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 […]

The Science of Sunglasses

Have you ever wondered just what sunglasses do for your eyes, and how? The science of sunglasses is a little more complex than you might think.

The color of your lenses affects what they do for your eyes:

  • Yellow and amber lenses are ideal for outdoor sports, particularly snow sports, as they filter out blue light, which may be harmful to your vision, and they reduce glare off the snow while improving contrast and depth perception.
  • Rose and purple lenses increase contrast of objects against a blue or green background, which makes them great for hunting or water sports.
  • Black, gray, and green lenses don’t alter the colors you see.
  • […]

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, one of 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 […]

Solar Eclipse Over Oregon

Oregonians are in for an incredible treat this summer as parts of the state will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon fully covers the sun and daylight will transition to a deep twilight! On August 21, 2017, the whole nation will get to experience a partial eclipse lasting approximately 2-3 hours. Halfway through the partial eclipse, a strip of our state will experience a total eclipse lasting about 2 and a half minutes. The pathway of the total eclipse includes Newport, Salem, Albany, Madras, and John Day. For more information about the eclipse pathway and to view simulations, visit: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/oregon/

As mesmerizing […]

Vision Therapy

Like any other skill, visual skills are developed as we grow. Since they are developed, they can generally be improved by therapy if they are not developing properly. During vision therapy in Medford, your doctor prescribes individually appropriate visual tasks and exercises to be practiced daily. Repetition of these tasks enhances vision by coordinating, strengthening and improving eye movement, focusing ability and by straightening the eye alignment.

There are many different procedures and tools that can be used in vision therapy, including the use of lenses, prisms and filters. Some, using stereo-viewers or video games, may seem like child’s play. More sophisticated equipment and instruments are also used to increase […]

Corrective Lenses

A corrective lens is a lens worn in front of or on the eye, mainly used to treat refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Corrective lenses are designed to help your eyes to focus light properly onto your retina, so that you can see clearly. This is done by bending the light rays (before they enter the eye) to the degree required by your given condition.

Glasses

Glasses or “spectacles” are corrective lenses that are worn on the face a short distance in front of the eye. There are several types of glasses, primarily:

Monofocal – This type of lens has one focal point. This allows the wearer to […]

Finding an Eye Care Professional

Even if you are not experiencing vision problems, it is important to get regular eye exams. Children and adults should regularly consult an eye care professional and have their vision checked, in order to diagnose any vision related problems early and treat them effectively. If you are thinking about seeing an eye care professional, but don’t know where to begin, the following may be helpful in finding the right one for you.

Referrals are often helpful in finding an eye care professional. Ask trusted friends, family, colleagues, or your regular physician for recommendations. You can even consult your insurance provider to offer you a list of eye care professionals that are […]

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that results in blurred vision. It is caused by an irregular curvature of the cornea or abnormalities in the lens of the eye. Many people mistakenly believe they can’t wear contact lenses because they have astigmatism. The truth is, today there are several options for correcting astigmatism with contact lenses. Contact lenses for astigmatism include the following:

Soft Toric Contact Lenses: Toric contact lenses are specially designed to correct astigmatism. Most toric contacts are soft lenses made either of a conventional hydrogel material or a highly breathable silicone hydrogel. Regular spherical contact lenses have the same power in all meridians, so it doesn’t matter […]

Ophthalmologist

When it comes to eye care, the most trained and skilled professionals in the field are ophthalmologists. An ophthalmologist is a physician, either a doctor of medicine (MD), or doctor of osteopathy (DO), who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system and in the prevention of eye disease and injury.

Ophthalmologists complete four or more years of college premedical education, four or more years of medical school, one year of internship and three or more years of specialized medical, surgical and refractive training in eye care. This education and training allows them to handle everything from simple medical exams to advanced surgical needs. Ophthalmologists […]