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Lifetime Eyecare Center specializes in diagnosing and treating various eye diseases and conditions including:
  • when the fluid pressure in the eye is damaging the eye's nerve tissue, causing gradual, permanent vision loss
  • develops slowly and painlessly, without any signs or symptoms
  • risk factors include age (over age 40), being nearsighted, heredity and diabetes
  • testing for glaucoma involves measuring your eye pressure, side vision tests and assessing the health of your optic nerve
  • advanced testing for early detection of glaucoma includes:
    - Threshold Visual Fields: computerized ultra sensitive testing of your side vision to detect very subtle changes characteristic of glaucoma
     - Heidelberg Retina Tomographer (HRT3): A 3-D imaging technology that allows us to detect incredibly small changes in the shape and depth of your optic nerve-this is vital in determining if glaucoma is present or progressing
  • treatment includes medicine drops, laser treatment or eye surgery
  • annual comprehensive eye exams are the best way for you to prevent needless vision loss from glaucoma

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Macular Degeneration
  • atrophy of the central retina causing gradual loss of straight ahead detail vision
  • risk factors include heredity, being fair complected, over 60, having cardiovascular disease, being a smoker, being overweight, ultraviolet light exposure, and poor nutrition
  • testing includes examining the retina during an eye exam, a special vision test called an Amsler Grid, and HRT3 testing of the macular area for evidence of fluid under the retina
  • treatment includes special vitamin supplements, laser treatments and injections of special medicine into the eye

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Diabetic Retinopathy
  • slowly damages the retinal blood vessels which causes gradual retina damage and vision loss
  • has no symptoms and affects half of all diabetics
  • poorly controlled blood sugar greatly increases the risk of eye complications
  • early detection and timely laser treatment can usually prevent severe vision loss
  • excellent control of your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol can significantly reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy
  • all diabetics should have an annual retina exam by an eye doctor, whether they are having problems or not

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Retinal Detachment
  • when the retina separates from the back wall of the eye
  • is a medical emergency and can result in devastating vision loss
  • risk factors include being highly near sighted, eye injuries, age and diabetic retinopathy
  • symptoms include sudden onset of seeing spots or floaters, flashes of light, a curtain or veil coming over your vision, or a sudden decrease in vision
  • consult us immediately if any of these symptoms occur, to prevent potential severe vision loss
  • treatment includes laser treatment or major surgery if the retina is detached
  • a cloudiness or opacity of the internal lens of your eye (not a film over the eye)
  • is much like a "dirty window" inside the eye, and can cause blur, glare, a gradual decrease in vision and frequent changes in your glasses prescription
  • caused by age, injury, side effect of some medications, smoking, and exposure to sunlight
  • cataract surgery is an out patient procedure where the eye's natural lens is replaced with a plastic lens implant, using small incision microsurgery
  • we diagnose cataracts during a comprehensive eye exam
  • we will help you decide whether to have cataract surgery and we'll help you select a surgeon-we will also provide all of your post op care

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 "Pink Eye" (Conjuctivitis)
  • redness of the eye accompanied by discharge and irritation
  • most often a viral infection, but may also be caused by bacteria, an allergic reaction, and overwearing or sleeping in contact lenses
  • treatment includes prescription eye drops and ointments, staying out of contact lenses and proper hygiene
  • we diagnose this by history, visual acuity, and a careful examination of the eye's surface with a slit lamp biomicroscope

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Dry Eye Syndrome
  • caused by lack of tears or poor tear quality which leads to irritation of the eye
  • risk factors include age, low humidity, forced air heat, contact lens wear, computer vision syndrome, medications, cigarette smoke, and dry, hot climates
  • symptoms include a gravelly , gritty "sand paper" sensation, burning, excessive tearing and blurred vision
  • treatments include using artificial tears, humidifiers, taking omega 3 supplements such as fish oil or flaxseed oil, drinking more fluids (except caffeine and alcohol), changing contact lens material and care solutions, and improving computer station ergonomics
  • we can implant punctum plugs in a brief, painless procedure to slow internal drainage of your natural tears
  • we can prescribe a medical drop call Restasis, which helps your eyes to produce more tears

Links to more information on dry eye syndrome

Please contact Lifetime Eyecare Center if you have any questions or concerns about your eyes or vision.

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Lifetime Eyecare Center
Dr. James M. Hutchins
105 Main Street West
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Phone: 507-794-2126