Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate B.S. in Vision Science in 1988 and Doctor of Optometry (OD) in 1990 from Pacific University. He holds a California Therapeutic License with Glaucoma Certification and an Oregon Advanced Therapeutics with Injections License. He served as an optometrist and Flight Commander in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years, winning USAF Space Command's "Optometrist of the Year" Award 4 times, and training over 100 optometry graduate interns. Dr. Nelson has provided humanitarian eye care for over 1,500 patients in remote corners of the world. He has lived on the Central Coast for 8 years and enjoys the many activities it has to offer.
Our Santa Maria and Lompoc optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians are proud to offer some of the best eye care services in the area. For over 40 years, the caring, highly trained professionals at Shepard Eye Center in Santa Maria have provided comprehensive eye care using the most current, state-of-the-art techniques and procedures.
Today, the tradition of dedication continues. At Shepard Eye Center and Kendall-Shepard Eye Center in Lompoc we are committed to providing exceptional care—an experience that combines the highest degree of professionalism with warmth, openness and understanding.
Dr. Nelson does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Nelson'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 Flash Burns
Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Eye Muscle Disorders
Foreign Body in Eye
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
North Carolina Macular Dystrophy
Poor Color Vision
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
Refractive Eye Disorders
Strabismus-Like Double Vision
Visual Field Loss
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Biopsy of Cornea
Clear Lens Extraction
Contact Lens Exams
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Glaucoma Medical Therapy
Implantable Contact Lens
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser Office Procedure
Laser Trabeculoplasty or Iridectomy
Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
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.
Education data for Dr. Nelson is unavailable at this time.
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Nelson has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Nelson 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
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