2500 Alton Parkway Ste 102, Irvine, CA 92606
Specializing in Cataract, LASIK, and Corneal Refractive Conditions & Treatment

Have you considered seeing a corneal subspecialist for LASIK surgery?


Lawrence C. Chao, M.D.
Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
Fellowship-Trained LASIK Eye Physician & Surgeon

The preferred LASIK surgeon for many of Orange County's most discerning patients since 1998, Dr. Chao personally has performed thousands of cataract, LASIK, lens implant, and corneal refractive procedures. 

As a fellowship-trained cataract, LASIK, and corneal refractive subspecialist, Dr. Chao's extensive experience allows him to manage routine as well as complex corneal refractive cases.

Renowned for meticulous care as well as expert surgical skills, Dr. Chao offers complimentary LASIK consults at Chao Vision Institute in Irvine, Orange County, CA.

Complimentary LASIK Consult

All-Inclusive Laser Vision Correction Packages

CareCredit Financing

About the Chao Vision Institute Difference
Life Changing Eye Surgery & Vision Health for Life

Eye procedures such as cataract surgery and LASIK are important events in your vision timeline.  When considering eye surgery, you should thoroughly research your options including getting a free consultation to assess:

  • The eye surgeon
  • The eye center & staff
  • The procedure & technology
  • The vision care plan after the postoperative period

At Chao Vision Institute, we see that maintaining a healthy vision for life requires more than performing eye surgery. While we can coordinate care with your eye doctor, we are committed to providing you the most comprehensive preoperative and postoperative LASIK care to ensure best possible results now and years from now.

LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) 

LASIK is an extremely safe and effective treatment for a wide range of common vision problems including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism.  After cataract surgery with intraocular lens implant, sometimes an enhancement is needed to fine tune vision result by treating residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism with laser vision correction.

  • LASIK works by creating a thin flap in the upper portion of the cornea.  Both microkeratome-based and femtosecond-based LASIK generally have good outcomes with few complications.  
  • Using a cool excimer laser, the surgeon reshapes the cornea allowing light and images to focus precisely onto the retina to produce clear vision.

For selected patients, PRK may be the recommended refractive procedure as an alternative to LASIK.  Still widely used, PRK differs from LASIK in that a corneal flap is not made.  After the surgeon gently removes the outer layer of cells (the epithelium), an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea.  Patients may experience minimal discomfort until the epithelium heals.

CustomVue™ and  VISX Technology™ with Iris Registration  

CustomVue™ LASIK with WaveScan WaveFront™ System and VISX Technology™ Iris Registration (Abbott Medical Optics) is the first FDA-approved, fully automated method of aligning and registering wavefront corrections to deliver unprecedented levels of measurement accuracy and outstanding treatment precision.  Compared to standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses, Wavefront technology identifies and measures imperfections in a patient's eye 25 times more precisely. 

When Best Doctors of America asked doctors questions like,
"If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?"
his peers elected Dr. Chao.

Chao Vision Institute specializes in cataract, LASIK, and corneal refractive vision conditions and treatments.

See Dr. Lawrence Chao for a consult or second opinion if you are considering eye surgery, including Crystalens ™, Visian ICL™, and LASIK surgery in Irvine, Orange County, or the Los Angeles , Riverside, and San Diego areas.

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