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1741 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
Phone: (209) 524-2020

Amin Ashrafzadeh, MD (Dr. Ash)

Lasik Manteca, Laser Eye Surgery Tracy, Modesto



Amin Ashrafzadeh, M.D. (Dr. Ash)

Undergraduate: Boston University, College of Arts & Sciences

Medical School: Boston University, School of Medicine

Internship: Internal Medicine

  • Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston (Tufts University)

Residency: Ophthalmology

  • Boston University

Fellowship: Cornea and Refractive Surgery

  • Tufts University
  • Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology (Board Certification)

Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Member, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery  


Dr. Ashrafzadeh (Dr. Ash as referred to by most) was born and educated in Boston Massachusetts.  He derived much of his inspiration and love for ophthalmology from his father who is a retinal specialist.  After completion of his training Dr. Ash moved with his family from Boston to Stanislaus County and has been in private practice since 2002.

As a Cataract, Corneal and LASIK Specialist, Dr. Ash has provided the most advanced care in all these arenas.  Dr. Ash has been performing LASIK eye surgery since 2001 and has helped many become free of their glasses and contacts.  In November 2005, Dr. Ash, started Northern California Laser Center in Modesto to bring the most advanced care there is to provide.  The format of LASIK surgery provided by Dr. Ash, iLASIK, is the only format allowed by the US Military for their elite Top Gun Pilots, Air Force Pilots, and the NASA Astronauts. 

Not only has the creation of NCLC been a great advance for laser vision correction, but also essential for more advanced corneal treatments.  In fact, with his advanced IntraLase unit, Dr. Ash was the very first person in Northern California to provide the most advanced format of Laser Corneal Transplant Surgery, called IntraLase Enabled Keratoplasty and IntraLase Lamellar Keratoplasty.

In the arena of cataract surgery, Dr. Ash has performed thousands of successful cataract surgeries.  He has also provided some of the most advanced formats of cataract surgery with the modern IntraOcular Implants such as the Multifocal and Toric IOLs.  Many patients wishing greater visual freedom have combined the cataract surgery with multifocal IOLs and IntraLase LASIK eye surgery to achieve their best personal vision.  He was one of the very first surgeons to perform the revolutionary presbyopia correcting Cataract Surgery with ReSTOR, ReZoom, Tecnis Multifocal and CrystaLens implants. He also uses the Toric IOL, to perform astigmatically correcting cataract surgery. As a refractive surgeon he is mindful of cataract surgery and implant options. He is one of very few surgeons that performs implantation of intraocular contact lens, Verisyse.


Dr. Ash, a specialist in LASIK Eye Surgery and Corneal Surgeries, has brought some of the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic devices to the Central Valley.  He is a well recognized expert in Visante Anterior Segment OCT (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA) which allows Ultra-high resolution images of the front portion of the eye.  This device creates images that allow unique ability to evaluate and manage LASIK patients.  Additionally, the IntraLase femtosecond laser has brought the safety of LASIK Eye surgery to new levels.

Dr. Ash remains involved academically and serves as a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at University of California, Davis.  He has been invited to speak at many different events nationally and internationally, such as the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  His research work has been published in different peer-reviewed journals including Ophthalmology the official publication of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Ash is also a consultant to Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Dublin, CA, makers of many highly technical ophthalmic instruments.  Additionally he has created a patient and professional education website teach others about eye diseases and how Visante omni is essential in their evaluations.

Dr. Ash finds the greatest joy in helping patients obtain the best possible vision and restoring sight.  He finds the greatest complement in referral of other patients by his current patients.  He is fluent in Farsi and Spanish. 


American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Cornea Society
Stanislaus Medical Society
California Medical Association

Community Involvement

Califonia State University, Stanislaus, Foundation Board (2008 - 2014)

Emanuel Medical Center, Turlock, CA, Board of Directors (2005 - 2008), Chief of Staff 2008

Northern California Surgery Center, Turlock, CA, Board of Managers (2004 - Present), President (2011 - Present)

University of California, Davis, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology

Pacific University College of Optometry, Adjunct Clinical Professor (2011 - Present)

    Research and Publications

    Dr. Ash is currently involved with many projects.  Below are list of his published works. 

