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East West Eye Institute

Cataract Surgery, LASIK Eye Surgery in Gardena

East West Eye Institute of Gardena has long been recognized as a leader in patient care. We have been providing world class patient care since our origins dating back to 1947. Officially becoming known as East West Eye Institute in 1990, our board-certified eye doctors are experts in LASIK eye surgery and cataract surgery  as well as Glaucoma, corneal disease, oculoplastics, and aesthetics. We are here to serve all your eye care needs.

Whether you’re looking to correct your vision with LASIK surgery or in need of cataract surgery to regain clarity, rest assured, East West Eye Institute of Gardena is dedicated to delivering outstanding results.

Cataracts & Cataract Surgery. As we age, the development of cataracts becomes increasingly common, impacting our vision and quality of life. At East West Eye Institute of Gardena, we understand the challenges posed by cataracts and offer advanced solutions to restore clarity to your vision. Cataract surgery, performed by our expert surgeons, involves the removal of the clouded lens and its replacement with a clear artificial lens implant. With personalized care and cutting-edge techniques, we strive to ensure optimal outcomes for each patient, allowing you to enjoy improved vision and enhanced quality of life. Trust East West Eye Institute to guide you through every step of your cataract journey with compassion and expertise.

LASIK eye surgery. LASIK eye surgery stands as a beacon of hope for those seeking to liberate themselves from the constraints of glasses and contact lenses. At East West Eye Institute of Gardena, we understand the profound impact that vision clarity can have on one’s quality of life. LASIK, an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, represents a revolutionary advancement in refractive surgery, offering a precise and effective means of correcting common vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. With personalized treatment plans and meticulous attention to detail, our board-certified surgeons specialize in LASIK procedures, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to reshape the cornea and restore clear, crisp vision. Experience the freedom and confidence that LASIK eye surgery can provide at East West Eye Institute of Gardena, where your vision is our priority.

Experience the difference that personalized care and expertise can make at East West Eye Institute of Gardena, where your vision is our priority. Our commitment to excellence and innovation remains unwavering, ensuring that your vision is in the best hands possible.

What’s next? First, explore our vision education library to learn answers to common questions such as LASIK Myths, Am I a Candidate for LASIK, How Long Does LASIK Take, LASIK recovery time and more. Then, find an eye clinic location near you to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward clearer vision and a brighter future.

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East West Eye Institute

879 W 190th St Ste. 100
Gardena, CA 90248

Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM - 5 pm

Saturday: 8:30 AM - 1 pm

Sunday: Closed

Gardena Vision Correction Procedures

Today's life-changing procedures make it possible to improve your vision to 20/20—or better.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a very common and medically necessary procedure to remove and replace the eye’s natural lens when the vision has been clouded by a cataract. We offer laser-assisted cataract surgery and lifestyle lenses as options for our patients.

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Other Procedures

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Refractive lens exchange (RLE), is when a clear lens is implanted to replace your eye’s natural lens to correct your vision.

This procedure is often used for pre-cataract patients, as a preventative vision correction solution. Refractive lens exchange (RLE) can also correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

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PRK Surgery (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

What is PRK Surgery?

PRK Surgery (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is a type of laser eye surgery that is used to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. PRK is an alternative to LASIK eye surgery and is particularly suitable for individuals who may not be candidates for LASIK due to certain corneal characteristics.

Overview of the PRK surgery process:

  1. Corneal Epithelium Removal:
    • In PRK, the surgeon begins by removing the thin outer layer of the cornea called the epithelium. This can be done using an alcohol solution, a special brush, or a laser.
  2. Laser Reshaping of the Cornea:
    • Once the epithelium is removed, a laser is used to precisely reshape the cornea. The laser ablates or removes microscopic amounts of corneal tissue based on the patient’s refractive error. The goal is to correct the curvature of the cornea and improve the focus of light on the retina.
  3. Healing Process:
    • Unlike LASIK, where a corneal flap is created, PRK does not involve creating a flap. Instead, the corneal surface is allowed to regenerate naturally. The healing process involves the growth of new epithelial cells over the treated area.
  4. Post-operative Care:
    • Following PRK surgery, patients are given medicated eye drops to aid in the healing process and prevent infection. Recovery may take a bit longer compared to LASIK, and patients may experience temporary discomfort during the initial days.

Key considerations for PRK surgery include:

  • Corneal Thickness: PRK may be a suitable option for individuals with thinner corneas who may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.
  • Occupational Considerations: PRK may be recommended for individuals with occupations or lifestyles that carry a risk of corneal injury, as it eliminates the creation of a corneal flap.
  • Healing Time: The initial visual recovery may take longer with PRK compared to LASIK. Patients typically experience optimal vision several weeks after the procedure.

