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Dr. Clement Cheng

Ophthalmology
Santa Cruz, CA
22 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 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
It depends: For all professions there are different levels of training. In some states, optometrists may receive additional training for glaucoma evaluation and ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Keep treating: This could still be related to the stye that has not fully recovered. Would try warm compresses and use artificial tears as needed. If this does not... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Scar tissue?: Sun exposure and irritation in the white part of the eye (conjunctiva) can increase the risk for the development of pinguecula and pterygium, which ar... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Use correction: You can start with glasses or contact lenses. More aggressive treatment may involve laser refractive surgery. There is no good evidence ortho-k can ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Usually not: The differential diagnosis for "spots" in your vision is varied with the most common cause being floaters secondary to a vitreous detachment. Other c... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Usually tear ducts: There can be many causes for tearing and mucus in a baby's eyes. If those are the only symptoms/signs then a common cause are tear ducts that have no... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
A serious problem: A corneal ulceration refers to the cornea surface (clear tissue in front of pupil) breaking down through inflammation or infection. More common are c... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Get more info: Dry eye syndrome (or dysfunctional tear syndrome) can have different levels of severity from only symptoms to significant damage to the ocular surface... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Blurry vision: There are many symptoms of cataracts from early ones like glare, poor night vision, blurry vision at extremes of vision. Eventually the cataracts wil... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Depends: The uncorrected vision after corneal transplantation surgery will vary depending on many factors including healing of the corneal surface, decreasing ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Usually: Sore eyes usually is also associated with tired eyes that feel better with blinking or closing the eyes. This usually suggests a problem with dryness... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
No: Contact lenses are one method to correct the refractive error in your visual system (eyes) so that you can see more clearly. If your best corrected v... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
No: There are no known "excercises" that have been shown in good medical studies to permanently improve your best corrected vision. The visual system is ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Careful here: There normally are conjunctival vessels on the white part of the eye which are needed to bring the normal blood and nutrients to that part of the eye.... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Different options: There are a few different options for a sunglass tint added to your existing glasses. The most common are "clip-ons" which are usually magnetic attac... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Though uncommon, there are ways for someone to change from near to far-sightedness. The most common way is from natural aging (growth of eye) and fro... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Worse dry eyes: Lasik has known risk factors including causing or worsening dry eyes. The creation of the flap as well as the laser process disrupts the normal corne... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Laser refractive surgery (such as lasik) is just one method of visual correction. The most common and least risky method is of course using glasses o... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
ForeignBodySensation: Fbs is the feeling that there is something there (lash, grain of sand, etc) but in fact there is nothing there. This is usually caused by an irritati... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Many choices: This will require a complete discussion with your surgeon as there are different intraocular lenses based upon your target vision after surgery. Ther... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
When you can't see: 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Usually not: Like blood pressure, it is difficult to feel any change unless it is at the extremes. Extreme high eye pressure is an emergency and results in loss o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Different areas: Basically each eye can be near (myopic) or far sighted (hyperopic) and then have loss of reading vision (presbyopic). Glasses can correct for the dis... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Few days usually: It depends on the area of the abrasion and how deep it is. Usually the area will heal 50% every day so a small abrasion will heal fairly fast. Large... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Start with tears: For dry eyes, it would be best to start with artificial tears. There are many brands to choose from including systane, refresh, genteal, blink, etc. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Arms to short: When you notice that you can't hold things out far enough to see and all the small print is very difficult. Usually starts in your forties to some de... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
A few: Possible disadvantages for prk (as compared to lasik) include longer healing time (weeks), more significant pain, need for stronger pain meds, corneal... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Both 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 t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: The best medication for acute corneal edema after cataract surgery will be with topical steroids. This class of medications decreases inflammation an... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Usually yes: Typically a spectacle prescription would be first so we could see how the vision improves and have a back up pair of glasses available. Then contact ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Depends on where: As you suggested, chalazions or styes, are a common cause of inflammation of the eyelid. Other less common causes include a tear duct infection (dacr... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
ForeignBodySensation: Fbs is the feeling that there is something there (lash, grain of sand, etc) but in fact there is nothing there. This is usually caused by an irritati... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Depends: Most nearsighted people will continue to have near vision and have delayed loss of reading vision. Some patients may lose their near vision but gain ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 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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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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