Stephen Khachikian, MD
Terry Spencer, MD

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

Dr. Stephen Khachikian

Dr. Terry Spencer

LASIK Rapid City – Serving patients seeking LASIK 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 over 20 years of combined experience treating Rapid City LASIK surgery patients. Together with their team at Black Hills Regional Eye Institute, Drs. Khachikian and Spencer offer the latest technology for LASIK and other vision correction procedures. This is one of the 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.

Black Hills Regional Eye Institute is a 45,000 square-foot facility that is home to a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center. The Black Hills Regional Eye Institute ophthalmologists offer several vision correction treatment options, including LASIK, bladeless iLASIK, PRK and conductive keratoplasty.

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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More About Vision Correction at Regional Black Hills Eye Institute

Drs. Khachikian and Spencer use the most advanced and reliable laser technology for their vision correction procedures. The leading-edge practice is equipped with the IntraLase iFS advanced femtosecond laser for use in corneal flap creation during bladeless, all-laser iLASIK. The practice is also equipped with wavefront-guided VISX Star S4 excimer laser technology for highly customized vision correction treatment and precise visual results.

Before starting LASIK surgery, the ophthalmologist uses wavefront technology to capture a digital map of the eye’s unique imperfections, including higher-order aberrations, or extremely subtle refractive errors. He uses this information to calibrate the VISX Star S4 excimer laser that reshapes the cornea.

To start LASIK surgery, the laser eye surgeon uses the IntraLase femtosecond laser to create a hinged flap in the cornea. After gently lifting back the corneal flap, the excimer laser is used to remove microscopic particles of corneal tissue. This reshapes the curvature of the cornea, thereby correcting the refractive error that is causing the vision problem (i.e., nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism). Once the surgeon is content with the newly contoured cornea, the flap is replaced in its original position, where it naturally seals itself to the eye.

LASIK patients of Drs. Khachikian and Spencer are happy to find that in general the procedure is not painful, thanks to the topical anesthetic eye drops that are applied before treatment. They typically notice a dramatic improvement in their vision within 24 to 48 hours of surgery. Many individuals no longer have to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see well; more than 99 percent achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK surgery.

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

"My LASIK surgery has given me freedom in my daily life. I am very active and love not having to worry about glasses or contacts. The Eye Institute is outstanding, exceptional, professional, and extremely customer service oriented." —Tracy

"My experience at the Eye Institute was excellent. I was nervous when I arrived, but the doctors and staff were wonderful, comforting, funny, well trained, professional and so friendly. They helped me relax right away. I wish I had done LASIK years ago – it's the best thing that's happened to me. That night, I even watched my son's baseball game and I could see perfectly!" —Amy

"My biggest benefit from iLASIK is the ability to exercise without glasses or contacts. It's especially helpful when I'm swimming in open water, so that I can find the next buoy that I'm swimming towards." —Dr. Tom Golis, Optometrist

More About the Eye Doctors of Black Hills Regional Eye Institute

Stephen Khachikian, MD, graduated with honors from Siena College in upstate New York, earning his Bachelor of Science degree. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. After his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Khachikian completed a training fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery. He has conducted extensive clinical research in corneal topography, keratoconus and endothelial keratoplasty. Dr. Khachikian specializes in refractive surgery (including LASIK), cataract surgery and all forms of corneal transplantation. He also has special interest in the repair of traumatic eye injuries and anterior segment repair.

Terry Spencer, MD, graduated from Idaho State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Spencer completed a research fellowship program in ophthalmic pathology and intraocular lenses at the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. He then fulfilled an internship in internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Affiliate Hospitals prior to completing his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. Dr. Spencer has performed thousands of refractive and cataract procedures.

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