We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.
To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:
Comprehensive Eye Exams
On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every two years to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.
During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.
Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.
Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.request an appointment
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry Eye Syndrome is very widespread, and, all the more so, dry eyes in Lakeville is very prominent due to the harsh winters and constantly being in centrally-heated environments. For some people, the symptoms of dry eyes are minor. Perhaps a bit of soreness or inflammation. For others, however, Dry Eye Syndrome can be a chronic eye condition with frequent pain, inflammation, distress, and even corneal damage.
The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can vary somewhat, though they usually include one or more of the following:
- Dry, scratchy eyes
- Excessive Tearing
- Itchiness or irritation
- Inflammation or burning
- A feeling of grit, or like there is something in your eyes
- Pasty, gunky, or crusty eyes
In extreme cases, the eyes are very gunky and highly inflamed and painful. In such cases, the cornea itself can be damaged over time.
Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
We are proud to be the only optometry practice in the state of Minnesota to offer the Equinox Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT). LLLT is a non-invasive, pain and stress-free Meibomian Gland & Dry Eye Treatment for all patients regardless of skin type. No gel is required and both upper and lower lids are treated simultaneously, using direct and indirect Photobiomodulation, during the typical 15-minute application.
Our technology utilizes specially designed LED lights to deliver focused light of a specific color that targets the cellular power plants of the cells – the mitochondria, via comfortable wearable mask technology. This photobiomodulation stimulates the production of ATP – the energy that powers the cell. Our exclusive Mask technology places the LEDs 5-10mm from the skin, optimizing treatment.
LLLT technology has been used in medicine for over 10 years but only until recently did doctors discover its benefit for the Dry Eye patient, as well as several other eye conditions.
Beyond simple eye exams and astigmatism, your local optometrist has the training and equipment to most effectively treat most eye emergencies. In fact, ER doctors will often refer eye emergencies to an optometrist in any event. Don’t waste your time and see your eye doctor first!
At Lakeville Family Eye Care, we specialize in handling all manner of eye emergencies quickly and effectively. Our office uses cutting edge technology to digitally scan the front surface and back layers of the eye to accurately assess virtually every eye injury. Whether you are visiting Lakeville, or live in the area, we are happy to provide you with the highest level of emergency vision are available. We encourage anyone who is feeling concern about their vision or injury to their eyes to give us a call. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will make sure to fit you in quickly, even after hours.
- Sudden Vision Loss
- Eye floaters
- Eye Infections and Pink Eye
- Foreign Body Removal (removing things stuck in the eye)
- Eye injuries and cuts to the eye
- Painful, itchy, red, dry, or uncomfortable eyes
- Emergency contact lens and glasses
Pediatric Eye Exams
Here at Lakeville Family Eye Care, we are proud to offer pediatric eye examinations. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam finds that their eyes are healthy, they won’t need another appointment until they are between the age of two and three.
Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. For this reason, you should schedule yearly or bi-yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly.request an appointment
Low vision is described as a vision problem that makes it difficult to perform everyday activities yet it can’t be fixed with glasses, contacts or standard treatments.
Visual rehabilitation also aids in increasing the vision for those that currently have low vision. Low vision can affect how an individual performs everyday tasks (including, but not limited to) driving, sightseeing, and viewing TV/computer screens.
Color Blindness: Detection & Treatment
Despite the name, color blindness is not a form of “blindness.” Rather, it describes a condition in which your color perception is different from the majority of people. More accurately, this condition can be understood as a color vision deficiency that causes trouble with distinguishing specific colors, such as red and green or blue and yellow. Red-green is the most common form of color blindness. If you notice that you can’t always see distinct colors, our Lakeville eye doctor specializes in color blindness detection and treatment; contact us to book an appointment at Lakeville Family Eye Care.
Visible light is much more complex than you imagine. The natural sunlight outdoors, overhead lights indoors, and even light emitted from our digital devices are all forms of light that can affect your eyes. Though many of us are aware of sunlight and the hazards UV light can pose, what about the other sources of light such as blue light?
Blue light is quite high in intensity along the visible light spectrum and is just below UV radiation levels. Blue light has a wavelength of between approximately 380nm and 500nm making it one of the shortest, high-energy wavelengths. The short, high-energy waves of ultraviolet and blue light can cause various changes to the body. Though in moderation some exposure can be beneficial, too much exposure can cause sunburn or increase your risk for developing certain health conditions such as skin cancer, cataracts, or macular degeneration.
Where Does Blue Light Come From?
