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Custom Treatment

Custom treatments use wavefront technology to measure both lower- and higher-order aberrations that are unique to each eye, information that guides the laser in tailoring the treatment to the eye’s particular visual irregularities. This customized approach improves both visual acuity, which is measured by standard numerical outcomes such as 20/20, and the overall quality of vision such as visual crispness and clarity.

How Wavefront Technology Works

The wavefront device transmits a ray of light into the patient’s eye. The light is reflected off the retina and is captured by the wavefront analyzer as it exits the eye. Each eye’s visual irregularities are recorded and displayed as a three-dimensional, wavefront map. The detailed wavefront information is electrically transferred to the excimer laser, enabling the surgeon to perform a custom procedure that addresses each eye’s unique set of lower- and higher-order aberrations.

emmetropic eye

The emmetropic (“normal”) eye
Light exits the eye in parallel rays,
represented by a flat wavefront

perfect eye chart

Perfect Eye Chart
Eye chart as seen by an emmetropic eye


The myopic (“nearsighted”) eye
Light exits the eye in converging rays,
represented by a dome-shaped wavefront

Defocus Chart

Defocus Chart
Eye chart as seen by a myopic eye

Astigmatic Eye

The astigmatic (“football-shaped”) eye
Light exits the eye in rays represented by
a saddle shaped wavefront

astigmatism chart

Astigmatism Chart
Eye chart as seen by an astigmatic eye;
distortion is in the direction of the astigmatism

Eye with High Coma

An eye with high coma (i.e., keratoconus)
Wavefront of an eye with coma;
abnormal corneal shape such
as seen in keratoconus

coma chart

Coma Chart
Eye chart as seen by an eye with high coma;
note comet shaped tail-like distortion

Eye with Spherical Aberration

An eye with spherical aberration
Wavefront of an eye with spherical aberration;
previous refractive surgery and/or very large pupils

spherical aberration chart

Spherical Aberration Chart
Eye chart as seen by an eye with
spherical aberration; note halo distortion,
often seen around lights at night

customized procedure

Customized Procedure
Detailed wavefront information is
transferred to laser to perform a custom
procedure,unique to each individual eye

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Laser Vision Correction Center

LASIK is the single most popular refractive procedure today for correcting refractive errors.

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Cataract Center

A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye. Surgery,  is the only way to treat cataracts.

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If you are seeking Los Angeles eye care experts, the eye doctors at the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA are happy to provide expert diagnosis.

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Patient Financing

At UCLA Laser Refractive Center, our goal is to make LASIK affordable. As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer financing programs, 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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