Eye Care

Part of good eye care is having regular eye exams. The other part of good eye care is using common sense. For example, wear sun glasses outside or in tanning beds, don’t look at the sun, wear protective glasses when doing activities where something might hit your eyes, and try not to rub your eyes so you minimize infection.

Eye Exams

We offer eye exams here at the Minnesota Eye Institute, however, we do not fill prescriptions. This allows us the ability to provide you with a full-service comprehensive eye exam, without the added pressure of selling you an expensive pair of glasses.

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Why is a regular eye exam important?
We recommend regular eye exams so if any problems are forming they can be detected early on.

Why is dilation important?
It allows us to view the internal structures of the eye, obtain the most accurate amount of refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism), and judge the overall health of your eye.

How long will the dilation last?
Dilation usually lasts approximately 4 to 6 hours.  Caution should be taken with driving. We recommend bringing along a driver and a dark pair of sunglasses.

Will dilation hurt?
There is no pain involved but the dilation spray or drops might sting slightly. Afterwards, you might experence blurred vision and light sensitivity for several hours.

How old do you have to be to wear Contact Lenses?
This is not at any one particular age. A person is ready for contact lenses when they can maintain the proper care and handling of the contact lenses.

When should my child have his/her first eye exam?
Age 3 or 4 is the recommened age for the first dilated eye exam. The most common eye problem is the need for glasses. Our young patients cannot determine the prescription they need so simply dilating the eyes can tell the doctor if your child needs glasses or not. We also recommend regular exams so we can detect if any problems are forming early on.

Can excessive reading and focusing make me more nearsighted?
Yes, but ask our doctors what you can do to help slow the progression of nearsightedness.

What is a lazy eye?
Crossed eyes (strabismus), poor vision (amblyopia) or a droopy eyelid (ptosis) are usually the conditions most often referred to by the term “lazy eye”.

Minnesota Eye Institute
3401 S Broadway St
Alexandria, MN 56308

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