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Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Hennein, Lauren Huang, Alex A. Huang, Lingling Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Puig-Llano, Manuel Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Scott, Nathan L. Spencer, Doran B. Toomey, Christopher B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
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Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Cataracts Dry Eye Clinic Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic Uveitis
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AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Cancer Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease Uveitis
Chris W. Heichel, MD

Chris W. Heichel, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Board Certification in Ophthalmology
Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery

Specialty Cornea & Cataracts, Refractive Surgery / LASIK
Medical School Chicago Medical School
Residency University of California, San Diego (Chief Resident)
Fellowship University of California, San Diego
Special Interest Corneal transplantations and Keratoprostheses Challenging cataract and IOL surgeries LASIK, Intacs, & Visian ICL Advanced techniques in laser & refractive surgery Keratoconus Ocular Surface Tumors Limbal Stem Cell Transplantation
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Chris W. Heichel, M.D., serves as Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology of Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery for the UCSD Department of Ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Institute.  He is a  Board Certified Ophthalmologist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery and completed both his residency and fellowship at University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Heichel has dedicated his career to maximizing every patient’s vision and he is experienced in the most advanced techniques in refractive surgery including Custom and “all laser” laser vision correction procedures. In addition to laser vision correction, Dr. Heichel specializes in other vision correction procedures including, the treatment of mild hyperopia and presbyopia, INTACS for the treatment of keratoconus and corneal ectasia. As a corneal specialist, Dr. Heichel’s goal of improving patient quality of life by restoring and improving their vision, is not only met through laser vision correction, but also through cornea and cataract surgery. 

Dr. Heichel’s clinical interests include corneal transplantations and keratoprostheses, challenging cataract and IOL surgeries, LASIK, Intacs, & Visian ICL, advanced techniques in laser and refractive surgery, keratoconus, ocular surface tumors, and limbal stem cell transplantation.

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