OverviewDr. Young H. Choi is trusted by over 100 optometrists, medical doctors and nurses. He has treated patients all over the world; and is well regarded in California, Alaska, and all along Eastern Coast. His passion is to provide cutting edge refractive surgery: SMILE, LASIK, and cataract surgery. Dr. Choi focuses on delivering modern, high-volume care the old-fashioned way: personalized and with compassion.
BioAs one of the most trusted Refractive Cataract surgeons in the Southeast, Dr. Choi has performed thousands of refractive surgeries. Currently, Dr. Choi is the only surgeon in Alabama providing refractive surgery utilizing the Zeiss lasers: VisuMax femtosecond laser and MEL 80 excimer laser. Dr. Choi is the only surgeon in Alabama with the technology to perform the cutting edge small incision lenticule extraction, or SMILE procedure. SMILE gives the benefit of both LASIK and PRK because there are no flap complications or pain as associated with PRK.
EducationIn 2001, he received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in California. He then completed his internship in general surgery at Loma Linda in 2002, where he received the prestigious "Intern of the Year" award given by the Plastic Surgery Department. He then pursued an ophthalmology residency at Loma Linda under the mentorship of one of the leading cataract/refractive surgeons in the world, Dr. Howard Gimbel. Furthermore, he complemented his high-volume refractive surgical practice with a practical mini-fellowship in refractive surgery in Greece from the surgeon who coined the term "LASIK".
Dr. Choi is a highly skilled, microscopic surgeon who performs advanced and intricate procedures such as pediatric implantable collamer lens (ICL) surgery. He was the first surgeon in the world to perform simultaneous, bilateral pediatric (ICL) surgery. He presented this landmark case at the 2006 Staar User Meeting at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was also the first surgeon in North America to perform a pediatric ICL surgery. Subsequently, he has shared his knowledge with other surgeons who have performed pediatric (ICL) surgery in the United States.