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Gregory A. Stainer, M.D., F.A.C.S. | San Diego Ophthalmologist

Gregory A. Stainer, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Refractive Surgeon

Gregory A. Stainer, M.D. is an ophthalmologist who specializes in Corneal & External Diseases. Dr. Stainer began his medical career at Northwestern University in Chicago where he completed his internship at Northwestern Hospital and his residency at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his fellowship training for Corneal & External Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Stainer has traveled extensively throughout the United States to participate in studies of LASIK and other forms of laser vision correction to resolve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In addition, Dr. Stainer has experience with multiple types of lasers for aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. He is fluent in laser assisted cataract surgery and has done over a thousand corneal transplants, 10,000 LASIK cases, 35,000 cataract surgeries. He has over 15 peer reviewed publications. In his free time, Dr. Stainer enjoys scuba diving and listening to Jimmy Buffet.

At American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments, expert surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostic services that will help you live your most healthy and comfortable life. We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the surrounding areas of Imperial County, California. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologists today.

Medical School

Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine


Internal Medicine at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University


Ophthalmology at University of Wisconsin


Corneal & External Diseases at the University of California, San Diego

Professional Affiliations & Organizations

American Board of Ophthalmology

Over 15 peer reviewed publications including " A Comparison of Intracapsular and Extracapsular Lens Extraction Combined with Keratoplasty"


Awards & Recognitions

American Chemical Society Fellow

American Association of Ophthalmology Fellow


"Dr. Stainer and associate Lidia and all the staff here are 5-star! The facility is Brand-New and top-of-the-line cutting edge. They do everything from a basic eye exam and checkup (what I went in for) to full on Lasik Surgery and All. Top Notch care and facility and staff. I highly recommend this place and Dr. Stainer"

Torrey W.
Surfing Instructor

"Things came out the way I expected. At first I was worried about the cost of Lasik but after looking at the different payment options , I found the right one for me.  Before Lasik I would wear my glasses just to read and I would have trouble at the street signs whenever I forgot to wear my glasses. It's awesome and everybody here is awesome. They are all very caring making sure I was taken care of. Dr. Stainer is phenomenal, he would answer all the questions I had and really explains things well along the way. If you're considering getting Lasik, I definitely recommend coming here!"

Michelle P.
College Student

"As someone who is in the beauty industry and loves to go on hikes and be outside, Lasik was something that I've always wanted to. Having to worry about where my glasses are, making sure to always have them with me became a huge burden in my life. After asking a few friends where they went to get Lasik I got recommended to go to Dr. Stainer and I'm so glad that I did. He is incredible.  He explains in great detial what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Thank you Dr. Stainer for setting me free from glasses!"

Nancy P.

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