You're Invited!

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Join Shepard Eye Center on September 20th from 4pm-7pm, as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our new Surgery Suite for LASIK and Facial Cosmetic Surgery. You'll have the opportunity to tour our beautiful new facility and visit with our aestheticians, surgeons, and LASIK coordinator. The party begins at 4 pm and you'll have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes like FREE LASIK, FREE facial cosmetic surgery consultations, facial fillers, chemical peels, and lots more. Food and beverages will be provided. Come help us celebrate on Thursday, September 20th at 1414 East Main street, and feel free to call 925-2637 with any questions.

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The COAST Study

(COmparison of ASpheric Toric & non-toric aphakic intraocular lenses)


This is a research study to examine the safety and effectiveness of an investigational aspheric, Toric intraocular (this intraocular lens is not yet approved by the FDA).


A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear, natural crystalline lens in your eye. Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. Other causes include eye trauma, heredity, diabetes, and even some medications. Common cataract symptoms include poor night vision, sensitivity to light, a blurring of vision and a fading or yellowing of colors. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it more difficult to see clearly. If you are visually limited from performing your daily activities from cataracts, then you may be a candidate for cataract surgery. When your eye doctor determines it is appropriate, cataract surgery with an intraocular lens implant will be suggested.


Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision, usually due to an irregularly shaped cornea, the clear front cover of the eye. An irregular shaped cornea prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light-sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.


This study is intended for individuals who have astigmatism and are already planning on having cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation. The study requires no additional surgical procedures but it does require some additional testing that is painless and non-invasive. Compensation for participation in this study is available which includes the reduction of some surgical costs.

Summary of the Procedure

In this study, the cataract will be removed using standard surgical procedures. Participants who volunteer for this study will be randomly chosen to have either the toric intraocular lens or the non-toric intraocular lens implanted into the eye after the natural lens has been removed. The surgeon’s standard postoperative procedures will be followed along with testing to determine the position of the intraocular lens in your eye.


You may be eligible if you Are 60 years of age or older and have some astigmatism

  • Are planning to have cataract surgery with IOL implantation

  • Are willing and able to participate in follow-up examinations for 12 months

You may not be eligible if you have:
Experienced previous serious eye problems, infections, injuries or surgeries in the operative eye Experienced serious systemic disease Elevated intraocular pressure in either eye Poor vision potential in both eyes

There are other criteria for qualifying for the study. Please check with Shepard Eye Center for full details.

Visit Requirement

  • An evaluation to determine eligibility is required

  • Surgery must occur at Premier Surgical Center and all exams must be done at Shepard Eye Center

  • Five postoperative examinations are required over a span of one year at day 1, 1 week, 1month, 6 months, and 1 year


Yes. At Shepard Eye Center, we already use FDA-approved toric intraocular lenses in patients with astigmatism. However, there is an extra charge to you for procedures with those intraocular lenses.

If you are interested in finding out more about your eligibility for this study, please contact us and we will be happy to talk with you in more detail to determine if you qualify.

Complete Facial Cosmetic Surgery Services

Shepard Eye is a leader in facial cosmetic surgery on California's Central Coast

Our surgeons specialize In:

  • Brow Lifts

  • Wrinkle Fillers

  • Eyelid Lifts


  • Facial Rejuvenation

  • Lower Eyelid Bags

Aesthetics Services Now Available:

  • Skin Consultations

  • Chemical Peels

  • Acne Care

  • Skin Care Products

  • Facial Rejuvenation