Education Library

  • 5 Tips for Itchy Eyes this Allergy Season

      Clean and stay indoors. Try avoiding the pollen and allergens that are causing your eyes to itch. Allergies can come from many sources: soaps, mold, mildew, and pollen. Try to find the source of your allergies. Check weather sites like weather.com for pollen counts. Over the counter allergy medicine. Claritin and other antihistamines are a great way not only to deal with that sneezy runny nose but also to getting rid of those itchy eyes. Careful though sometimes they can cause more dryness which leads us to the next tip. Avoid eye drops like Visine and use artificial tears instead. Many eye drops contain tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride which constricts blood vessels to reduce red eye which can give temporary relief but actually cause red eye after prolonged use. Using an artificial tear that mimics a person’s natural tears can wash allergens away from the eyes and help with dry and itchiness. Mark your calendar. You may find your allergies act up at the same time every year. Be prepared and start using your allergy medicine in advance or spending little less time outdoors to avoid the pollen. See your local optometrist. You may find out your red itchy eyes are actually an eye infection. We can help you find other solutions like trying daily contacts and prescription medications. Dr. Jamison has more than 10 years’ experience in eye care and opened her eye clinic in Eden Prairie MN to give patients a more personal eye care experience.  Our goals is to help our patients See Look and Feel Great. Our ‘All Inclusive’ Eye Exam is focused on your long term health and giving you the best vision options possible. We believe in using the latest technology and the best materials from brands like Varilux and Crizal. We specialize in our Diamond HD lenses which are personalized diamond cut digital lenses to give you custom vision that you can not get from a one hour lab.  Our ..

  • Dilated Eye
    Pupil Dilation

    As part of your regular eye exam your doctor should dilate your pupils to see the back of your eye (retina). The doctor will put eye drops into your eyes that will start the process. After 15 to 20 minutes your eyes will be fully dilated. As your pupils grow your eyes will be more open, letting more light in and allowing your doctor to take a close look into your eye and retina. Why? Dilation is important because it allows your doctor to take a close inspection of the back of your eye and retina. We will look for conditions like retinal detachment, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes and more. Dilation can be a great look at your overall heath because it is the only non-invasive way to take a close look at your nerves and blood vessels. People with diabetes should get regular eye exams to check for vision changes. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and early detection can help protect their vision. Side Effects Your vision will be blurry and sensitive to light for 4-6 hours. You should bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight after your exam. Many patients are able to return to their normal activities after an exam but be prepared to wait to drive and get your vision back to normal.  

  • Eye Infection, Red Eye

    Eye infections can be caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. Eye infections can invade your eye and surrounding areas. The most well knows eye infection is pink eye or conjunctivitis. Symptoms Pain Itching Dry Eyes Blurry Vision Swelling Eye Gunk / Discharge Watery Eyes Causes and Types of Eye Infections Eye infections are typically viral, fungal or bacterial. –          Pink Eye or conjunctivitis  – This is a common and highly contagious eye infection that is common among children. This is transmitted through contact and can quickly spread through classrooms and work places. –          Keratitis – which can be viral and fungal. –          Acanthamoeba Keratitis – This is a parasite that can cause loss of vision. Contact lens wearers are at increased risk and should observe safety tips like not swimming with contact and or disinfecting contact lenses immediately after. –          Endophthalmitis – This is an eye infection that has penetrated into the eye. Endophthalmitis can lead to blindness without treatment with antibiotics. This can occur with an eye injury including complications from eye surgery. Contact Lens wearers are at increased risk of eye infections and should follow proper contact lens care and manufacture instructions to reduce risk. Treatment Anytime you suspect an eye infection you should always visit your eye doctor for a medical eye exam. Medical eye exams are typically covered by health insurance even if you do not have vision insurance. If you wear contacts you should wear normal glasses until you see your eye doctor. Bacterial eye infections are typically treatable and clear up easily with antibiotic eye drops, ointments and compresses. Viral eye infection typically are typically treated with steroid cream or drop to reduce inflammation. Viral infections can require time to resolve. Your doctor should create a treatment plan specific to your condition including follow up appointments. If you condition worsens or changes contact your eye doctor immediately. Prevention Avoid contact with people with red eye including sharing towels and bedding ..

