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.

Dr. Jacobson is passionate about treating the whole patient.  He believes that part of good eye care is attention to general health, including a healthy lifestyle.  He is an avid cyclist and farmers’ market shopper, volunteers in the Santa Barbara trail care community, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle in our Santa Barbara community.  Eye Specialists of Santa Barbara was the first business gold member of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, and continues to be a strong contributor today.  Dr. Jacobson will help you make the best choices for the health of your eyes and your body.

Dr. Jacobson volunteers his medical expertise to help underserved individuals through SEE International, a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization.  He has also made numerous medical missions overseas, providing profound improvements to the quality of life for patients in Ghana, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, South Africa, Chile and Guatemala.  These experiences are incredibly rewarding, and also provide an enormous volume of surgical experience in cataract and other eye surgeries.

Dr. Jacobson uses his experience and his exceptional training to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to the Santa Barbara community.  He specializes in custom cataract surgery, individualized glaucoma management, and premium vision correction surgery with Visian ICL.

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Anne is our friendly and well-organized office manager, and is a vital piece to the functioning of our team. She will help you with billing questions, surgery scheduling, office appointments and any other questions you may have.


Linda is an ophthalmic assistant at Eye Specialists of Santa Barbara. She has over 10 years of experience in ophthalmology.  Linda understands the importance of exceptional patient care.  She has experience in lensometry and refraction, ophthalmic imaging and surgical planning.  She continues to advance her career and is currently working toward a certification as an ophthalmic technician.  Linda enjoys that the science of ophthalmology closely aligns with her interest in photography.  When not providing patient care, Linda enjoys working at landscape photography and spending quality time with her husband and her two teenage children.

“It is a privilege to work with Dr. Doug Jacobson MD, a caring ophthalmologist who values his patients and his medical/surgical team’s cohesiveness.”  – Linda