Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD

Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Irvine, CA. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 24 years.

2500 Alton Pkwy Ste 102

Irvine, CA 92606

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Dry Eyes
very high
more than 93% of peers
more than 89% of peers
Eyelid Disorders
more than 82% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Chao "Dr. Lawrence C. Chao M.D. is an Orange County cataract, LASIK, and corneal refractive eye physician and surgeon. By placing the welfare of patients first and foremost, Dr. Chao is considered a doctor whom doctors would choose for themselves or their loved ones. Entrusted to care for the eyes of many of Orange County's doctors, professionals, and their families, Dr. Chao personally has performed over ten thousand cataract, LASIK and corneal refractive procedures. 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. More than just performing eye surgeries, Dr. Chao is hands-on with all aspects of patient care from consults to postoperative care at his practice and office-based procedure center in Irvine, CA to ensure the best possible clinical and surgical result."


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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cataract
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Presbyopia
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Stye
  • Trichiasis
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Washington University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
  • Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • St Mary's Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University Of California Irvine Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005 - pre
  • Max Fine Cornea Society, 1998
  • Super Doctors, 2011 - pre
  • UCI Ophthalmology Teaching Award, 1998
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chao's Reviews

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based on 23 total reviews (3 with comments)
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Dr. Chao's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
in San Diego, CA |
I was very impressed with my experience at Dr. Chao's office. His staff were helpful & patient. Dr Chao is very knowleageble & easy to talk to. Dr Chao patiently explained my ocndition in Chinese to me when I was confused with a medical term. See you next year Dr Chao.
in Del Mar, CA |
Dr. Chao and his staff are so patient and thorough in explaining everything in detail. Above all, unlike my previous eye doctor in La Jolla, he does not push the latest and most expense clinical solution. Instead, he recommends the most practical one. It is worth the drive from San Diego to Irvine to see him. He is also bilingual, a definite plus for Chinese speaking people.
in Huntington Beach, CA |
Excellent results for my corneal transplant and recent cataract surgery.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Chao accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Chao has admitting privileges

Hoag Hospital Newport Beach
1 Hoag Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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