Main Office: 2500 Alton Parkway Ste 102, Irvine, CA 92606
North County Office: 1955 Sunny Crest Dr. Ste 120, Fullerton, CA 92835
Specializing in Cataract, LASIK, and Corneal Refractive Conditions & Treatment

Lawrence C. Chao, M.D.
Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
Fellowship-Trained Cataract & Refractive Eye Surgeon
Serving Orange County since 1997

If you've been told you may have cataracts, call us to schedule a cataract consult with Dr. Chao. 

Are my cataracts ripe?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This natural crystalline lens, located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera - focusing light images on the retina, sending images to the brain. 

A cataract can be the reason sharp objects become blurred, bright colors become dull, seeing at night is more difficult, or eyeglasses no longer provide clear vision.

Schedule a cataract evaluation with Dr. Chao if you experience one or more of these symptoms:

 Blurry or foggy vision  Light seem overly bright or glaring
 Details are hard to see  More light is needed for reading
 Colors seem dull or muted  Decreased night vision
 Eye glasses are no longer working  Halos around lights

Cataract Surgery or Refractive Lens Exchange?

CATARACT SURGERY (KPE) - Cataract removal surgery is generally a simple, outpatient procedure with little discomfort, requiring only a few hours, and a topical anesthetic.  The goal is to break the old, cloudy natural lens into pieces, remove the pieces from the eye and insert a replacement intraocular lens to replace the natural lens.

LASER CATARACT SURGERY - The LenSx® Laser (Alcon) is a computer-controlled refractive cataract laser allowing the surgeon to perform several of the most critical steps of cataract surgery.

REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE (RLE) - Select patients may chose to lessen or eliminate their dependence on corrective lenses by removing the natural crystalline lens prior to cataracts maturing. 

Millions of people every year undergo cataract surgery, one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today.  After cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation, objects you couldn't see clearly can be bright, clear, and vivid again. For many people, they haven't seen life so clearly in years.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved.  You and your eye doctor should consider the potential risk and benefits, and determine if cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery, or refractive lens exchange is right for you.


"We don't grow older, we grow riper."
- Pablo Picasso

Now offering cataract evaluations at two convenient locations.

Lawrence C. Chao, MD

Specializing in LenSx® Laser Technology for Cataract Surgery and Custom Intraocular Lenses.

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Chao Vision Institute specializes in cataract, LASIK, and corneal refractive vision conditions and treatments.

See Dr. Lawrence Chao for a consult or second opinion if you are considering eye surgery, including Crystalens ™, Visian ICL™, and LASIK surgery in Irvine, Orange County, or the Los Angeles , Riverside, and San Diego areas.

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