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Trust your vision care to Essentia Health’s optometrists. Our eye experts will help you see the world as it should look.
Find out more about eye care on our Ophthalmology page.
An optometrist is a doctor of optometry (OD), who has specialized training in the diagnose and treatment of vision and eye conditions. ODs prescribe eye glasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, vision therapy, medication and perform minor surgical procedures.
Make an appointment with an Essentia eye doctor if you experience symptoms such as:
Depending on your needs, you may work with:
See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.
Protect your eyesight with regular screenings and eye exams. These exams can catch vision problems early, when they’re easiest to treat.
If a screening finds something unusual, or you have symptoms of an eye problem, your doctor may order a diagnostic test. Depending on your symptoms, you’ll receive a test that looks at your vision or the physical structure of your eye. Your doctor uses the results to determine if you have an eye condition.
Learn about eye strain and how to prevent it when spending a lot of time on screens.
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Visit an Essentia optical shop for a broad selection of high-quality eyeglasses and contacts. If your eyes need more care, ask your doctor about eye surgery or vision rehabilitation. If you're in need of surgery, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist.
Ask your doctor for tips on relieving dry eyes, such as cleaning your eyelids daily.
If your dry eye symptoms won’t go away, you may benefit from LipiFlow. This treatment can open up clogged glands that prevent lipid (oil) from flowing freely in your tears. LipiFlow gently warms and presses on the glands to make the oil flow better and naturally keep your eyes moist.
If you have age-related wet macular degeneration, ask about injection treatment. A doctor will numb your eyes and then regularly inject medicine to help maintain your vision.