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.
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.
UCLA Laser Refractive Center is proud to announce the availability of SMILE, or Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. The SMILE technique builds on the incredibly successful LASIK and PRK laser procedures, and Dr. Rex Hamilton is the first surgeon to have performed SMILE on the West Coast.
The SMILE procedure is used to correct nearsightedness, and does so by reshaping the cornea to correct visual error. At UCLA Laser Refractive Center in Los Angeles, the SMILE technique is just one of four amazing and effective procedures offered for vision correction
Early Onset Cataracts: What Causes Them?
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017
When you think about cataracts, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is an elderly person. While cataracts most commonly affect people over the age of 60, it is not so uncommon for people to develop cataracts in their 40s, 30s and even 20s. Cataracts can even occur at birth! These cases are... Read More
New Article on SMILE by Dr. Hamilton
Posted on Wednesday October 25, 2017
Dr. Rex Hamilton, Director of the UCLA Laser Refractive Center, recently authored a front page article in the October 2017 edition of “Cataract & Refractive 360” magazine about the use of the SMILE (Small-incision Lenticule Extraction) procedure in the United States. In the article, Dr. Hamilton shares his expertise with his ophthalmology colleagues about this... Read More
Cataracts: Signs and Symptoms
Posted on Tuesday October 17, 2017
Here at UCLA in Los Angeles, we are experts at detecting the presence of cataracts. We don’t expect you to be too. While there are some signs and symptoms of cataracts you can look out for, they are largely undetectable until they start affecting vision. So, if you find yourself diagnosed with cataracts, don’t beat... Read More
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