Founded in 1998 by Dr. James D. Shuler, M.D., F.A.C.S., Empire Eye and Laser Center has been serving Kern County for over two decades. In 2008, this landmark practice came under the stewardship of long-time associate, Dr. Joseph H. Chang, M.D. Dr. Chang brought on his brother, Dr. Daniel H. Chang, M.D., a fellowship-trained sub-specialist in the surgical correction of vision through cataract and refractive (including LASIK and PRK) surgery in 2009 and the rest is history.

Quality Worth Seeing

Empire Eye and Laser Center is committed to enhancing each patient’s quality of life by delivering superior surgical and medical eye care, as well as aesthetic treatments, in a caring environment that promotes a memorable experience.

Our highly trained ophthalmologists, optometrists, and aesthetics providers are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes in a warm, friendly environment. They enjoy spending time with each patient and helping them understand their conditions and treatment to empower them to participate in their own care. At Empire Eye and Laser Center, we are passionate about nurturing an exceptional patient experience and strive to provide the highest quality care through innovation and state-of-the-art technology. We also recognize that even the greatest medical developments are only as good as the difference they make in people’s lives. We, therefore, emphasize that the most important person in our practice is you, the patient.

Our Vision Statement

To Foster an Environment of Passion that empowers our Team,

To Provide Refined Care for our Patients,

To Pursue the Advancement of our Field,

To Create a Legacy of growing Pride in our Community


Empire Eye and Laser Center accepts most PPO and Medicare insurance plans, as well as cash-pay patients. Please note that we currently do not participate in any HMO or Medi-Cal insurance plans.