Stephen Khachikian, MD
Terry Spencer, MD

Black Hills Regional Eye Institute
2800 3rd Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(888) 530-5689

Dr. Terry Spencer
Dr. Terry Spencer

Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Dr. Stephen Khachikian



Cataract Surgeon Rapid City – Serving patients seeking cataract surgery in Rapid City and the surrounding area

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

Stephen Khachikian, MD, and Terry Spencer, MD, are fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologists with more than two decades of combined experience treating Rapid City cataract surgery patients. Their ophthalmology practice, Black Hills Regional Eye Institute, is a 45,000 square-foot facility that is home to a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center and is equipped with the most advanced technology for cataract surgery and other vision correction procedures. This is just one of the many reasons that physicians and other eye care professionals, including optometrists, families and pediatric patients trust Drs. Khachikian and Spencer to provide them with visionary eye care treatment. The highly experienced ophthalmologists of Black Hills Regional Eye Institute provide full-service ophthalmology care in a warm, friendly environment. In fact, they truly believe that "eye care" and "I care" are synonymous.

Drs. Khachikian and Spencer perform leading-edge laser cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs), when medically appropriate for the patient. Black Hills Regional Eye Institute was the first facility in western South Dakota and the neighboring states to offer this customized laser procedure. To start laser cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist uses the LenSx femtosecond laser to create a self-sealing micro incision in the eye, through which the cataractous lens is extracted. To facilitate the removal of the cataract-diseased lens, the eye surgeon performs a step called phacoemulsification, which involves using laser energy to break up the cataract-diseased lens into small fragments. The fragments are then suctioned or flushed from the eye. The cloudy lens is replaced with an intraocular lens implant to restore sight after the procedure. Black Hills Regional Eye Institute offers a broad range of IOL options, including premium ReSTOR and Tecnis multifocal lenses and Crystalens accommodating IOLs, all of which allow patients to see clearly at several distances.

Cataract surgery is generally considered to be a painless procedure, thanks to topical anesthetic eye drops that are administered prior to the start of surgery. Depending on the type of IOL that patients choose, they are able to achieve improved vision at multiple distances and, in many cases, can reduce or even forgo daily dependence on prescription eyewear.

In addition to laser cataract surgery, Black Hills Regional Eye Institute offers LASIK (including all-laser iLASIK), PRK, glaucoma treatment, corneal transplants, treatment of retinal conditions, including management of diabetic retinopathy, and general optical services.

To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Khachikian or Dr. Spencer and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Black Hills Regional Eye Institute by calling (888) 530-5689.

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

"After my cataract surgery with a multifocal intraocular lens, I enjoy no longer having to wear contacts or glasses except for reading. The Eye Institute staff are great. They are very friendly and helpful and answered all of my questions." —Janet

"After my cataract surgery with a multifocal intraocular lens, I love the ability to get up in the middle of the night and not have to search for my glasses. Plus, I enjoy outdoor activities without having the hassle of contacts and the hindrance of dirt or dust in my eyes with contacts." —Mike

"My experience at the Eye Institute could not have been better. The staff was wonderful. I have been so pleased with my vision and can now see like I did when I was in my 20's and 30's." —Sharon

More About the Eye Doctors of Black Hills Regional Eye Institute

Stephen Khachikian, MD, earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Siena College in upstate New York, graduating with honors. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at Albany Medical College. Following his residency in ophthalmology, Dr. Khachikian performed an advanced training fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery. He has performed extensive clinical research in corneal topography, keratoconus and endothelial keratoplasty. Dr. Khachikian specializes in cataract surgery, refractive surgery (including LASIK) and all types of corneal transplantation. He also has an interest in anterior segment repair and the repair of traumatic eye injuries.

Terry Spencer, MD, received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Idaho State University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Spencer performed a research fellowship in ophthalmic pathology and intraocular lenses at the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. He then completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Affiliate Hospitals before fulfilling an ophthalmology residency at the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. Dr. Spencer has a special interest in complex cataract surgery. He has performed thousands of cataract and refractive procedures.

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