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Eye Care Services & Treatments

Cataract Surgery

Cataract formation is a normal part of aging. Three out of five Americans over the age of 60 suffer at least a partial loss of vision due to cataracts.

A technique called extracapsular cataract extraction with an intraocular lens implant is a common outpatient procedure at the Cottage Health Eye Center.

  • Cataract formation makes the naturally clear eye lens turn cloudy
  • An intraocular lens, which is a tiny clear plastic disk, is used to replace the natural eye lens
  • Cataract surgery takes less than 30 minutes

Laser Procedures

Lasers are often used in surgery to remove tissue. At the Cottage Health Eye Center, lasers are used in the following ways:

  • To destroy or inhibit the growth of abnormal retinal blood vessels
  • To stop bleeding due to injury
  • To repair torn retinas

Our lasers, when used with an indirect laser ophthalmoscope, make it possible for the advanced treatment of diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and to repair a tear of the retina.


Advanced techniques in ophthalmic microsurgery allow many patients to see clearly for the very first time.

Microsurgery Procedures

Vision-saving procedures performed at the Cottage Health Eye Center include, but are not limited to, the following:

A microsurgical video camera system allows the entire surgical team to see exactly what the surgeon is seeing:

  • Team can anticipate the surgeon's needs at every moment during the procedure.
  • Video system also documents the surgery

Pediatric Eye Procedures

From infants to teens, we are the region’s foremost facility for all pediatric ophthalmic care. Early detection and treatment of eye problems are essential to your child’s health.


Look for these signs to determine if your child may have vision problems.

  • Constant eye rubbing
  • Extreme light sensitivity
  • Poor focusing
  • Poor visual tracking
  • Abnormal alignment of the eyes
  • Chronic redness of eyes
  • Chronic tearing of eyes
  • White pupil

At the Cottage Health Eye Center, our experienced pediatric ophthalmologists are experts in making children feel relaxed and comfortable. We offer emergency eye surgical interventions around the clock.


A vitrectomy is a vision-saving procedure that involves the surgical removal of the vitreous. This normally clear, gel-like substance fills the center of the eye. Vitrectomy surgery is used to treat retinal patients who might otherwise lose vision without this intervention.

Vitrectomy is most often done as outpatient surgery but may sometimes require an overnight hospital stay. The procedure lasts two to three hours and is typically performed under local anesthesia.

Conditions that may require a vitrectomy

  • Complications from diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular hole
  • Retinal detachment
  • Pre-retinal membrane fibrosis
  • Bleeding inside the eye
  • Eye injury
  • Infection
  • Problems with previous eye surgery.

Free Glaucoma and Hearing Screening

(A community service of the Lions Sight and Hearing Center)

Call (805) 569-8264 for an appointment

Drop-in hours:

  • Mondays 11 am – 1 pm
  • Thursdays 2:30 – 4:30 pm

We suggest you call before dropping in to make sure the office is open.

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