What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye surgery, eye health and vision care. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eye glasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems.


A refractive surgeon is an ophthalmologist who specializes in performing vision correction, or refractive, procedures to either decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.

Refractive surgeons perform procedures – such as LASIK, lens implants and cataract surgery – to adjust the focusing ability of their patients’ eyes. They can reshape the cornea or implant a lens inside the eye to correct a variety of common vision problems, such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or cataracts.

Why IS Corrective Eye Surgery a popular choice?

  • It’s safe

  • Corrective laser eye surgery is fast

  • Recovery time is relatively quick

  • There is little to no pain with corrective eye surgery

  • Vision is almost always restored

What are the risks of corrective laser eye surgery?

With in-office FDA approved cutting edge technology, Dr. Hecht has a proven track record of successful procedures. However, as with all procedures there are some risks; serious complications are extremely rare. If you would like more information about risks, please give us a call today. We look forward to explaining your options and giving you detailed information on the procedure.

What is the recovery time from eye surgery?

Most recovery periods are within a few days.

How many times has this refractive surgeon performed LASIK?

Dr. Hecht has performed thousands of corrective laser eye surgeries. With offices in the South Bay/Torrance, Marina del Rey and Beverly Hills areas, getting to your procedure is very convenient.

How much does laser eye surgery cost?

Depending on your current vision status, procedures such as LASIK eye surgery have various costs. The Hecht Eye Institute has always made vision correction, such as LASIK eye surgery, affordable for all patients on any budget. We offer options so that you can enjoy new vision. Please call for more information on the exact cost for your procedure. Many patients take advantage of our finance programs and pay less than $100 per month.


We offer CareCredit, a program where you can get LASIK eye surgery immediately and then pay for it over time with a reasonable payment schedule that fits your budget.

Hecht Eye Institute offers several financial options for LASIK eye surgery as well as many of our procedures.

With CareCredit, our preferred financing source, you pay no up-front costs, no pre-payment penalties and no fees. Plus, CareCredit is a revolving credit line for additional treatment or add-on charges, without the need to re-apply. It only takes a few minutes to apply for CareCredit.

We are very happy to offer a no cost LASIK eye surgery consultation at Hecht Eye Institute.

“I’ve performed thousands of LASIK eye surgery procedures and other refractive surgeries successfully for over 10 years in our offices in Marina del Rey, South Bay/Torrance, and Beverly Hills. Patients love getting their eyesight back, the quick recovery time and the care they receive from our team.” — Dr. Matthew Hecht

No Interest Payment Plans

12 Month No-Interest Plan
$0 down – 12 convenient monthly payments (auto-withdrawal available)
No pre-payment penalties or fees
Perfect if you like the consistency of a fixed monthly payment arrangement

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12 Month No-Interest

No-Payment Plan
$0 down – No monthly payments required
Full payment due by the end of your 12 month term
Perfect if you want your procedure now and also the flexibility and freedom to pay different amounts (or all at once) when it works best for your financial year.

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Extended Payment Plans

24, 36, 48 & 60 Month Plan Options
$0 down – 11.9% fixed interest rate
No pre-payment penalties for fee
Perfect if you prefer low monthly payments that can easily fit your budget
As low as $95 per month

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A few questions that people ask about Crystalens:

How long will the surgery take?

The actual surgery itself is usually approximately 15-20 minutes.

Will I feel anything during the surgery?

No. Topical numbing drops will be placed in your eye and oral medications may be administered to help you relax.

When can I return to normal activity?

Typically you will be able to return to normal activities within several days. You should be able to drive and return to work usually within 2-3 days.

After surgery:

• Your eyes may be sensitive to the touch for a few days
• Avoid taxing activity that would strain or put pressure on the eye
• Don’t rub your eyes
• Avoid getting soap in your eyes
• Don’t wear eye make-up for several weeks
• Avoid public pools and hot tubs

What should I expect during the recovery period?

Patients vary in their recovery times. Some people take longer for their near vision to come into focus, while others have near vision almost immediately.

How often will I need to have my eyes checked after surgery?

Typically, Dr. Hecht will see you one day after surgery, after 1-4 weeks and again around 3-6 months after surgery. Usually an annual visit is expected.

Will I have to have cataract surgery again?

Once your cataracts are removed and replaced with an IOL, you most likely won’t need to have cataract surgery again. There are other factors to consider and Dr. Hecht can explain all of them during your consultation.

For a full Crystalens review, see Dr. Hecht for a comprehensive consultation.

For more questions, please contact us. Our staff is happy to help!