Dr. Clement Cheng

Ophthalmology
Santa Cruz, CA
23 years experience male

Locations

Bay Eye Medical Group

Santa Cruz, CA

Address

1665 Dominican Way, Suite 124, Santa Cruz, CA
Directions

Fax

8314751512

Insurances accepted

Medicare

Medi-Cal

Bay Eye Medical Group Watsonville

Watsonville, CA

About

Bio

Dr. Clement J. Cheng, is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His practice includes care for diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, as well as adjustments for your contact lenses or glasses. Beyond general eye care, he is also a fellowship trained specialist in cornea, external disease, cataract management, and refractive surgery. Dr. Cheng continues to bring the lastest and most advanced treatments to the area by providing the newest method of corneal transplantation (DSEK) and next generation intraocular implants to improve distance and near vision. Dr. Cheng has contributed to the ophthalmic literature with research in glaucoma physiology, wavefront guided LASIK, Fuchs corneal dystrophy, phakic intraocular lenses and cataract surgery after LASIK. He is actively interested in technology and its application to medicine and serves on the Physicians Medical Group's (PMG) Technology Committee. Dr. Cheng is or has been a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), the Cornea Society, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO), and the American Medical Association.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

95 Answers
40 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Infection: Bacterial keratitis is a corneal infection caused by bacteria. These are usually related to contact lenses or trauma or immuno supression. There inf... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes: There are many eye conditions that can cause gradual vision loss and ultimately lead to blindness. Some of these conditions are more treatable while ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Few different causes: There are a few main things that can cause a child to need glasses. Children should be examined when they are younger to establish a baseline measure... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Naphcon = medication: Naphcon drops are vaso-constrictors that constrict the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. They should only be used for a short time. Long term... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
YES: A person who is legally blind or completely blind can still retain all their eye muscle movements and thus have all their "extra ocular muscles intact... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
May Progress: Usually people who have high refractive errors (from near/far-sightedness or astig) at a young age may have a higher risk of progressive changes with ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Meds then surgery: Usually you want to move from least to most aggressive treatment. Utilizing topical and oral anti-inflammatories as well as lubricating treatment shou... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Warm compress: A stye is caused by a blockage of the oil glands on the eye lid margin. It will cause redness, tenderness, and swelling in the area. Usually you wil... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Only for infection: Trifluridine (viroptic) is usually used for herpetic viral infections of the eye. The usual dosage is one drop 8-9x/day for 1 week and then tapering... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Only for infection: Trifluridine (viroptic) is usually used for herpetic viral infections of the eye. The usual dosage is one drop 8-9x/day for 1 week and then tapering... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Local Optical Shop: Once you have your prescription, glasses can be ordered from a variety of places including mall chains, optical shops, optometrist or ophthalmologist'... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes: Patients on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) need to have routine screening for drug induced toxicity that can rarely affect the retina and vision. The... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
10-15%: The risk of retinal break, tear, or detachment after posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is thought to be around 10-15%. This is why patients should ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Laser vs scalpel: Prk uses a laser to resurface and reshape the front of the eye to improve vision. Rk involves creating multiple radial incisions on the cornea in a s... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Possibly: Prevention for recurrent herpetic infection for the eye has been demonstrated in the herpetic eye disease study (heds) which showed that oral antivira... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes: It is possible to have some distance vision and some near vision and still need glasses to get your best corrected vision. These terms are confusing ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Lots of things: There are a variety of ways to think about this but the easiest is from an anatomical view. Basically anything that pushes the eye forward in the orb... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Infection/perf: One possibility is that the abrasion leads to an infection that then causes permanent damage to the eye. Another possibility is that the abrasion pen... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Meds then surgery: Usually you want to move from least to most aggressive treatment. Utilizing topical and oral anti-inflammatories as well as lubricating treatment shou... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
No: Radial keratotomy (rk) was a precursor refractive surgery to lasik. In lasik, a circular flap is created and then lifted up to expose the corneal str... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Not really: These drops are vaso-constrictors that constrict the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. They should only be used for a short time. Long term u... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Usually yes: If the frame is not damaged and has a contemporary design, then usually lenses would be able to be cut by the optician to fit the frames. There are s... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
