Dr. Vikas Chopra, MD

Dr. Vikas Chopra, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
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Age 48
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Dr. Vikas Chopra, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Pasadena, CA and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine in 1996 and specializes in ophthalmology, anterior segment surgery, and more.Read his story

625 S Fair Oaks Ave # 285

Pasadena, CA 91105

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Glaucoma
very high
more than 99% of peers
Dry Eyes
very high
more than 93% of peers
Ocular Hypertension
very high
more than 91% of peers

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Dr. Chopra's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Chopra "Vikas Chopra, M.D. is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and a full-time faculty member at the highly-ranked David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as well as, the Associate Director of the Doheny Image Reading Center at the Doheny Eye Institute. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine, and then finished a Residency in Ophthalmology where he served as Chief Resident, as well as, an additional Fellowship in Complex Cataract and Glaucoma at the prestigious Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining UCLA, Dr. Chopra served as the Associate Residency Program Director at USC, and was responsible for developing and executing the surgical skills transfer program to allow residents to achieve excellent surgical outcomes in a high-volume clinical environment. He continues to be intensively involved in resident ophthalmic education and is regularly invited to teach at surgery courses nationwide including the Harvard Medical School's annual Intensive Cataract Surgery course, and serves as the west-coast co-director of the Complementary Ophthalmic Residency Education (CORE) cataract surgery courses. Dr. Chopra's proudest accomplishments include receiving the numerous teaching awards given by USC ophthalmology residents during his tenure there. He had been awarded Resident Teaching Awards (2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2009-2010). Since transitioning to UCLA, Dr. Chopra has received excellent evaluations for teaching 2nd, 3rd, & 4th-year medical students from David Geffen School of Medicine, as well as, ophthalmology residents at UCLA's Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Chopra has been performing small-incision cataract surgery and medical & surgical glaucoma subspecialty at the Doheny Eye Clinics for more than a decade. He uses the latest evidence-based medicine along with being an investigator in clinical trials like the Advanced Imaging for Glaucoma study to deliver excellence in care to his patients in a humanistic and engaging fashion. Dr. Chopra provides clinical expertise in diagnosis of glaucoma using the latest technological advances like OCT and HRT; and delivers excellent care in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma using the well-established laser treatments like selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), peripheral iridotomy (PI), and iridoplasty; utilizes time-honored surgical techniques of trabeculectomy and aqueous tube shunts, as well as, the newest minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS) including ab-interno trabeculotomy, goniotomy with Kahook Dual Blade, EndoCylcoPhotocoagulation (ECP), iStent trabecular bypass stent, CyPass suprachoroidal shunt, and Trabectome among others. Dr. Chopra has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented more than 50 abstracts at national meetings, and served as an invited lecturer at various local and national meetings. He has been named as one of Best Doctors in America, Super Doctors in Southern California, and Top Doctor in Pasadena. Happily married to his high-school sweetheart whom he has known for 30 years, Dr. Chopra enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, and traveling the world with his wife and 2 kids in pursuit of new adventures."

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Chopra "The subspecialty ophthalmologists of the renowned UCLA Doheny Eye Centers, which has been consistently ranked nationally in the "Top 10" for two decades by U.S. News & World Report, has recently been ranked as the "Best Ophthalmology Program in the West" and "Top 5 overall" in nation.

For effective physician-to-physician communication, Dr. Chopra uses an advanced electronic medical records (EMR) system to keep referring physicians and the patient's primary care physicians involved and engaged in the care of their patients.

For excellence in patient care, Dr. Chopra is recognized nationally and internationally in the academic world for his clinical and research expertise.  He performs the most advanced ophthalmic surgeries using the latest generation equipment in an efficient and safe manner to achieve the best patient outcomes delivered in a humanistic fashion."

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
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Conditions Treated

  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Visual Field Defects
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Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Medical and Surgical Management of Glaucoma
  • Shunts
  • Trabeculotomy Ab Externo
  • YAG Iridotomy
  • YAG Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

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.

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • Pennsylvania State University / College of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Kresge Eye Inst Wayne State University Sch Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Kresge Eye Inst Wayne State University Sch Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Beckman Inst of the City of Hope
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chopra has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chopra's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chopra to family and friends
4.5
based on 31 total reviews (25 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (31)

  • 5
    (27)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (4)

Dr. Chopra's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (25)

I am a patient of Dr. Chopra's for glaucoma evaluation, and I highly recommend him. He is very thorough in his exam and testing, and takes plenty of time to explain his findings and answer any questions I have. Dr. Chopra was recommended to me by my optometrist, whose mother has been a patient of...more
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Dr. Chopra has been my doctor to treat glacouma for the last ten years. Because he is so thorough as my eye surgeon and glacouma specialist, he helped me improve my eyesight and general comfort in both eyes. He’s not only knowledgeable and skillful, but also caring and patient. Each of his patients...more
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Dr Chopra is very knowledgeable and spends time explaining heath information.
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Happy to recommend Dr. Chopra! Have been his patient for several years now, also had cataract surgery with Dr. Chopra---very happy with results. Dr. Chopra is very friendly, personable, easy to talk to.
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Since June, Dr. Chopra removed cataract from both my eyes and implanted with intraocular lenses. I had a serious case of myopia for 50+ years, Dr. Chopra skillfully operated and ordered up the appropriate corrective lenses which resulted in me regaining 20/20 vision. He was methodical and easy to...more
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