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At Paden Eye Care Center, we’ve been committed to remaining on the leading edge of vision treatments since we first opened our doors in Medford, OR, in 1986. We utilize a range of state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and innovative techniques to detect eye care concerns and meet the issue head-on, including five different lasers to deliver the proper treatments.

From dry eyes to glaucoma and cataract treatment, our team of expert eye care professionals aims to provide every patient with a personalized experience and a clear path forward.

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Cataracts

What Is a Caract?

Cataracts are the result of gradual clouding within the lens inside of the eye. Age, diabetes, high blood pressure, eye injuries, kidney disease and certain medications can play a role in the development of cataracts. The dominant cause is age and the average age of those getting cataract surgery is in the eighties.

Glaucoma

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is ongoing slow damage to the optic nerve, which transports visual information to the brain. The speed of this damage is sensitive to eye pressure. Very early on, this damage is hard to detect since all testing comes back normal. Only baseline studies, which are repeated over time, will detect early glaucoma. Once treatment is indicated, there are numerous drops available, as well as a selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) to reduce the pressure.

Diabetic Retinopathy

What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?

A person’s risk for developing glaucoma, cataracts, blindness, and decreased vision is heightened if they live with diabetes. Our eye care clinic provides comprehensive vision examinations to detect the issue before it further develops. Innovative diagnostic tools, such as Spectralis® Heidelberg Retinal Angiography and Optical Coherence Tomograph (HRT OCT) have put Paden Eye Care Center at the forefront of diabetic eye disease treatment.

Macular degeneration

What Is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of life-changing vision loss, which cannot be restored. This leaves us with the challenge of preventing it or slowing down its progress. Several different approaches have helped achieve this goal, laser treatments, nutritional intervention, and injections. Wet macular degeneration use to cause devastating vision loss in days or weeks, but now we can stop vision loss for 12 years or more in some patients. This is by far the biggest breakthrough in dealing with this difficult disease.

2RT® Retinal Rejuvenation

Macular degeneration is the number one cause of vision loss in all developed countries. In its advanced stages the affected person cannot read, drive, or recognize the faces of others, and no treatment will return normal vision and a normal life to that person.
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In its early stages macular degeneration has little or no effect on vision, and some people are unaware that trouble has started. Regular, careful, dilated eye exams are the best way to diagnose the early stages of macular degeneration. Widefield cameras cannot see the earliest details that a well-trained doctor can see through a dilated pupil. Now that retinal rejuvenation has been proven to significantly delay advanced vision loss in macular degeneration, it is more important than ever to find early, dry macular degeneration.

2RT® Retinal Rejuvenation uses laser light to slow the progression of intermediate macular degeneration to late stage disease. In a patient with drusen in both eyes the progression to severe vision loss is slowed down 77%. This means that if a patient was going to lose vision in five years, it gives the patient 22 years before the vision loss becomes severe. It is the first and only treatment of its kind in the world.

During the procedure, 2RT treatment stimulates a process of cellular rejuvenation initiating a natural wound healing response in the eye, resulting in a younger and better functioning retinal pigment epithelium. The retinal pigment epithelial layer is the life support system for the rods and cones that are necessary for a good vision. A major benefit of 2RT® is that it enables treatment to be applied much earlier in the disease process — preserving functional vision before irreversible physical damage and vision loss occurs.

In December 2017, the first three 2RT® lasers arrived in the United States. Paden Eye Care Center, in Medford, Oregon, received the first of these and has the only 2RT® laser on the West Coast as of January 2018. (Stanford University is getting one in about a month). Ellex corporation, the developer and manufacturer of the 2RT® laser, awarded Dr. Paden this opportunity in appreciation for 12 years of consultation on the best procedures for using their existing glaucoma and retinal lasers.

2RT® is an outpatient procedure; you do not need to stay overnight in the hospital. The procedure typically takes 10 minutes to perform. This procedure is not covered by any insurance presently and is currently $1000 per treatment per eye. Typically, the treatment is repeated once per year.

If you have macular degeneration and reasonably good vision (good enough for a driver’s license), or have a family history of macular degeneration, you may be a candidate. Depending on your last dilated exam and images, we may be able to determine over the phone whether you are a likely candidate for 2RT® treatment. This treatment does not apply to every type of early dry macular degeneration, and we do not want you to make an unnecessary trip to our office. If you are deemed a possible candidate and would like to proceed, a full dilated exam with macular images, billable to your medical insurance, will be scheduled prior to the treatment. Please call our office at 541-776-9026 or email us with your name and date of birth for more information.

Do you think you may be developing cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or macular degeneration?

Common Conditions We Treat

Paden Eye Care provides innovative, informative, and highly personalized eye care for patients in Southern Oregon communities, including Medford, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Ashand, Northern California and the Oregon Coast.
  • Retinal Vascular Diseases, including; Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration, Vein and Artery Occlusions, and Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Tear
  • Eye Infections
  • Corneal Abrasion or Injury
  • Dry Eye
  • Eye Allergies
  • Flashes and Floaters
  • Astigmatism 
    • Nearsightedness
    • Farsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Keratoconus
Business Hours
Monday — Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Every Other Friday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday
Closed

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