Yaron S. Rabinowitz, MD
Cornea Genetic Eye Institute
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
50 N. La Cienaga Blvd., Suite 340
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Dr. Yaron S. Rabinowitz
Serving patients seeking LASIK in Los Angeles and the surrounding area
Yaron S. Rabinowitz, MD, is the leading refractive surgeon at Laser Eye Associates, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist and a world-recognized expert on cornea and refractive surgery. As a leading Los Angeles LASIK surgeon and Director of Ophthalmology Research at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Rabinowitz has played a major role in development of new technologies to correct for nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness.
He has been an FDA investigator for the Alcon LADARwave ("Custom Cornea") Laser and the VISX laser for hyperopia. He has performed thousands of refractive surgery procedures and was one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform the new "down-up" LASIK procedure. He was also among the first and has the most experience in the Los Angeles area with the bladeless "Intralase" technology for creating the flap in the LASIK procedure, which he believes results in more accurate and safer outcomes. His laser center has access to four different lasers, so he is able to choose which one is best suited to your eye. These are 1) the Alcon LADARvision laser; 2) the VISX laser; 3) the Allegretto wave laser; and 4) the Intralase Laser.
His focus is to bring his advanced research and technology background to each patient at the Laser Vision Correction Center, to maximize each patient's vision through LASIK and other new procedures.
Dr. Rabinowitz has made breakthrough research findings in the area of cornea health and the genetic bases for corneal diseases, such as keratoconus. He developed a software program which is used worldwide to screen patients for refractive surgery and has been the pioneer in developing the INTACS procedure using the Intralase laser for patients with keratoconus. For his accomplishments in this area he has been invited by the French Eye Society to give a keynote lecture entitled "Keratoconus: current concepts" (May 2005). He is the only American to receive such an honor at this meeting.
What Do Patients Say About the Surgeons of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center?
"Highly recommend Cornea Eye Institute!! The staff is very friendly and professional. Never had to wait in the waiting area more than 5 minutes. And great results … one week after my LASIK surgery I had 20/15 vision in both eyes!!
Dr. Gaster was also a wonderful doctor, very patient and kind and very thorough about explaining the procedure before and during the surgery. So I knew what to expect throughout the surgery.
Also they have the latest technology. I opted for IntraLase, so a laser created the flaps instead of a blade. I just didn't like the idea of a blade cutting my corneas. It was a little extra money but when it comes to your eyes do you really want to go cheap?" —Josh P.
"I had PRK about 10 yrs ago. Dr. Rabinowitz was the best … had the best bedside manner. To this day I feel he was the best doctor I have ever been to. My eyes were 20/20 until a couple years ago when I got a detached retina in my right eye." —Stephanie P.
"My sister and I came here about seven years ago. My brother came here about four years ago. We all have great vision until this day. I just got my eyes checked by an optometrist and she said I still don't need glasses and my eyes are in good health.
Warning of my bad experience at Laser Eye Center: I went to the original Laser Eye Center about 12 years ago. Dr. Moosa and Dr. Garabet (Founder) tried to correct my vision THREE (yes, I said three) times! I still had to wear glasses afterwards! I did NOT get a refund.
After my sister had success with Dr. Rabinowitz, I came to him with what was left of my corneas. He fixed them and I NO LONGER wear glasses!" —Emmy M.
"Coming here was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Dr. Rabinowitz is very thorough and careful, and he did everything to make sure that my eyes were in prime condition to get LASIK treatment. I had to wait a few months for my dry eye condition to clear up, and while I was anxious to have the procedure done, it was extremely comforting knowing that Dr. Rabinowitz is a responsible doctor who will make decisions in your best interest. It's been about a month since LASIK, and I am thrilled with the results. My vision is now excellent, and I've had no complications whatsoever." —Emms S.
"If you're on this page, you're probably considering undergoing LASIK eye correction. By the time I started researching surgeons. I was completely set on following through with it — it was simply a matter of which of the many doctors in Los Angeles to choose. I've gone to five different clinics and this is why Dr. Rabinowitz proved to be my top choice:
I decided early on that I wasn't going to risk my vision by doing a "$499/eye" type of surgery. It's artificially cheap and is not worth it, in my opinion. From his credentials and reviews, it's clear Dr. Rabinowitz is not only a seasoned professional but a highly regarded and respected by his peers in innovation and performance.
