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We found 4 providers with an interest in eye problems and who accept Health Net near Santa Maria, CA.

Dr. Robert Logan Avery, MD
Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
116 S Palisade Drive; Suite 102
Santa Maria, CA

Dr. Robert Avery is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He works in Santa Barbara, CA and Santa Maria, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include vitreoretinal surgical procedures and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). Dr. Avery honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Avery speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases)

All Interests: Retina Problems, Vitreoretinal Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1414 E Main Street
Santa Maria, CA

Dr. Stephen Bylsma specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include anterior segment diseases and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bylsma studied medicine at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Bylsma's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Relevant Interests: , anterior segment diseases

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Anterior Segment Diseases

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1414 E Main Street
Santa Maria, CA

Dr. Dennis Shepard practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Santa Maria, CA and Lompoc, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: strabismus and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Health Net insurance. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Shepard attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , strabismus

All Interests: Strabismus, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
910 E. Stowell Road
Santa Maria, CA

Dr. Shahriar Zarnegar's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Zarnegar's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). His areas of clinical interest consist of cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and anterior segment diseases. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zarnegar takes. He is conversant in Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , anterior segment diseases

All Interests: Anterior Segment Diseases, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation

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What are Eye Problems?

Almost every moment that we are awake, we rely on our eyes to navigate and interact with the world around us. But we rarely give our eyes much thought. The truth is, the eyes are amazing, complex and delicate organs. Millions of people every year have problems with their eyes. Some of the most common eye problems are refractive disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Refractive disorders happen when the shape of your eye doesn’t let you focus very precisely. You might be myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), or have an astigmatism, which is a focus problem caused by the cornea. Refractive disorders can be corrected by glasses or contacts.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It happens when fluid pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve. It is treated with medications and surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. The retina is tissue at the back of the eye that is filled with numerous, tiny blood vessels. When diabetes damages these delicate blood vessels, they burst or leak, leading to blind spots and blurred vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy and surgery, but often vision cannot be restored.

Macular degeneration is common in older adults. The macula is the central part of the retina and is responsible for crisp center vision. Over time, the cells in the macula begin to die, making central vision blurry. An early symptom of macular degeneration is that straight lines appear wavy.

Cataracts happen when the clear lens in the front of the eye becomes cloudy, making things look blurry or faded. They are extremely common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract. In early stages, prescription glasses and magnifying lenses can help. As the cataracts get worse, surgery to replace the lens may be the best option.

More than just one of the five senses, we rely heavily on our eyes to communicate, work, and get around every day. It’s important to have regular eye exams to make sure your vision stays in good shape for years to come.