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What to Expect

At Hecht Eye Institute

Your first visit to our office is an opportunity for Dr. Hecht and our team to get to know you. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early in order to fill out your new patient information. You may also download copies of your paperwork to print and fill out from your home on our DOWNLOADS page.

Torrance Ophthalmologist

Torrance Ophthalmologist

On your first visit expect:

    • Warm and friendly introduction to staff
    • Comprehensive eye exam
    • Medical history review
    • All of your questions to be answered



An Ophthalmologist is an eye M.D., a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Torrance ophthalmologist Dr. Hecht is a highly qualified refractive surgeon. With fully equipped offices in  Marina Del Rey, South Bay/Torrance, and Beverly Hills for your convenience, Dr. Hecht can meet your eye care needs in your neighborhood.

Ophthalmologists are trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from screenings to complex and delicate eye surgery as listed in our services pages.



PRK vs. LASIK… these are both excimer laser surgeries to reshape the cornea such that the patient generally sees clearly without the need for eye glasses or contact lenses. PRK, photorefractive keratectomy, was the most common refractive surgery procedure before LASIK was developed as a more popular alternative.

Both PRK and LASIK are laser surgeries performed by Dr. Hecht but each is a little different when it comes to advantages and disadvantages.

Both procedures correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. The excimer laser corrective portion of each procedure is extremely fast, almost never exceeding one minute.

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis

Procedural Notes: Generally one type of laser is used to create an approximately 100 micron thick  flap. The excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea underneath the flap. This allows the recovery time to be more likely approximately one day as opposed to one week with PRK.

Photo Refractive Keratectomy

Procedural Notes: The central superficial epithelium is removed. The excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea.  Anesthetic drops are used to reduce pain. This precodeure generally results in at least a seven day recovery period. But if your cornea is too thin for LASIK, PRK is an excellent choice. 



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