Book Chapters:

Corneal Topography Book

A. Ashrafzadeh.  Chapter 6.4: Visante omni, in Topography in Wavefront Era, 2nd Edition, Ming Wang, MD, PhD, Tracy S. Swartz, OD, MS, eds.  ISBN 13 978-1-55642-970-5.  January 2012.  Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Corneal Topography Book by Agarwal

Dr. Agarwal's Textbook on Corneal Topography, Including Pentacam and Anterior Segment OCT, 2nd Edition
Amar Agarwal, Athiya Agarwal, Soosan Jacob

Chapter 10, Evaluation of Patients for Refractive Surgery with Visante Anterior Segment OCT and the Combined Datalink with Atlas Corneal Topographer. Amin Ashrafzadeh, Roger F. Steinert

ISBN 978-81-8448-861-6 Published 2010

Refractive Surgery Book

Refractive Surgery, 2nd Edition
Amar Agarwal, Athiya Agarwal, Soosan Jacob

Chapter 6, Visante Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography in Evaluation of Patients for Refractive Surgery. Amin Ashrafzadeh, Roger F. Steinert

ISBN 978-81-8448-412-0 Published 2009

Anterior Segment OCT book

Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography
Roger F. Steinert MD; David Huang MD, PhD

Chapter 3, Evaluation of LASIK Flaps. Roger F. Steinert, Amin Ashrafzadeh

2 Cover Image Credits and 3 Image Credits Chapter 14.

ISBN 13 978-1-55642-808-1 Published 2008



Recent Publications:


A. Ashrafzadeh.  Former LASIK Patients' Challenge to the Cataract Surgeon Baby boomers’ demand perfect vision and service. What are the challenges and rewards for cataract surgeons?  Ophthalmology Management. December 2011 Pages 45-48.

  A. Ashrafzadeh. OCT in Comprehensive Ophthalmology Practice. Ophthalmology Management. July 2011, Supplement Page 8:10.
  Published interview with A. Ashrafzadeh. René Luthe. OCT Moves Into the Refractive Arena: Its uses keep multiplying, making it a must-have, proponents say. Ophthalmology Management. May, 2011.
   A. Ashrafzadeh. AS-OCT’s role in the Comprehensive Practice. Advanced Ocular Care. April, 2011 Pages 53-54.
  Published interview with A. Ashrafzadeh. Shareef Mahdavi.  Combining Placido and OCT Imaging Technologies: Bringing Diagnostic Power to Corneal Analysis.  SM2 Strategic.  March, 2011.


Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today

October 2010 Insert

Refractive & Cataract Applications of OCT. The versatility of the Visante Omni in the ophthalmic practice.

Amin Ashrafzadeh, Roger F. Steinert

Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today

Supplement September 2008

Visante OCT Version 3.0 Linking Placido and OCT for Comprehensive Topography

By Amin Ashrafzadeh, MD

CRST's Insert PDF file

Ocular Surgery News U.S. Edition

July 10, 2008
Anterior Segment OCT useful in preop, postop evaluations of refractive surgery patients
by Amin Ashrafzadeh, MD and Roger F. Steinert, MD

EyeWorld Magazine

November 2007:

PTK on patrol by Richard L. Lindstrom, MD

Technique helps to target visually significant striae and improve visual results.

Interview with Amin Ashrafzadeh and Roger F. Steinert.

Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today

Supplement August 2007

The Versatility of the Visante OCT

By Amin Ashrafzadeh, MD


Peer Reviewed Articles:


June 2007:

Results of phototherapeutic keratectomy in the management of flap striae after LASIK before and after developing a standardized protocol: long-term follow-up of an expanded patient population.

Amin Ashrafzadeh, Roger F. Steinert


April 2004:

Results of phototherapeutic keratectomy in the management of flap striae after LASIK.

Roger F. Steinert, Amin Ashrafzadeh, Peter S. Hersh

International Ophthalmology Clinics

Winter 2003:

New modalities in the treatment of ocular allergy.

Amin Ashrafzadeh, Michael B. Raizman


Anatomical Records

March 1999:

Zyxin and vinculin distribution at the cell-extracellular matrix attachment complex (CMAX) in corneal epithelial tissue are actin dependent.

Kathy K. Svoboda, Dan Orlow, Amin Ashrafzadeh, Guy Jirawuthiworavong



Lasik Manteca, Laser Eye Surgery Tracy, Modesto


The physicians of Northern California Laser Center are renowned Stockton and Modesto lasik eye surgeons. They are also considered Lasik Stockton and Modesto cataract surgery specialists. These physicians treat lasik Stockton and cataracts patients from their Modesto offices.