Optometry & Ophthalmology

Trust your eye and vision care to Essentia Health’s optometrists and ophthalmologists. Our eye experts will help you see the world as it should look.

What’s an Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) with specialized training in the diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions involving the eyes. 

What’s an Optometrist?

An optometrist is doctor of optometry (OD). ODs have training in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of the eyes. ODs also examine eyes for vision problems and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses.

When to See an Eye Doctor

Make an appointment with an Essentia eye doctor if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Blurry vision or change in vision
  • Eye pain
  • Red eye
  • Stye, or a pink lump at the eyelid’s edge

Eye Care Team

Depending on your needs, you may work with:

  • Ophthalmologist – Eye doctor and surgeon
  • Optometrist – Vision specialist who prescribes glasses and contact lenses
  • Certified ophthalmic assistant – Professional who helps an eye doctor take tests and measurements

Conditions

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.

Conditions

Vision Screenings & Diagnostic Tests

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.

Eye Strain

Learn about eye strain and how to prevent it when spending a lot of time on screens.

Surgical & Nonsurgical Eye Care

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.

Dry Eye Treatment

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.

Macular Degeneration Treatment

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.

Make an Appointment

Call 844-663-1068
Monday-Friday: 8 am to 5 pm