Blue light can be found everywhere. Though the sun is the main source of natural blue light, there are many man-made sources such as fluorescent lights and LED lighting. However, the most notable source of man-made blue light is from digital display screens on smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions. Though these devices may only emit a fraction of rays compared to the sun, the amount of time spent looking at these devices and in such proximity has been a cause for concern for many healthcare professionals.
Dangers of Blue Light
Though sunglasses provide some protection from UV rays, blue light can pass through the cornea and lens into the retina. This exposure can damage light-sensitive cells within the retina. With prolonged exposure, this may cause retinal damage leading to an increased risk of developing macular degeneration and permanent vision loss.
Over 40% of adults within the US work in a job that requires prolonged use of a computer or tablet. Due to the high flicker rate of blue light wavelengths, the glare these devices create deteriorates visual contrast, sharpness, and clarity. This is the reason why most people commonly feel an eye strain after using these devices for long hours.
For this reason, we recommend using blue light protective eyewear.
Blue Light Protective Lenses and Filters
If you use digital devices frequently or for work, purchasing a blue light filter can be an easy way to reduce your exposure. These filters are available for smartphones, tablets, and computer screens and are often available at any location where electronic devices are sold.
Some devices may even have settings built into the device to reduce the amount of blue light emitted without affecting the visibility of the display. Consider also lowering the brightness to prevent eye strain which can be especially important if you are viewing your device at night or in a darkened room.
Blue light protective lenses can also help to better guard your vision from the dangers of everyday blue light exposure. These special-purpose glasses are available without a prescription and can be routinely worn anytime you would use an electronic device or when working on your computer.
For those who don’t already have prescription lenses, prescription blue light glasses can be purchased to optimize vision use. Additionally, patients who do require prescription lenses can also consider adding a blue light protective coating to their lenses.
For more information on blue light and how to protect your eyes, please contact our office at (952) 898-9588.
Learn about some of the common eye conditions we treat at Lakeville Family Eye Care:
- Glaucoma Detection and Management
Glaucoma refers to a category of eye disorders often associated with a dangerous buildup of internal eye pressure. If uncontrolled or left untreated, glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness.
Astigmatism is a very common eye condition that’s easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses and on some occasions, surgery.
Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment in Lakeville, MN
Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a chronic condition that develops when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated.
As we reach middle age, particularly after age 40, it is common to start to experience difficulty with reading and performing other tasks that require near vision. This is because with age, the lens of our eye becomes increasingly inflexible, making it harder to focus on close objects. This condition is called presbyopia and eventually it happens to some extent, to everyone as they age.
Management of Ocular Diseases
Lakeville Family Eye Care makes it a policy to ensure that all staff members are up-to-date on the latest technology and techniques to make your visit as comfortable and effective as possible. As optometric technology changes, it is even more important to select an eye doctor who has all the right optometry qualifications and follows the latest developments in eye care.
Utilizing cutting edge technology we are diagnosing and managing, with greater precision, diseases like Glaucoma, Macular degeneration and Diabetic Eye Disease. Earlier and more precise diagnosis means earlier treatment and better outcomes. We are taking an aggressive approach to diseases that previously had few treatment options. Great advances have been made in the treatment of Dry Eyes, Cataracts and more.
- Macular Degeneration
During your routine yearly eye examinations with our Lakeville optometrists, we will check your eyes for any indication of macular degeneration.
Cataract Surgery Co-Management
Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss after age 55. Learn more about recognizing cataract symptoms, protecting your eyes and understanding cataract surgery.
Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye. Since the cornea is normally responsible for some 70% of the eye’s refractive power, its topography is of critical importance in determining the quality of vision.
The three-dimensional map is therefore a valuable aid to the examining ophthalmologist or optometrist and can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK and evaluation of its results; or in assessing the fit of contact lenses. A development of keratoscopy, corneal topography extends the measurement range from the four points a few millimeters apart that is offered by keratometry to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless.
Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.
This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.
The advantages of digital imaging include:
- Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
- Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
- Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
- Image resolution is extremely high quality
- Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
- No patient prep required
Digital Retinal Imaging
Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.
With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our office. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test measures the range of your peripheral or “side” vision to assess whether you have any blind spots (scotomas), peripheral vision loss or visual field abnormalities. It is a straightforward and painless test that does not involve eye drops but does involve the patient’s ability to understand and follow instructions.
An initial visual field screening can be carried out by the optometrist by asking you to keep your gaze fixed on a central object, covering one eye and having you describe what you see at the periphery of your field of view. For a more comprehensive assessment, special equipment might be used to test your visual field. In one such test, you place your chin on a chin rest and look ahead. Lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating. Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. These machines can create a computerized map out your visual field to identify if and where you have any deficiencies. The auto-refractor is a digital refractor that works much the same way as the old fashioned phoropter.
