Your Santa Barbara Eye Doctors - Eye & Vision Care Optometric Group
Eye & Vision Care Optometric Group has been providing state of the art eye care to the Santa Barbara community for the past 30 years. Eye & Vision Care has been in its current location on the corner of Hollister and Patterson since 1998. We have six doctors of optometry, several qualified opticians as well as many friendly staff members as part of our team. We strive to provide excellent service to our patients and use the finest instrumentation available. Our eye doctors perform eye exams, specialty contact lens fittings, children and infant eye exams, LASER surgery co-management, eye disease treatment and management, such as dry eye, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.
Visit Our Eye Care Clinic
The whole staff at our friendly optometry practice gets to know each individual patient in order to customize eye exams and treatment options. Our family eye care services include eye exams for kids and adults, vision therapy, vision correction and eye disease management. We’re located conveniently to serve Santa Barbara residents and offer hours to suit every family’s schedule.
- Mon: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
- Tue: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
- Wed: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
- Thu: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
- Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
- Sat: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
- Sun: Closed
Contact Lenses For You
We offer a wide selection of contact lenses including disposable soft contacts, bifocal/multifocal, toric, conventional lenses and colored lenses. Our highly skilled optometrists will evaluate your eye shape and prescription to determine the best and most comfortable type of contact lenses for your unique eyes. We ensure that you get the best possible contact lens fit for optimal visual clarity and daily comfort.
Eye & Vision Care Optometric Group has the designer labels you want, right here in Santa Barbara, California . Our passionate opticians will be thrilled to help you find something that will have you feeling confident as ever. Our wide range of sunglasses, eyeglasses, and reading glasses guarantee that you'll achieve great vision while bringing your best features forward. So come on over and snag a pair of runway-ready frames and express your personal style, whenever, wherever!
Q&A with Your Optometrist
Q: How do I know if I have Dry Eye?
A: Dry eye syndrome can only be diagnosed by an eye doctor. We take your symptoms into account, including the eyes feeling dry, burning, itchy or irritated. Watery eyes and blurry vision are also common because the tears, which protect the outermost surface of the eye, can be unstable.
Q: What are some of the warning signs of Dry Eye? How is it best detected?
A: Warning signs of dry eye can accumulate gradually over time. For example, contact lens wearers may incorrectly assume their lenses are old and need to be replaced. Other times, the eyes become watery, burn, or itch. Many cases are sub-clinical – they can only be diagnosed with the use of microscopic detection and special equipment! We look at tear quality, tear meniscus, and gland structure. Research suggests testing the tear osmolarity is a reliable indicator of dry eye disease, for pre-treatment and post-treatment assessment.
Q: What are the typical treatments used to help people suffering from Dry Eyes?
A: Treatment for dry eye depends on the cause, severity, and stage of the disease. Artificial tears can be helpful in the early stages. If over-the-counter eye drops are insufficient, we progress to a prescription medication such as Restasis or Xiidra. Lid hygiene as well as omega-3 fish oil supplementation can improve symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications as well as punctal plugs are also available if needed for treatment.