Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD

Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD

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Ophthalmology | Male | 51 years old

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Care Philosophy

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.Read more

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Dr. Chao's Reviews

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based on 23 total surveys (3 with reviews)
Dr. Chao Says:

Thank you for visiting Chao Vision Institute on HealthGrades. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChaoVision.com.

Dr. Chao's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Reviews (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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Dr. Chao's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Chao says...

Thank you for visiting Chao Vision Institute on HealthGrades. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChaoVision.com.

Dr. Chao's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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
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    No malpractice history found for California.

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Board Certifications

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Cataract
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Stye
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Vascular Disease
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Education

  • Medical School
    Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California

    Graduated in 1993

  • Internship Hospital
    St Mary's Medical Center

    Completed in 1994

  • Residency Hospital
    St. Vincent's Medical Center

    Completed in 1997

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of California Irvine Medical Center

    Completed in 1998

  • Undergraduate School
    Washington University

    Graduated in 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

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