Summer Eye Safety

Summer is in full swing – and that means enjoying sun-soaked days filled with swimming, the beach, sports and other outdoor activities. Summer fun and festivities can put inconvenient demands on your eyes – especially if you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is important to keep eye safety in mind during the summer months. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your summer while protecting the health of your eyes and vision:

Sun Protection – One of the most important things you can do for your eyes is to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Sunglasses with wraparound frames are not only fashionable, they provide your eyes […]

Is It Safe to Wear Contact Lenses Every Day?

For patients who are new to contact lens wear, it can be difficult to know how to safely wear their lenses. How long you can safely wear your contact lenses depends on the type of contact lenses you have been prescribed.

Soft lenses are the most popular type of contact lenses worn in the U.S. Three types of soft lenses include:

Daily Wear: Daily wear lenses are worn during the day and removed each night for cleaning. A single pair can be worn repeatedly, and their length of use varies according to the manufacturer.

Disposable: Daily disposable lenses can be worn during the day and discarded at night. Or programmed-replacement disposable lenses are worn and […]

The Difference Between a Vision Screening and a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Having your eyes checked on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do to safeguard your vision. Because your eye health is very important no matter your age, it is important for both adults and children to have a comprehensive eye exam at least once every year.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

A comprehensive eye exam involves a careful and thorough evaluation of the different aspects of your visual health. We will assess your eye structures and their respective functions. The main objective is to identify eye conditions and render necessary treatment as soon as possible.

Along with testing to see if you need new glasses or […]

What Are Some Signs That You Might Need an Eye Exam?

Many patients in Medford put off getting their eyes examined regularly and wait until they notice a problem before scheduling an appointment with one of our doctors. Below are several signs that it may be time to schedule your next eye exam at Medical Eye Center:

Frequent Headaches – A routine eye exam can uncover a few issues that may be causing headaches. In some cases staring at the computer screen for too long or working in overly bright or dim light may be the culprit. There are also some common eye conditions that can cause headaches such as astigmatism, hyperopia or presbyopia.

Squinting – If you find yourself squinting, it may be […]

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 […]