For almost everyone, sight is by far the most important of their five senses — up to 80% of the information our brains receive is from our eyes. People want an easy way to maintain their vision long-term and gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their eyes are healthy.
A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. Normally, light passes through the clear lens and is focused onto the Retina. However, the natural aging process can cause the lens to become cloudy.
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. Nearsighted eyes are good at seeing objects that are up close but have trouble seeing objects that are far away. This is due to a refractive error in the eye.
The cornea, lens and retina contribute to clear vision at all distances. In astigmatism, vision is blurred due to either an irregularly shaped cornea or lens.
Macular degeneration is a disease that causes sight-sensing cells in the macular zone of the retina to malfunction or lose function and results in debilitating loss of vital central or detail vision.
Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that lead to damage of the optic nerve (the nerve fiber that carries information from the eye to the brain), which can then lead to vision loss and the possibility of blindness. Optic nerve damage usually occurs in the presence of high intraocular pressure, but glaucoma can occur with normal or even below-normal eye pressure.
Strabismus is a visual problem in which the eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions. One eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye turns inward, outward, upward or downward.
This is the medical term for the most common diabetic eye problem and also the leading cause of blindness in American adults. It damages the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive nerve tissue in your eye that sends visual images to your brain.
We are part of the Northern Minnesota community and have been taking care of patients here since 1979. We are still independently (and locally) owned so that we can treat patients in their best interest, not recommend whatever is best for a corporation’s bottom line.