of sufferers, is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) or blocked glands that create a deficiency in the oil layer of the tear film. This can be the beginning of other dry eye disease problems including damage to the cornea and sight-related issues. Click on the links below to learn more about dry eye treatment options in Los Angeles.

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Dr. Hamilton Presents at American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Posted on Thursday October 20, 2016

Dr. Rex Hamilton gave a lecture at the Carl Zeiss Meditec booth at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in Chicago on Sunday, October 16th, 2016. His lecture on a new digital marking system used during cataract surgery to more accurately treat astigmatism was attended by an international audience of ophthalmologists. The annual AAO... Read More

Makeup After Cataract Surgery?
Posted on Thursday October 13, 2016

After cataract surgery, it’s safe to say that patients experience a drastic change in their everyday lives. After years of blurry, distorted and discolored vision, seeing clearly is enough to make one feel like a brand new person. However, immediately after cataract surgery, there are some ways in which life can be a little different.... Read More

Astigmatism Treatments and Symptoms
Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

Astigmatism is a refractive error that can be corrected through LASIK surgery. It is a relatively common eye problem and it can occur among children and adults alike. Astigmatism is similar to nearsightedness and farsightedness. What is Astigmatism? Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is improperly shaped, making it difficult to focus light onto the retina.... Read More

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Are you frustrated with your vision and would like to find out more about your possible alternatives to glasses and contacts? Contact the UCLA Laser Refractive Center to schedule a complimentary consultation for vision correction including LASIK eye surgery. Simply call our office directly at (310) 825-2737.


The UCLA Laser Refractive Center is located in the Doris Stein Eye Research Center on the medical campus of UCLA

300 Stein Plaza,
Edie & Lew Wasserman Building,
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Payment Options

At UCLA Laser Refractive Center, our goal is to make LASIK affordable. As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer offer flex spending or credit card payments. The UCLA Laser Refractive Center requires payment in full at the time services are rendered. We accept cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express as payment for these elective procedures that are not traditionally covered by insurance plans.
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300 Stein Plaza,
Edie & Lew Wasserman Building,
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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