The Importance of Vision Exams as You Age

At Medical Eye Center, we recommend annual vision exam for all our patients. Regular vision exams are an important part of protecting your vision. Taking care of your eyes ensures that you will have good vision as you age.

A routine eye exam could help you manage your overall health. In Medford, our doctors can get a sense of your overall health by checking your eyes. It’s not uncommon in older patients that we find signs of hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes in an eye exam.

Things that may cause eye damage include:

  • Health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Extensive computer use
  • Excessive Smartphone use
  • Chronically dry eyes
  • Genetic […]

Causes of Dry Eye

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 the 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 […]

Glaucoma Signs and Symptoms

Do you know if you have glaucoma? Glaucoma can affect anyone but most often occurs in men and women over the age of 40. In most cases of glaucoma, there are no obvious signs or symptoms and most people remain unaware of it until serious vision loss has occurred. The signs and symptoms of glaucoma vary depending on the type and stage of your condition:

Normal-Tension Glaucoma Signs and Symptoms:

  • Vision loss once advanced

Open-Angle Glaucoma Signs and Symptoms:

  • Patchy blind spots in side (peripheral) or central vision, frequently in both eyes
  • Tunnel vision in the advanced stages

Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma Signs and Symptoms:

  • Eye pain after watching television or upon leaving […]

Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic dry eye is a medical disease that, over time, can decrease the eye’s ability to make and/or maintain sufficient quality and quantity of tears for a healthy tear film. Millions of people in the United States suffer from symptoms of chronic dry eye.

Chronic dry eye symptoms may include:

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Burning/Stinging
  • Watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A gritty or sandy sensation
  • Sensation of something in your eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Problems wearing contact lenses

Causes of Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic dry eye may be caused by instability of the tear film. Several different tear layers collaborate to make and maintain the tears that keep your eyes continually moist and healthy. Dysfunctions […]

Tips for Healthy Eyes

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

Get routine eye exams from an eye doctor. 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 care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if […]

Diagram of the Eye

Even though the eye is small, only about 1 inch in diameter, it serves a very important function – the sense of sight. The eye is one of the most complex organisms in the human body. It is made up of many distinct parts working in unison together and in order for the eye to work at its best, all parts must work well collectively.

Let’s look at a few of the main parts of this vital organ:

Anterior Chamber: The space between the cornea and the iris, filled with the aqueous humor.

Choroid: The vascular layer of the eye, containing connective tissue. Nutrition of the eye is dependent upon blood vessels in […]

Dry Eye Treatments

Dry eyes are no fun: They itch, sting and tear up. If you experience dry eyes, you don’t have to suffer. There are many dry eye treatment options available.

Remedies to Treat Mild Dry Eyes:

  • Use over-the-counter preservative-free lubricating artificial tears at least 4 times per day or more if desired, especially following LASIK.
  • Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps produce natural tears more effectively.
  • Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine which has a drying/diuretic effect.
  • Add dietary omega-3 fatty acids, such as 1,000mg molecularly distilled fish oil oral soft gels, to optimize the oily portion of the tear film and prevent tear evaporation.
  • Use emollient eye […]

5 Easy Eye Care Tips for Everyone

Remember when you were little and your mom told you not to run with scissors because you’d poke your eye out?  It was actually good advice.  Eat your carrots is another oldie but a goodie.  Turns out moms know a thing or two about taking care of those precious eyes.

Here are five eye care tips to help keep your vision in tip-top shape:

  • Eat your fruits and vegetables, especially those containing Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are two types of potent antioxidants. This has shown a benefit for macular degeneration. Benefits were seen with the use of a combination vitamin A as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and the minerals zinc […]

Cataract Surgery and Insurance

A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. The lens is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. During cataract surgery in Medford, your surgeon separates the cataract from the lens capsule. In most cases, the lens is replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). In most instances, with certain limitations, cataract surgery costs are covered under both private insurance plans and Medicare.

Private Insurance

Private insurance for cataract surgery is usually quite comprehensive but also quite variable. In most instances, private insurances cover a portion, if not all, of the Cataract Surgeon Fee, the Facility Fee, the cost of a Monofocal Lens Implant and […]

Glaucoma and Diabetes

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. However, it’s the leading cause of preventable blindness.

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions caused by abnormally high pressure that builds up in the eye, potentially damaging the optic nerve and resulting in vision loss. There are several different types of glaucoma, but the two main types are referred to as open-angle and angle-closure.

Open-angle: In this type, the angle where the iris meets the cornea is open and wide, as it should be. It is the most common form of glaucoma, affecting about 90% of those with the disease. This type of glaucoma progresses slowly. The drainage canals of the […]