  • Stabismus

    People who have crossed eyes where the eyes do not line up looking at an object is Strabismus. One eye may be turned in, out, up, or down.  Someone with strabismus may avoid double vision by using one eye to focus on objects resulting in headaches and eye strain.  Strabismus should be treated as early as possible to avoid lazy eye amblyopia. Why? Strabismus can be a natural occurrence happening at birth. Strabismus can also be caused by nervous system, eye muscle, and disorder problems. Eye alignment changes can also happen later in life and can be a sign of other serious health problems like a stroke. A sudden misalignment of the eyes or double vision should be checked immediately. Diagnosing Strabismus If you or your child is has misalignment issues you should see an eye doctor for consultation. Strabismus in children is often treatable and will help them avoid future eye problems. Treatment Options Vision therapy is recommended for someone who has strabismus. You doctor will develop a plan to help strengthen the eye muscles and train the patient’s brain to align their eyes to focus together. Surgery can also be used to treat strabismus by moving the muscle to either strengthen or weaken the muscle helping to turn the eye in the correct direction. Early treatment is in important so eye problems do not develop and become permanent. Schedule an Appointment If you are suffering from these systems and would like to set up an appointment to today please contact us at (952) 934-2084 or schedule an appointment online.

  • Macular Degeneration

    Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in older people. As you age build up in the center of your retina can cause vision loss in the best part of your vision. Symptoms: Blurry Vision Change in Color Perception like Yellowing Wavy Vision Blind Spots Loss of Central Vision Types and Causes Dry Form – The Dry form of macular degeneration is caused by genetic waste deposits building up in the macula. This causes vision loss at the center part of your vision. This form may start with challenges in reading and loss of their central vision. Wet Form – The wet form of macular degeneration is caused by abnormal blood vessels at the macula. This leak of fluid into the retina causes vision distortion and loss of central vision. Macular degeneration can be genetic and hereditary. The main cause of macular degeneration is age but can also be affected by smoking and high blood pressure. Treatment Macular degeneration can be detected in full eye exams during dilation. It is monitored with retinal photos and using an Amsler grid regularly by the patient. Currently there is no cure for macular degeneration. Early detection of age-related macular degeneration is important because treatment can slow down and recue the severity of the disease. Vitamins – Eye Vitamins have been shown to decrease the risk of vision loss of some patients. Vitamins are typically used to treat early detection of Dry Macular Degeneration. Zeaxanthin, Omega 3 and vitimens C, E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper are all said to help reduce vision loss. Eye vitamins like Lutein and Ocuvite are recommended treatment options. Surgery and Laser Therapy – Wet Macular Degeneration is typically treated with surgery and laser therapy. This can include laser therapy to treat abnormal blood vessels, surgery to remove abnormal blood vessels and retinal translocation.  

  • Presbyopia

    As you get older you will notice your vision changing and losing the ability to focus on close up objects this is called Presbyopia. Presbyopia is not a disease it is a natural and normal part of aging. Why? Presbyopia is caused by age and the growth of your eye. Your lens becomes too heavy for your eye to focus. This will happen to almost everyone at some point in their life and starts to appear in people at the age of 40. Diagnosing Presbyopia During a normal eye exam your doctor will determine if you are suffering from presbyopia and to what correction you need. Treatment Options Eyeglasses, contacts and reading glasses are the most common treatment needed for presbyopia. Progressive lenses, bifocal or trifocal, lenses are commonly prescribed for patients that have hyperopia or myopia and have gotten older and are suffering from presbyopia. These multifocal lenses allow patients to have different prescriptions for distance and near vision. Schedule an Appointment If you are suffering from these systems and would like to set up an appointment to today please contact us at (952) 934-2084 or schedule an appointment online.