PRK is a well-established and effective procedure for vision correction, and its suitability depends on individual factors. It’s important to consult with an experienced refractive surgeon or eye care professional to determine the most appropriate laser eye surgery option based on your eye health and lifestyle.

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Pterygium Surgery

Pterygium surgery is performed under topical anesthesia on an outpatient basis.

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Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye is an irritating, painful, and common condition in which the eye fails to properly produce quality tears. When left untreated, it may lead to ulcers and scars on the cornea.

Depending on the severity of your condition, there are a variety of treatments to relieve dry eyes.

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Facial Rejuvination

Facial rejuvination, also known as a face-lift, is a procedure to lift and tighten sagging skin on the face and neck.

Fillers & Botox

Fillers and Botox are both popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments aimed at reducing signs of aging and enhancing facial aesthetics.

Fillers, also known as dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are injectable substances. They are used to add volume, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and restore youthful contours to areas of the face such as the cheeks, lips, and smile lines. Fillers can also be used to enhance features such as the lips and chin, or to rejuvenate the hands.

Botox is a neurotoxic protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected in small, controlled doses, Botox temporarily relaxes the muscles responsible for causing dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. By relaxing these muscles, Botox can smooth out existing wrinkles and prevent the formation of new ones, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Both fillers and Botox are minimally invasive treatments that are performed in-office with little to no downtime. They are often used in combination to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation and can be customized to meet each patient’s unique aesthetic goals.

Glaucoma Treatments

Glaucoma is a disease that occurs when pressure from fluid buildup damages the optic nerve. In this advanced glaucoma eye surgery, often called MIGS, fluid drainage is improved with a microscopic stent.

We Accept Insurance

At NVISION Eye Centers, we work with many insurance companies to provide the best service possible for each of our patients. Below you will find a list of our current providers for this location. Please call us if you do not see your specific provider, as NVISION frequently adds new insurance companies and offers many out of network options.

Accepted Insurances
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Eyemed
  • Health Net
  • Medicare
  • MES
  • Regal
  • Triwest
  • United Health Care
  • VSP
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Medi-Cal
  • Memorial Care
  • Tricare West
  • Greater Covina IPA
  • Citrus Valley IPA
  • GEHA
  • South Bay Independent
  • Physicians (SBIP)
  • Davis (Blue) VIsion
  • Humana VSP
  • Superior Vision
  • USAA
  • Guardian
  • LA Care - Direct Network
  • St Johns Physician Partners

Surgeons at East West Eye Institute

Eric Downing, M.D. is an ophthalmologist and surgeon who treats Cataracts, Diabetes, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and Pterygium.

Jean Katow, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in general ophthalmology, ophthalmic plastics, and reconstructive surgery.

Nicholas P. Marsico, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board certified ophthalmologist who performs all aspects of surgery on the anterior segment of the eye including cataract extraction, glaucoma surgery and various forms of corneal transplantation including penetrating keratoplasty and DSAEK.

Michelle Sato, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma, cataracts and general ophthalmology.

Nancy Hua, OD

Nancy Hua

Dr. Hua earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, CA. She has experience providing quality care to patients of all backgrounds and ages, having worked in the Veterans’ Affairs system as well as the Boys and Girls Club in Garden Grove.


Steven K. Kurata

Steven Kurata, O.D. is an optometrist who received his education at the Southern California College of Optometry. He specializes in glasses and contact lens exams.


Sarah Maasarani

Dr. Maasarani is a residency-trained optometrist with a passion for treating patients afflicted with ocular disease. She received her Doctorate of Optometry from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a Residency in ocular disease at the same institution. She specializes in refractive surgery and cataract consultations and ocular disease management.


Eric K. Miyamoto

Eric K. Miyamoto, O.D. is an optometrist that practices primary care in Optometry to include routine eye examinations, contact lens fittings as well as prescribing eyeglasses.

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Cataract Surgery, LASIK Eye Surgery in Gardena

Your Eye Clinic for Cataract Surgery & LASIK in Gardena

At NVISION® Eye Centers, we provide life-changing results, an exceptional experience, and a lifetime commitment to your LASIK vision correction.

  • Industry-leading eye doctors and vision outcomes with more than 2 million successful procedures
  • The most advanced laser and diagnostic technology available
  • Financing available – no down payment, zero or low interest, low monthly payments
  • Free LASIK consultations
  • Use your FSA/HSA balance toward LASIK before it expires in December

Location – Gardena eye clinic

East West Eye Institute of Gardena

879 W 190th St. Ste. 100, Gardena, CA 90248

(310) 329-9975