Physician Detail

Mary Gina Ratchford, MD


Practice

Ratchford Eye Center, LLC

Specialty

Ophthalmology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Cataract Surgery, Diabetes Management, Eye Care, Glaucoma

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/MaryRatchford

Phone

860.829.8939

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Gender
Female

Languages
English


Office Locations



Bio

AS WE AGE OUR EYESIGHT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE WHAT IT ONCE WAS… BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SHOULD SEE THE EYE DOCTOR? JOINING US FROM HARTFORD HOSPITAL IS DOCTOR MARY GINA RATCHFORD – A BOARD CERTIFIED OPTHMOLOGIST AND SURGEON.

HELLO DR. RATCHFORD.

Q. HOW DOES AGE REALLY AFFECT YOUR EYESIGHT?

A. Despite advances in modern medicine, we cannot slow down the aging process. People are generally living longer, retiring later, driving later in life, enjoy golfing, reading, sewing. Vision is essential to all these tasks. The visual pathway is complex involving the structures that focus the light which are located in the front of the eye, he light absorbing tissues in the back of the eye, and visual processing centers in the brain. Each component of the visual pathway can weaken over time leading to vision changes even in the absence of disease.

Q. WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON EYE CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH AGING?

A. Most common conditions related to aging are cataracts, a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, dry eye, decreased tear production form the lacrimal gland. Other structural changes include reduced pupil size, decrease in peripheral vision, reduced color sensitivity, and loss of contrast sensitivity. Light become much more important ...more lit is necessary for reading fine print as receptors require more light for stimulation. Glare or light scatter can also be a common symptom, especially at night with oncoming headlights.

As one ages, there naturally is higher risk of disease. In our region, we see not only cataracts, but higher incidences of both the dry and wet form of macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and dry eye as I mentioned earlier.

Q. WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A DOCTOR?

A. Since it is not easy to determine vision changes related to age or symptoms of early disease, it is recommended that folks over 65 have yearly complete eye exams by your ophthalmologist. Regular exams are critical in those with diabetes, even without vision changes. Early detection and treatment of the common disease can preserve vision. Sudden loss of vision, even momentary, increase in floaters, new blind spots, or if straight lines become wavy should prompt a phone call and a more urgent evaluation.

Q. WHAT ARE THE LATEST TREATMENTS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE AGING?

A. We have some newer innovations for the common age related conditions. Modern day cataract surgery can replace the cloudy lens quickly, safely and effectively. We utilize newer more precise tools to measure and implant lenses that can correct distance and near reducing dependence on glasses. We have new strategies for management of dry eye. At the end of the day, we still recommend common sense strategies to slow down aging process. Regular eye exams, no smoking, proper diet with plenty of dark skinned fruits and vegetables. Wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses containing 100% A and B filtration is important.

THANK YOU DR. RATCHFORD FOR JOINING US. IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASS COMING UP ON JUNE 12TH – YOU CAN CALL 1-855-HHC-HERE.


Education

Medical School

  • Albany Medical College MD

Residency

  • Ochsner Foundation Hospital

Fellowship

  • Duke University Eye Center, Glaucoma Program

Professional Organizations

Connecticut State Medical Society
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians
ASCRS


Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.


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