  • Astigmatism

    Astigmatism is a treatable eye condition that causes blurry and distorted vision. This common eye condition is caused when someone has an eye shape that is not perfectly round. The refractive error that occurs can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses and surgery. Why? Astigmatism is a natural and common issue caused when someone has a cornea shape that is not sphere shaped. When light enters an oval shaped cornea it creates multiple focal points in the back of the eye which causes blurred and distorted vision.   Diagnosing Astigmatism Astigmatism is diagnosed as part of thorough eye exam. During your eye exam your eye doctor will measure your cornea and see how light enters your eye to see if you are suffering from astigmatism. Treatment Majority of astigmatisms can be corrected with properly prescribed eyeglasses and contact lenses.  Specialty lenses like soft toric lenses are weighted to allow your doctor to correct for astigmatism. Refractive surgery is also an option. The shape of the cornea can be corrected with laser eye surgery. Other surgery options may be available for your astigmatism.  Before considering refractive surgery explore all of your options and ensure you have a healthy eyes and no other retina, cornea, or eye health concerns. Schedule an Appointment If you think you are suffering from a astigmatism and want to know your treatment options schedule and appointment with us today. Contact us at (952) 934-2083 or schedule an appointment online.

  • Hyperopia Farsighted

    Hyperopia or farsightedness is common eye problem that causes blurred vision. When you are farsighted objects close up can appear out of focus. Hyperopia typically starts in early child and can be hard to detect in children. Children that do not show interest in reading, rub their eyes frequently or have headaches may want to have their eye’s checked. Why? Hyperopia is a normal eye condition and rarely caused by disease or other conditions. Often times you will see farsightedness passed from parents to children. Hyperopia is caused by an eye that is oval shaped where the cornea is not curved enough or where the lens is sitting farther back in the eye. This variation causes light entering the eye to be focused behind the retina rather than directly on it. As you age you may notice your vision changing and losing the ability to focus this is a common condition called presbyopia.  Diagnosing Hyperopia and Farsightedness During a normal eye exam your doctor will determine if you are far sighted and to what degree to ensure you get the right prescription. Treatment Options Eyeglass and contacts are the most common treatment needed for farsightedness. Typically a single vision lens is needed to correct your vision. Surgery is also an option to reduce farsighted. There are several options such as LASIK and artificial lens implants. Many doctors consider 20/40 vision as a satisfactory result for such procedures. Before considering refractive surgery explore all of your options and ensure you have a healthy eyes and no other retina, cornea, or eye health concerns. Schedule an Appointment If you are suffering from these systems and would like to set up an appointment to today please contact us at (952) 934-2084 or schedule an appointment online.

  • Myopia Near Sighted

    Myopia or nearsightedness is a common eye problem that causes blurred vision. When you are nearsighted objects in the distance can appear out of focus. Myopia typically start in early childhood and change as someone continue to grow into their late teen and early twenties. This can result frequent vision changes and new eye prescriptions. Watch for children who squint to see things in the distance like blackboard, movies, or TV.  Early detection can help with education, social and athletic activities. Why? Myopia is normal eye condition typically caused by normal change of the shape of the eyeball and sometimes by changes the cornea or lens of the eye. These changes of shape result in light entering the eye to focus in front of the retina rather than directly on the retina. Diagnosing Myopia and Nearsightedness During a normal eye exam your doctor will determine if you are near sighted and to what degree to ensure you get the right prescription Treatment Options Eyeglasses and contacts are the most common treatment needed for nearsightedness. Typically a single vision lens is needed to correct your vision. Surgery is also an option to reduce nearsightedness. There are several options such as LASIK and artificial lens implants. Many doctors consider 20/40 vision as a satisfactory result for such procedures. Before considering refractive surgery explore all of your options and ensure you have a healthy eyes and no other retina, cornia, or eye health concerns. Schedule an Appointment If you are suffering from these systems and would like to set up an appointment to today please contact us at (952) 934-2084 or schedule an appointment online.

