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Primary Eye Care

Routine eye exams are important for all ages and are not just for individuals experiencing vision problems. Did you know that routine eye exams can detect a surprising amount of conditions that may otherwise go undetected? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association, some of these conditions include aneurysms, diabetes, brain tumors, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and autoimmune disorders, just to name a few.

Routine exams also offer a touch point with your eye doctor to make sure your vision is healthy, and stays that way. Beyond obtaining a new glasses or contact lens prescription, an eye exam is an opportunity for your provider to diagnose eye diseases early when treatment is most effective.

What Happens During an Eye Exam?

During the exam, your provider and experienced technician team will test your visual acuity (sharpness), eye alignment, eye movement, and overall ocular wellness. Eye drops to dilate your pupils will be used to provide a comprehensive examination of optic nerve and retinal health.

How Often Should I Schedule an Eye Exam?

If you are healthy and aren’t experiencing vision problems, have your eyes checked every two years. Following eye surgery yearly exams are often recommended. If you are experiencing vision problems or are diagnosed with an eye disease, your provider will discuss the appropriate frequency during your appointment.

What Kind of Eye Doctor Should I See?

Ophthalmologists and Optometrists are eye doctors. Minnesota Eye Consultants Ophthalmologists and Optometrists work together collaboratively to identify and treat all of your eye problems. If you need surgical intervention, one of our Drs. of Ophthalmology will perform the surgical procedure. Our Drs. of Optometry identify and treat ocular disease and perform non-surgical procedures. If you are seeking a contact lens prescription, you will be scheduled with one of our Optometrists.

What is the difference between a medical exam and routine vision?

It’s important to understand your insurance benefits and how they apply to your appointment. Please visit our Billing and Financing page for more information.

Take care of your eyes by requesting an appointment with Minnesota Eye Consultants. We have locations in Blaine, Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, and Woodbury.