Franz K. Michel. MD

Dr. Franz Michel - LASIK & Pterygium Removal Surgeon in Thousand Oaks, Ventura and OxnardLASIK & Pterygium Removal Surgeon
Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Oxnard

Franz Michel, M.D., a UCLA-trained cornea specialist, is the king of Pterygium removal and also renowned for safe, successful, bladeless, no-cut LASIK. Patients from all across the world visit Dr. Michel in his offices in Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and Oxnard. Dr Michel’s Pterygium recurrence rate is less than one percent while the average is between 10% – 50%. In addition, his LASIK procedures have resulted in 100% of patients being able to pass the DMV vision test without glasses. Ninety-four percent enjoy 20/20 vision.

After graduating from college Summa Cum Laude as valedictorian of his class, Dr. Franz Michel went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude and Alpha Omega Alpha from medical school at Syracuse in 1997.

After an internship in Santa Barbara, he went to the Ivy League and trained for three years in eye disease and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Longing to return to California, Dr. Michel received sub-specialty training in Cornea and Laser Eye Surgery at UCLA. Dr. Michel has a special interest in refractive surgery because, as he puts it, “I like to make the blind see!”

He holds the distinction of being the first fellow in the United States to implant Intacs ring segments for the treatment of Keratoconus and has performed thousands of laser eye correction and Pterygium removal surgical procedures. He has published numerous papers in Ophthalmology literature.

Watch as Dr. Michel explains his Pterygium technique, why his recurrence rates are so low,
and what you can expect during your initial Pterygium exam.



Research & Publications

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