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Welcome to the Kagan Institute

Since 1996 The Kagan Institute has been built on 3 ideals: TRUST, EXPERIENCE, RESULTS.

Trust: Dr. Kagan always puts your best interest first. He will share his honest opinion with you and give the best treatment options available. As a patient you will be treated like family.

Experience: Since 1996 Dr. Kagan has performed over 25,000 successful eye (cataract, LASIK, PRK, Near Vision CK), oculoplastic, and facial aesthetic procedures (eyelid surgery, thread lifts, face lift, neck liposuction, fillers, Botox, PRP, CO2 fractional, Plasma, InMode Facetite/Morpheus8). Dr. Kagan always strives to be on the cutting edge of medical technology and innovation by consistently attending worldwide conferences every year.

Results: In an age of depersonalized medicine and massive changes with insurance carriers and health care plans Dr. Kagan believes that the doctor-patient relationship is the most important part of your care. That is why Dr. Kagan does all the consultations, treatments, and surgical procedures himself. You can be sure that you will have an excellent and consistent result every time.

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Dr. Arkady Kagan

Arkady Kagan, M.D.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Oculoplastic/Facial Aesthetic Surgeon

  • Bachelor of Science, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Medical Internship at UCLA Medical Center
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Residency, Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Corneal Refractive Surgery Fellowship, Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Board Certified American Board of Ophthalmology 1996, 2006, 2017
  • Former Clinical Chief of Ophthalmology Cedars Sinai Medical Center (2000-2006)
  • Selected Top Ophthalmologist 2017 by International Association of Ophthalmologists
  • Voted America's Top Ophthalmologist 2004-2005 (
  • Voted Top 10 Ophthalmologist Specialists 2014 (
  • Member American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member California Society of Cosmetic Surgeons

Read the Patient Stories

The surgery for cataract was a complete success. I felt absolutely no pain during and after the procedure and the entire experience was quite extraordinary.

George E. Baxter

Dr. Kagan is wonderful. His staff is professional in all the ways you will expect. Thank you, Dr. Kagan, for the opportunity to enjoy seeing better.

Jessie Thomas

Dr. Kagan is very kind. He made me feel extremely comfortable during the entire LASIK procedure. He is very professional. Thank you for everything; everyone was so kind.

Kayle Tramel

Thank you for being honest, friendly, and caring. Thank you for making me feel like home. You were right. The Lasik procedure was fast and painless. I am amazed how easy it was. This laser procedure saved me so much time, money, and hassle. It was a great investment.

Mr. Scott K. Lim

I found your clinic to be far more friendly and personable then the others. At our first visit, you patiently answered all my questions and helped me decide how to proceed – without all the sales pressure I got from other clinics. I cannot say enough about the care and attention I have received at every step from you and your team.

Todd Nelson

My experience with Dr. Kagan and his office was as close to ideal as it gets. I came to him with perfect long distance vision and the nuisance of an increasing dependence on reading glasses due to age.

He made no false promises, and took an inordinate amount of time explaining what I would gain and what I would lose if I chose to have CK surgery. My experience with most doctors is that they are condescending and impatient, so his 30 minutes of calmly allowing me to decide what to do, not only the initial appointment, but on the day of scheduled surgery, was reassuring and empowering.

I am thrilled with the results, and exchanging my eagle eyes with better near distance task related functions was well worth it. I can still see relatively well in the distance, and my concern of not enjoying a movie or driving without glasses has not been the slightest issue. And most importantly, I can see small print when necessary…just as he promised.

I strongly recommend Dr. Kagan and his office officiates, who never seemed to mind that I changed each and every appointment five or six times.

Jill Richling

I was very impressed with Dr. Kagan’s credentials. I know now why it is so important to have chosen a LASIK doctor who personalized his business. Thank you Dr. Kagan so much for doing a great job on my eyes.

Darcy Driscoll

I came from a country called Singapore which is in South-East Asia. I took a twenty two hour flight to come to America for holidays. Here God allowed me to meet you and I must thank God for this. You, Dr. Kagan, gave me hope and said that you would be able to help me see without glasses. You are an amazing doctor: very kind, caring, thoughtful, compassionate, unassuming, and greatly gifted. With your God given gifts, warm and kind personality and your state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technologies, you changed my life forever. Words cannot express my deepest gratitude to you, Dr. Kagan, and all I can say is I shall be forever grateful to you and I will never forget you.

Teresa Lim

My experience with you has been an extremely positive one. Before coming to see you I had gotten a first opinion at a well-advertised and high volume LASIK Institute. I felt very insignificant in dealing with them and left there unsure as to whether I would trust my eyesight to them.

On the other hand you were extremely personal in your approach and answered all of my questions thoroughly enough to gain my confidence in your expertise. You carefully explained each step of the procedure as well as the risks and benefits associated with my particular condition.

