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Remove the Cloud and Regain Your Vision

An intraocular lens (IOL) is an implantable artificial lens, designed to replace the natural lens of the eye. A typical intraocular lens is monofocal, meaning that it has a fixed, single viewing distance. Therefore, individuals with an intraocular lens may still require corrective lenses in order to read or drive following treatment. However, some patients may be candidates for premium multifocal lenses, which greatly reduce dependence on corrective lenses. During a personal consultation at the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute, one of our physicians will be able to evaluate your case and determine if implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) at our Rapid City or one of our satellite locations meets your individual needs.


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Learn More about the LenSx® Laser - A New era in Refractive Cataract Surgery!

It’s here! The Black Hills Regional Eye Institute introduces bladeless laser cataract surgery using LenSx® Laser technology. In March of 2014, the Eye Institute was the first practice in Western South Dakota and neighboring states to perform this customized laser cataract surgery.

The LenSx® laser also helps soften cataracts for easier removal. During surgery, the clouded lenses are removed and, in most instances, replaced with an intraocular lens, referred to as IOLs. Today, we are able to offer patients a variety of options for IOLs to accommodate individual needs.

Advantages of Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

Intraocular Lens Candidates

Anyone who is a candidate for cataract surgery is also a potential candidate for an intraocular lens. Insertion of an intraocular lens for the treatment of cataracts is one of the most commonly performed eye surgical procedures. Once the clouded cataract is removed, the intraocular lens will be implanted to replace the natural lens of the eye. With the cataract removed and the new IOL in place, almost all patients regain good if not superior vision. And there is no chance of the cataract returning, since the natural lens has been removed.

While the use of IOLs in cataract surgery is quite common, intraocular lenses also serve another purpose. For patients looking to correct severe refractive errors, the implantation of intraocular lenses can permanently correct their vision. Individuals with serious vision problems will not be viable candidates for LASIK, iLASIK, or LASEK; fortunately, the implantation of an intraocular lens can correct dramatic refractive errors that these other procedures cannot.

“Completely satisfied with the outcome of cataract surgery of both eyes. I feel my vision is back to normal – 20/20. The professional yet courteous treatment by all your staff alleviated any concerns I had before procedures. Thank you, I feel great! “ LaVern J.

Comments from our patients
“I am so delighted with my new eyesight! Thank you so much Dr. Khachikian and your staff! Everyone at B.H. Regional Eye Institute is so nice & friendly. It was a pleasure to work with all of you. Thanks so much!” Alice H

“Thank you so much for actually listening and accommodating my preferences. This is not usually the case with medical professionals. That alone puts your facility and staff head and shoulders above the rest. Outstanding work.” Sundai B

“The people at the Eye Institute are wonderful and have made what started as a very scary experience into a completely positive result. Thank you so much!” Cindy C.



Daniel Hafner, MD

Dr. Hafner provides general ophthalmology services and cataract surgery. He was also one of the founding partners of the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in 1982.
He travels to several Black Hills satellite locations:
Pine Ridge Hospital Optometry Clinic Pine Ridge, SD Easy Hwy 18
Indian Health Services Optometry Clinic Eagle Butte, SD 24276 166th Street
VA Hospital Optometry Clinic Fort Meade, SD 113 Comanche Road
Health Care Center Optometry Clinic Kyle, SD 1000 South Center Road
Dr. Dan Peters, OD Winner, SD 1436 East 10th Street Suite 1

Stephen Khachikian, MD

Dr. Khachikian specializes in all forms of corneal transplantation and regularly performs lasik and cataract surgery including the use of toric and multifocal intraocular lenses. He also has an interest in repair of traumatic eye injuries and anterior segment repair.
Dr. Khachikian treats patients at the following satellite locations:
Gillette, WY 3100 West Lakeway, Suite 2
Deadwood Eyecare Deadwood, SD 88 Charles Street
Lifetime Eyecare Spearfish, SD 1230 North Avenue, Suite 3
Mountain Valley Vision Center Spearfish, SD 1236 North Ave

Adam Jorgensen, MD

Dr. Jorgensen joins us from Salt Lake City, UT where he obtained his medical degree from University of Utah School of Medicine after receiving his B.A. BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. His Medicine Internship was at University of Utah Medical Center and his Ophthalmology Residency at John A. Moran Eye Center. He is a fellowship trained glaucoma surgeon having completed his fellowship at John A. Moran Eye Center.

Terry Spencer, MD

Dr. Spencer  has special interest in cataract surgery using presbyopia correcting intraocular lenses and in difficult or complicated cataract surgery. He has experience using the IFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser and also has expertise with Phakic Intraocular Lenses. Dr. Spencer joined the Eye Institute in 2010 and has performed thousands of cataract and lasik procedures.
Dr. Spencer treats patients at the following Black Hills satellite locations:
Huron Eye Clinic Huron, SD 1288 Dakota Avenue South, Suite 3
Saint Mary's Hospital Pierre, SD 801 East Sioux Avenue
Northern Hills Eyecare Sturgis, SD 910 Harmon Street