Laser Eye Surgery in California - Dr. RagenWelcome to Ventura Eye Institute

Ventura Vision Correction - Vision for Tomorrow

Welcome to Ventura Eye Institute, where uncompromising standards of care and complete satisfaction are hallmarks of our center. For almost two decades Michael T. Ragen, M.D. has been providing Ventura County with state-of-the-art care.

Experience counts… Dr. Ragen, at the Ventura Eye Institute, has performed more laser eye surgery in California, including LASEK, LASIK eye surgery and Crystalens implants than 99% of all doctors.

As one of the most experienced experts, Dr. Ragen has built an international reputation as a top eye surgeon. Patients from over 12 countries on 3 continents and from nearly every state in the union have come to seek Dr. Ragen’s expertise in Crystalens, LASIK, and LASEK surgery in California.

At Ventura Eye Institute, we’ve built our reputation by providing the highest quality of care available. Unlike many practices who delegate care to technicians or other non-MD’s, Dr. Ragen is a Ventura County based vision correction surgeon who will be involved in every step of your care. You will always meet with Dr. Ragen both preoperatively and postoperatively and only he will perform your surgery. His personal commitment to his patients is why over 50,000 people have come to him from around the globe.

“It was a wonderful and exciting experience to wake up able to see everything around me. It’s great, after 39 years, to be free from glasses and contact lenses.”
Toni Y. – Wardrobe Consultant

We’ve designed our website to answer many of the questions you may have about the different procedures and services we offer, and we encourage you to look around and learn more about our practice.

Throughout this website, you will find information about eye treatments in the County of Ventura and vision correction procedures in general. In the cosmetic procedures area, you may also check a variety of cosmetic treatments offered at the Ventura Eye Institute. As you read through the website, see the testimonials of our patients and get to know more about Dr. Ragen’s background and experience as a specialist in laser eye surgery in California. We understand that when it comes to eye surgery, most people imagine complex or difficult procedures. We hope this website helps you to demystify these mistaken ideas.

Ventura Eye Institute performs laser surgery across California, including Lasek, Lasik eye surgery and Crystalens treatments. Below, you can check a brief explanation of the most common vision correction procedures offered by Dr. Ragen’s institute. – Crystalens, LASEK, LASIK and CK.


LASEK surgery in California the newest and preferable method for laser vision correction cases. This is because with LASEK no cut is needed, which makes it the safest vision correction procedure. The surgery takes no longer than the traditional LASIK (about 3 minutes per eye). In addition, LASEK is an alternative that can provide better vision than any other eye surgery procedure. LASEK may be the best choice for laser eye surgery in California especially for people whose corneas are too thin or too flat for LASIK.


LASIK is a vision correction procedure that also reshapes the cornea, thereby restoring your vision. The recuperation of vision with LASIK is extreme quick (sometimes immediate) and this is why it has become so popular. Nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness are the conditions treated with LASIK. For many years, LASIK was the best option for most patients. Lately, the popularity of LASIK laser eye surgery in Ventura has decreased while the preference for the newest technique, LASEK, has increased.


Designed to improve near vision over the age of 40, CK is a vision correction procedure which quickly reshapes the cornea with radio frequency energy. Completed in 3 minutes, this procedure can be helpful if you’re tired of wearing reading glasses.

Dr. Ragen was the first surgeon in Ventura County to perform CK. His exceptional experience made him one of the best choices for CK surgery in California.


Crystalens (intraocular lens) is a new technology designed to improve the natural ability to focus on distance, midrange, and near vision. Developed to help cataract patients and patients considering a refractive lens exchange, Crystalens basically functions like a normal human lens before the age of 40. In addition, Crystalens surgery can take less than 10 minutes and patients rarely feel any discomfort during the procedure.

Dr. Ragen has treated patients from throughout the world in his clinic in the County of Ventura. Remember, only a board certified ophthalmic surgeon, like Dr. Ragen, is capable of determining the procedure which suits each patient’s needs best. It’s also important to know that even if it’s a quick and relatively simple procedure, it’s always crucial to have any eye surgery done by a highly skilled and knowledgeable surgeon, like Dr. Ragen.

Whether your need is vision correction with LASEK surgery in California, a cosmetic procedure or any other eye care service, you need to be looking for a respected eye doctor. At Ventura Eye Institute, you receive the highest eye treatment care. We are committed to providing the best patient care available.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can answer any additional questions about our facilities in the County of Ventura, vision correction procedures or any other information you may need. We are preferred providers for virtually every insurance company and we offer affordable financing options for procedures not covered by insurance.
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