Using the latest in laser and surgical techniques, Dr. Zarnegar specializes in cataract, pterygium and eye-related plastic surgery as well as vision correction surgery including LASIK, Custom LASIK, and intraocular lens implants. Dr. Zarnegar has been providing comprehensive medical eye care, including glaucoma, to Central Coast residents since 1996. Dr. Zarnegar received his Medical Doctor degree from St. Louis University, where he also served his residency in ophthalmology. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Science degrees from Santa Clara University, and pursued post-graduate studies at San Jose State University and Stanford. Dr. Zarnegar serves as an adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Touro University College of Medicine. Dedicated to the eye care profession, Dr. Zarnegar is an active Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Always staying current with medical advancements and technology, each year Dr. Zarnegar teaches many Central Coast optometrists about eye diseases and new advancements in eye care. Dr. Zarnegar and his wife are raising their children on the Central Coast, and play a vibrant, active role in their community. Practices in the Santa Maria clinic Board-certified Ophthalmologist Vision Correction Surgery that corrects a variety of problems, including near-sightedness (myopia), far-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism using laser techniques such as LASIK, CustomLASIK, as well as the Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) and the ReSTOR bifocal implant.
To provide a wide range of eye care with excellence in order to deliver both the best outcomes and the finest experience. We always operate in the best interest of our patients while showing the highest degree of caring, ethics and respect to our patients and each other.
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Top Care Areas for Dr. Zarnegar by Patient Volume
Dr. Zarnegartreated this condition for more patients than 99% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Zarnegartreated this condition for more patients than 99% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Zarnegartreated this condition for more patients than 98% of his peers nationwide.
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Where our data comes from - The data you see on providers' Healthgrades profiles comes from both the provider and public sources. The Top Care Areas section uses public data from billing claims that providers submit to insurance companies. That data is filed nationwide on behalf of the provider to either the government or a private health insurance company.
How we evaluate our data - Patient volume is analyzed by provider and compared nationally with all providers who perform the same procedure, or treat the same condition. We organize the volume data in percentile ranking from 'may perform' for the lowest claims volume to 'Very High' for the highest claims volume data. For a given condition or procedure, performance categories are defined based on 80%, 90%, and 95% confidence intervals from the average patient volume for all providers in our database. Providers identified as ‘may perform’ do not have sufficient volume for Healthgrades to create a statistical evaluation.
Why It Matters: Dr. Zarnegar's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Accidental Eye Injuries
Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Binocular Vision Disorder
Blocked Tear Duct
Cataract - Alopecia - Sclerodactyly
Cataract - Ataxia - Deafness
Cataract - Cardiomyopathy
Cataract - Congenital Ichthyosis
Cataract - Microcornea Syndrome
Cataract Congenital Dominant Non Nuclear
Cataract Dental Syndrome
Cataract Hutterite Type
Chemical Burn - Eyes
Chronic Eye Diseases
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Corneal Flash Burns
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Ectropion of Eyelid
Eye Muscle Disorders
Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
Foreign Body in Eye
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
Glaucoma - Sleep Apnea
Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
Glaucoma in Ciliochorodial Detachment
Glaucoma in Epithelial Ingrowth
Glaucoma in Intra Ocular Tumours
Glaucoma in Iridoschisis.
Glaucoma in Phacomatoses
Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
North Carolina Macular Dystrophy
Optic Nerve Disorder
Poor Color Vision
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
Refractive Eye Disorders
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Strabismus-Like Double Vision
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Loss
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Biopsy of Cornea
Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
Cataract Removal Surgery
Clear Lens Extraction
Contact Lens Exams
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
Excision of Chalazion
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Glaucoma Medical Therapy
Implantable Contact Lens
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser Office Procedure
Laser Trabeculoplasty or Iridectomy
Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
Punctal Plug Insertion
Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
Refractive Lens Exchange
Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
Repair of Eye Laceration
Repair of Lid Retraction
Repair of Retinal Detachment
Retina and Vitreous Surgery
Retinal Freezing (Cryopexy)
Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
Retinal Laser Surgery
Retinal Thermal Laser Therapy
Soft Contact Lenses
Tear Drainage Surgery
Tear Duct Surgery
YAG Laser Surgery
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1992
St John Mercy Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
St Louis University Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Zarnegar has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Member