Advanced Eye Care Treatments
Our highly personalized care ensures you receive the care you deserve, and more importantly, a care plan that is unique to you and your health. We treat a range of eye diseases and conditions, and provide ophthalmology and optometry services.
With medication and pressure-reducing eyedrops Dr. Paden can help you address damage caused by glaucoma.
In 2002, Dr. Paden introduced selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) to Oregon. This procedure may be an excellent alternative if you have not had luck with laser surgery or pressure-reducing eyedrops.
Dr. Paden offers laser iridotomy for patients with narrow-angle glaucoma.
Our practice offers comprehensive eye exams to help diagnose diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy damages blood vessels in the retina in the light-sensitive layer in the back of the eye, the retina. As the retinopathy progresses the blood vessels can leak, causing the retina to swell and can result in vision loss. Dr. Paden will evaluate your condition with the Spectralis® Heidelberg Retina Angiograph and Optical Coherence Tomograph (HRT OCT) unit. This is an innovative diagnostic tool that provides the most accurate information regarding the health of the retina and surrounding blood vessels.
The leaking vessels can be treated with intravitreal injection of the latest specialized medications. In addition, Dr. Paden also treats macular edema, which is when the blood vessels in the macula leak fluid and cause the retina to swell. He was the first ophthalmologist in Medford, OR to offer treatment for this condition and has pioneered improvements in focal laser techniques.
For more advanced cases of retinopathy, or if bleeding into the vitreous (the gel that fills the eye) a vitrectomy may be necessary. This is a surgical treatment that is performed only after all other options have been exhausted. These procedures are coordinated with a board-certified retina surgeon, so you receive the same level of care you do in our office.
To help you achieve your best level of eye and overall health, Dr. Paden will recommend a number of preventative care measures, including scheduling periodic eye exams and maintaining control of your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
While there is no cure for macular degeneration, Dr. Paden can help slow the progression of the disease. He does this by recommending mineral and vitamin supplements, as well as lifestyle changes, such as eating dark-green leafy vegetables and quitting smoking.
Intravitreal injection therapy is offered to the "wet" form of macular degeneration. This type causes blood vessels under the retina to leak fluid, causing a scar to develop. This can proceed to severe vision loss. The injection therapy can help stop abnormal blood vessel growth and hemorrhaging.
Pterygium is a benign thickening of the outer coating of the eye that grows onto the cornea. It can become irritated and even disrupt vision. Dr. Paden’s advanced pterygium surgery technique offers excellent cosmetic outcomes and an extremely low recurrence rate.
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.
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.
Setting the Standard for Innovative Eye Care Since 1986
Since our beginning, Paden Eye Care Center has been dedicated to providing patients with the state-of-the-art, innovative eye care treatments. We serve patients from communities across Northern California and Southern Oregon with highly personalized care. Dr. Paden goes the extra mile to give patients the resources they need to take charge of their overall health and nutrition.