No: In lasik, a circular flap is created and then lifted up to expose the corneal stroma. Then laser is applied and the flap replaced. The procedure whe... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes and yes: The use of any steroids can increase the risk for development of cataracts which will lead to blurry vision. Cataracts can be removed with surgery an... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Improve environment: This is usually caused by contact lens overwear, poor fit, delayed replacement, poor cleaning, allergy, or dryness in the eyes. Would first recommend... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Treat dry eyes: Dry eyes could be the cause of your redness. Unfortunately there is no cure for dry eyes and you must maintain treatment which may improve your sympt... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Tear duct: All topical eye drops can potentially drain through the tear duct system which goes from the inner eye lids to the back of the nose and throat. This ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Chalazion: A stye or chalazion occurs when there is a blockage of the oil glands behind your eye lashes. Eventually this can result in a tender and red bump on ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
No: Pataday is a topical antihistamine type eye drop for allergic conjunctivitis to treat allergy symptoms in the eyes. Viral infections usually require ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
No: There are a few restrictions after cataract surgery including limiting water into the eye, limiting lifting heavy weights, and avoiding activity with ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Perhaps: A corneal ulcer is a vert serious infection usually caused by a virus or bacteria and rarely by atypical micro-organisms. If it is not controlled wit... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Blepharospasms: Usually these are called blepharospasms that can affect the muscles around the eye and in the eyelid. They are like the muscle spasms you can get in ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ocular Migraine?: This could be an ocular migraine which occurs in the visual processing centers of the brain and results in classic zig zag lines or prismatic colors. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Proparacaine: Most eye doctors (ophthalmologists and optometrists) use proparacaine or tetracaine eye drops as a topical anesthetic to examine the eyes and measure ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Focused cleaner: Most contact solutions are multi-purpose with both a cleaner and a moisturizer built in. This was done for convenience and not necessarily best for t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes and No: Eyeglasses can correct or treat nearsightedness but they do not "cure" the condition. It depends on how you define "cure." if the definition is best... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes: Antibiotic ointment can be a good treatment for a corneal abrasion by providing antibiotic prophylaxis and lubrication to the area. This choice can b... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Not possible: Basing my answer on medical studies and research, it is not possible to cure farsightedness with eye exercises. The problem is that the optical syste... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Decompensation: Corneal decompensation occurs when the corneal endothelial cells stop working properly and the cornea starts to build up fluid. This leads to corneal... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
No: First you need to make sure any medication you use is not expired. Second tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) contains both an antibiotic and ste... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes: Presbyopia is the loss of focusing in your eyes for near vision. It happens to everyone to some degree starting in your forties. Using readers simpl... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
10-15%: The risk of retinal break, tear, or detachment after posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is thought to be around 10-15%. This is why patients should ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Accommodation: Both the cornea and the crystalline lens function to refract the light into eye. The lens also has the additional function of changing shape through ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Usually eye doc: Usually a contact lens or spectacle prescription is written by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Most other doctors do not have the required equipme... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Irrigation : First your eye will water and you can try to blink it out. Usually most foreign bodies will work themselves out this way. Then try using artificial ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
A = antihistamine: Naphcon is a vaso-constrictor that constricts the blood vessels on the surface of the eye. Naphcon-a also contains an anti-histamine for allergy symp... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Rephrase question: The normal axial length of an eye is around 24mm. As the eye get longer than 24mm it will usually produce more myopia or nearsightedness. This can b... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Surface vs infection: Usually a corneal abrasion is just a scrape on the surface layer of the cornea. These tend to heal and are self limited depending on size. A cornea... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Irrigation : First your eye will water and you can try to blink it out. Usually most foreign bodies will work themselves out this way. Then try using artificial ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ciliary flush: Sleeping in your contacts increases the risk significantly for hypoxia and corneal infection. With the eye closed it becomes difficult for the cornea... Read More
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Jul 8, 2012
Best private practice dseak surgeon in bay area!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cheng is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cheng is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

CARNEY HOSPITAL

Residency

NYU HOSPITALS CENTER

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Cornea Society
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