Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
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Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD
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. Dr. Chao is affiliated with Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.

Chao Vision Institute

2500 Alton Pkwy Ste 102

Irvine, CA 92606

Contact Information
Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD

Dr. Lawrence Chao, MD

Accepted insurance

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

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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.
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Dr. Chao's Experience

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


  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of 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


  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • 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

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chao to family and friends
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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