I respect that Dr. Rabinowitz doesn't perform Botox or other cosmetic surgery in his office, as many others do. Not that I have anything against it, but I would like my eye surgeon to be a specialist in his field and not diversify out of greed.
Dr. Rabinowitz not only answered all of my relevant and irrelevant question, but also talked me through questions of concerns "I should have, but didn't ask." They have done multiple tests and refractions (measuring your vision) throughout the entire process to make sure I would get the most accurate results. They talked and walked me through every step of the experience. They were accommodating with dates and times for my visits and surgery. And above all, they created a fantastic, life-changing experience for me.
*I must make a separate mention about Ana, the surgery coordinator, who is an absolute gem and one of the highlights of the experience. Where Dr. Rabinowitz gets straight to the point about everything, Ana takes the time to make sure you are comfortable and feel secure and taken care of. Their personalities provide the perfect combination one would want for this kind of surgery!
Words cannot describe the sheer joy of being able to wake up and see EVERYTHING. And, I cannot thank and recommend Dr. Rabinowitz and his team enough! Go!" —Katerina P.
"I don't have to worry about contacts. I can wake up and enjoy life immediately now. I would recommend Dr. Rabinowitz to my friends and family. He answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable."
"Dr. Rabinowitz is first class. I have seen for over 15 years and he is the BEST! I would not trust anyone else with my eyes for LASIK. I got LASIK in both eyes less than a week ago and 20/20, if not 20/15. Great experience from beginning to end. Ana, the Refractive Surgery Coordinator, was amazing as was the surgery staff during the procedure. I had questions pre-surgery and the staff and Dr. Rabinowitz addressed my questions in less than 24 hours. Five stars all the way! Thank you!!!"
"My husband had surgery and has been pleased with the results. This is the first time he has not had to wear glasses since he was a toddler. The office staff is awesome and Dr. Rabinowitz has a way of making his patients feel at ease. We recommend his services to everyone."
"I recently had LASIK with Dr. Rabinowitz. I saw five other doctors but chose him because of his background and his expertise. He has been a leader in the field for over 20 years. My prescription was a bit complicated and I was a bit cautious. I am happy I did my research. LASIK with Dr. Rabinowitz was the best decision I ever made. I now see better than I ever did with my glasses and would never have done this had it not been for the confidence he inspired. I recommend him every day to all my friends and feel truly blessed I was fortunate enough to choose him."
About the Laser Vision Correction Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Rabinowitz is the Medical Director and chief LASIK surgeon at Laser Eye Associates at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Every patient is individually evaluated by Dr. Rabinowitz and his staff to ensure the best LASIK outcomes. For LASIK surgery, Dr. Rabinowitz uses either the VISX S4 with CustomVue Software, the Alcon LADARVision system with the LADARWAVE Wavefront software or the Allegretto wave laser.
The laser system selection is based on the individual patient's eye. The wavefront systems provide the advanced Custom Wavefront LASIK, which evaluates each patient's subtle optical corneal factors and creates a unique corneal map that is programmed into the Excimer laser. The laser can then correct the corneal curvature in a customized way that maximizes precision. Dr. Rabinowitz also uses the "blade less" IntraLase procedure, which creates the "corneal flap" using a laser instead of a blade. This results in a more accurate and safer procedure. In addition to traditional and wavefront LASIK, Dr. Rabinowitz offers "Blended vision" for correcting presbyopia ( people over age 40 who need reading glasses), and INTACS, removable corneal rings to correct for moderate myopia and patients with keratoconus.
More About Dr. Rabinowitz
Dr. Rabinowitz completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at Pennsylvania State University Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He performed two Fellowships, one in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Doheny Eye Clinic of the University of Southern California and one in Ocular and Molecular Genetics at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at U.C.L.A. and Director of Ophthalmology Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Rabinowitz receives funding for his cornea research from the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute (NEI), which is extremely competitive. He is one of only a few LASIK surgeons in the world to receive such research funding from the NEI. He has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers, and has been recognized by VISX as being in the top 5 percent among refractive surgeons in the United States.