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Dr. Randall L Goodman, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
910 E Stowell Road; Suite 100
Santa Maria, CA
 

Dr. Randall Goodman, who practices in Santa Maria, CA and Lompoc, CA, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in LASIK, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Marian Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goodman takes. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Goodman attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Wilford Hall Medical Center.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Botox Injection, Cataracts, Laser Eye Surgery, LASIK

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1414 E Main Street
Santa Maria, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Bylsma's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Bylsma's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of expertise consist of comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts

Specializes in Other, Vitreoretinal Diseases
1414 E Main Street
Santa Maria, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Shepard is a vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous) specialist in Santa Maria, CA. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shepard is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
816 E. Enos Str
Santa Maria, CA
 

Dr. Ahmad Amir's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) and cataracts. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Amir is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He trained at Wills Eye Institute for residency.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery

Dr. Candy Kaihing Chan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
910 E. Stowell Road
Santa Maria, CA
 

Dr. Candy Chan's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Chan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Chan (or staff) speaks Spanish and Cantonese.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

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

Dr. Shahriar Zarnegar works as an ophthalmologist in Santa Maria, CA. Dr. Zarnegar's clinical interests include cataracts. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Zarnegar trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He is conversant in Persian.

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All Interests: Cataracts

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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.
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