Dr. Stephen Khachikian

Black Hills Regional Eye Institute
(866) 388-1803
Stephen Khachikian, MD

2800 3rd Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

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LASIK Rapid City – Serving patients seeking LASIK surgery in Rapid City and the surrounding area

Stephen Khachikian, MD, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist who treats Rapid City LASIK surgery patients. Together with his team at Black Hills Regional Eye Institute, Dr. Khachikian offers the latest technology for LASIK, PRK, KAMRA Inlay and other vision correction procedures. This is one of the reasons that physicians and other eye care professionals, including optometrists, families and pediatric patients trust Dr. Khachikian to provide them with visionary eye care treatment. The highly experienced team at Black Hills Regional Eye Institute provides full-service ophthalmology care in a warm, friendly environment. In fact, they truly believe that “eye care” and “I care” are synonymous.

Black Hills Regional Eye Institute is a 45,000 square-foot facility that is home to a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center. Dr. Khachikian offers several vision correction treatment options, including LASIK, bladeless iLASIK, PRK, KAMRA Inlay and conductive keratoplasty.

To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Khachikian and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Black Hills Regional Eye Institute by calling (866) 388-1803.

More About Vision Correction at Regional Black Hills Eye Institute

The Black Hills Regional Eye Institutes’ comprehensive approach to eye care allows our surgeon to provide exceptional services for all your eye care needs.

Dr. Khachikian uses the most advanced and reliable laser technology for vision correction procedures. The leading-edge practice is equipped with the IntraLase iFS advanced femtosecond laser for use in corneal flap creation during bladeless, all-laser iLASIK. The practice is also equipped with wavefront-guided VISX Star S4 excimer laser technology for highly customized vision correction treatment and precise visual results.

Before starting LASIK surgery, the ophthalmologist uses wavefront technology to capture a digital map of the eye’s unique imperfections, including higher-order aberrations, or extremely subtle refractive errors. He uses this information to calibrate the VISX Star S4 excimer laser that reshapes the cornea.

To start LASIK surgery, the laser eye surgeon uses the IntraLase femtosecond laser to create a hinged flap in the cornea. After gently lifting back the corneal flap, the excimer laser is used to remove microscopic particles of corneal tissue. This reshapes the curvature of the cornea, thereby correcting the refractive error that is causing the vision problem (i.e., nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism). Once the surgeon is content with the newly contoured cornea, the flap is replaced in its original position, where it naturally seals itself to the eye.

LASIK patients of Dr. Khachikian are happy to find that in general the procedure is not painful, thanks to the topical anesthetic eye drops that are applied before treatment. They typically notice a dramatic improvement in their vision within 24 to 48 hours of surgery. Many individuals no longer have to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see well; more than 99 percent achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK surgery.

What Do Patients Say About Their Experiences With Regional Black Hills Eye Institute?

“My LASIK surgery has given me freedom in my daily life. I am very active and love not having to worry about glasses or contacts. The Eye Institute is outstanding, exceptional, professional, and extremely customer service oriented.” —Tracy

“My experience at the Eye Institute was excellent. I was nervous when I arrived, but the doctors and staff were wonderful, comforting, funny, well trained, professional and so friendly. They helped me relax right away. I wish I had done LASIK years ago – it’s the best thing that’s happened to me. That night, I even watched my son’s baseball game and I could see perfectly!” —Amy

“My biggest benefit from iLASIK is the ability to exercise without glasses or contacts. It’s especially helpful when I’m swimming in open water, so that I can find the next buoy that I’m swimming towards.” —Dr. Tom Golis, Optometrist

More About Our LASIK Surgeon

Stephen Khachikian, MD, graduated with honors from Siena College in upstate New York, earning his Bachelor of Science degree. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. After his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Khachikian completed a training fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery. He has conducted extensive clinical research in corneal topography, keratoconus and endothelial keratoplasty. Dr. Khachikian specializes in refractive surgery (including LASIK), cataract surgery and all forms of corneal transplantation. He also has special interest in the repair of traumatic eye injuries and anterior segment repair.

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