Dos and Don’ts of Eye Care

Caring for your eyes doesn’t have to be complicated. Surprisingly, many patients are unsure of how to properly take care of their eyes to ensure long-term protection and good vision. Here are just some of the basic dos and don’ts to optimally care for your eyes:

Dos for Your Eyes

Eat a Healthy Diet – A diet rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants and other vital nutrients is important to maintain eye health. Vitamin A and beta-carotene in carrots are particularly good for your eyes. Also, seasonal vegetables, especially dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, broccoli and fruits such as watermelon are good for your eyes. These foods contain lutein, an antioxidant that protects the eyes from damage and boosts eye […]

Can I Drive After an Eye Exam?

Many patients wonder if they can drive following their eye exam in Medford. A complete eye examination at Medical Eye Center includes dilation of the pupils. This allows your doctor to carefully examine the health of the entire eye, including the back of the eye which includes the optic nerve, macula and retina.

Dilation is a key component of a comprehensive eye exam, allowing doctors to identify and diagnose eye problems that they may otherwise not see. Dilation involves the use of special eye drops that either stimulate contraction of the muscles surrounding the pupil or relaxes the muscles so that they open.

Once the dilation drops are administered, it normally takes 20 – 30 […]

Is Dry Eye Permanent?

If you suffer from dry eye, then you are most likely familiar with the uncomfortable symptoms of burning, itching, and grittiness. It is a fact that dry eyes are no fun. If you have dry eyes, even chronic dry eye, your condition doesn’t have to be permanent. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available.

Treatments for Mild Dry Eye:

  • 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 1000mg molecularly distilled fish oil oral soft […]

Ophthalmologist Definition

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 can handle […]

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 […]