Frequently Asked Questions

We've provided common questions and answers below. If you have additional questions, please call us or ask at your next appointment. We provide all levels of eye exams from complex vision problems to annual checkups.

Optical Care In Medford, Oregon

Q. Do I need to bring anything with me to my eye appointment?
A. Please bring your current insurance card and a list of current medications including dosages. You should also bring your current glasses or contacts.

Q. How often should my family get our eyes checked?
A. Infants should have their eyes checked before the age of 2. Children should have their eyes checked again prior to entering school for the first time. Adults should have an annual eye exam.

Q. Does my child still need a comprehensive eye health and vision exam if they've already had a vision screening at their school?
A. Yes. Though school vision screenings are an excellent way for the school systems to pick up some abnormalities in your child's vision, they are not comprehensive enough to detect serious vision issues. To accurately detect problems that may affect your child's vision, schedule a comprehensive eye health and vision exam.

Q. Why do I need reading glasses?
A. As we get older, a natural age-related process occurs that affects everyone - even if you have always had normal vision. When you go past the age of 40-50, the lens inside your eye loses its elasticity and cannot focus on objects that are close. For this condition, called presbyopia, you normally need reading glasses. Come in for an eye exam to accurately determine your eye health and vision.

Q. Can I wear contact lenses?
A. Contact lens technology has advanced greatly in recent years, giving people freedom, comfort and choice. Almost all refractive errors can be corrected with contact lenses.

Q. What is an Ophthalmologist?
A. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases or other conditions. The training required to become an ophthalmologist includes at least four years of medical school (after undergraduate college); a one-year internship in general medicine at a hospital; and a three-year residency in ophthalmology at an accredited teaching program. Many ophthalmologists choose to complete one or two additional years of training in a fellowship, concentrating on a particular aspect of medical or surgical eye care.

Q. Is YAG Laser Vitreolysis an effective procedure?
The use of vitreolysis dates back to the eighties when Professor Aron Rosa, Paris, France, and Professor Franz Fankhauser, Berne, Switzerland, who were pioneers in the use of YAG lasers, published their success with vitreolysis. This is an outpatient-based procedure and has a low complication rate.

Q. What are Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed physicians who practice in every medical specialty‚Äč. They provide a full range of services, from prescribing drugs to performing surgery, and they use the latest medical tools. But DOs offer something special which is unique approach to patient care‚Äč.

Q. What does "board-certified" mean?
A. Board certification means that an ophthalmologist has taken and passed a rigorous examination, which covers all aspects of medical and surgical eye care. The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is the main certifying body for ophthalmologists in the United States.

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~ Martin Stadtmueller

"I could not be more pleased by the treatment I received from Dr. Rutar and her staff. She performed two cataract surgeries for me and each time she carefully explained all the options and risks along with the likely outcomes. I was completely confident in her approach, as well as in her staff, who are very pleasant and professional."
~ Lee Baldwin

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~ Thriving Man

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