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Comprehensive LASIK Services in Santa Monica, CA

Experience the benefits of LASIK at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group. Contact us for expert cataract surgery services in Santa Monica, CA.

Lasik Explained

LASIK was FDA approved more than 20 years ago. Modern LASIK has no more in common with early LASIK than your current iPhone has in common with the brick phones from the 1990s. We use the most advanced laser vision correction technology and platforms to give you the best visual outcomes. See how LASIK works.


At Santa Monica Eye Medical Group, we offer a range of cataract surgery options to suit your specific needs. Our services include:

This procedure, which can be billed to insurance, involves manually removing the cataract and inserting a mono-focal lens IOL. However, near or intermediate vision may still require additional correction.

Utilizing cutting-edge technology, FLACS offers precise and customized treatment. Please note that this procedure is not covered by insurance.

This intraoperative aberrometer ensures accurate lens power and astigmatism correction during cataract surgery. Insurance does not cover this procedure.

We provide various options, including Presbyopic, Multifocal, Trifocal, and full depth of focus lens IOLs, addressing your specific vision requirements. Astigmatic correction with Toric IOL lenses is also available. Insurance does not cover these procedures, but they significantly reduce the need for glasses or post-surgery correction.

This procedure, which can be billed to insurance, addresses posterior capsule opacity or scar (PCO), commonly referred to as a secondary cataract. It ensures clear vision following cataract surgery.

The Technology That Makes LASIK Surgery Safe?

The Benefits of LASIK Surgery

LASIK Surgery brings numerous benefits, including:


Improved Vision

LASIK can significantly improve your vision, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.


Minimal Discomfort

Patients often experience minimal discomfort during and after the procedure, with only mild irritation or a foreign body sensation.


No Need for Glasses or Contacts

For many, LASIK eliminates the need for corrective eyewear, providing freedom from glasses or contact lenses.


Enhanced Quality of Life

Improved vision can enhance your overall quality of life, making everyday tasks, sports, and recreational activities more enjoyable.

Are You Ready?

Astigmatism? Struggling with your vision?

LASIK surgery may be recommended if you:

Nearsighted, farsighted, or dealing with astigmatism? Dr. is able to correct any of these vision challenges in minutes with our Modern LASIK technology. In fact, we’ve been able to permanently correct these for many years. Myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism can all be corrected. Astigmatism simply refers to an irregular shape of the cornea. LASIK corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism better than glasses and contact lenses by correcting it at the source. The change you notice is immediate and will give you better vision than glasses or contact lenses.

Our experienced ophthalmologists at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group will evaluate your eye health and vision to determine if LASIK surgery is the right option for you.


Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers:

Is LASIK safe?

Yes. It is one of the safest and most studied procedures performed on the human body with the highest satisfaction rate of any elective procedure. In fact, LASIK is safer than wearing contact lenses. Wearing contact lenses increases your risk for an infection and resulting vision loss.

Does LASIK wear off?

In LASIK, we permanently correct the irregular shape of the cornea, or surface of the eye. Around age 47, most people begin to have difficulty seeing up close (presbyopia). This occurs whether they’ve had LASIK or not. If you are close to this age, we’ll take that into consideration in determining your best options.

Does LASIK hurt?

Patients often exclaim “That was it?!” after their Houston LASIK procedures. With the advanced technologies we use, the Modern LASIK procedure is quick and comfortable. Most patients describe the sensation as a feeling of slight pressure.

How long does LASIK take?

The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Our lasers take seconds to correct your vision depending on your prescription and the amount of correction needed.

What if I blink or move during LASIK?

Our lasers are designed to limit and also account for movements. Even if you were to cough or sneeze, the laser will pause and resume exactly where it left off. There is no need to be concerned.

Who is a candidate for LASIK?

LASIK is an excellent procedure for you if you have reached ocular maturity (usually around age 18), have a healthy cornea, and have nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism.

Is there an alternative to LASIK?

If you are not a good candidate for LASIK, you can still achieve visual freedom! LASIK is just one of many procedures offered at SuraVision such as SMILE, PRK, ICLs, Refractive Lens Exchange, or Corneal Inlays.

What's the downtime after LASIK?

Most of our LASIK patients are back to work the very next day. The vision itself is usually 20/20 or better within a few minutes of the procedure and continues to clear and improve even more over the next week.

Does insurance cover LASIK?

No. As part of your LASIK consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss costs, benefits, and financing options with one of our patient coordinators.

Can I Use My HSA or FSA for LASIK?

Yes. LASIK is a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account procedure. If your company offers a health or flexible spending account, you can use it to pay for LASIK.

Is LASIK cheaper than contacts?

Yes. Most people will spend far more on contact lenses over the years and decades than the one-time cost for LASIK. It is so much better and economical to correct your vision than to rely on glasses and contacts.

Why should I get LASIK?

If you want straight teeth, you get braces. If you want great vision, get vision correction. LASIK and other vision correction methods are becoming the standard for vision care. Glasses and contacts should be used during childhood while developing to ocular maturity, but only rarely after that. In the future, glasses will be obsolete. Just watch Star Trek: No one is wearing glasses.

For more frequently asked questions or to schedule a consultation, please contact Santa Monica Eye Medical Group.

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Dr Stelzner saw me right away and stopped my issue before
it became serious. She also is thoughtful and thinks about the whole picture – a great doctor – not just one to do an eye exam and send you on your way.




I’ve been coming here for about 5 years now because I have a difficult prescription and love this Eye group. Everyone here is super friendly especially the lady at the glasses desk. Highly recommend this office, it’s a great customer experience.





Very friendly staff and knowledgeable optometrist. They are helpful and courteous without being pushy or trying to force you to buy something you’re not ready to buy yet. The optometrist was very professional and did a great job explaining the changes in my prescription and the new lenses I’d have to choose from as my previous brand is no longer on the market. 5/5 would recommend to anyone needing a good eye doctor in Los Angeles.




I am very lucky to have found Santa Monica Eye Medical Group. Having seen good reviews about the office, and now done a procedure with them, I completely understand why they have such great reviews. The staff is great, extremely competent, very professional, and friendly…Santa Monica Eye Medical Group has assembled a team of elite, competent, caring healthcare professionals. Very strong recommend.





Trust your vision to the experienced team at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or learn more about our cataract surgery services. Rediscover a clear vision and enhance your quality of life with our comprehensive solutions.