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"Best Lasik Surgeon in LA" - Los Angeles Magazine | "One of the two top eye surgeons in the United States" - W Magazine

Dr. Andrew Caster and the Caster Eye Center

Meet Dr. Caster

  • Dr. Caster dedicates his practice exclusively to Lasik and all versions of laser vision correction. He is one of a small number of doctors who specialize completely in laser vision correction. We believe strongly in super-specialization: when you dedicate all of your energy and focus to one specific area, you learn how to do it very, very well.
  • Dr. Caster has performed over 30,000 laser vision correction procedures. He was one of the original twenty doctors asked to perform the initial Lasik treatments used by the FDA for its legal approval of Lasik.
  • With over 150 surgeons in the Los Angeles area performing Lasik, Dr. Andrew Caster was selected by Los Angeles Magazine as the “Best Lasik Surgeon in Los Angeles.” According to Los Angeles Magazine, to be selected as “Best of Los Angeles”, “you simply have to do something much better than anyone else does.”
  • Dr. Andrew Caster was voted by other ophthalmologists to “Best Doctors in America”, an honor given by eye specialists to less than 40 Lasik specialists in the entire United States. He was selected to “Best Doctors in America” in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

  • Laser vision correction requires a team. Every member of our staff has worked at Caster Eye Center for a minimum of ten years. Our laser technician has worked with Dr. Caster for over twenty years. There is no more experienced Lasik team anywhere, and it makes a big difference in your care!
  • At the Caster Eye Center, we will only treat you if we believe that we can obtain an excellent result. Approximately 30% of the patients that come to us for Lasik are advised not to have the procedure, because they are not ideal candidates.
  • In addition to treating thousands of patients, Dr. Caster had his own vision corrected with Lasik in 1996. This personal experience helps Dr. Caster to understand your needs and concerns in a very personal way.
  • Dr. Andrew Caster is one of four doctors in the United States (and the only doctor in California) who has served as a member of the Alcon Refractive Surgery Clinical Advisory Board. Alcon is the largest eye care company in the world. In this capacity, Dr. Andrew Caster has worked closely with the doctors and engineers at Alcon to advance the science of laser vision correction.
  • W Magazine selected Dr. Andrew Caster as one of two top Lasik laser eye doctors in the United States.
  • Many world-class professional athletes, including top professionals in basketball, baseball, football, tennis, golf, boxing, and soccer, have entrusted Dr. Andrew Caster to improve their vision and performance with Lasik.
  • Caster Eye Center offers the two premium lasers: WaveLight Allegretto and Visx S4. We use the wavefront Custom technology to achieve superior daytime and nighttime vision, frequently exceeding that achievable with glasses or contact lenses. All treatments performed by Dr. Caster use the Custom technology.
  • Dr. Andrew Caster’s book, Lasik: The Eye Laser Miracle, is now in its 5th printing and is the most widely-read book in the United States on the subject of laser vision correction. It has been used at Harvard Medical School and by eye doctors across the United States to educate their patients about laser vision correction. (As part of your pre-Lasik consultation with Dr. Caster, we will give you a copy of the book!)
  • Dr. Andrew Caster has been honored by Visx, a laser manufacturer, as one of the “Top 50″ Laser Vision Correction doctors in the United States for four years in a row.
  • Our laser room is dust-free and has strict temperature and humidity control.

People travel to the Caster Eye Center from across the United States and from many other countries. In fact, our patients have traveled to us from every continent in the world (except Antarctica, or course:). These people know that at the Caster Eye Center they will receive the highest quality laser vision correction available anywhere in the world.

Education

  • A.B. Harvard University; 1976 — Phi Beta Kappa honors
  • M.D. Harvard Medical School; 1980
  • Resident in Ophthalmology, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute; 1981-1984

Credentials

  • Practice dedicated exclusively to laser vision correction since 1999
  • Best Doctors in America“, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • U.S. News and World Report “Top Doctor”
  • Selected to Castle Connolly “America’s Top Doctors
  • Alcon Refractive Surgery Clinical Advisory Board — In this capacity, Dr. Caster has trained other Lasik practitioners in the latest Lasik techniques and worked with the scientists at the world’s largest eye care company.
  • Best Lasik Surgeon in Los Angeles — Los Angeles Magazine
  • Southern California “Super Doctor
  • Selected by Visx as one of the “Top 50″ Lasik laser eye surgeons in the United States
  • Selected by W Magazine as one of two top Lasik eye surgeons in America
  • Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Author of Lasik: The Eye Laser Miracle, published by Ballantine/Random House. This is the most widely read book in America on Lasik laser vision correction and is now in its fifth edition.
  • Author of multiple peer-reviewed research articles on laser vision correction
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • Who’s Who in Professionals
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in the World

