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Intraocular Lens Options

A intraocular lens is usually implanted in the eye at the time of cataract surgery or in place of the clear natural lens for patients desiring a refractive lens exchange. These artificial lenses are designed to help the eye refocus for clear vision and there are many types of lenses available.

The standard intraocular lens is a modern advanced lens that focuses for far or near vision. Dr. Dennis Shepard, founder of Shepard Eye Center, was one of the first doctors in the country to implant these lenses, and a pioneer in bringing this technology to the Central Coast. For patients having cataract surgery, medical insurance often covers the cost of one of these excellent lenses.

The development of intraocular lenses that can help patients see with little or no need for glasses is one of the most exciting developments in eye surgery. Today, intraocular lenses are now available to help patients see both far and near. One such lens, the ReSTOR lens, is so popular that many patients ask for it even before they develop a cataract just to help reduce their need for reading glasses.

 

In the original FDA studies, 80% of patients with ReSTOR lenses did not need glasses at any time after surgery. The best patient for this lens has a healthy eye, excepting the cataract, and has little or no astigmatism or is willing to have a LASIK laser touch-up surgery after lens implant surgery.

Correction of astigmatism is also often possible at the time of cataract surgery. A toric intraocular lens, is a special type of artificial lens that allows correction not only of nearsightedness or farsightedness but also reduces astigmatism for most patients. If the toric lens does not eliminate all the astigmatism then a LASIK laser touch-up surgery may be needed to correct the remaining astigmatism. The surgeons at Shepard Eye Center have extensive experience with toric artificial lenses and can recommend an artificial lens that is best for your eye at the time of your pre-operative examination.

Laser Vision Correction

Vision Correction Surgery that corrects a variety of problems, including near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism using laser techniques such as LASIK, CustomLASIK, as well as the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) and the ReSTOR bifocal implant.

Laser Vision Correction

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the world, and cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in America. Cataracts, or clouding of the natural lens in the eye, affect over 50% of people over age 50 and over 70% of people over age 70. This is usually an age-related disease, although it can also result from eye trauma, steroid use, diabetes and other diseases.

Cataract Surgery

Retina Treatments

Our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Dan Shepard, is fellowship-trained to treat medical and surgical disease of the vitreous and retina. Our retinal services include treatments for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, eye trauma, evaluation of floaters, and much more.

Retina Treatments

Cosmetic Services

BOTOX injections are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. BOTOX or botulinum type A is a medication used to relax the muscles of the face that create wrinkles. The injection causes a temporary paralysis of the muscle, and the effect wears off after several months.

Cosmetic Services

Optical Services

The optical store showcases our extensive frame selection as we continue to provide the finest eye care available. Our optical dispensary offers the largest selection in Lompoc and our licensed opticians are experts in glasses fitting and service.

Optical Services




Shepard Eye Center
910 East Stowell Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
P1: 805-925-2637 (Available by phone 24 hrs)

Kendall-Shepard Eye Center
425 W. Central Ave.
Lompoc, CA 93436
P: 805-736-2020

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