One of the most impressive things I remember about the procedure was the sense of confidence you and your staff gave me as you coached me through each step as it was happening. I appreciate your high sense of professionalism and would recommend you to anyone looking to have a Lasik procedure done.


I have had 20/20 vision for all my life until I reached the age of 44. For 5 years I have been struggling with reading menus, small font and even newspapers. For the first time in my life I felt old. That word “old” hit me harder that anything else in my life.

Then one day, I found Dr Kagan with your help and the CK procedure. My eyesight got much better! The word “old” has disappeared from my vocabulary. Thank you very much, Dr. Kagan.

Angella Levonian

After twenty six years of contacts, I am completely satisfied with my LASIK procedure! My only regret is that I didn’t find Dr. Kagan sooner! I truly consider Dr. Kagan “The Best” Period! I highly recommend him to anyone considering LASIK!

Craig Y. Yamashiro

Dr. Kagan was very personable and was willing to answer all of my questions. I felt extremely comfortable having Dr. Kagan perform the LASIK procedure on me and I would recommend him to anyone who is interested in LASIK. I thank Dr. Kagan and all of his staff for their kindness and for a job well done.

Jamie Hicks

Dr. Kagan is a very honest and straight forward person who really cares about his patients. He is also a superb surgeon, extremely professional, precise and thorough. If you want LASIK done you want Dr. Kagan. I was a little scared before the surgery, but once in Dr. Kagan’s hands I became calm and really enjoyed the experience.

Cesare Cremona

Having LASIK with Dr. Kagan was a real blessing for me. I feel like a new person. Dr. Kagan is a very caring, knowledgeable physician. The staff is very friendly and is always ready to help. I would highly recommend Dr. Kagan for the LASIK procedure.

Yevgeniya Eliav

My experience with the surgery was unbelievably pleasant. The cataract surgery itself was obviously done by the best. I felt great immediately after and could see. The after care was remarkable in contrast to other procedures I have had. You personally called more than once to be sure that everything was OK. I can only say that anyone who is wise enough to choose you for any type of vision problem has put themselves in the hands of a caring and skilled doctor.

Sue Brown

It was a great, great experience. Dr. Kagan’s dedication and his “perfectionist” mentality really helped in being assured of a good LASIK procedure.

Dennis J. Lee

When I first came to the office for an evaluation, I had in mind seeing other doctors and getting several opinions. However, after I spoke to Dr. Kagan, I decided not to go for other evaluations. Dr. Kagan was confident, honest, trustworthy and experienced to make me decide to go forward with the LASIK procedure. Today, I am one of those who are certainly ecstatic about the result achieved by DR. Kagan, as I went from a –14.0 myopia and high astigmatism to being able to read and drive without the need of glasses or contact lenses.

Anto Patanian

I didn’t realize how bright and clear colors and graphics really are…Looking back before the correction procedure (cataract surgery with ReSTOR lens), the world seemed to have sepia overcast. The perfect vision of my youth has been restored. I’ve always believed that God works through people…and Dr. Kagan has given me a miraculous gift I will appreciate and treasure everyday of my life.

Jessica Hyman

Dr. Kagan is excellent with a lot of knowledge of the LASIK procedure.

Ella Van Kovn

I wanted to send you a letter thanking you for helping me be able to read, see my cell phone numbers, read blue prints. All of the things I could not do for the past fifteen years without having to put on my glasses. I feel like a kid again. In fact I’ve been so excited that I want to share my new found freedom with everyone I come in contact with.

I was also amazed at how easy and painless the procedure was and how I was able to read small print right after the procedure.

If there are any future patients you have that have doubts about doing this procedure you may certainly give them my name and phone number.

One again I thank you for your care, your professionalism and the time that you took to make me feel secure in my decision to have the CK procedure.

Raymond D. Antoni

I am writing to you to express how much the CK procedure changed my life.

All my life I had 20/20 vision. Until I reached 42, then suddenly I couldn’t read so clearly, or read menus in restaurants. I persevered with this for about a year, but then went to an ophthalmologist to check my eyesight.

I was told that I needed glasses for reading, something I never thought I would need. I started to get used to them, and while reading a book, or newspaper at home no problem, but when I was out I often forgot my glasses, so I would have terrible problems reading menus, theater programs etc. This made me feel very old; I remember others always asking me to read things to them as they could not see, now it was me.

Dr. Kagan, then I found you. You told me the CK procedure was relatively new, but I was excited to try. I really felt that this would help my whole self-esteem.

Well, after you performed this procedure at the beginning of this year, I have never looked back. I can go out without my glasses, and read menus, see the numbers on my cell phone to make calls, it really has made me, lets say “liberated”.

