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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. Even though glaucoma cannot be cured, it is a treatable disease. The vision loss from glaucoma occurs from damage to the optic nerve, the vision nerve, in the back of the eye. In most patients this occurs because of the aging process combined with a high eye pressure and there may be a genetic or inherited tendency as well.

As the nerve is damaged, the peripheral vision is usually affected first. Unless diagnosed early by their eye doctor, many patients don't realize that they are losing peripheral vision until the glaucoma is far advanced. Most glaucoma is called open-angle glaucoma and is a slow painless disease with a gradual rise in the eye pressure but without noticeable symptoms. However some glaucoma is acute or sudden, called narrow angle or angle-closure glaucoma, and these patients often have eye pain and redness. An attack of angle-closure glaucoma needs urgent medical attention.

 

The treatment for glaucoma is to lower the intraocular pressure. This is most commonly performed with eye drops used on a daily basis or a laser treatment. The most common laser treatment is selective laser trabeculopastly (SLT). This is a brief painless office laser treatment to help lower the eye pressure. In the narrow angle or angle-closure type of glaucoma a different kind of laser treatment called a laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) is often needed.

Advanced cases of glaucoma may require surgery in the operating room. Usually this is a trabeculectomy or glaucoma tube shunt surgery to lower the pressure. These are outpatient surgeries and do require a short recovery period.

With modern treatment and regular follow-up visits most cases of glaucoma can be controlled and treated. Your eye doctor will often recommend follow-up exams every 3 to 6 months to monitor the disease. Very frequently the doctor will order testing of the peripheral vision (visual field exams) and either photographs or imaging of the optic nerve (most often using a HRT optic nerve scan).

For further information or to schedule an eye exam please call our office at (805) 925-2637 in Santa Maria or (805) 736-2020 in Lompoc.

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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