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Refractive Lens Exchange

RestorEveryone will eventually lose the ability to focus up close as we age. This is called presbyopia, and it usually begins around age 45. Most people will need to use bifocal or reading glasses at this age. A surgery is available for those who are bothered by glasses and want to try to do something to be less dependent on them.

Refractive lens exchange or clear lens exchange is a surgery to replace the natural lens in the eye that is no longer focusing near and far with an artificial lens that restores good vision focus.

Several intraocular lenses are available. Your refractive surgeons at Shepard Eye Center are skilled at implanting all of the commonly used presbyopic intraocular lenses. In our experience, however, the AcrySof ReSTOR lens gives patients the greatest chance of being glasses free.

 

In the original FDA studies, 80% of patients with ReSTOR lenses did not need glasses at any time after surgery. The ReSTOR lens is made of the same highly biocompatible acrylic material as Alcon’s market-leading AcrySof family of intraocular lenses, which have been implanted in more than 21 million human eyes since 1991.

The surgery to implant the lens is similar to cataract surgery. For most patients this is a painless outpatient procedure that can be performed with no needles, no stitches, and no patches. The vision is usually quite good even hours after the surgery although adjusting to the new lenses and achieving your best vision may take several weeks or months.

The best patients for this surgery have healthy eyes. Patients should either have little or no astigmatism or be willing to have a LASIK laser touch-up surgery after lens implant surgery if needed.

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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