I would also like to thank you for your patience, kindness, and professionalism. I will recommend you to anyone, and please fell free to give my number out if somebody would like to talk to me.

Diane Barrans

Dr. Kagan did a great job. He has great bedside manner and takes the time to make his patients comfortable and knowledgeable on the LASIK procedure. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering the procedure.


I never felt any discomfort, from the start to the end of the surgery and I could see perfectly well as I opened my eyes. I should stress that your team at the Vision center have been gracious, caring and efficient at all times when I contacted you office.

Parivash Shaghaghi

I would like to thank you and let you know that I am very grateful to you for the wonderful work that you did. I was really happy and impressed by your professionalism, knowledge and your friendly caring staff, which made me very comfortable.

Rana Al-Fares

The reason I consider Dr. Kagan so talented, and so very knowledgeable in his field is because he applied a procedure that neither one of the ophthalmologists I consulted prior to meeting Dr. Kagan ever suggested. Dr. Kagan put a different type of lens in each eye. The result was fantastic! No more glasses to read menus in restaurants, labels – while shopping, not even to play games on my computer.

Lillian Nivichanov

I would like to express my gratitude for the treatment I received for my eye. My eye operation was a great success and I can see a lot better following the cataract removal you have performed. You are a credit to a medical profession.

Mikhail Katsov

Dr. Kagan was very patient and friendly and concerned. He answered all of my questions, which made me feel very comfortable. Having LASIK was more than a great experience. It was painless and I didn’t feel any pain either during or after the procedure. I was very happy with the quick recovery since I was able to see very clearly after 4 hours from the procedure. Thank you so much, Dr. Kagan!


I can’t recommend LASIK and Dr. Kagan highly enough. The procedure is amazingly easy to go through and remarkably pain-free, and the recovery is extraordinary fast.

Scott Tallal

The feeling of genuine care for my well being by both Dr. Kagan and his staff. The care before, during and the follow up has been extremely good and I would recommend Dr. Kagan and LASIK to anyone is interested in the procedure.

Dawn Severn

I would like to take a moment of your time to let you know how pleased I am with the results of my CK eye surgery. After the first week following the procedure, I could finally see everything! It truly seemed like a miracle. You demonstrated your professionalism and made the experience painless and quick. Surprisingly, in just minutes after the surgery, I was able to see some very small letters. Now, my vision is better than I could have possibly imagined. It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago I could not function without my glasses. I will highly recommend you to my family and friends. You have proven to be exceptionally competent and extremely accurate, showing a true interest in your patient’s well being. Thank you again for providing me with such an excellent care and giving me back my “vision” of youth.

Natasha Bortnik

In retrospect, had I known how simple and easy it was, I would have scheduled both eyes to be done at the same time. Even though they were done on different days, in both cases I was able to go right back to work the same minute I got back to the office. The recovery was amazingly fast, almost too quick: the day after my second procedure seemed so normal that I kept forgetting to use the eye drops you’d prescribed to me.

Scott V. Tallal

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Dr. Kagan. He provided excellent consultation and service. He also provided a method of payment and affordability that no other doctor provides. I will definitely recommend him to my friends and fellow firefighters.

Darnell Wade

I love being free of glasses and contacts. I would do it all over again. Thank you Dr. Kagan for doing a great job with my LASIK procedure.

Susan Wade

Dr. Kagan went above and beyond in my treatment. I will recommend him to all my friends interested in LASIK.

Gregory Wade

I felt scared before the surgery but now it feels great. Dr. Kagan and staff were very professional and supportive. I felt strong, knowledgeable hands operating on my eyes and it gave comfort and hope that everything would be OK.

Inga Zhibkova

I now realize that for me the term, restoring, is hardly appropriate, since, suddenly, I have awakened to an entire new world of scintillating detail, color, texture and form. Please extend my appreciation to your delightful, and highly competent staff. My efforts to find the very best doctor, staff and facility have been truly rewarded and wirth every mile of my trip across the United States.

Pattsy L.L. Bates

Very professional, not a “mill”, personal service and follow up, pristine office, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great LASIK experience! Thank you so much.

Robin Solomon

A huge “Thank You”! This is the first time in years that I have been able to write WITHOUT reading glasses! The transformation was as right as it was painless! The frustration of knowing that the writing is there (menus, labels on clothes, text messages, etc.), but one can’t read it until the glasses are found—is immense! Now I’m free of that and it is fantastic, so thank you again. I won’t hesitate to recommend CK to anyone with a reading glasses dependency!

Yvonne Green

Excellent bedside manner with patients. Answered all of my questions. Very accessible. Knows his work well.

Linda Grieco

LASIK really changes your whole life, you become a whole new person.


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