What are cataracts?
Who is at risk for cataracts?
Nearly everyone will develop cataracts at some point in their lifetime, typically near retirement age.
What causes cataracts?
Cataracts develop as part of the normal aging process. Contributing factors may also include:
- Other eye diseases
- Systemic diseases including diabetes
- Hereditary factors
- Ultraviolet light
Cataracts affect different people in different ways. Some people live their whole lives without any problems from cataracts. The most common vision problems from cataracts are:
- Clouded or blurry vision
- Glare or halos around lights
- Increasing difficulty with night vision and driving
- Bright light is needed for reading and other activities
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision (even when one eye is closed)
- Frequent need to change eyeglass or contact lens prescription
Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
- Do halos around oncoming headlights make you feel unsafe while driving at night?
- Is reading a strain because the text looks blurry?
- Are you using brighter lights for indoor activities?
- Do colors look increasingly dull or yellow?
- Is it becoming harder to recognize familiar faces?
These are some of the most common ways cataract symptoms can affect your daily life. While the changes are usually very slow, many cataracts get worse over time. Age-related cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment in the United States and around the world. In countries where people don’t have access to eye care, a very advanced cataract can cause blindness. As long as you have routine eye exams, however, you and your doctor will be able to monitor your cataracts and choose the appropriate treatment before your vision is dramatically impaired.
Modern cataract surgery is a quick, relatively painless outpatient procedure. In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most common medical procedures among persons 65 and older. Advances in technology continue to improve the safety of the cataract procedure and the visual outcomes for patients.
Medical Eye Center’s cataract surgery specialists Drs. Paul Jorizzo, Matt Oliva, Helen Koenigsman, and John Welling have performed over 17,000 cataract procedures, placing them among the most experienced cataract surgeons in the nation. Our surgeons are board certified, fellowship trained specialists who use the latest technology to help achieve the best possible results. That’s why Medical Eye Center is one of the most respected ophthalmology practices in Oregon.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, we will work hand-in-hand with you to determine the best possible course of action based on your eye conditions, vision goals and lifestyle. Our surgeons are excited to offer the latest custom intraocular lens implants (IOLs) that can help reduce your need for glasses after surgery. Medical Eye Center was the first center in southern Oregon to implant Custom IOL’s—and our surgeons remain the most experienced in the region. An important part of the Custom IOL procedure is the ability to fine tune your results, as needed, with LASIK or other laser vision correction surgery. We are the only center in our region that performs LASIK to optimize your custom IOL result.
Medicare covers the basic level of cataract surgery with a standard intraocular lens. Medicare does not, however, consider custom cataract surgery medically necessary, so each patient will be responsible for the portion Medicare doesn’t cover. At Medical Eye Center, we believe financial considerations shouldn’t be an obstacle to your best possible vision. Our goal is to make the most advanced procedures affordable for any budget.
Learn more about cataract surgery in the pages at the right, or feel free to call our offices in Medford or Grants Pass and schedule an appointment. We’re happy to answer your questions!
How does cataract surgery work?
At Medical Eye Center, we use the most advanced technique called phacoemulsification. With this approach, a small incision is made in the eye and the cataract is broken up and removed. A new, clear intraocular lens (IOL) is then placed in the eye.
Our Cataract Surgery Center
Medical Eye Center has a specialized cataract surgery center in Medford, Oregon that’s devoted exclusively to surgical treatment of the eye. Our dedicated team performs thousands of cataract surgeries each year. Anesthesia providers are integrated into the team, enhancing our ability to provide comfort and safety to our patients. All our providers, including the anesthetist, accept Medicare, thereby reducing your out-of-pocket expense.
Your Referring Doctor
We work closely with other eye doctors in the region. If you’ve been referred to us for evaluation or treatment, we will send a report of your examination to your referring physician.
After Cataract Surgery
CRNA’s are anesthesia specialists that are board certified and highly trained to help keep you comfortable and safe before, during and after your procedure.
Before your procedure, your CRNA will assess your health and responsivity to anesthesia, taking into account any health conditions, current medications, and allergies to create a customized approach depending on your individual needs.
New monitoring technologies, improved anesthetics, and advanced education for providers have made the administration of anesthesia safer and more effective than ever before.
Types of Intraocular Lens Implants
Which intraocular lens is right for me?
Standard Intracocular Lens Implants
Custom Intracocular Lens Implants
Multi-focal Intracocular Lens Implants
Accommodating Intracocular Lens Implants
Toric Intracocular Lens Implants
Toric Intracocular Lens Implants
If you have astigmatism, your surgeon may recommend a Toric IOL which helps restore clarity to distance vision. Correcting astigmatism once required that tiny limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) be made in the cornea to change its shape. Now Toric IOLs can replace the need for these incisions in patients with mild to moderate astigmatism. For those with higher levels of astigmatism, a combination of technologies may be used. Generally, these procedures reduce the thickness of your glasses at all distances and may also reduce your reliance on glasses for distance vision.
Who is eligible for Custom IOLs?
Keep in mind that not all patients are candidates for Custom IOLs. A full examination by one of our surgeons will be required. There are many IOLs available and our surgeons have selected several that they believe work well for their patients. It’s important to maintain realistic expectations with any lens choice. No intraocular lens is perfect, and there is no way to completely eliminate your glasses. Compared to a standard mono-focal lens implant, however, Custom IOLs are the best option to allow you to continue to enjoy your favorite hobbies and active lifestyle with much less dependency on glasses.
Why choose Medical Eye Center?
The surgeons at Medical Eye Center were the first in Southern Oregon to use Custom IOLs, giving them the most experience with custom cataract procedures. An important aspect of the procedure is the ability to fine-tune vision results with laser vision correction surgery, such as LASIK. Medical Eye Center is also the regional leader in LASIK surgery and we have a state-of-the-art laser vision correction center at our Medford facility. As an added benefit, if needed, LASIK is included in the cost of your multi-focal or accommodating IOL surgery. No other regional eye center can offer this kind of exceptional service and experience. Medical Eye Center is dedicated to helping you achieve your best vision—and we will be there for you every step of the way.
What do custom intraocular lenses cost?
Medicare covers the basic level of cataract surgery with a standard mono-focal intraocular lens. Medicare does not consider Custom IOLs medically necessary, so there is an added expense that each patient will be responsible for. This is because Custom IOLs require a higher level of pre-surgical measurement and a more demanding surgical technique. Affordable monthly payment plans are available and you can learn more about our financing options. Or, call us today for a complimentary consultation. We’re happy to discuss all the options with you.
- Low monthly payment plans
- No money down
- No penalty for early pay off
- No annual fees
- No application fee
- The application process is fast and confidential