The USC Roski Eye Institute offers a world-renowned laser vision correction service that is dedicated to preserving, restoring, and enhancing vision through the use of LASIK and complementary advanced vision corrective technology. The Institute’s laser eye surgeons have been innovators in all aspects of laser vision correction and visual rehabilitation for over a decade. With an unwavering commitment to excellence and compassion for every aspect of the vision correction process, we help each patient achieve their personal best vision.
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Our LASIK ophthalmologists will perform a thorough eye examinations to determine if you are a good candidate for one of our multiple laser procedures or corneal/lens-based refractive surgery. Get in touch with our ophthalmologists today by calling 323-442-6335 or contacting us online.
Conditions We Treat
- Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
- Myopia (Nearsightedness)
Our LASIK ophthalmologists will conduct a comprehensive eye exam, which will include dilating the eyes to ensure that you are the perfect candidate for laser vision correction surgery. Our surgeons will consult with your referring physician to determine that laser surgery is a safe and appropriate option for you. Please see below for the diagnostic technologies that will be used in your assessment.
- Corneal and Anterior Segment Optical Coherent Tomography Imaging
- Wavefront Analyzers
- Dynamic Tear Film Assessment
- Computerized Corneal Modeling Technology to Corneal Topography
The USC Roski Eye Institute laser vision correction service is home to one of the most advanced excimer lasers used in the world today. With our innovative All-Laser LASIK procedure we can correct all forms of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and reduce one’s dependence on reading glasses. Moreover, we possess one of the most sophisticated femtosecond lasers in the world for performing vision-saving laser cataract surgery at our cutting-edge facility. It is our special brand of priceless clinical expertise combined with state-of-the-art technology that ensures exceptional patient outcomes at the USC Roski Eye Institute.
- Corneal Topography-Guided Excimer Laser Treatments
- Eximer Laser Technology- LASIK, PRK, LASEK
- Wavefront-Guided Excimer Laser Technology
Alternative procedures for patients who may not be good candidates for laser vision correction surgery include:
- Astigmatic Keratotomy (AK) for Some Cases of Astigmatism
- Intracorneal Ring Implants (Intacs) for Patients with Keratoconus.
- Visian ICL Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation and Natural Lens Replacement for Patients with High or Extreme Myopia
- Collagen-Crosslinking with Patients with Keratoconus
Femtosecond Laser Care
Custom Laser Cataract Surgery also provides our surgeons the ability to treat astigmatism with the accuracy and precision of the Femtosecond laser. Microscopic laser incisions are created in the outer margins of the cornea to reduce mild astigmatism as another advanced step available with our femtosecond laser. These incisions reduce the curvature of the steeper axis of the cornea so that it focuses images on one point of the retina instead of several. Eliminating the visual distortions caused by astigmatism further decreases ones dependence on glasses following cataract surgery.
With the introduction of the FDA approved Femtosecond cataract lasers, the surgeons at USC Roski Eye Institute now have the ability to perform many of the surgical steps that were performed by surgical blades or hand-held tools with precise, reproducible steps performed by the femtosecond laser. There is less trauma to the eye, better lens positioning, and more predictable visual results. These are especially important with advanced IOLs.
Unlike Traditional Cataract Surgery, many of the critical steps are performed by the laser without even entering the eye. The cornel incisions, opening the lens capsule, and fragmenting the cataract into small pieces are done by the laser. These steps can potentially reduce complications associated with surgery. The procedure is completed by entering the eye, vacuuming out the fragmented lens, and inserting the replacement artificial lens. The entire process only takes a few minutes. In addition to using the femtosecond laser, we use the best and latest innovations in cataract surgery techniques such as “eye drop” anesthesia to eliminate the need for any kind of needles in the eye and sutureless small-incisions that allow us to implant IOLs without stitches.
Advances in Laser Vision Correction Research
- Our surgeons at the USC Roski Eye Institute conducted one of the early FDA-supervisied clinical trials that established the safety and efficacy of excimer laser vision correction.
- The USC Roski Eye Institute was one of the first eye centers in the nation to offer laser vision correction.
If you have been living with astigmatism, hyperopia, myopia, or other condition affecting your eyesight, know that better vision is possible today through the cutting edge treatments available at the USC Roski Eye Institute. All of our physicians are American board certified and fellowship trained subspecialists.
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Please visit our Doctors page for summaries of the basic/translational and clinical research being conducted by our clinicians.
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Charles W. Flowers, Jr., MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Annie Nguyen, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology