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We found 3 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's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Avery attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Avery is especially interested in vitreoretinal surgical procedures and retina problems (vitreoretinal diseases). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Avery takes. In addition to English, he 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Bylsma's areas of expertise include anterior segment diseases and comprehensive ophthalmology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , anterior segment diseases

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Anterior Segment Diseases

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

Dr. Shahriar Zarnegar is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Santa Maria, CA. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Zarnegar's areas of expertise consist of cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and anterior segment diseases. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks 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.