Types of Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that impairs vision. There are four types of cataract: Nuclear Sclerotic, Cortical, Posterior Subcapsular and Congenital. The types of cataracts are classified based on where and how they develop in the eye.

Nuclear Sclerotic Cataract: A nuclear sclerotic cataract refers to the hardening of the nucleus, the center, of the lens of the eye. In the early stages of this condition, the lens becomes cloudy and yellow before eventually hardening (sclerosis is the medical term for hardening). As this type of cataract progresses, it changes the eye’s ability to focus and see clearly.

Cortical Cataract: A cortical cataract is a […]

What is the Best Treatment for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can lead to blindness by damaging the optic nerve. Glaucoma results in peripheral (or side) vision loss initially, and the effect can be like looking through a tube or into a narrow tunnel. Over time, glaucoma can damage your central vision as well. It is an especially dangerous eye condition because most people do not experience any symptoms or early warning signs at the onset of glaucoma. This is why glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight.”

Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma can be treated, but it is not curable. The damage to the optic nerve from glaucoma cannot be reversed. However, lowering […]

What Do Contacts Feel Like?

The first time you try on contact lenses, it may be difficult and feel a bit uncomfortable. However, after wearing them a few times, they should feel completely comfortable, as if they are part of your eyes.

Getting Contact Lenses for The First Time

When you decide to wear contact lenses, they will be custom fitted to your eye. In Medford, your doctor looks at several unique features like the structure of your eye, your tears and visual acuity to find the best type of lens material, brand and replacement schedule for your eye.

When a contact lens is correctly fitted you shouldn’t feel it at all. They are designed to be […]

Can You Prevent Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that occurs naturally with age. Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older and by age 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts. While there is no scientific proof that you can prevent cataracts, there are certainly steps you can take to help reduce your risk factors.

Tips for Preventing Cataracts

Maintain Regular Vision Care – Even if your vision is clear and healthy, make it a priority to schedule yearly eye exams. Routine visits allow your doctor to look for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other vision disorders. Early detection can be key […]

What Causes Eye Dryness?

Dry eye is a pretty common eye condition. It can also be pretty annoying, interrupting daily activities. In order to treat, it’s important to understand common causes of dry eye:

Autoimmune Disease – Studies show that chronic dry eye can be a symptom of several autoimmune disorders such as lupus, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Grave’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin Deficiency – Dry eyes may be linked to a nutritional deficiency – namely a vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A rich food sources include sweet potatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, pumpkin and carrots. A well- balanced diet can help maintain the natural health and lubrication of the eyes.

Contact Lens Wear – Many long-term contact lens wearers […]

How Do Contacts and Glasses Work?

If you’re having trouble reading or seeing the blackboard, it’s possible that you need glasses or contacts. Contact lenses and glasses are designed to correct refractive errors by helping your eyes focus light properly onto your retina.

You may have a refractive error if:

  • Your vision is blurry or hazy
  • You have headaches
  • Your eyes hurt
  • You see a glare around bright lights
  • You have to squint to see well
  • You see double
  • You have trouble driving at night

To understand how corrective lenses work; let’s first review how your eyes see. Your eyes have lenses that focus light on the retina, or back of the eye. The retina changes the light […]

What Can I Expect at an Eye Exam?

Routine eye examinations are crucial for maintaining healthy, sharp vision. The following are some examples of what you can expect at an eye exam in Medford:

Medical and Vision History – You may be asked about your general health, medications, your work environment, hobbies, etc. You will also be asked to describe any vision problems you are experiencing.

Tonometry – This test measures the fluid pressure in the eye and is an important test for detecting glaucoma.

Cover Test – A cover test is a simple procedure for determining how your eyes are working together.

Visual Acuity – Using the familiar wall chart and hand-held charts, your doctor will assess your ability […]

How Do You Keep Your Eyes Healthy?

There are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. The following simple tips can help keep your vision as clear as possible for many years to come:

Maintain Routine Vision Care: You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. Your eye doctor is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.

Know Your Family’s Eye Health History: Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s […]

Cataract Symptoms

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. In most cases, cataracts develop slowly and may not significantly affect eyesight. However, they can quickly begin impacting vision and if left untreated, may even cause blindness. If cataracts are detected in the early stages, adequate measures can be taken to prevent worsening of the condition. For this reason, it is helpful to be aware of the symptoms associated with cataracts. If the following cataract symptoms are experienced, contact us to schedule an examination.

Blurred Vision – The cloudy film that develops over the lens causes a gradual blurring of one’s vision. This blurring of eyesight cannot be […]

Protecting Your Eyesight

Your eyes are valuable and worth protecting! Failure to follow proper eye protection practices can result in injury, infection, eye disease and even loss of sight.

To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy as you age, consider these simple guidelines:

Protect your Eyes from Harmful UV Light. When outdoors during the daytime, always wear sunglasses that shield your eyes from 100% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. This may help reduce your risk of cataracts, pinguecula and other eye problems.

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet. Numerous studies have shown that antioxidants can possibly reduce the risk of cataracts. These antioxidants are obtained from eating a diet containing generous amounts of […]