Meet Rex Hamilton, M.D.

Rex Hamilton, MD is a board certified, world-renowned eye surgeon who specializes in premium cataract and refractive eye surgery in Los Angeles. Dr. Hamilton spent the first 15 years of his career as the Medical Director of the UCLA Laser Refractive Center. As a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Hamilton not onlty cared for thousands of cataract and refractive surgery patients, but he taught hundreds of eye surgeons from around the world how to provide better eye care for their patients. Dr. Hamilton currently practices in Santa Monica at the Hamilton Eye Institute.

If you are curious about laser vision correction at our practice, take a few minutes to view our educational videos or read about the various treatment options we offer. Dr. Hamilton is renowned for providing SMILE eye surgery and LASIK in Los Angeles, pioneering new surgical techniques on the West Coast and advancing both procedures throughout his career. When you are ready to receive more information or schedule a complimentary consultation, click on the link or call our office directly at


LASIK , PRK, SMILE: What’s The Difference?

LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery today, and was approved in 1995 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. It is a wonderful option for individuals who wish to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses and improve their overall vision. For both personal and professional reasons, active and social patients in the greater Los Angeles area choose LASIK eye surgery, as it allows them to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options.

LASIK is generally safe and is a very successful procedure when patients take the time to educate themselves and diligently search for a skilled and qualified eye surgeon. Advancements in LASIK technology have continued to increase its effectiveness and safety profile. Click on here to learn more about LASIK in Los Angeles.

Rex Hamilton, M.D. is proud to announce the availability of Relex SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) at the Hamilton Eye Institute. This vision correction procedure builds on the already successful LASIK and PRK laser procedures that are commonly practiced in Los Angeles today. Dr. Hamilton was the first eye surgeon to perform SMILE eye surgery on the West Coast and is proud to provide this incredible advancement in vision correction to his patients.

The SMILE procedure allows Dr. Hamilton to correct nearsightedness in his patients by reshaping the cornea, thus correcting visual errors. SMILE eye surgery is just one of the amazing vision correction procedures offered by Rex Hamilton, M.D. in Los Angeles.

About SMILE Eye Surgery

The SMILE Experience

Schedule a Complimentary LASIK Consultation by clicking the bottom right corner icon of the screen.

Cataracts are extremely common among individuals aged sixty and up. In fact, all people will eventually develop cataracts if they live to be old enough. A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye, and the only way to remove cataracts is through cataract surgery. This is one of the safest procedures available in medicine. At our Los Angeles Cataract Center, Dr. Rex Hamilton meets with each patient to review cataract treatment options that best fit their lifestyle needs; he is world-renowned for Premium Cataract Surgery and has helped thousands of patients achieve better vision after their cataracts have been removed.

Cataract surgery with Rex Hamilton, M.D. involves the removal of the clouded lens, which is then replaced with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). Depending on a patient’s lifestyle preferences, there are various types of IOLs that can help patients to correct presbyopia or to restore distance, intermediate, and near vision. Learn more about options for Cataract Surgery in Los Angeles by clicking the links below.

Cataract Surgery

Multifocal IOLs

Accommodating IOLs

Toric IOLs

IOL Self-Test

Dry eye

Dry eye disease can have a variety of contributing factors and underlying causes, which are best examined and diagnosed by an experienced eye doctor. With proper diagnosis and analysis, management of dry eye disease can help to make life more comfortable and prevent symptoms like dryness, itchy eyes, redness, burning, and light sensitivity.

Rex Hamilton, M.D. provides ground-breaking treatment options for dry eye, and has helped provide dry eye relief throughout Los Angeles. Dr. Hamilton was one of the first eye surgeons in the Western United States to perform LipiFlow® and continues to provide advanced techniques and treatment options for his dry eye patients in LA. To learn more about LipiFlow Dry Eye treatment, select the link below.


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Los Angeles, CA 90025


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Rex Hamilton, M.D.
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Tim Tong
Tim Tong
20:53 24 Aug 21
I had the SMILE procedure done by Dr. Hamilton back in December of last year and I've got to say, it was the BEST... decision I've ever made. From the start, Dr. Hamilton was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and made me feel very comfortable with what to expect during and after the procedure. There was no pain whatsoever and the surgery was done in just a few short minutes. The recovery process was almost nonexistent and left me with 20/10 vision!!! It's safe to say that Dr. Hamilton is truly a master of his craft (and an awesome guy too!). 10/10 would recommend him to anybody. Thank you so much Dr. Hamilton!read more
Joanna James
Joanna James
14:20 17 Aug 21
I got LASIK two weeks ago with Dr. Hamilton and from the initial consult to the pre and post-op visits, I had smooth,... easy, transparent and straightforward interactions with the staff. Dr. Hamilton walked me through all the steps of the procedure both before and during to help calm any nerves. The recovery was as expected and the next day I could see perfectly. I highly recommend Dr. Hamilton for corrective eye more
Alice Baker
Alice Baker
23:00 12 Aug 21
Dr. Hamilton is absolutely amazing. Great doctor that really takes the time to explain his recommendations. He... recommended Visian ICL surgery for me and it was an amazing experience and an overall success. I can see one line further down on the eye chart than before with glasses/contacts. I can see details that I couldn’t see before and am so more
06:02 05 Jun 21
I just had Dr. Hamilton perform SMILE surgery for vision correction in April of this year (2021) and I would recommend... his practice for anyone in the Los Angeles area who is thinking about corrective eye surgery. I first learned of Dr. Hamilton when I was a student at UCLA and he was the director of the UCLA Laser Refractive Center. Since then, he's moved to a private practice just down the street and gets to focus more on performing surgeries. He takes the time to make sure you understand the different options available to you, answers every question you have to make sure you're comfortable with your decision, and walks you through the surgery that only takes a few minutes from start to finish. I had my appointment on a Monday afternoon and was back at work in the office by Tuesday morning. There was slight blurriness the first few days but my vision completely corrected to 20/20 in about a week. Some eye dryness and sensitivity to sunlight lasted for about a month but it's nothing a pair of sunglasses and some eye drops can't easily take care of.It's been almost 2 months now and I can't thank Dr. Hamilton enough for an awesome job! He and his staff are extremely friendly so give them a call if you're even just curious about vision more
Mendel Eichenblatt
Mendel Eichenblatt
19:36 02 Mar 21
I had a great experience! All the staff were really nice. Dr Hamilton was very professional and explained everything.... The procedure was easy and smooth. The recovery was really quick. The whole experience was a more
Theresa Ellis Rygiel
Theresa Ellis Rygiel
17:36 11 Feb 21
Love love loveDr Hamilton was recommended to my husband by a patient/friend of ours. It’s very unnerving to think... about having ones eyes worked on in any way, but Dr Hamilton’s incredible knowledge and impressive experience teamed with his patients with our endless questions reassured us.5 years later when I ran into issues with my own vision, Dr Hamilton was again our choice.With weeks of cautious and exacting preparation, my confidence built till the day of my procedure which in the end was a 100% quick and relaxing experience.Amazing. Now I can see ! I have 20/15 vision ! Truly incredible. I am a visual effects supervisor so you can imagine my concerns and value in seeing perfectly both close up and at a distance.I highly recommend Dr more
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