Bob G

“It’s breathtaking. It was like going from a black and white TV to the highest resolution color TV you could imagine. It was so moving to my wife and me – we feel that everyone should have the right to eyesight so we are donating to SEE International.

It really changes your visual world. You can tell that Dr. Winthrop really enjoys helping people and the results he gets for those people.

I had cataracts that advanced very quickly until it was like looking through bubble wrap. We recently moved to Alisal Ranch from Dana Point and asked around about the best eye doctor. Friends recommended Dr. Winthrop. While my wife was getting her vaccination we asked the doctor on site what he thought of Dr. Winthrop? It so happened that Dr. Winthrop had done procedures on a number of his family members, giving him the highest endorsement.

The surgery was a pleasant experience and with Dr. Winthrop’s knowledge I knew I was in great hands. After they were both done, 20/15 vision was the result.”

– Bob G.

Eric S

“Now I'm like a kid seeing for the first time! I went to the rose garden and a nursery to look at flowers, went to the beach to look at rocks, walked on trails in Santa Ynez...I even bought new shoes because I'm walking differently – faster, more upbeat. There's so much you don't think about! I'm no longer grabbing handrails to carefully make my way down stairs. Driving is fun again. And people said that I would be seeing colors better but I didn't believe them. But it's true!

I'm 4th generation Santa Barbara, sold real estate for 40 years and then I moved to Mexico to try something new. I bought an old shrimp/fish packing factory on Isla Mujeres and turned it into a hotel and marina @elmilagrobeachhotelandmarina.

I was getting pretty bad cataracts and since Dr. Winthrop did eye surgery for me 30 years ago, there was no question that I would come back to him for cataract surgery. But it was terrifying to come from my little island to LAX and drive up the 405 and 101 in a rental car with my bad eyes!

When your eyes get bad you're always concentrating to see and your brain is working hard. You do it more than you realize and it makes you so tired. Here is the best description of cataracts, it's like driving a car with a dirty windshield that keeps getting dirtier and dirtier. It happens so gradually that you don't realize how bad it's gotten. And cataract surgery is like someone cleaning the glass. As soon as the 'glass is clean' you start seeing clearly again, like the next morning, no pain pills, no patches... nothing – just a pair of new non-prescription sunglasses. Simply amazing!

Being in the hotel business, I know what good service should be and I got it at Dr. Winthrop's office and at the surgery center. Everyone was so nice. People think that doctors want to sell you the most expensive thing, but when Dr. Winthrop examined me for over an hour with many different piece of high-end equipment, he recommended a lens (IOL) that was not the most expensive but it was the best one for me. What a great team Dr. Winthrop has established, many of them being there for years. ”

– Eric S.

Stu S

“After cataract surgery with multifocal IOLs, the most significant, impactful alteration to my life is being able to read even the tiniest print without reading glasses. From reading product labels at the grocery store to reading books, it's been fabulous!

My reading vision had progressively worsened and I became increasingly frustrated.  I needed prescription glasses for driving and then intermittently I needed to use regular magnifying readers. Then I needed the reading magnifiers for almost all reading and computer usage.  I carried a credit card size magnifier in my wallet to be able to read product labels at the grocery store.  In recent months, I couldn't see the symbols on the TV remote without using magnifier glasses.

In the evening of the day of the procedure for my left eye, I was using my computer! No eyepatch, no need to rest the eye!  One week later, I received the same procedure for my right eye, and used my computer that evening.  I immediately acquired vastly improved reading vision following the second surgery.  After an adjustment period of a few weeks, I acquired even better reading clarity.  At my post-op appointment, I was told that a good result was reading print size 4 on the hand-held text eye chart.  I easily read print size 2.  At a follow-up appointment several weeks later, I read the very tiny print size 1.  I am delighted to re-acquire, after several decades, the ability to read small print unaided.

My vision is now excellent at every distance.  The ease of reading anything and discerning tiny symbols on electronic devices without needing magnifiers is very, very pleasing. I am thrilled to possess clear unaided reading vision. ”

– Stu S.


“I can’t believe I just sailed through it! I was back to business as usual right away. I highly recommend it! I love it. Now I just need readers for reading. It’s great.

My vision was gradually getting worse. I wasn’t comfortable driving at night anymore, my eyes felt very tired. The lights from the cars ahead gave a scattered effect. I couldn’t even read the top line of the chart without glasses, so I was really looking forward to getting it done.

