Our Mission Statement says it best: To provides a wide range of eye care with excellence in order to deliver both the best outcomes and the finest experience. We always operate in the best interest of our patients while showing the highest degree of caring, ethics, and respect to our patients and each other. For over 50 years, the caring, highly trained professionals at Shepard Eye Center in Santa Maria have provided comprehensive eye care using the most current, state-of-the-art techniques and procedures.
Today, the tradition of dedication continues. At Shepard Eye Center and Kendall-Shepard Eye Center, we are committed to providing exceptional care—an experience that combines the highest degree of professionalism with warmth, openness, and understanding.
Our centers are renowned for exceptional ophthalmology facilities and comprehensive care:
Cataract Surgery that can be performed for most patients with no needles, no stitches and no patches in our state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center. A variety of advanced artificial lens options are available.
Vision Correction Surgery that corrects a variety of problems, including near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism using laser techniques such as LASIK, custom LASIK, as well as the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) and the ReSTOR bifocal implant.
Eye Disease Surgery & Treatment that helps conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus, sagging eyelids, and macular degeneration. Diabetic eye care (retinopathy) and vitreoretinal surgery are also among our areas of specialization.
Cosmetic Care that includes eyelid surgery, wrinkle fillers, and BOTOX treatments.
Routine Vision Care that includes eye examinations, glasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids. Our modern optical dispensaries, Optical Trends in Santa Maria, Santa Ynez Valley Eye Care in Solvang and Kendall-Shepard Eye Center in Lompoc, offer the finest frame selection and service in our area.
Outpatient surgery offers patients convenience and safety at a lower cost than procedures performed at a hospital. Our close personal attention and same-day, state-of-the-art eye surgery enables patients to recuperate in the comfort of their home.
Our Santa Maria facility includes:
18 eye-examination rooms
3 special testing rooms
3 operating rooms
Full service optical
Our Lompoc facility includes:
15 eye-examination rooms
3 special testing rooms
1 operating room
Full service optical
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Internationally recognized for his leadership in eye care, Dr. Stephen Bylsma specializes in state-of-the-art vision-correction surgery including LASIK and intraocular implants as well as cataract, glaucoma and cosmetic eyelid surgery. Dr. Bylsma is a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA, Department of Ophthalmology associated with the Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Dr. Zarnegar received his Medical Doctor degree from St. Louis University, where he also served his residency in ophthalmology. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Science degrees from Santa Clara University, and pursued post-graduate studies at San Jose State University and Stanford. Dr. Zarnegar serves as an adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Touro University College of Medicine.
Prior to joining Shepard Eye Center, Dr. Goodman served as Chief of Ophthalmology at the United States Air Force and Veteran’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He received his Medical Doctor degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. After serving for two years as an Air Force flight surgeon, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center.
Dr. Shepard received his Medical Doctor degree and his Master’s degree in Public Health, Administrative Management from the George Washington University. At Texas Tech University he completed his ophthalmology training, prior to embarking on a two-year fellowship program in medical and surgical issues of retinal and vitreous diseases at Tulane University.
Dr. Pamela Gochet is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship-trained Retina Specialist with training and experience developed at nationally renowned medical institutions.
Dr. Ken Kendall has been in private optometric practice in Lompoc since 1990. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocular Science and earned his doctorate of optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, where he was also class president. As part of his professional training, Dr. Kendall completed his clinical externship at the Department of the Navy’s Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, California. A perpetual student of the leading edge of today’s vision care, he also completed the rigorous training and examination process to become California-certified in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease.
With advanced training in glaucoma and anterior segment disease, Dr. James Franta has practiced optometry in Santa Maria since 1990. His areas of special interest also include contact lens and low-vision correction.
Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate B.S. in Vision Science in 1988 and Doctor of Optometry (OD) in 1990 from Pacific University. He holds a California Therapeutic License with Glaucoma Certification and an Oregon Advanced Therapeutics with Injections License.
Dr. Peter Brudner is a National Board Certified Doctor of Optometry who has been practicing for over 20 years. He received his doctorate from the New England College of Optometry and served his externship through the Boston Eye Clinic. Dr. Brudner strongly believes in keeping his professional skills current with the latest technologies and clinical thinking.