About Us

Who we are

Oregon Eye Consultants, LLC is a leader in comprehensive and vitreo-retinal ophthalmic care in Western Oregon. Our practice strives to provide the highest level of eye care, aiming to support an atmosphere that will comfort and educate our patients in all services they receive. Our goal is to enhance the life of each patient by taking care of all their vision needs.

Our story

Oregon Eye Consultants, LLC dates back to the 1950s and has always been considered a family organization. John Lyman, M.D., started his ophthalmology practice in the 1970s, acquiring the practice from his father, Howard Lyman, M.D., who had practiced in the community for decades.

In 1986, Dr. Lyman, along with Howard Fine, M.D., Gary Stewart, M.D., and William Spangler M.D. created the Oregon Eye Institute which became the home of four separate practices, an optical shop and a diagnostic testing facility. It was named Oregon Eye Associates. This facility is still the home location for Oregon Eye Consultants.

The Oregon Eye Surgery Center, the first ophthalmology-focused ambulatory surgery center in the area was established a few years later by the Oregon Eye Associates physicians. The surgery center allows the physicians to provide on-site, cost-effective surgery for their patients.

Keyhan F. Aryah, M.D. joined Dr. Lyman’s practice in 1992 and soon after, Dr. Lyman moved to Utah.
Dr. Aryah continued to grow the practice and opened satellite offices in Florence, Newport and Springfield.

In 1999, Robert J. Champer, M.D., Ph.D., joined Oregon Eye Consultants, a vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist providing sub-specialty care to the community. His practice grew to two locations in Roseburg, and the existing Newport and Florence facilities. John W. Karth, M.D., a second vitreo-retinal physician joined in 2007. Since that time, Oregon Eye Consultants’ retina physicians have expanded their practice to North Bend.

2015 brought a lot of changes. Oregon Eye Consultants opened their Riverbend District office in Springfield, allowing patients the convenience of a location right off of I-5. W. Benjamin Kunz, M.D., a cornea specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist also offering refractive surgery joined the practice in July of 2015.

Robert M. Beardsley, M.D., joined Oregon Eye Consultants in August of 2015, a vitreo-retinal ophthalmologist and specialist in uveitis and ocular Inflammatory diseases. The next year brought the retirement of Robert J. Champer, M.D., Ph.D., in December. Peter A. Karth, M.D., MBA, joined the practice in December of 2016, a vitreo-retinal physician and brother to John W. Karth, M.D.

Today we continue to grow and are committed to providing the highest level of care. Oregon Eye Consultants still holds dearly its sense of family and tradition that has been in our community since the 1950s.