  • Lasik

    Lasik is the most common type of refractive eye surgery. Refraction surgery changes the shape of your cornea to reduce the need for eye glasses or corrective lenses. Lasik Surgery can be used to treat different vision issues like: Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, and Presbyopia. Risks Lasik surgery can be expensive due to ongoing vision changes in your eye and may require additional surgeries similar to new prescriptions over time. Some of the risk include: Undercorrection Overcorrection Astigmatism Glare halos Double Vision Dry Eyes Someone considering refractive surgery should have no other eye health problems and other health conditions may increase your risks of problems during surgery. Dr. Jamison recommends that you receive at least two consultations before choosing a surgery center. Most clinics will offer a free consultation. Annual eye exams are important to monitor health and any changes in your vision.  

  • Cataract

    Cataracts are clouding of the lens inside the eye. As your lens continues to grow with age it can begin to yellow and is typically noticed when someone gets to older ages. Symptoms: Cloudy Vision that can appear Milky Lack of color and contract Reduced Clarity of Vision Hard Time with Glare Types and Causes Age is the most common cause of Cataracts. Lens proteins break down over time and build up in your lens which cause cloudy build up and vision problems. UV light has been shown to cause cataracts and increase risk of cataracts later on in life. Using sunglasses has shown to slow the development of cataracts later on in life. Genetics is considered as a strong component of the development of cataracts. You may be at higher risks due to family history.  Treatment Surgery is recommended for cataracts. The lens is removed and replaced with a plastic foldable lens. This is an outpatient surgery that can be performed with local anesthesia. Regular eye exams after surgery are important to monitor eye health.  

  • Pink Eye Conjunctivitis

    Eye infections can be caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. Eye infections can invade your eye and surrounding areas. The most well knows eye infection is pink eye or conjunctivitis. Symptoms Pain Itching Dry Eyes Blurry Vision Swelling Eye Gunk / Discharge Watery Eyes Causes and Types of Eye Infections Eye infections are typically viral, fungal or bacterial. –          Pink Eye or conjunctivitis  – This is a common and highly contagious eye infection that is common among children. This is transmitted through contact and can quickly spread through classrooms and work places. –          Keratitis – which can be viral and fungal. –          Acanthamoeba Keratitis – This is a parasite that can cause loss of vision. Contact lens wearers are at increased risk and should observe safety tips like not swimming with contact and or disinfecting contact lenses immediately after. –          Endophthalmitis – This is an eye infection that has penetrated into the eye. Endophthalmitis can lead to blindness without treatment with antibiotics. This can occur with an eye injury including complications from eye surgery. Contact Lens wearers are at increased risk of eye infections and should follow proper contact lens care and manufacture instructions to reduce risk. Treatment Anytime you suspect an eye infection you should always visit your eye doctor for a medical eye exam. Medical eye exams are typically covered by health insurance even if you do not have vision insurance. If you wear contacts you should wear normal glasses until you see your eye doctor. Bacterial eye infections are typically treatable and clear up easily with antibiotic eye drops, ointments and compresses. Viral eye infection typically are typically treated with steroid cream or drop to reduce inflammation. Viral infections can require time to resolve. Your doctor should create a treatment plan specific to your condition including follow up appointments. If you condition worsens or changes contact your eye doctor immediately. Prevention Avoid contact with people with red eye including sharing towels and bedding with family with an eye infection. Avoid ..

