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Eye Health

Your eyes are responsible for providing you with vision, perhaps the most important of the senses. However, the eye is a delicate and complicated structure that needs protection. The ugly truth is that eye injuries can happen at any time and place.

In The News

Additional optometrists see patients in Eau Claire

Two additional optometrists now see patients at the Eye Care Center in Eau Claire.

October 9, 2019
Additional optometrists see patients in Menomonie

Three additional optometrists now see patients at the Eye Care Center in Menomonie.

October 3, 2019

From The Blog

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Cataracts: What to look for

Cataracts can cause things to look foggy, and make reading or driving at night difficult. Learn when to make an eye exam appointment.

Michael Garvey, M.D. By Michael Garvey June 8, 2021
Child wearing sunglasses and bucket hat

Do children need sunglasses?

Parents often think to protect their children's skin with sunscreen when going outside. But what about protecting their eyes? Do children need sunglasses?

Nitika Arora MBBS By Nitika Arora May 26, 2021
Ellen Teske

Brighter view thanks to eyelid lift

Ellen Teske felt like her eyelashes were in her way and blocking her vision. Thanks to an eyelid and brow lift, Ellen says that "living is much better and brighter."

April 23, 2021
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Halloween safety: Decorative lenses can be dangerous

You may want decorative contact lenses as a way to enhance your Halloween look, especially when wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn why tinted eyewear may risk your eye health.

Robert Friese OD By Robert Friese October 20, 2020
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Protect your eyes from harmful light

Staring at digital screens often leads to tired eyes, blurred vision and headaches, but also can cause eye damage. Knowing the risks and how to safeguard your eyes from harmful blue light is important.


September 14, 2020
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Eye pain: Taking the sting out of a sty

Have you ever woken to discover a red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid? Here's how to treat a sty and when you should see a health care provider.

July 21, 2020
RuthAnne Langford, Anna Kitzmann, M.D., ophthalmologist, and Robert Friese, O.D., optometrist, discuss thermal pulsation treatment.

New treatment helps woman with chronic dry eyes

Chronic dry eyes kept RuthAnne Langford from doing the things she loved for years. Read how a new thermal pulsation treatment improved her condition so she can enjoy her hobbies again.

March 9, 2020
Linda Schweikert

Seeing teamwork at its brightest

Linda Schweikert’s eyesight took a turn for the worse overnight. But thanks to an expert care team working across organizations, she got the vital treatment she needed in time.

September 13, 2019
Nancy Hannafin

Eye care visit leads to brain surgery for pain relief

Nancy Hannafin's unexplained head pain was excruciating. But her optometrist suspected the mystery source of pain was neurological and referred her to a neurologist for evaluation.

September 13, 2018
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Don’t be fooled by glaucoma — the silent sight thief

Glaucoma, commonly called the silent thief of sight, is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is critical for good vision. Learn what to do to protect and secure your sight.

Matthew Cooke, M.D. By Matthew Cooke May 16, 2018
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Seeing is believing with help of retinal specialist, eye surgery

Brad Stevens has had his share of health-related ups and downs through the years. The 37-year-old Boyceville, Wisconsin, man has Type 1 diabetes, which often causes diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease.

January 26, 2018

How to watch the solar eclipse safely

On Aug. 21, weather permitting, a solar eclipse — when the moon blocks the sun — will be visible in North America. While the eclipse is going to be a momentous occasion, it’s something experts say you need to enjoy safely.

August 16, 2017