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Refractive Surgery Options

Toric IOLNow a recognized subspecialty of ophthalmology, refractive surgery uses surgical techniques to reduce one’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The refractive surgeons at Shepard Eye Center are highly trained in the use of laser and incisional refractive procedures. Such surgeries include LASIK laser vision correction, the implantable collamer lens, astigmatism correction, and lens replacement surgery.

LASIK is the most popular laser surgery in America. LASIK laser vision correction uses a laser to reshape the cornea tissue at the front of the eye to reduce the need for glasses. It helps correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

LASIK is a painless surgery that takes only a few minutes. The surgeons at Shepard Eye Center perform LASIK in our in-office laser suite using the latest laser technology. The effects are immediate and permanent. Although LASIK surgery isn’t for everybody, a thorough examination by your eye doctor can determine whether you are a good candidate.

Astigmatism is one of the causes of blurry vision that can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. For patients desiring to reduce their astigmatism permanently, the surgeons at Shepard Eye Center can use several options tailored to the patient’s needs to improve vision.

Correcting astigmatism for some patients may be best performed using LASIK laser vision correction. Other patients may benefit from limbal relaxing incisions performed in the office or at the time of cataract surgery. Patients undergoing cataract surgery may also benefit from a toric intraocular lens. Toric artificial lenses are implanted in the eye at the time of cataract surgery and are designed to reduce pre-existing astigmatism.

Refractive surgery for some patients may best be accomplished by a lens replacement surgery. If a patient has a cataract then cataract surgery is performed to replace the cloudy lens with an artificial lens. For patients who have lost their near focus but do not yet have a cataract, then a refractive lens exchange may be their best option.

The refractive lens exchange procedure is similar to cataract surgery in that the natural lens inside the eye is replaced with an artificial lens. One such lens is the ReSTOR lens, which restores far and near focus for most patients.

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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