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William Rodden

Retina & Vitreous to open Medford office

Retina & Vitreous Center plans to open a third Southern Oregon office later this year.

The specialty eyecare clinic is building a 6,075-square-foot office on a vacant corner lot at 3516 Excel Drive in northeast Medford. The property was acquired for $485,000 on Feb. 7; S & B James Construction will build the $1 million structure. The project is expected to be finished next fall.

Like the Ashland-based practice’s Grants Pass office, the Medford location will be considered a satellite operation.

“We see an average of 40 to 50 patients a day,” said Retina & Vitreous Center spokesperson Lindsey Negra. “This will make it a lot more convenient for a lot of our patients who are older or have trouble with transportation. The majority of our referring doctors are in Medford, so it will be closer for their patients, too. ”

The clinic draws patients from as far as the Pacific Coast, Northern California, and Douglas and Klamath counties.

“It will make a shorter trip for the people coming from Klamath Falls,” she said.

RVC treats vitreoretinal disorders and diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, vein occlusions, ocular trauma, and complications from cataract surgery.

The 24-person staff is led by board certified ophthalmologists William Rodden, Christine Gonzales and John Hyatt.

The Medford location will be fully functional with the exception of a few specialized tests and surgeries, which will continue to be performed in Ashland, where the business was launched in 1992. Business hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Days of operation have yet to be determined.

— Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or gstiles@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GregMTBusiness or www.facebook.com/greg.stiles.31.

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