Glaucoma Surgery Recovery

Glaucoma is a term used for a group of eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve due to an increase in intraocular pressure. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause complete vision loss. When drug therapies and medications fail or are inappropriate, surgical treatment may be required. There are two types of surgical techniques used in glaucoma treatment: laser surgery and conventional filtering microsurgery. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, surgery may stabilize vision and prevent future vision loss. Below is an overview of what to expect during glaucoma surgery recovery.

Recovery from Laser Glaucoma Surgery

Laser surgery is a highly effective treatment option for glaucoma patients. This type of […]

Macular Degeneration – Dry

Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the central part of the retina and results in distortion or loss of central vision. It commonly occurs in older adults and is often referred to as age-related macular degeneration. There are two type of age-related macular degeneration: wet and dry. Dry macular degeneration is the most common form of the disease and affects 90% of the people who have the condition.

In the dry form of macular degeneration, there is a breakdown or thinning of the layer of retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE) in the macula. The macula is the part of the retina responsible for clear central vision. The RPE cells support […]

What is Macular Edema?

Macular edema is a swelling or thickening of the eye’s macula, the part of the eye responsible for detailed, central vision.

The macula is a very small area at the center of the retina—a thin layer of light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. Light rays are focused onto the retina where they are transmitted to the brain and interpreted as the images you see.

Macular edema develops when fluid or protein deposits collect on or under the macula of the eye and causes it to thicken and swell (edema). The macula does not function properly when it is swollen. The swelling may distort a person’s central vision because the macula […]

What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a very common vision problem affecting nearly one-third of the population. As the name implies, people who are nearsighted can easily see objects that are near to them, but struggle with objects that are far away.

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is slightly longer than usual from front to back. This causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface. People who suffer from myopia often have headaches or eyestrain and might squint or feel fatigued when driving or playing sports.

Nearsightedness commonly runs in families and usually appears in childhood. This vision problem may stabilize […]

Dr. Matt Oliva in the News

Dr. Matt Oliva, one of the LASIK surgeons at Medical Eye Center, is also on the board of the Himalayan Cataract Project, a non-profit organization that works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world.  Dr. Oliva was recently featured on an NPR All Things Considered broadcast, and also interviewed live on the Jefferson Exchange radio show to discuss his work with Himalayan Cataract Project and Medical Eye Center.

Did you know that for every for every LASIK surgery performed, your surgeon will personally sponsor one sight-restoring cataract surgery in Nepal, Ghana, or Ethiopia, through the Himalayan Cataract Project?

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, accounting for more than 18 million needlessly blind. While most global health […]

Giving Back to the Medford Food Project

In support of the Medford Food Project this March, Medical Eye Center participated in an external promotion and internal employee contest.

Medford Food Project is an organization that collects and distributes food to local food banks. Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, the Medford Food Project volunteers enlist their neighbors to become long-term food donors.  Last year they distributed over 170,000 pounds of food to 15 Medford-area food banks.

For the month of March, whenever a patient donated 3 non-perishable items, they received $50 off a complete pair of glasses.  Internally, we divided our doctors and staff into different teams, and the teams competed to see who could collect the most items to donate to Medford Food Project.  The […]

Spring for LASIK

Have you been thinking about having LASIK?  Here are a few reasons why spring is the perfect time to have LASIK.

Warm weather activities

The outdoors is calling!  Whether you love hiking, fishing, camping or swimming, outdoor activities can be a drag when you depend on your eyeglasses or contact lenses to see.  Not to mention that any kind of water that gets between you and your contact lenses is unsafe for your eyes.  Having to remove your contacts before showering or taking a dip in the hot tub, pool, or lake is no fun.  If you wear eyeglasses, bringing your pair of prescription sunglasses is just one more thing to think about in preparation for your hike.

Vacations abound

Are you planning […]

5 Contact Lens Tips for Spring

Spring brings warmer weather, bluer skies and beautiful blossoms.  But those blooms release allergens which can cause misery for contact lens wearers.  Here are 5 tips to keep your eyes healthy if you wear contact lenses and suffer from allergies this spring:

  1. Take a break from your contacts

Try switching to eyeglasses for a break.  The idea of sporting your eyeglasses may not be the most appealing, but a break from allergens can mean improved comfort for your eyes.

  1. Use eye drops

If you use artificial tears more than six times a day or are allergic to preservatives, keep over the counter, preservative free, artificial tears with you and use them throughout the day.  Remember not to use any redness […]

Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye conditions that can affect people with diabetes. While diabetic eye disease may not always be preventable, early detection and treatment, before significant vision loss or blindness, is the best way to control diabetic eye disease. Diabetic eye disease treatment depends on the type of eye disease you have developed and the severity of it among other factors.

Some Diabetic Eye Disease and Treatment Options:

Diabetic Retinopathy: For those who have diabetes, high blood sugar levels can damage and change blood vessels in the retina (back of the eye that senses light and sends images to the brain). A healthy retina is extremely important and necessary […]

Choosing an Eye Doctor

Choosing an eye doctor is an important step toward taking care of your eyes and vision. Eye doctors help to protect your precious sense of sight and help you to have the best vision possible. When choosing an eye doctor, it is important to understand the different types of eye doctors and the skills each possesses.


Ophthalmologist are eye doctors known as either a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) who specialize in medical and surgical eye care. These eye doctors can prescribe medications to treat eye diseases, perform eye surgery, perform routine eye examinations and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. Becoming an ophthalmologist usually takes 12 or more […]