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Dr. Christopher Heichel, MD

Ophthalmology ·  Male · Age 48

Dr. Heichel

UC San Diego Health

9300 Campus Point Dr La Jolla, CA 92037

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Dr. Christopher Heichel, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from Chicago Medical School in 1999 and specializes in ophthalmology.


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(858) 657-7000

Dr. Heichel accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
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Cigna PPO
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Heichel's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Corneal Diseases
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Heichel treats Corneal Diseases more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Heichel treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Eye Surgery
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Heichel performs Eye Surgery more than 77% of his peers

Dr. Heichel performs this procedure more than 77% of his peers

Cornea Surgery
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Heichel performs Cornea Surgery more than 76% of his peers

Dr. Heichel performs this procedure more than 76% of his peers

Dr. Heichel's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Diplopia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Retina Diseases
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

About Me

Biography

Chris W. Heichel, MD serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery in the Department of Ophthalmology at UC San Diego, Shiley Eye Institute. He is considered a skilled surgeon, astute clinician and a dedicated educ...

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

University Of California San Diego
Fellowship Hospital
University Of California San Diego
Residency Hospital
1999
Chicago Medical School
Medical School
1999

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Dr. Heichel's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Heichel

4.3

Based on 9 reviews

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Average Reported Wait Time
  • 31 – 45 minutes
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I experienced a life change with dr. Heichel and his staff the wait did not matter because I also see doctor KIKkwa as well. Speaking for myself I don't have a problem waiting at all because I know how well these two particular doctors are taking care of me doing my appointment visit my appointment visits are long which I appreciate a long appointment visit because I know everything I'm going through the process with the doctors trying to find out what is going on with my eyes. Thankful Dr. Heic
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For 10 years I suffered with dry eyes and the last 2 years with red, bloodshot, irritated eyes that teared 24/7. My local opthalmologist had no idea what the problem was. Dr. Heichel diagnosed the problem and fixed it. He performed a conjunctival plasty with amniotic membrane transplant on each eye in June 2017. Today my eyes are beautiful! No more pain, bloodshot or teary eyes. They look and feel normal and I can wear contacts again! Dr. Heichel is kind, gentle, smart, loves what he does!
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Dr Heichel has been our eye doctor for over 15 years. He is SMART, thorough, knowledgeable, patient, even though it is obvious he is overworked! He has "saved our eyes" on numerous occasions..my husband had cancer in his eye, I had a minuscule shard in my eye, my husband had cataract surgery in both eyes; couldn't have had a better ophthalmologist . Wait times are very long but we are willing to put up with that because we know that when it is our turn, he takes his time with us.
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