About the Practice

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Dr. Terpstra is a leading provider of blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery) and lower lid cosmetic surgery to help eliminate drooping, sagging and puffiness that can impact vision and create a tired, worn appearance.


Dr. Shelby Terpstra is an experienced Board-certified Comprehensive Ophthalmologist. She received her training from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she served as Assistant Clinical Professor and Chief Resident Ophthalmologist. Dr. Terpstra is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. She is proficient in a wide range of ophthalmic services, from general eye care to refractive surgery to the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and a complete range of dry eye conditions.

Another of Dr. Terpstra’s predominant services is blepharoplasty and other eyelid surgeries to correct functional and cosmetic problems, including sagging, bagging and inward- or outward-turning eyelids. These surgeries not only help to prevent infection and restore peripheral vision, they also impart a more refreshed, alert and attractive appearance.


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Procedure: Blepharoplasty

“Sagging lids made it so I had to lift my eyebrows to see anything in my peripheral vision. It was especially noticeable when I was driving. Then a friend recommended Lake Eye.

“I called in January, had my first appointment in February, and was scheduled for surgery in April, so it all went pretty quickly. But I wasn’t worried because Dr. Terpstra was very informative. She did a tremendous job explaining what would happen during and following the surgery. I also watched a video that was very helpful, so I knew to expect some bruising.

“Dr. Terpstra recommended some herbal supplements to assist in healing and after surgery I had only very light discoloration. My friends and neighbors didn't even notice!

“I immediately noticed an amazing improvement. Even in the recovery room I could see out of the sides of my eyes. It was awesome! It has made a big difference, especially when I’m driving.

“A wonderful side-effect is how much better I look. I didn’t realize how much my eyelid skin sagged before - it’s really obvious in my before and after photos. My friends and family are impressed too. I love it!”

Charlaine Zopfi

Procedure: Blepharoplasty for both eyes


I’ve been a patient with Lake Eye for over 10 years. I saw Dr. Wehrly for cataract surgery, which greatly improved my vision, but I still had eyelid issues. Over the years, people often told me I looked tired. I saw Dr. Terpstra and it turned out I had tendon issues that resulted in an inability to open my eye. She was such a nice person and explained the procedure completely. I had it done and had minimal bruising. I can see so much better – I’m even playing golf again. Friends ask if I lost weight or something! I’m so happy with the results!

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MIKE Flasch

Procedure: Blepharoplasty for both eyes


“I honestly didn't realize how bad my eyelids had gotten. One night an acquaintance asked, ‘Have you ever thought about eyelid surgery?’ She had friends who had seen Dr. Terpstra and were very pleased with the outcome. So I made an appointment. Dr. Terpstra and the entire staff treat you tremendously! They are the epitome of professionalism. It was fantastic. The night of the surgery Dr. Terpstra called me at home to see how I was doing. That was very impressive. The thing is, you don't see what others see. Before, I looked like my father and after, I look like a whole new person. It helps me on the golf course too. I feel better about myself. I would recommend Dr. Terpstra to anyone and have given her name out to so many people!" 

Dr. Terpstra with patient Lee

Kathy Lee

Procedure: Blepharoplasty for both eyes


I saw Dr. Terpstra for help with my sagging eyelids, which were causing me to have problems with my peripheral vision. I had LASIK surgery years ago, so I wasn’t scared exactly, but I was a little bit apprehensive about bleph surgery [blepharoplasty] just because it is more invasive and has a longer healing time. But Dr. Terpstra and the staff explained the process to me in great detail, gave me literature on it and answered my questions, so I felt very well-informed.

The staff of the Santa Fe Surgery Center was superb. I got excellent care. After the surgery, there was some bruising, but nothing more than was expected and I healed fast.

I didn’t realize how bad my vision had gotten until after the surgery. I have peripheral vision again! What’s great is that my insurance and supplemental plan covered it.

Funny story: My husband and I were in an exam room for a follow-up appointment and I was looking at a before picture of someone’s eyes and I said to my husband, “That person looks so sad and tired, poor lady.” Then Dr. Terpstra came in to go over things and she mentioned that was my before pic! I didn’t even recognize myself - that’s how significant the change was!

Theresa Soave

Procedure: Blepharoplasty

“One of my eyelids fell, blocking my peripheral vision. I chose to have both eyes done. I was amazed! I had very little bruising and healed so quickly! Dr. Terspsta did a phenomenal job!”

“I’ve been a patient of Lake Eye for 12 years and have always received wonderful care. One day one of my eyelids suddenly just fell, blocking my peripheral vision. I went to see Dr. Terpstra, who ran some tests and determined I was a good candidate for eyelid surgery. She explained it all to me thoroughly and I chose to have both eyes done. I was amazed! I had very little bruising and healed so quickly! Dr. Terspsta did a phenomenal job!” 

hannah day

Procedure: Blepharoplasty

I can’t believe how much better I see and look. My friends tell me I look amazing – and I feel amazing! I love Dr. Terpstra!

My drooping eyelids were impacting my vision and making me feel self-conscious about my appearance. A friend recommended I see Dr. Terpstra and I’m so glad I did! I love her! She explained everything thoroughly. My experience was so easy! The office took care of my insurance and the procedure was over in minutes. I can’t believe how much better I see and look. My friends tell me I look amazing – and I feel amazing!

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Pat and G. Ray Havens

Procedure: Cataract Surgery on Both Eyes


We moved to The Villages 8 years ago and we love it! I'd been seeing Dr. Vocci for about 7 years for eyeglasses and other services when he told me I was going to need cataract surgery. Boy, was he right! I could no longer tell my shampoo from my conditioner - who wears glasses in the shower? Plus reading my golf scorecard was nearly impossible. So I made an appointment with Dr. Wehrly and he and the rest of the staff were so nice. He explained the Toric lens procedure thoroughly and made me feel totally at ease. The surgery was over in 10 minutes! 2 weeks later, Dr. Wehrly did my other eye and POW! I can see again! I can read the paper without glasses. And my golf game has improved - both the playing and the scoring!

As an active guy who loves driving and playing golf 4 days a week, I didn't have time for eye problems. Dr. Wehrly got rid of my cataracts and it improved my sight almost instantly! To top that off, Dr. Terpstra fixed my drooping eyelids, which also cleared my vision. Now I drive confidently even at night, read, play sports and do everything I want to do. The people at Lake Eye are great, the services are outstanding, and life without eye problems is as good as it gets.