Cataract and Refractive Surgeon; Vision Correction Specialist

Daniel H. Chang, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist who graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Emory University, and finished a prestigious cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants.

Dr. Chang has performed over seventeen thousand successful LASIK, PRK, cataract, and corneal procedures. He is Managing Partner at Empire Eye and Laser Center and Medical Director of Empire Surgery Center in Bakersfield. He is also a volunteer surgeon, founding member, and President of the board of directors for Advanced Center for Eyecare, a non-profit clinic that provides medical and surgical care to the underserved in Central California.

Dr. Chang also provides leadership for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) as Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee Chair, and has served on committees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is on multiple editorial advisory boards, including “Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today.” He has authored over one hundred articles and publications on lasers, refractive surgery, and advanced intraocular lenses. He has been principal investigator on dozens of Phase III and Phase IV U.S. FDA clinical trials, helping to bring many advanced intraocular lens implants and other vision correction technologies to market, as well as advancing the field of refractive surgery.

Dr. Chang has also given over a hundred submitted and invited presentations at educational and professional meetings around the world, and he trains and advises surgeons globally on vision correction technology. For his decades of contributions to the advancement in Ophthalmology, he was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2016 Annual Achievement Award and top honors of “2017 Top Doctors List” in Bakersfield Life Magazine. Dr. Chang was also voted Best Ophthalmologist in The Bakersfield Californian Best Of Readers’ Choice Poll in 2022 and 2023.

Dr. Chang enjoys spending time with his family, running, traveling, talking about life over a good cup of coffee, and playing with the latest electronic gadget from Apple.

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