Dr. Lawrence C. Chao, MD

2500 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606, USA

(949) 679-2426

Board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained cornea and refractive surgeon, Lawrence C. Chao, MD, is Medical Director of Chao Vision Institute.

Before establishing Chao Vision Institute, Dr. Chao started his cataract and refractive career as Director of Refractive Surgery at the Beckman Laser Institute and as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine. His university-level experience includes building a cataract and refractive practice at the UC Irvine Department of Ophthalmology; participating in clinical trials; proctoring community eye surgeons on various laser platforms; and teaching other cataract and refractive specialists who were undergoing advanced ophthalmic training.

Today, he is one of the few cataract and refractive surgeons in the country who is able to manage both routine and complex refractive cases including new technology lens implant in LASIK patients. Dr. Chao has performed thousands of cataract, cornea and refractive procedures, including micro-incision phacoemulsification; presbyopia and astigmatism (toric) correcting intraocular lens (Crystalens, AcrySof ReSTOR, ReZoom and Toric) implant; laser vision correction (LASIK, PRK, LASEK); and phakic lens implant (Visian ICL, Verisyse).

Dr. Chao is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

Chao Vision Institute is a state-of-the-art facility specializing in cataract, cornea and refractive vision correction. We offer a one-stop, full-service refractive vision correction experience for your convenience. We know that in addition to surgical expertise, receiving a consistent higher level of care is important to our patients.
Due to our commitment, university-level experience and integrity, many of Orange County’s own doctors, healthcare professionals and their families trust Dr. Chao and Chao Vision Institute for their specialty and general eye care needs.

When you are ready to pursue glasses-free vision, they offer one-on-one LASIK consults with Dr. Chao; no-interest and extended payment healthcare financing; extensive patient education options; and the latest techniques and technology.

For LASIK we offer Custom Cornea or wavefront laser technology to capture the uniqueness of your eye, maximizing precision. In addition to LASIK, Dr. Chao offers Implantable Contact Lenses (Visian ICL and Verisyse) and No-Stitch Cataract Surgery with Crystalens, AcrySof ReSTOR, ReZoom, Toric and monofocal intraocular lenses.

Dr. Chao was born and raised in Ohio and obtained an undergraduate degree from Washington University in Biology in St. Louis. He graduated with honors from University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He served his ophthalmology residency at the Castroviejo Eye Clinic at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Manhattan, NY, and his cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.


Dr. Lawrence C Chao's Education:

  • New York Medical College, Residency
  • St Mary's Hospital Medical Center, Internship
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC, Medical School


  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology


  • CA State Medical License, 1997 - 2017


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology - AAO, Fellow

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