Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Dr. Jacobson is one of the first eye surgeons in Santa Barbara to offer the femtosecond laser for cataract surgery to patients in our community.

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Standard cataract procedures and custom cataract surgeries are typically performed manually using a surgical blade for all incisions, allowing for a margin of error that can affect outcomes. Now, with the introduction of the first FDA­-approved custom cataract femtosecond laser surgery, Dr. Jacobson offers bladeless cataract surgery to the Santa Barbara community.


Results show that the custom cataract femtosecond laser is up to 10 times more precise than manual techniques. This advancement has revolutionized cataract surgery, even in the hands of experience surgeons such as Dr. Jacobson MD.  For more information, you can visit our cataract services page.


Dr. Doug Jacobson, MD provides state of the art medical and surgical eye care to our Santa Barbara community. A California native, Dr. Jacobson received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Colorado College, then taught in Costa Rica, at Yosemite Institute, and at the Colorado College. He earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Jacobson completed specialty training in Ophthalmology at the University of Washington, including Harborview Trauma Center, Puget Sound Veterans Hospital and Seattle Childrens’ Hospital. These hospitals serve as referral centers for a five state area, providing an enormous breadth and intensity of training for selected physicians. Following completion of this training, Dr. Jacobson worked at a multi-specialty group in Seattle providing comprehensive ophthalmology care, including a high volume of cataract surgery.