Lawrence A Gans stl eye doctor new

Lawrence A. Gans, M.D., FACS

Dr. Lawrence Gans is a Refractive, Cataract and Corneal Surgery Specialist. His surgical expertise includes LASIK, ICL, and other forms of refractive surgery, cataract & lens implant surgery, DSAEK, corneal transplantation, tumors and trauma to the anterior segment of the eye. He was among the first surgeons to perform Excimer Laser refractive surgery in the St. Louis area and has since performed over 17,000 LASIK procedures.

Dr. Gans received his medical degree from Case-Western Reserve University, followed by a medical internship and ophthalmology residency at Washington University. He completed prestigious fellowship in Corneal & External Ocular Diseases at the Jules Stein Institute of UCLA.

In 1981, Dr. Gans was appointed to the teaching faculty at Washington University. He performed the first refractive surgery at Barnes Hospital and, in 1990, was appointed as the Principal Investigator for the Excimer Laser Study at Washington University.

He is Board Certified as a Diplomat and Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and was awarded the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous local, state, national and international medical societies. As an instructor of eye surgery, he has lectured and demonstrated operations in over twelve countries on five continents. Dr. Gans has received the Life Fellow designation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology after 35 years of active membership.  This designation makes him part of an elite group of ophthalmologists who represent the gold standard in advancing high-quality, safe and effective eye care.

Dr. Gans innovations in corneal and refractive surgery have been recognized by his peers, as he was named for the past two decades St. Louis Magazine’s list of the Top Doctors in our area and by Who’s Who as one of the top doctors in the country.

With over 33 years experience in refractive and corneal surgery, Dr. Gans has been a pioneer in procedures to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He is the President and Medical Director of SureVision Eye Centers and the Medical Director of the Woodcrest Surgery Center in Saint Louis.

Patient Testimonials

My husband and I both go to SureVision Eye Centers and we highly recommend it. The staff is friendly and courteous and take time to answer any and all questions. Dr. Gans is the best for cataracts and cornea transplants.


Dr Gans is the best. I have been a patient for 15 years. Great job Doc.


My husband, John, and I have had nothing but positive experiences in the many years we have been seeing Dr. Gans and the SureVision family. Last year John had cataracts in both eyes removed with lens implants. He now only needs glasses for reading (after all he is old!). Last month I had both eyes done and was able to get monovision. After 50+ years of wearing glasses I no longer need them. Bless you Larry Gans. From the moment we step into the office we are always treated with respect and friendliness. You have a great team behind you. Keep up the great work.


I am a patient of Dr. Gans and have been serviced at the Lindbergh Blvd. location for some time. I am very pleased with the efficient service that your eye center has provided and I will continue as a satisfied patient.


Dr. Gans’ office is great! The staff is always friendly and helpful! They do excellent work and state of the art testing without losing their personal connections with the patient!


Dr. Gans, Dr. Reece and all the staff – I am beyond thrilled with the outcome of my surgery! Thank you so much for answering all my questions and addressing the concerns I had. My whole experience with the center was very positive. See you in six months!


Very friendly and professional staff. I've always loved Dr. Gans. 5 stars!

Betty H

Just want you to know how much I appreciated the great visit. Everyone was so nice and Dr. Gans was just what I needed with his honest evaluation and recommendations. Can’t wait to get my surgeries done!


Sure Vision Eye Care has been my eye care specialist for many years. Dr Gan’s has been my Ophthalmologist for over 35 years. All the office staff are caring knowledgeable people. I appreciate them all. Thank you for your excellent care. God bless.

Christy B.

Dr. Gans is just wonderful. Very thorough and explains everything.

Constance Y.

I love Dr. Gans and his support team. High quality office. Best feeling in the world to be able to see!!

Sara C.

I have suffered from being near-sighted all my life. I did not realize that I had developed cataracts but truly thought I was losing my vision. Three years ago, Dr. Gans ran a variety of tests and determined I was a good candidate for cataract/lens replacement and laser treatment. My eyesight was miraculously restored, and I’ll be forever grateful! I recently had a treatment to remove scar tissue and, again my vision has been restored. I call it simply a miracle.

Barbara S.