General eye care

30924Taking care of your eyes is an important part of maintaining your health. At Casey, we have the resources you need to give your eyes the best. From routine eye exams and contact lenses to early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems, our goal is to give you the healthiest eyes and best possible vision throughout your lifetime. Casey offers clinics specializing in the general eye care of both adults and children.

The Comprehensive Ophthalmology Clinic at OHSU's South Waterfront  location offers care for adults. Convenient parking and appointments, as well as a team of doctors and opticians, are available to meet your needs. We also offer services at other locations throughout the region.

Casey's Elks Children's Eye Clinic meets the needs of the region's children for both general and specialty care. The optical services specialize in a wide selection of glasses for children and young adults. Services are located at the primary Casey Eye Institute facility on Marquam Hill. Recently Casey expanded pediatric services  to Casey's new Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Washington.

All adults should have eye exams on a regular basis to check for eye health problems. More than just checking your vision, regular eye exams help detect glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts and diabetic retinopathy among other health problems.

Eye examinations should take place as follows: 

  • By age four - All children should have their eyes checked by age four. If there is family history of childhood vision problems, or if the child has a wandering, crossed, or other eye problem, his or her eyes should be checked earlier.
  • Before age 20 - As recommended by a pediatrician or other doctor.
  • Between 20 and 40 - Every five years, unless you experience any problems such as visual changes, pain, flashes of light, new floaters or tearing, or if you have an eye injury.
  • Between 40 and 64 - Every two to four years.
  • Over 65 - Every one to two years.

African-Americans are at greater risk for glaucoma, and should have eye examinations every three to five years before age 40 and every two years after age 40.

People with diabetes are at risk for several eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts, and should have eye examinations every year.