Our Timeline

1996 Dr. Caster performs his first laser vision correction treatment, using the PRK technique.

 

1996 Dr. Caster performs his first Lasik treatment.

 

1996 Dr. Caster has his own vision corrected with Lasik.

 

2000 Caster Eye Center uses the first eye tracker in the Los Angeles region to follow the eye as it moves during Lasik treatment. The tracker measures the eye at a rate of 200 times per second.

 

2001 Dr. Caster performs our first IntraLase procedure (in Orange County), one of the earliest IntraLase treatments in California. At this time there are no IntraLase lasers in Los Angeles County.

 

2002 Dr. Caster begins to use an infrared device to measure pupil sizes at different levels of light, including very low light levels. We adjust treatment sizes to these precise pupil size measurements.

 

2003 Dr. Caster joins the Clinical Advisory Board of Alcon Laboratories, the largest eye care manufacturer in the world. (Dr. Caster discontinued this work in 2007.)

 

2003 Caster Eye Center begins to use the Custom Wavefront technology. This technology measures the vision in hundreds of locations on the front surface of the eye and adjusts the Lasik treatment accordingly.

 

2005 Dr. Caster is voted by other eye doctors as a “Best Doctor in America.” Each and every year since 2005, Dr. Caster has been voted by eye doctors – again and again — for this prestigious honor.

 

2006 Caster Eye Center obtains technology to measure the curvature of both the front and back surfaces of the cornea. Subtle irregularities in either the front or the back surface can be measured and prove to be very important for optimum Lasik results.

 

2007 We begin to use the new Allegretto laser, which further improves night vision. Typically, night vision after Lasik is better, with less glare and halos, than it is with glasses or contact lenses.

 

2009 Dr. Caster is named to “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly.

 

2011 The newest edition of Dr. Caster’s book, Lasik: The Eye Laser Miracle, is published (this is the sixth edition). This book is used by eye doctors across the country (including at Dr. Caster’s alma mater, Harvard Medical School) to educate their patients about Lasik.

 

2011 Dr. Caster is named a U.S. News and World Report Top Doctor.

Experience

Dr. Caster is one of the few sub-specialists in the United States to dedicate his practice exclusively to Lasik laser vision correction. He is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable physicians in the United States in this field.

 

In 1999, Dr. Caster was selected by Los Angeles Magazine as the “Best Laser Eye Surgeon in Los Angeles”. Dr. Caster has been voted by Visx as one of the “Top 50″ laser eye surgeons in the United States for four years in a row. He has been repeatedly voted by other physicians as one of the “Best Doctors in America”.

 

Dr. Caster has personally performed over 30,000 vision correction procedures.

 

In 1999, Dr. Caster was selected by Los Angeles Magazine as the “Best Laser Eye Surgeon in Los Angeles”. Dr. Caster has been voted by Visx as one of the “Top 50″ laser eye surgeons in the United States for four years in a row. He has been repeatedly voted by other physicians as one of the “Best Doctors in America”.

 

Articles featuring Dr. Caster and his work with Lasik laser vision correction have appeared in many publications including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Caster appeared on the NBC Today show, interviewed by Katie Couric, in which he discussed the newest advances in vision correction. Dr. Caster performed all of the Lasik treatments for the first season of the Fox television show, The Swan. Dr. Caster has also been a featured guest on numerous television programs, including KCBS Channel 2 News (in which he performed laser vision correction on anchorman Kyle Kraska), Hard Copy (in which he performed laser vision correction on actor Lorenzo Lamas), and Fox Sports (in which he performed Lasik on Los Angeles Lakers former player Kurt Rambis).

 

Dr. Caster was one of twenty doctors who performed Lasik treatments for the first FDA approval of Lasik (CRS/USA). Dr. Caster is continually involved in research to advance the science and art of laser vision correction. He is a frequent publisher of scientific papers and regularly lectures at national ophthalmology meetings on the subject of laser vision correction.

 

Dr. Caster is the author of Lasik: The Eye Laser Miracle, published by Ballantine Books (a division of Random House). This book has become the most widely read book in the United States on the subject of laser vision correction. It is available in bookstores across the country or through amazon.com.

