Meet The Team

Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh, MD

Cataract, LASIK, and Cornea Specialist

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  

President, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (2020)



Dr. Ashrafzadeh (Dr. Ash as referred to by most) was born and educated in 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.  In 2005 when FDA approval was gained, Dr. Ash was one of the very first surgeons to  start performing the revolutionary presbyopia correcting Cataract Surgery.  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 phakic intraocular lens such as Visian ICL and  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 has served 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 has been a consultant to several companies, including 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

California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

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)

Dr. Deborah E. Steinberg, OD


Dr. Deborah Steinberg, ODDeborah E. Steinberg, OD has been practicing Optometry since 1988.  Although she attended UCLA for 4 years as an undergraduate, she received both her B.S. degree and her Optometry degree from UC Berkeley.  She also completed a residency program in Contact Lens at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She has been practicing in the Modesto area since 1990.  Dr. Steinberg is known for her thoroughness and problem-solving skills, and joined  Modesto Eye Center in 2016. “I love Optometry, because every patient that walks in the door brings in a different challenge with different needs.  I enjoy putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, and figuring out ways to make patients see better and feel more comfortable in their daily life.”

Dr. Steinberg in her Exam Lane at Modesto Eye Center



Dr. Steinberg is married to Dr. Ross Redding, another Modesto Optometrist, and has two daughters.  In her spare time Dr. Steinberg volunteers with Girl Scouts and Gold Rush Adventure Racing, and enjoys cycling, backpacking, quilting, and mountaineering.  From 2008 - 2012 she summitted all 15 of the mountains in California above 14,000 feet, climbing during all four seasons:  Mt. Shasta, Mt. Sill, Middle Palisade Peak, Mt. Whitney, Muir Peak,  Mt Langley, North Palisade Peak, Polemoneum Peak, Mt. Williamson, Mt. Tyndall, Thunderbolt Peak, Starlight Peak, Mt. Russell, Split Mountain, and White Mountain.


Dr. Steinberg mountain climbing

Dr. Steinberg's Family