Use It Or Lose It: Spend Your FSA Funds!

If you have a remaining balance in your employer established flexible spending account (FSA), (also called a flex plan, reimbursement account, Flex 125, or a Cafeteria Plan) check your employer’s coverage period.  For many FSA plans, you must use all of your FSA contributions by the end of the year, or lose them.  Did you know that you can use your FSA contributions on the following?

  • LASIK eye surgery
  • Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) surgery
  • Prescription eye glasses
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Routine eye exams
  • Deductibles, copays, or co-insurance for medically necessary procedures such as cataract surgery, eyelid or brow surgery, and other procedures.
  • Some dry eye therapies

Your HSA (health savings account) […]

Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

With each blink of the eyelids, tears spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners […]

Lazy Eye Treatments

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, occurs when there is a lack of vision in one eye because the eye and the brain are not working together. Amblyopia normally only affects one eye – resulting in the amblyopic eye pointing away from the other appearing “lazy.”

A lazy eye may result from a strabismus (crossed-eyes), a difference in nearsightedness or farsightedness between eyes, as well as other pre-existing eye conditions such as cataracts, ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid) and refractive problems. Generally, when the eyes are not working together sending identical images to the brain, the brain may start to ignore the image from the amblyopic eye. The brain’s […]

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. As this normally clear lens gets cloudy, it decreases your ability to see well. A cataract can make objects appear blurry. It can also make colors seem less bright.

Your eye’s natural lens is located directly behind the pupil and is made up of mostly water and protein. As you get older, the protein parts of the lens can begin to clump together. These clumps start small but grow larger over time. The bigger they get, the more they can compromise your vision.

Cataracts are a common condition, especially for older people. Cataracts typically begin developing in people age 40 years […]

The Effects of High Blood Pressure on Your Eyes

High blood pressure can be very harmful to the body, causing heart and kidney problems among other issues. If untreated, high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the retina. The retina is the layer of tissue at the back part of the eye. It changes light and images that enter the eye into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. The higher the blood pressure and the longer it has been high, the more severe the damage is likely to be.

The most common eye disease caused by high blood pressure is known as hypertensive retinopathy.

Other […]

How to Detect Eyesight Problems Early On

Eyesight problem is a broad term used to describe any imperfection in the ability to see. It can refer to a variety of vision issues. The most common eye problems are nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia. These eyesight problems are due to an error in refraction – the way light is bent as it passes through the eye to reflect a sharp image. Other eye problems can include double vision, eye floaters, halos and more.

Detecting eyesight problems early on is important for keeping your vision at its best. The best way to detect vision problems is to have regular eye examinations and to know what signs and symptoms […]

Floaters and Flashes

Have you ever spotted a small speck, dot or squiggle floating in the air, only to have it flit away when you tried to look at it directly? Or have you noticed flickering lights or lightning streaks that you knew weren’t really there? If so, you are one of many people who have experienced the common vision phenomenon known as floaters and flashes.

What Are Floaters and Flashes?

Floaters

Floaters are small specks like clouds moving in your field of vision. You may see them more clearly when looking at a plain background such as a blank wall. Floaters are actually tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous, the clear […]

Itchy Eyes

Itchy eyes can be annoying and frustrating. Whether it’s due to allergies, an illness or something else, it can be bothersome to say the least.

Itchy eyes affect all of us from time to time. Usually it lasts only a few minutes and then goes away. But sometimes the itching can become overwhelming and last for hours, days or even longer.

If your itchy eyes are interfering with your daily activities, you may have a condition that needs to be treated by an eye doctor.

Common causes of itchy eyes include:

Allergies often cause redness and itching, but is not contagious

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) – may be caused by a bacteria or a virus, often […]

Vision Test

Regardless of your age or physical health, it is critical to have your vision checked regularly. Routine vision tests are important for general health maintenance. In addition to evaluating a person’s eyes for glasses and/or contacts during an eye exam in Medford, our doctors will check the patient’s eyes for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss. A wide variety of vision tests and procedures are used to examine the eyes ranging from simple assessments such as having the patient read an eye chart, to complex tests such as a corneal and retinal topography vision test for conditions like astigmatism or a fluorescein angiogram eye […]

Vision Exam Explained

Routine vision exams are important for your overall health and well-being. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited your eye doctor, or you’ve never had an eye exam, it can be helpful to know what to expect when you visit the optometrist.

A comprehensive vision examination in Medford includes several steps. During this visit, our doctors use various tests, tools and procedures to examine your vision as well as the health of your eye and recommends corrective lenses or further treatment if needed. A typical eye exam can take between 30 – 45 minutes depending on the health of your eyes, quality of your vision and if you […]