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today!
Please watch the optos Video for more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam.
Disease Diagnoses and Treatment
Sometimes, routine things can result in finding other things you didn’t know were there.
You know how when you bring your car to the mechanic for new brakes or an oil change, and they suddenly find other problems you didn’t know about? The same can happen during a routine eye exam, only it can affect more important things than your transmission.
Annual eye exams are important not only to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear, but to make sure there aren’t any signs of eye diseases or serious conditions on the horizon. That’s why Dr. Andrew Mattson performs a thorough eye exam, checking your eye health and asking questions about your medical history and personal lifestyle.
At Lakeville Family Eye Care, we see patients from the entire Lakeville, Minnesota area. Let us give you and your family the top-quality eye care you deserve.
Eye Doctors Treat Ocular Allergies in Lakeville
Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an oversensitive immune response, triggered by an environmental substance that most people’s immune systems ignore. Most individuals with allergies also suffer from eye allergies which affect millions of North Americans, particularly with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) which is common during the spring, summer and fall.
What Causes An Eye Allergy?
Eye allergies, or any allergies for that matter, occur when the immune system is hypersensitized to a stimulus in the environment that comes into contact with the eye. The allergen stimulates the antibodies in the cells of your eyes to respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause the eyes and surrounding tissue to become inflamed, red, watery, burning and itchy.
Eye allergens can include:
- Airborne substances found in nature such as pollen from flowers, grass or trees.
- Indoor allergens such as pet dander, dust or mold.
- Irritants such as cosmetics, chemicals, cigarette smoke, or perfume.
Tips for Coping With Eye Allergies
Allergies can go from mildly uncomfortable to debilitating. Knowing how to alleviate symptoms and reduce exposure can greatly improve your comfort and quality of life, particularly during allergy season which can last from April until October.
To reduce exposure to allergens:
1. Stay indoors and keep windows closed when pollen counts are high, especially in the mid-morning and early evening.
2. Wear sunglasses outside to protect your eyes, not only from UV rays, but also from airborne allergens.
3. Avoid rubbing your eyes, this can intensify symptoms and increase irritation. When the eyes get itchy, it is difficult not to rub and scratch them. However, rubbing the eyes can aggravate the allergic cascade response, making them more swollen, red, and uncomfortable.
4. Check and regularly clean your air conditioning filters.
5. Keep pets outdoors if you have pet allergies and wash your hands after petting an animal.
6. Use dust-mite-proof covers on bedding and pillows and wash linens frequently.
7. Clean surfaces with a damp cloth rather than dusting or dry sweeping.
8. Remove any mold in your home.
9. Reducing contact lens wear during allergy season or switch to daily disposable contact lenses.
Treatment for the uncomfortable symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include over-the-counter and prescription drops and medications. It is best to know the source of the allergy reaction to avoid symptoms. Often people wait until the allergy response is more severe to take allergy medication, but most allergy medications work best when taken just prior to being exposed to the allergen. Consult your eye doctor about your symptoms and which treatment is best for you.
Non-prescription medications include:
- Artificial tears (to reduce dryness)
- Decongestant eyedrops
- Oral antihistamines
Prescription medications include eyedrops such as antihistamines, mast-cell stabilizers, or stronger decongestants as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids.
Immunotherapy which are allergy injections given by an allergist are sometimes also helpful to assist your body in building up immunity to the allergens that elicit the allergic response.
If no allergy medicine is on hand, even cool compresses and artificial tears can help alleviate symptoms.
Finding the right treatment for your allergies can make all the difference in your quality of life, particularly during the time of year when most of us like to enjoy the outdoors.
Establishing a good contact lens fit starts with a thorough eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear.
Fitting lenses to your lifestyle
We will determine the best fitting lens based on your lifestyle needs and the shape and health of your eye. In most cases, you’ll have the opportunity to try lenses on the same day as your exam. You can even go home with a few samples before making a final decision.
Follow up fittings
We follow up the initial fitting and then make any necessary changes in fit or materials to get you the best possible fit. We teach all our patients proper contact lens care and also possible consequences if proper care is not taken. Then we continue with long-term follow-up to monitor the condition of the lenses and to ensure that proper hygiene is being maintained.
The MiSight® 1 day lens is clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8-12 years old. It serves as the cornerstone of a comprehensive myopia management approach that we expect to launch in the U.S. in Spring 2020.
- Easy to fit, single use lens
- Corrects refractive error and slows the elongation of the eye through ActivControl™ Technology
- Suitable for children as young as 8