World-Class Pterygium & LASIK Surgeon

Franz Michel, MD, a UCLA-trained cornea specialist, specializes in Pterygium surgery and bladeless, no-cut Lasik eye surgery.

With offices in Ventura County (Thousand Oaks, Oxnard) and Los Angeles, Dr. Michel is referred to by other cornea specialists as the "king of Pterygium" and has the largest Pterygium referral practice in the US. His Pterygium recurrence rates are less than 1%, a remarkably low rate compared to the 10-50% recurrence rates of other Pterygium removal surgeons. After LASIK surgery, 100% of Dr. Michel’s LASIK patients have been able to pass the DMV vision test without glasses and 94% have enjoyed 20/20 vision.

Advanced LASIK Eye Surgery - Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and Oxnard

Why Choose Franz Michel, Cornea Specialist, to Perform Your LASIK Surgery?

We treat you like family. We do the same for our LASIK patients as we would for our own family. We treat all of our patients with compassion, consideration and respect. And our track record in LASIK surgery is impeccable and our patients will attest.

Our results. Dr. Michel has the highest standards for the care of your eyes. We never take shortcuts and provide all of our patients with wavefront all-laser LASIK eye surgery technology.

We use only advanced laser eye surgery technology so that you have the best LASIK results. We use wavefront laser technology which gives excellent laser vision correction while maintaining the natural shape of the eye.

First Class Service. We realize that the thought of having laser eye surgery can be frightening and so the continuity of care is important to us, and to you. We are not a corporate LASIK eye factory that hands patients off from one person to another. From the initial LASIK consultation to LASIK surgery to post-op, Dr. Michel manages every aspect of your laser eye surgery care himself. If questions or concerns arise, you are encouraged to call Dr. Michel directly. Each LASIK patient has Dr. Michel’s personal cell phone number.

Dr. Michel thoroughly reviews your eye tests three times – at least – before LASIK surgery. Measure three times, operate once.

Emphasis on safety and ethics. While at UCLA, Dr. Michel’s sub-specialty was dealing with referred complications from LASIK and corneal surgery performed elsewhere. As a result, we evaluate your eyes with safety in mind and provide tailor treatment to your individual needs. Dr. Michel is known for his politeness and honesty in consultations. If LASIK is not for you, he will suggest an alternative.

Affordability. We use advanced wavefront technology and Dr. Michel has an excellent track record in LASIK surgery yet, we still offer quite reasonable rates. We also offer 0% Down CareCredit Financing for LASIK.

We do more than LASIK. We, as leading Ventura County cornea specialists (Thousand Oaks, Oxnard) customize laser vision correction treatments to your eyes. If LASIK is not for you, we offer alternative treatments such as PRK, Advanced Surface Ablation, Bladeless No Cut LASIK, Intacs, and Pterygium Removal.

We value your time. Your time is valuable. Nobody wants to spend their whole day at their LASIK surgeon’s office. We will do everything to accommodate you and your schedule. However, if you have to wait more than 10 minutes due to an emergency patient, we will make it up to you!

We give back to the community and a have a heart and soul. Dr. Michel supports Habitat for Humanity, Equestrian Autism, as well as numerous schools and kids sports teams. He also supports drilling wells that supply fresh water to villagers in Burma. In 2010, four teenage boys died locally in a tragic car accident. Dr. Michel held a surgical fundraiser which donated money to help the mothers of the deceased cover funeral expenses. We are given a lot and, for that, we are happy, if not obliged, to give back.

Dr. Michel is a cornea specialist specializing in bladeless, no cut LASIK. He serves all of Ventura County including Camarillo, Oxnard, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura. He also serves towns close to Ventura County such as Malibu and Santa Barbara.




Research & Publications

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