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

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Q. When should I see an eye subspecialist?


A general ophthalmologist is an eye MD who has completed a medical internship and an ophthalmology residency. An eye subspecialist is an ophthalmologist who has completed additional fellowship-training.

Consult an eye subspecialist when you're considering eye surgery such as LASIK, cataract removal, or implantable contact lenses.

Q. Do I still need routine eye exams after LASIK?

To maintain optimal vision health, we recommend routine eye exams at least every other year if you do not have any eye-related medical issues.

Q. Are eye services covered by medical or vision insurance providers?

For medical-related eye problems, we will bill your medical insurance provider.  For routine eye exams, prescription eyewear or contacts, we will bill your vision insurance provider.

Elective procedures such as laser vision correction, custom IOLs, ICLs, etc. are generally not covered by medical nor vision insurance.  Ask us about special healthcare financing.

Q. What Qualifies for Flexible Spending or HSA Reimbursement?

Out-of-pocket eye care expenses that may qualify include but not limited to:

  • Elective procedures such as LASIK, PRK, ICLs and RLE
  • Custom IOLs such as Crystalens, Tecnis, Trulign, Toric, etc.
  • Eye exams, prescription eyewear, contacts, after LASIK sunglasses
  • Prescription such as Latisse

Q. Should I donate or recycle unwanted eyeglasses?

Recycling is good for the environment but donating your unwanted eye glasses at Chao Vision Institute helps support Lions Clubs International in the following ways:

  • Sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling. 
  • Provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight.
  • Raise donations through campaigns like SightFirst and Campaign SightFirst II. 

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
―  Marcel Proust



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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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