Subspecialty Fellowship-Trained Eye Physician & Surgeon

This higher level of subspecialty fellowship training means Dr. Chao is one of a select group of cataract, LASIK and corneal refractive eye surgeons in the country who is able to manage complex as routine eye care and surgery. 

Highlights of Dr. Lawrence C. Chao's education and training include:

  • Cataract, Corneal, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship. UC Irvine, Irvine, CA.
  • Ophthalmology Residency. Castroviejo Eye Clinic at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Manhattan, NY.
  • General Medicine Internship. St. Mary's, San Francisco, CA.
  • Doctor of Medicine, Honors. The University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Bachelors of Science, Biology. Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

A member of the prestigious Max Fine Cornea Society, Dr. Chao is active with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and International Society of Refractive Surgery.

University Level Expertise | Personalized Care

Prior to establishing Chao Vision Institute, Dr. Lawrence C. Chao held numerous clinical faculty positions at University of California Irvine including Clinical Instructor, Director of Refractive Surgery at the Beckman Laser Institute, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Medical Director of the Gottschalk Eye Clinic. 

A certified LASIK eye surgeon trainer for VISX, Dr. Lawrence C. Chao has helped trained and certify other Orange County LASIK eye surgeons in LASIK and laser vision correction.  Previously named "Teacher of the Year" for his work with resident physicians and corneal refractive fellows at University of California Irvine.

Dr. Lawrence C. Chao currently maintains privileges and affiliation with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, CA and Barranca Surgery Center in Irvine, CA

As Medical Director of Chao Vision Institute, Dr. Lawrence C. Chao is hands-on with all aspects of patient care from consults to postoperative care at his practice and LASIX Vision Correction facility in Irvine, CA to ensure the best possible clinical and surgical result.

Give Focus to Life | See Clearly What Matters

Dr. Lawrence C. Chao collaborates with peers and industry to further research and education in cataract, LASIK and corneal refractive surgery. A reviewer for scientific papers in professional journals, Dr. Chao has contributed to medical literature including the LASIK Complications Prevention and Management textbook. 

Ongoing, he attends local, national, and international cataract and refractive eye conferences and symposiums, bringing back to his practice the best of ideas, techniques, and technology to give focus to life with clear vision.


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

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

Dr. Lawrence C. Chao M.D. is a LASIK, cataract and corneal refractive eye physician and 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 rendering meticulous care as well as expert surgical skills, Dr. Chao provides consults and second opinions to discerning patients seeking general and subspecialty vision care and treatment at Chao Vision Institute in Irvine, Orange County, CA.

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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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