View map

Dr. Elson Lai, MD

Ophthalmologist

Professional statement

Dr. Elson Lai is a board-certified eye physician and surgeon by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He graduated from Arcadia High School where he was an All-California Interscholastic Federation Water Polo player, attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. At Berkeley, his fascination with the eyes began. He completed his honors thesis with his mentor, Vice Chancellor of Research, Dr. Beth Burnside on the “Characterization of Human class III myosin, a Cytoskeletal Associated Protein in the Photoreceptor.” He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Chicago Medical School, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and became a recipient for the Dean’s Award. Dr. Lai served as the chapter president of the American Medical Association and initiated the Healthy Kids Project, which currently is still serving the North Chicago Area. Dr. Lai completed his internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where he received an Outstanding Clerkship Teacher award in Internal Medicine and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, which is the largest ophthalmology program in the country and regarded as one of the country’s best and most challenging residency programs. The residency program at University of Texas Southwestern is known to graduate doctors with experiences in high surgical volume and clinical pathology, and the program was also the first in the nation to train their residents the most advanced techniques in intraocular lens implantation during surgical cataract cases, which include Toric and ReSTOR lenses. These lenses allow for correction of astigmatism and multifocal vision, both of which allow patients to be less dependent on glasses. Dr. Lai also served as Surgery and Clinic Chief during his residency.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • ACE
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Ophthalmologist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Methodist Hospital
  • San Gabriel Valley Medical Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Education and training

  • Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Texas, Southwestern, Residency in Ophthalmology
  • University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor’s)

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

Awards and publications

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Zocdoc awards

See you again
Speedy response

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1750549192

Office locations

Rosemead Eye Center

9428 Valley Blvd, Suite 201

Rosemead, CA 91770

Patient reviews
All reviews have been submitted by patients after seeing the provider. For more information, check out our Patient Knowledge Base.
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner

Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
The doctor is professional and helpful. Only a slightly inpatient, and I believe it’s because we took longer time to respond due to language barrier, I wouldn’t blame him for that. Overall experience is great, I will definitely go there again.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Very patient with my insurance and knowledgeable, excellent manner and clean office!
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
What a great doctor. I am so happy I found his office. Would recommend 100%
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
I don't often write reviews, but I feel compelled to write one about my experience with Dr. Lai. Firstly, I appreciate that he doesn't overbook his appointment schedule. I was able to see him the day after I scheduled myappointment, and he took me in right away. I was immediately impressed with his attentiveness, professionalism, and knowledge. He was very efficient and proactive, wasting no time in identifying the issues I was having with my eyes and getting me immediate treatment for relief from those issues. I highly recommend Dr. Lai if you are in need of any kind of medical care for your eyes.
More than 1 year ago
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Dr. Lai was very professional but friendly. He was the first ophthalmologist (in my 50 years) who cared to explain to me that treatment for dry eyes can be with either water or oil... and that the blurriness can be causedby dry eyes. And I thought it was simply from aging! Lol. Office was super clean and staff was extremely friendly. Would highly recommend!
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Visited Dr. Lai a 3-4 times for my CSR problem. My issue lasted a good 5-6 months. Dr. Lai is great, he explains my problem in detail. Office is very clean and great relaxing ambient. No wait if you come toyour appointment on time. One time I do have to wait but it was only 5 minuets. Compare to hours I waited at my regular Optometrist. Dr. Lai is very knowledge, I would trust him and his recommendations.
More than 1 year ago
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
I loved the center. All modern, hi-tech, very clean. I'm scheduled for a follow up.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Very professional, courteous and friendly
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
VERY PROFESSIONALLY HANDLED.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Excellent experience. Very professional business. Great staff.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Total experience was very good. Dr. Lai was thorough and very personable. He is high tech and set me up with a portal to his office and my medical records. I will see him again for sure for my eye checkups
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
He speaks with confidence explaining the facts to help me understand my eye problem. He acts and show his concern for me as a patient. I am very comfortable to have him with all of my eye care. 5/27/2016
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
The desk personal was polite, pleasant and made the process very easy. There was no wait at all. The doctor was outstanding, he explained everything in detail and was compassionate. It's nice to see somebody who cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
A great experience, the staff was polite and attentive. Dr Lai was great and I plan on seeing him every year.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
My appointment was timely, and Dr. Lai's office is clean, efficient and modern. I am very happy with the appointment and would recommend him.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Professional, courteous and understanding.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Outside of the building belies a beautifully put together interior with well integrated technology systems, pleasant assistants and very professional doctor.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
In full disclosure, I have known Dr. Lai for over 20 years. I have know him to be caring, generous, patient and incredibly hardworking. These traits have certainly carried over to his professional work. He was attentive, honest, thorough, andspent the time not only to explain what he was doing and looking for, but also educating me on long term eye care. Additionally, he offered an explanation of the pros and cons for numerous contact options and recommended a certain pair for my current needs. His staff was friendly and courteous. His office is new, modern, and very clean.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Great visit with Dr. Lai as he is super knowledgeable and professional. Arrived to the clinic, signed some paper work and was seen immediately. Came in for contacts and new prescription for glasses. the office was clean and the equipment wasnew as other doctors places I've been to looked old. I would recommend this place for sure!
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Dr. Lai does not want to give me a paper prescription for an eyeglass which is the main reason I went to his office. He said that it is in the system and his clinic is going to make the eyeglass.I said that I want to have the eyeglass done at another place which I know is cheaper. I had a hard time getting it; my daughter had to make a scene at his office the second time we went there. He finally gave it to me. Now, the bill is showing an additional charge for the prescription. I thought the first time I went there I already paid the co-pay and there will be no more additional fees. This doctor is trying to force me to use his clinic for the eyeglass and gave me a penalty when I did not.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Fabulous visit with Dr. Lai. He was incredibly thorough, knowledgable, caring and informative. I will never go anywhere else! Thank you!!
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
excellent! Professional, kind. Close to home. Just right.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Visit was very fast and proffesional. Dr.Lai answered every question I had and even gave me new information about my sight and prescription I didn't know. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Less than 1 year ago
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Less than 1 year ago
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
More than 1 year ago
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
Overall
Wait time
Bedside manner
Source: Zocdoc
ZocdocFind an OphthalmologistDr. Elson Lai, MD