Your Eye Health

Whether you are currently wearing corrective glasses or not, it is advisable to go for regular eye check-ups in order to detect any eye conditions, diseases or defects which may not otherwise be apparent. While degenerative eyesight is a common and inevitable part of aging, there are many other vision conditions which can affect even young people and children such as Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) or Computer Eye Syndrome. It is important to detect and diagnose these conditions or eye diseases in the early stages so that effective treatment and corrective procedures can be given. Glaucoma, known as “silent thief of sight” and Diabetic Eye Disease are some of the other common eye diseases which occur without any apparent symptoms but can be detected during eye examinations and treated to prevent deterioration of eyesight and preserve vision.

Your eyesight is a wonderful gift. Care for it by going for regular eye exams to your Optometrist and also cultivating healthy habits such as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, not smoking and wearing protective eyewear. Give your eyes the care they deserve. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Protect and care for your eyesight through early detection and treatment of some of these common eye defects, conditions and diseases.

Vision Correction

Your vision is our concern.

Headaches caused by incorrect vision, fatigue from trying to focus or the need to squint are some of the common challenges you may face due to impaired vision. However, it is possible to ignore or even not notice impaired vision or defective vision unless you visit an optometrist for an eye examination or check-up. It is important to note that these are mere sight problems or defects and not diseases. Through timely detection and corrective measures, further deterioration of vision can also be avoided. Listed below are some of the most common vision defects which are easily treated and by wearing corrective eyeglasses or lenses.

Astigmatism

One of the most common eye defects, Astigmatism is caused by the inability of the eye to focus on objects at certain distances. It occurs when the cornea of the eye is not able to properly refract light that enters the eye, thereby producing blurred vision or making objects appear out of focus. The defect can lead to fatigue and eyestrain and if left untreated can increasingly become worse. Astigmatism is commonly present from birth and may be hereditary. It can be easily treated by corrective eyewear in the form of glasses or contact lenses. Other treatment methods include refractive surgery or LASIK, a laser assisted surgical procedure to reshape the cornea.

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

People who are hyperopic or farsighted have difficulty in performing tasks such as reading or sewing which requires the eyes to focus on objects which are closer to the eyes. They have no problems in seeing things which are far or at a distance. This is caused when the distance between the cornea and the retina in the eye becomes short leading to light being directed behind the retina instead of on it. The condition may be hereditary and can lead to blurred vision especially at night, headaches and eyestrain or watery eyes. Moderate cases of Hyperopia may not even require treatment as the eyes usually adjust or overcome the problem. If the condition persists or if defective vision is affecting your ability to do routine tasks, then it can be easily treated by wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

Children who are myopic will often sit close to the TV or find it hard to read what’s written on the board in a classroom. This is caused by a change in the natural shape of the eyeball which makes light entering the eyes fall short of the retina leading to an inability to focus on far-off objects. It is important to detect this early in children to prevent the defect from getting worse. Myopia or nearsightedness is generally detected while conducting a routine eye exam. Treatments include wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses for moderate to extreme cases as well as surgical procedures such as LASIK, Radial Keratotomy (RK) or Photo-Refractive Keratotomy (PRK) in some cases.

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Presbyopia (Aging Eyes)

As you age, your eyes may lose its flexibility making it difficult to read or clearly see objects which are nearby. This is a natural part of aging for most people and it can be detected in a routine eye examination. Especially after 40, it is important to get your eyes checked since taking corrective treatment can greatly improve your vision and quality of life. Depending on the degree of the defect, treatments range from wearing corrective eye glasses, bifocals or multifocal contact lenses.

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Eye Conditions

Look beyond. Look close. See well. Always.

There are many conditions which may affect the eyes and prevent them from functioning optimally. These may be conditions that are inherent or caused by external influences or even due to aging. Experiencing discomfort in the eyes or impaired vision may not always be the only symptoms noticeable. Some of these conditions may lie latent but can be detected during an eye examination. Early detection will facilitate corrective treatment measures which can arrest the degeneration of the condition from causing further damage to vision. Please note that the list is not meant to be comprehensive but indicative of some of the most commonly detected conditions.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

When one eye is stronger than the other, the functionality of the weaker eye becomes neglected and vision capability degenerates. Thereby vision is normal in one eye but blurred in the other. This condition is common in children and detecting lazy eye or amblyopia is important in order to administer treatment that can reverse the degenerative process. Since the condition is not easily detected, an eye examination before children begin school is recommended to diagnose and effectively treat Amblyopia. Treatment methods vary depending on the severity of the condition. Blocking vision in the stronger eye by wearing an eye-patch over it to strengthen the functionality of the weaker eye is one of the treatments.

Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Blepharitis

An inflammation of the eyelids, itchy, warm, sore or swollen eyelids and production of a dandruff-like substance on the eyelashes are some of the common symptoms of Blepharitis. It is caused by bacterial infection, an allergic reaction, a gland function abnormality or poor hygiene conditions. It can affect people of all ages. While causing acute discomfort, vision impairment and creating potentially awkward social situations, the condition is not contagious or cause damage to the vision. However, it is important to administer proper care and treatment since the symptoms recur and proper medical attention is required to control and manage the condition.

Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Cataract

Cataract is the formation of a cloudy part or area in your eye which may blur or block your vision. The condition can be detected during routine eye examinations. While it is common for cataracts to form as a result of aging, it may also be caused by overexposure to sunlight or diabetes or even smoking. Eating healthy, wearing sunglasses or a hat to prevent prolonged exposure to the sun and not smoking are some of the precautions you can take to prevent or delay its onset. While in most cases, cataract can adversely impact performing routine tasks like driving or reading, it may not always severely affect vision. In the event it causes blurry or unfocused vision, treatments range from wearing corrective eye glasses to surgical procedure to remove the cataract in severe cases.

Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Strabismus

The inability to focus on an object by both eyes at the same time can make a person look cross-eyed. One eye looks inward while the other outward. This condition known as Strabismus is commonly found in children though it may also develop in adults due to other vision problems such as hyperopia or cataract. It may not be always possible to prevent the condition but early detection can arrest it from deteriorating into Amblyopia or lazy eye. It can be caused by stress, fatigue or other illnesses. Proper management and care is required to avoid vision problems. Supporting the child’s self-esteem is also important to prevent behavioral problems caused by a sense of not appearing normal or attractive due to being cross-eyed.

Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Computer Vision Syndrome

Blurred vision, red eyes or irritation in the eyes often accompanied by headaches and neck pain are some of the common symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. This is a condition that is estimated to affect more than half the population who work regularly with computers. Looking at your computer screen for prolonged intervals without resting your eyes or improperly placed computer monitors too close to your eyes or even using the wrong eyeglasses can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome. Your eye doctor or optometrist can conduct an eye exam to evaluate the seriousness of the damage working with computers can cause and advice preventive measures including wearing special lenses or glasses when you are working on a computer.

Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Dry Eye Syndrome

When you blink your eyes, glands produce moisture which keeps your eyes well lubricated and protected. This is the reason why when dust or something goes into your eyes, it tears up to expel or get rid of the foreign body. Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition whereby the glands dry up and do not produce adequate lubrication to keep your eyes safe and functional. This causes discomfort, itchy eyes, irritation and if left untreated, vision impairment. Dry Eye Syndrome could also be an indication of a larger health problem such as arthritis or autoimmune diseases. Therefore proper detection, diagnosis and treatment is essential to manage and prevent vision damage or loss.

Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Eye Diseases

There are many eye diseases which can cause partial to progressive vision loss if ignored and untreated. While some of them may produce noticeable symptoms, there are some which can occur with hardly any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. It is therefore prudent and advisable to go for regular eye examinations especially if your family has a history of eye problems or eye diseases.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Inflammation of the thin protective mucous membrane that covers the eyes, makes your eyes appear red or pink and swollen. This protective membrane is called conjunctiva and Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye is a kind of bacterial infection or inflammation of the membrane. While it is a commonly occurring eye disease, it is easily treatable and usually goes away following proper care and treatment. However, it is highly contagious and also very dangerous in cases where the person affected may be suffering from an autoimmune disease. Conjunctivitis can also cause long-term to permanent damage to your vision especially in such case. Special care needs to be taken if the affected person is wearing lenses or has vision in only one eye to prevent the disease from worsening and causing corneal damage. Contact your eye doctor or optometrist for proper treatment and care.

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Diabetic Eye Disease

Anyone who is diabetic is at risk of developing a number of eye diseases, the most common of which is Diabetic Retinopathy besides Glaucoma and Cataract. In fact, Diabetic Retinopathy is considered the leading cause of blindness in adults. Diabetics are also more likely to develop Glaucoma and Cataract. The dangerous aspect of diabetic eye disease is the absence of any visible symptoms. It is therefore necessary for a diabetic to go for regular eye examinations at least once a year or as recommended by your doctor. A comprehensive eye examination with the pupils dilated enables the detection of any diseases caused by diabetes so that timely treatment can prevent vision damage or loss.

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is caused when the optic nerve which carries information from the yes to the brain is damaged. It is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it usually occurs without any warning symptoms and also because it is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Glaucoma can affect adults as well as children. It may produce mild symptoms like blurred vision

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).

Macular Degeneration (AMD)

When loss of vision occurs due to the deterioration of the Macula, a tiny but very important light sensing spot in the retina, it is known as Macular Degeneration. It begins with blind spots and blurry vision and can progressively lead to complete vision loss. Since the disease is mostly observed as people age, it is also referred to as Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD. Though there is no known cure once the disease sets in, through early detection and proper lifestyle changes, deterioration and decrease in vision can be decreased. Quitting smoking, eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly as well as protecting your eyes by wearing a hat or sunglasses are some of the preventive measures recommended. It is estimated that the risk of AMD increases as a person crosses 50. So the most important thing is to go for regular eye check-ups.

Our eye centers are dedicated to your quality of life, represented by our hometown convenience and our pursuit of excellence for your eyecare needs. Call to request an appointment at any one of our Eye Centers in Pequot Lakes or Crosslake, Minnesota for an eye examination. Call 218-568-5555 (Pequot Lakes) or 218-692-4700 (Crosslake).