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Strabismus

Strabismus or squint is the condition when the eyes are misaligned. Most often the eyes cross inward (esotropia) or turn outward (exotropia). Strabismus is quite common, occurring in up to 4% of the population.

Strabismus usually develops early in life. Although it may be apparent from birth, it is more commonly diagnosed in the first few years of childhood. Often parents or the pediatrician notice one eye crossing in or turning out when the other eye is focusing.

In spite of being misaligned, often the eye is healthy. Strabismus is usually caused by the brain not developing good control of the eye movements. A thorough eye examination is needed, however, to ensure that there is no disease of the eye or the brain that may have caused the strabismus.

 

The most common form of strabismus is acommodative esotropia. In this condition the eye is strongly farsighted (hyperopic). When glasses are not used, the eye strains to focus and this causes the crossing of the eyes.

Sometimes treatment of strabismus can be accomplished with glasses alone; however, many patients need eye surgery to realign the eyes. The surgery involves moving the eye muscles on the surface of the eye in order to straighten the alignment. Muscle surgery is a short outpatient procedure using dissolvable stitches. Only a few days of recovery are needed.

In addition to strabismus, many patients also have a lazy eye in the eye that is most often out of alignment. This is called amblyopia and means that the eye has not developed 20/20 vision. Amblyopia is usually treated with patching of the good eye to encourage the brain to develop stronger vision in the weaker eye.

If you would like more information about strabismus or other childhood eye diseases, please contact Shepard Eye Center.

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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