Cataracts and Cataract Surgery

  • Do halos around oncoming headlights make you feel unsafe while driving at night?
  • Is reading a strain because the text looks blurry?
  • Are you using brighter lights for indoor activities?
  • Do colors look increasingly dull or yellow?
  • Is it becoming harder to recognize familiar faces?

These are some of the most common ways cataract symptoms can affect your daily life. While the changes are usually very slow, many cataracts get worse over time. Age-related cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment in the United States and around the world. In countries where people don’t have access to eye care, a very advanced cataract can cause blindness. As long as you have routine eye exams, however, you and your doctor will be able to monitor your cataracts and choose the appropriate treatment before your vision is dramatically impaired.

Modern cataract surgery is a quick, relatively painless outpatient procedure. In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most common medical procedures among persons 65 and older. Advances in technology continue to improve the safety of the cataract procedure and the visual outcomes for patients.

Medical Eye Center’s cataract surgery specialists Drs. Paul Jorizzo, Matt Oliva and Helen Koenigsman have performed over 15,000 cataract procedures, placing them among the most experienced cataract surgeons in the nation. Our surgeons are board certified, fellowship trained specialists who use the latest technology to help achieve the best possible results. That’s why Medical Eye Center is one of the most respected ophthalmology practices in Oregon.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, we will work hand-in-hand with you to determine the best possible course of action based on your eye conditions, vision goals and lifestyle. Our surgeons are excited to offer the latest custom intraocular lens implants (IOLs) that can help reduce your need for glasses after surgery. Medical Eye Center was the first center in southern Oregon to implant Custom IOL’s—and our surgeons remain the most experienced in the region. An important part of the Custom IOL procedure is the ability to fine tune your results, as needed, with LASIK or other laser vision correction surgery. We are the only center in our region that performs LASIK to optimize your custom IOL result.

Medicare covers the basic level of cataract surgery with a standard intraocular lens. Medicare does not, however, consider custom cataract surgery medically necessary, so each patient will be responsible for the portion Medicare doesn’t cover. At Medical Eye Center, we believe financial considerations shouldn’t be an obstacle to your best possible vision. Our goal is to make the most advanced procedures affordable for any budget.

Learn more about cataract surgery in the pages at the right, or feel free to call our offices in Medford or Grants Pass and schedule an appointment. We’re happy to answer your questions!


Second SunsGiving Back

Second Suns (Random House) is a book by David Oliver Relin that tells the story of the Himalayan Cataract Project. Drs. Matt Oliva, Paul Jorizzo and Paul Imperia all work closely with this international non-profit to help eradicate treatable blindness in the world’s poorest countries. Learn more…