Dr. Winthrop showed me the options, and I chose the Toric monofocal IOL because I had astigmatism too and I wanted to improve my distance vision.

“I can see clearly now…” you know that song. That’s my song! My girlfriends tell me I’m the poster child for cataract surgery. The colors are so vibrant, it’s astounding! I can see freckles I didn’t know I had! It’s so nice not to be reliant on glasses. It’s very freeing. ”

– Martha H.


“I kept on thinking my glasses were dirty, so I kept on cleaning both my sunglasses, but then I realized my other glasses were dirty, too, and it got foggier and foggier... I thought there was something wrong with my glasses. I took them in to my regular eye doctor. He said, ‘No, there’s nothing wrong with your glasses.’ Then he checked my eyes and said, ‘You are ready for cataract surgery.’ So he sent me to Dr. Winthrop.

I was in shock when I went to my regular eye doctor right after surgery to find out I have 20/20 vision. Absolutely amazing. 

The most interesting improvement was the introduction of color. Color is richer!”

– Larry P.

Julie C.

“The next day, it was amazing. I could see leaves on the trees and I hadn’t been able to see that since I got my first pair of glasses when I was in high school. It was absolutely amazing.

I was very nervous and being in the medical field, I was concerned about surgery on my eyes. I was really worried about losing my vision. The first person that came to mind for my cataract surgery was Dr. Winthrop. And I made an appointment and he reassured me that having surgery with him was going to be very simple, very short.”

– Julie C.


“I noticed over time with my vision was that it was getting to be very glary early in the morning and in the evening when the sun is low in the sky. The glare was really beginning to be a problem. I would like to thank Dr. Winthrop for the operation he performed on both my eyes. It's really added a lot to my capabilities in both tennis and flying.

My vision is back the way it was when I was in high school. I started losing some of my vision in my second year of college. This has now improved my life a great deal by having 20/20 vision in both eyes.

Playing tennis, I can see the ball much better and I can see the lines much better. The lines used to look curvy. I thought at one point my TV was going bad because it looked curved. It turns out it was curved because of my vision. So this has been a great improvement for me.

Cataract surgery has greatly improved my vision for flying. I no longer get blinded by the glare so much and I can see the instrument panel much better. It makes it much more enjoyable and I can spend more time looking out the windows at the scenery...and also for aircraft.

– C. Vernon H.

Jan R.

“I did not expect to have better than twenty-twenty vision with no glasses. I mean, this was fabulous!

This was the best. It was like a major miracle. I live in Santa Ynez, out in the country. I woke up in the morning and I went, “Oh! There are trees on that hill!” I mean, I saw things I had not seen before!

I had to stop needlepoint a long time ago. I couldn’t see well enough to do it, but now I can. So now I can do whatever I want to do. It’s very nice.”

– Jan R.

“Dear Doctor Winthrop, Staff and Surgery Center Staff,
May I thank you all for a superior level of kindness, expertise, and technology before, during and after my double cataract surgery? The surgery team follow up was beyond kindness and competence.

There was minimal pain, discomfort and anxiety, which by day three after each operation I could see with a distinct level of improvement, color and definition, a definite improvement over my prior sight with glasses. For senior citizens this is nothing short of a miracle and treasured.

As a professional, now retired, I designed, developed and manufactured medical instrumentation for Beckman Instruments, Bennett Respiration Products Inc. and Baird Corp. The speed at which the scientific world has advanced, supported the art of medicine and the advancement of medical knowledge is clearly framed by procedures like Lasik, especially the doctors, staff and instrumentation. My gratitude and appreciation is based on a lifetime of thoughtful experience. This is a very great country we live in.

It was the superb prior experience with Dr. Winthrop of a family member that made the final decisions surrounding the surgery selection easy. This is the value of an excellent reputation. I will pass on the benefits of recommendations deserved by these similar experience attributes, if the occasion should ever arise. Thank you.

– Donald S.
Manhattan Beach, CA

“Thank you, Dr. Winthrop! I could not have wished for anything better! My vision is now excellent – everything is clearer, more detailed, brighter and more colorful! I can now see my golf ball and even read the newspaper!

The Santa Barbara Surgery Center was friendly, professional and caring! The doctors and nurses were top notch! Dr. Winthrop was professional and his nurses consistent and caring! The center follows up by calling you to 'check in' to see how you are doing!”

– Patti G.