  • Dry Eyes

    Dry eyes are caused by lack of moisture to lubricate and nourish the eye. Blinking and spreading tears across the front of your eyes are important for maintaining eye health and providing clear vision. Symptoms Irritation Itchy and Scratching Feeling Burning Eyes Gritty Feeling Blurred Vision Excess Watering Causes Age – As you age your tear production and drainage can be affected. Medication – Many medicines including allergy and cold medicine can reduce the amount of tears produced in the eyes causing dryness. Medical Condition – Pregnancy, diabetes, and thyroid problems can also increase likeness to experience dry eyes. Environmental Conditions – Spoke, wind and dry climates can result in evaporation of tears and dry eyes. Not blinking regularly such as staring at a computer for long period of time can also lead to dry eyes. Treatment Artificial Tear Eye Drops is the most common treatment. Many over the counter artificial tear solutions are a good way to supplement tear production. Gel tears can also be used at night Omega 3 Fish Oil and Vitamins – Nutritional supplements have shown to help with dry eyes. Prescription Eye Drops – If over the counter solutions are not working your eye doctor may recommend a prescription eye drop to help increase the tear production.

  • Allergies

    Red, itchy, watery eyes from allergens can cause blurry vision and disrupt your day to day activities. Good news is the same treatment for traditional allergies work on eye allergies as well. Symptoms Red Eyes Itchy Eyes Watery Eyes Causes Eye allergies are caused by your immune system reacting to allergens and releasing histamines which make eyes red, itchy, and watery. Many times eye allergies can appear separately from nasal allergies due to your eye coming in contact with allergens in the air. There are many type of allergens that your body can react to. Air pollens from grasses tree, weeds and mold. Allergies to everyday things like dust, feathers, animals, perfumes, smoke, chlorine, detergents, cosmetics and medicines can also cause eye allergies. Treatment Avoiding allergens are the easiest way to stop eye allergies. Narrowing down where the allergens are coming from can be challenging. Avoid touching and rubbing your eyes when you do come in contact with potential allergens. Traditional Medicines – Oral allergy medicines and over the counter allergy treatments are effective with eye allergies. If over the counter allergy medicine do not work your doctor may be able to give prescription treatments including prescription eye drops.

  • Glaucoma

      Glaucoma is an eye disease when your optic nerves are damaged and vision is loss occurs. Finding and treating glaucoma early is important to prevent blindness. Glaucoma can be hard to notice because sometimes the only symptom is vision loss. Peripheral (Side) Vision loss is where glaucoma can be noticed at first. Many times this will only happen in one eye and your other eye will compensate and goes unnoticed and untreated. Age can increase the risk for glaucoma especially after the age of 40. Types Open Angle Glaucoma – This is the most common type of Glaucoma. It is where optic nerve damage is caused a little bit at a time slowly leading to vision loss and blindness Closed Angle Glaucoma – This is where fluid is being blocked in the eye causing pressure to build up in the eye. This can result in an emergency acute close-angle glaucoma where medical attention is needed immediately. Diagnoses As part of a full eye exam your doctor will check for Glaucoma by checking peripheral vision, measuring eye pressure, dilation and taking retinal photos to monitor changes around the rim of the optic nerve. Visual fields screening helps measure peripheral vision changes and signs of Glaucoma. Treatments Open Angle Glaucoma is treated with eye drops. Typically the effect of glaucoma cannot be reversed and treatment plans are designed to slow and stop the more damage to the optic nerve. Continual use of eye drops is important to stop continued vision loss. Schedule an eye exam today if you think you may be suffering from Glaucoma:

  • Looking For More Eye Information Try AllAboutVision.com

    They have a great website with video and articles covering all types of vision conditions and treatments. A great rescource for more information about vision and eye care. www.AllAboutVision.com About All About Vision This website was launched in January 2000 to provide consumers with an independent source of trustworthy information on eye health and vision correction options. Many eye care products and services are available to improve your vision and eye health. However, each is effective only when used properly and in the right circumstances. Please make decisions about your eyes and vision in consultation with an eye care professional (optometrist, ophthalmologist, optician, etc.) who can provide guidance based on their experience and knowledge of your individual needs.