eye life eye care
Complete eye care is more than just a vision exam.
Eye Exams
The Eye Life Institute offers both comprehensive medical exams and vision exams. A comprehensive medical exam consists of various procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes. Our doctors examine the inside of your eye to check for cataracts, retinal problems such as macular degeneration, and evidence of systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Glaucoma and dry eyes are also evaluated. We recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. 

We perform vision exams to determine the need for glasses. The refraction is a series of lens tests to determine the proper prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Your special needs and preferences are taken into consideration before the final correction is determined. Visit our Optical Boutique for the latest in frames and lens options.

For more information and educational tools, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website at www.geteyesmart.org
Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. When we look at something, light rays travel into our eye through the pupil and is focused through the lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. The lens must be clear in order to focus light properly onto the retina. If the lens has become cloudy, this is called a cataract. When a cataract causes bothersome vision problems that interfere with your daily activities, our doctors may recommend surgery to remove the cataract. With cataract surgery, your eye's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens or IOL).
Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye disease occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor-quality tears. This can happen for a number of reasons, including aging, hormonal changes, side effects of diseases, medications, and other causes. Dry eye disease can get worse over time and cause permanent impairment of vision - it is important to have a dry eye evaluation if you are experiencing any symptoms. Symptoms may include red eyes, burning or itching eyes, a feeling there is grit in your eyes, light sensitivity, and watery eyes.

Eye Life Institute is an Accredited Dry Eye Center and has the tools to confirm your diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for you. We offer the most advanced technology for dry eye diagnosis. Call our office and make an appointment for Dry Eye Evaluation.
Glaucoma Management
Ophthalmologists call glaucoma the "sneak thief of sight" as there is seldom an indication that you have the disease until it is in its advanced stages. Glaucoma is the disease of the optic nerve often associated with high pressure inside the eye. Blind spots and eventually blindness may result. If you are over 40 with a family history of glaucoma, be sure to schedule a comprehensive eye examination. Early detection and treatment can prevent permanent loss of vision.
Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes can affect vision by causing cataracts, glaucoma, and most importantly, damage to the blood vessels inside the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the eye. People with untreated diabetes are said to be 25 times more at risk for blindness. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is the best protection against loss of vision. Those with diabetes should schedule an exam with an ophthalmologist at least once per year – with careful monitoring treatment can begin before sight is affected.
Pediatric Vision Care
Is your child seeing as clearly as they should? Children should be examined by the family doctor, pediatrician, or ophthalmologist during infancy and preschool years to detect potential eye problems. Children may be born with impaired vision or strabismus. Modern advances have made it possible to treat these conditions safely and comfortably. If your child is of school age and has not yet had an eye exam, call Eye Life today to schedule an appointment. Dr. McPherran is experienced in diagnosing and correcting pediatric eye conditions. Our Optical Boutique carries the latest designer frames especially for children.
Low Vision Service
Helping people with partial vision lead independent, fulfilling lives.

At Eye Life Institute we are fully aware of the growing number of visually impaired patients who need Low Vision care. Our Low Vision Specialist, Gina Gavett, provides a variety of effective solutions for overcoming the difficulties associated with vision loss. Gina equips and trains each patient to function using the vision they have left. With over 20 years-experience, Gina helps patients regain independence, discover adaptive technology, and learn coping skills.
Eye Care Testimonials
"Was impressed once again with the kindness shown towards me by all of the staff: Front office, technicians, and the doctor.” – anonymous

"I just want to say, thank you for excellent service . When I needed to be seen , because of injuries, your staff has gotten me in that day and fixed my injuries in a very professional manner . Again thank you.” - TimothyS.

"Fantastic, have always been provided services on time and with a friendly staff. Keep up the great support. Thank you one and all.” - RobertW.

"I really enjoy the staff and the doctors. They are the best and very caring people. Love my doctors. Thank you for all you have done for me and my care.” - CherylC.

"Excellent service, as usual. Overall, a very good experience.” - CorinneA.

"The level of professionalism while still showing a very caring atmosphere was awesome. Everything was explained so well and we had no problems following all instructions for a very satisfactory outcome. Love this place for our eyes!!! All of the employees are exceptional and Doctors know their profession well.” – BruceI.

"I have been extremely satisfied with my experience at Eye Life Institute-Paradise!! The staff are so very friendly, helpful and willing to take the time necessary to answer any and all questions. The facilities are clean, bright and very comfortable! And, having met Dr. Gajda once at this point, I am very impressed with how thorough and pleasant he is and how comfortable he made me feel about the process. Having cataract surgery can be a bit daunting but, from the time I walked in the door, I was made to feel important and cared about. I was made to feel very comfortable and all issues, questions, and concerns were addressed. I am quite ready to have the surgery and feel very prepared for the process. I would highly recommend Eye Life Institute to anyone with vision issues who wants a thorough, professional experience where your are made to feel cared about, important and confident you are in excellent hands!” – LynnR.