Dr. Oyakawa is a trusted, skilled, and experienced ophthalmic surgeon who has been in practice for over 36 years.
He is fellowship-trained in vitreoretinal surgery and has performed thousands of corrective surgeries from referring physicians for complications of cataract surgery. He is one of few surgeons that is trained in vitreoretinal surgery and who can also perform both LASIK and cataract surgeries with the latest techniques.
A priority for Dr. Oyakawa is patient comfort, safety, and the use of the best methods available. Therefore, he has been an early adopter of new technologies that gives the best current treatment for his patients. Since 1995, he has been using topical and intracameral anesthesia for cataract surgery: no shots, no stitch, no patch. This means no unnecessary complications from shots. He is also a pioneer in the burgeoning field of presbyopia correction cataract surgery. He was the first surgeon in the South Bay to be certified in the use of all FDA-approved presbyopia correcting IOLs. He started implanting the presbyopia correcting IOLs in 2000. Only a minority of cataract surgeons are implantating presbyopia correcting IOLs, and most did not start until after 2006. Dr. Oyakawa received the Crystalens® Center of Excellence award in January 2008. He has been performing astigmatism correction at the time of cataract surgery since 1995. Controlling astigmatism is an important factor for obtaining the sharpest vision without glasses. Dr. Oyakawa has been doing LASIK surgery since 1997, and for safety concerns, was the first in the Los Angeles area to use the Intralase® to create a bladeless flap for LASIK.
Dr. Oyakawa earned his BS from USC and MD from UCSF. He served an internship at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, and completed residency and fellowships at the Wilmer Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Bascom Palmer Institute of the University of Miami. In addition, he earned an MBA from Anderson School of Business Administration at UCLA. He has also served as the Residency Program Director and Chairman of the Ophthalmology Department at White Memorial Medical Center, and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has trained residents and fellows in ophthalmology for 15 years. He has published numerous scientific papers and presents at national eye meetings.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.