Dr. David J. Schanzlin

As part of your TLC LASIK San Diego team, Dr. David J. Schanzlin is a renowned leader in the field of keratorefractive surgery and has spent over 25 years devoting his career to developing corrective surgery procedures.  An educator and innovator in his field, Dr. Schanzlin has consistently been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America®.

Dr. Schanzlin was the worldwide lead investigator of clinical studies and development for INTACS®for over 13 years and is considered to be an international leading authority on this procedure.


Dr. Schanzlin earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago where he also completed his residency and was named Chief Resident in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Schanzlin also obtained fellowships at the University of California-San Francisco’s Proctor Foundation and formerly served as Professor and Chairman at Saint Louis University’s Department of Ophthalmology. He is also a past Director of the Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute.



Dr. Schanzlin is a recipient of the Jose I. Barraquer Award for exemplifying scientific dedication and making significant contributions to the refractive surgery field.

Dr. Schanzlin has appeared as an expert in a variety of television shows such as the Today Show, ABC News, Extra as well as local stations.



Dr. Schanzlin served as President of the International Society of Refractive Surgery from 1998 to 2000. He is listed as a co-inventor on the patent for use of ultrashort pulse laser cataract surgery; designed to provide enhanced accuracy for lens implant treatments.

Dr. Schanzlin helped established the internationally recognized Shiley Eye Center in La Jolla, CA where he served as a prominent educational resource in the latest clinical practice and laser eye procedure research for ophthalmologists from all over the world.  He also developed their fellowship experience giving ophthalmologists from across the globe an opportunity to receive advanced, specialized training in keratorefractive surgery.