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Questions About Refractive Surgery

Questions About Refractive Surgery

Serving Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Westlake Village, California

What is refractive surgery?
Refractive surgery is the art and science of surgically changing the power of the eye, so that vision can be improved.

When did Refractive Surgery first start?
Refractive surgery has its roots thousands of years ago. There are indications that surgeons in India tried this art 2000 years ago. It had a resurgence in mid-twentieth century.

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Who are the pioneers of Refractive Surgery?
Fyodrov invented RK or Radial Keratotomy. Sato popularized reverse radial keratotomy. Baraqquer pioneered the concept of keratomileusis. Pallikaris and Peyman are credited with inventing LASIK. Stephen Trokel and Sirinivasan applied the excimer laser to human use. MC Donald was the first to do PRK on human eyes. Ruiz popularized the microkeratome

Many websites claim that their doctor invented LASIK or another procedure; How can that be?
Trust is an important factor when choosing an eye surgeon. False claims erode that trust, huh?

Is LASIK another name for refractive surgery?
LASIK is currently the most commonly known type of refractive surgery. It’s certainly not the only one. Currently the other options in refractive surgery are Superlasik, ICL and Pi in Eye.

How long has Dr. Khanna been performing refractive surgery?
Dr. Khanna has been performing refractive surgery for close to two decades. He spent 16 months learning the art, science, and skill of refractive surgery at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Can any eye doctor perform refractive surgery?
Eye doctors can be either optometrists or MD. Optometrists are specialists in glasses and contact lenses. Only those MDs who have done an accredited residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in Refractive Surgery are suited to perform the microscopic procedures of Refractive Surgery.

Which is the best procedure for me?
There is no one-size-fits-all. The needs and eyes of every person are different. When you meet Dr. Khanna, you can work together to determine the best procedures available for you.

My doctor says Brand x laser is the best; is that true?
That is like asking – which is the best car in the world? The FDA never ranks as any laser as the best. Dr. Khanna is certified on many lasers, and uses them as required in the best interests of the patients. If you have a particular preference, feel free to mention it.

Has Dr. Khanna performed surgery on any of his staff or family members?
Yes Dr. Khanna has performed  Pi in Eye on his mother. He has performed LASIK on his sister in law and nephew. He did LASEK on his uncle. His staff has enjoyed great vision after having LASIK or Superlasik in his skilled hands. They all trust him.

If you have further questions about refractive surgery, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule a free vision consultation. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, with offices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.


Rajesh Khanna, MD