 

Dr. Andrew Caster has served on the Clinical Advisory Board of Alcon, the world’s largest eye care company. Dr. Caster’s duties on the Clinical Advisory Board have been in the area of Lasik laser vision correction, and he is one of only four ophthalmologists in the United States to receive this appointment. In this capacity, Dr. Caster has advised physicians in the newest Lasik treatments, hosted educational seminars for physicians, hosted physicians from other cities and countries in day-long training sessions, and interfaced with the scientists and engineers at Alcon who are developing further advances in laser treatment. This close working relationship between Dr. Caster and the engineers who are developing new technology enables Dr. Caster to be knowledgeable about the most intricate aspects of the Lasik technology.

 

 

 

 

Staff at the Caster Eye Center

The staff at the Caster Eye Center is one of the most experienced in the entire Laser Vision Correction industry.

 

Every one of our staff members has been with us at least 10 years. (How’s that for experience and teamwork!) Our main laser technician has been with Dr. Caster for over 20 years. In addition, almost every staff person originally came to Caster Eye Center after gaining experience working at other laser centers. We hire the best in the industry at all positions, and then keep them. Quality is the key at Caster Eye Center, and our talented and caring staff is part of this high degree of excellence.

 

Many of our staff members have had their own vision corrected with Lasik, as well as having close family members treated with Lasik, so we understand the concerns of being a patient. Dr. Caster as well had his nearsightedness and astigmatism corrected with Lasik in 1996. You will find our staff to be very knowledgeable and caring. We expect to make your vision correction experience surprisingly easy.

 

Research at the Caster Eye Center

The Caster Eye Center is continually involved in clinical research to advance the field of laser vision correction. Highlights of our research include:

 

  • Research using all of the most of the commonly used lasers, including Visx, LadarVision, and Wavelight Allegretto lasers.
  • Dr. Caster was one of twenty doctors who performed the Lasik treatments to obtain the initial FDA approval for Lasik in the United States (CRS/USA).
  • One of the first studies documenting the improved vision obtainable using Custom Wavefront Lasik.
  • Studies documenting improved visual results of Lasik treatment using Outcome Analysis / Nomogram Adjustment, which use regression analysis to improve the accuracy of laser vision correction treatments.
  • Studies demonstrating the accuracy and safety of Lasik in people with thinner corneas.
  • Studies improving the safety of Lasik retreatment procedures.

 

Recently, in a widely-publicized study, the FDA investigated how quality of life is affected by laser vision correction. Dr. Caster was one of six top laser specialists nationwide asked to participate in a study for this important FDA investigation. Each of the six top doctors had 300 recent laser vision correction patients selected at random who were then confidentially surveyed. The results from this confidential survey were very impressive, and demonstrated to the FDA the high level of satisfaction after laser vision correction when performed by these top doctors. For details of this study, please click here.

 

We at the Caster Eye Center are very proud of our role in helping to further the science and the art of laser vision correction. Our involvement in this research helps us to remain at the very forefront of Lasik laser vision correction, which we will bring to our treatment of your vision!

 

Dr. Caster’s Experience as a Lasik Patient

 

I began wearing glasses when I was twelve years old. Although I could see very well with them, I never liked the way I looked in glasses. Growing up in Florida, I loved to swim, but I couldn’t see very well when I took my glasses off. Playing sports with glasses was often a problem, because my glasses would become foggy, sweaty, or would get knocked around.

 

I started wearing contact lenses during eleventh grade in high school. These were much better than glasses for me. They didn’t fog or get wet in the rain, and I had much better peripheral vision. Also, the contacts didn’t cause the distortions that I always had with my glasses. My early contacts were hard lenses, and it did take a few miserable weeks to adjust to them. Occasionally a piece of dust would get under the lens and it felt like my eye was on fire.

 

During medical school at the age of twenty-two, I started to wear soft lenses, and these were better still. The soft lenses were comfortable from the first day, and I could wear them almost all day long. However, after a long day of working in the hospital, my eyes would usually be very sore, and I would need to take the contacts out. Hopefully I had my glasses nearby. Some days my eyes would be so sore that I couldn’t wear the contacts at all.

 

My Lasik procedure was over fifteen years ago and I have enjoyed great distance vision all these years. The hassle of glasses and contact lenses are just an old memory. I could not be any happier with my vision. – Dr. Andrew Caster

Wouldn’t it be great, I often thought, if I didn’t need these glasses or contacts? Growing up, I viewed my nearsightedness and astigmatism as my biggest handicap, so it wasn’t surprising that after completing medical school, I specialized in ophthalmology and concentrated my practice on correcting vision focusing problems.

 

Day after day, year after year, my patients would tell me that correcting their nearsightedness and astigmatism was one of the best things that had ever happened to them. I treated my own brother and many of my closest friends, in each case with fantastic results. However, because of my relatively high amount of nearsightedness, I was never an excellent candidate for radial keratotomy, the only technique then available, which was incredibly frustrating. I was, however, a good candidate for laser vision correction, so when the procedure became available in the United States in 1996, I decided to have it myself.

 

I chose to have the Lasik technique because of the faster visual recovery. I knew that there was no guarantee that I would obtain a perfect correction, but I also knew that there was a high probability that I would see well enough to do away with my glasses and contacts for most activities. Because I was over forty years old, I had already been noticing some difficulty with near vision, though I hadn’t yet started to use reading glasses or bifocals. I knew that laser treatment would not solve this problem and that in the next several years I would begin to need reading glasses, whether or not I had the laser treatment. I had tried monovision with my contact lenses and knew that it was not for me.

 

During the preoperative examination, my eyes were examined and my nearsightedness and astigmatism were measured. Corneal topography was performed. I was asked to read and sign a long document, which explained the technique, including what it could do and what could go wrong. The doctor also discussed the more common complications with me. Although I had gone over this with my own patients thousands of times, I still listened very carefully.

 

In 1996, when my Lasik procedure was performed, the standard practice was to treat one eye on one day and the other eye the next day. This is how I was treated. Today, almost all people have both eyes treated on the same day, which is considerably more convenient.

 

The procedure itself was very easy. First, my eye was washed out and numbing drops were put in. After lying down on the table, a speculum was placed in my eyelids to keep them open. All I could really see were several very bright lights. The doctor then created the thin flap, which didn’t hurt and took only a few seconds. I was then asked to look at a blinking light, and I heard the clicking noise of the laser. Again, there was no pain. During the course of the treatment, the blinking light became blurry and changed shape, but I was still able to look at it. The doctor then rinsed the eye and folded the flap back into place. The whole treatment had taken less than five minutes.

 

A few minutes later, a stinging feeling began in the eye. I didn’t take any pain medicine, because the stinging wasn’t very bad, but someone else might have wanted to take a mild pain pill. I took a nap, and after three or four hours, the stinging feeling went away. I put in the first of the eye drops, which I was told to continue using for a week.

 

The morning after my Lasik, I was stunned by how good my vision was. It wasn’t perfect, but it was very, very good. It had improved so much in such a short time! I was able to drive myself the day after the procedure. Reading was a little strained during the first several weeks, and my vision would fluctuate somewhat during the day. I also experienced glare and halos around lights for the first several weeks, but this gradually receded.

 

I returned to work three days after my procedure. After two weeks I felt very comfortable with my vision and resumed performing surgery. During the next few months, my vision gradually became sharper. There was still some fluctuation; there were some times when the vision seemed sharper, and other times when it was less precise. During the first several months, my vision was poor in dim light, and I experienced mild double vision with the left eye. These problems resolved after three to four months.

 

I am now able to work, drive, play sports, and go to movies without needing any glasses or contacts for my distance vision. My eyes are a lot less irritated now that I don’t wear contacts. They are whiter and less sensitive to the sun. I can see well when I wake up in the morning, and swimming and other sports have become a lot more fun. I don’t have to bother with all those contact lens solutions and don’t have to worry about having an extra pair of glasses available. My clear vision is now part of me, instead of something I would put on and take off.

 

When I had my Lasik treatment, my children, Bryce and Jocelyn, were young, and they were actually very disappointed. They loved to give me a big kiss each morning, then pull off my glasses and throw them around. But suddenly there weren’t any glasses to play around with anymore!

 

My Lasik procedure was over fifteen years ago and I have enjoyed great distance vision all these years. The hassles of glasses and contact lenses are really just an old memory. Since I am now over 50, I have started using reading glasses, and as I get older I have noticed that I do need them more and more. But I know that I would have needed the reading glasses anyway, only I would have needed glasses or contacts for distance vision as well. Now I wake up in the morning, walk around, drive, and play sports without any glasses or contact lenses at all, and I could not be any happier with my vision.

 

- Dr. Andrew Caster