Glenwood Family Eye Center provides comprehensive services using the most sophisticated technology in the region. We’re part of your trusted hometown provider, Glacial Ridge Health System. Our staff optometrist, Dr. Joe Schneiderhan, and visiting ophthalmologist, Dr. John Dvorak, have decades of experience to provide you expert eye care.
Glenwood Family Eye Center offers a variety of services to meet our patient's needs including:
Through your eyes, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists can identify early signs of health conditions including high blood pressure and diabetes. That’s why it’s so important to leave your total eye care to professionals. We feel it’s important to review your family history, then monitor and watch for signs of possibly inherited diseases or illnesses as another precaution.
Here’s what we check during your routine eye health evaluation:
- Eyesight – Of course, we are always checking your eyesight to ensure proper vision. Your total eye health is extremely important to us and we do everything we can to make sure you receive the best personalized care possible.
- Cornea – Did you know that the curve of your cornea determines how the light reflects into your retina and the type of image produced? We use the latest technology to measure your cornea, record your vision, then consult and recommend the best options available to you.
- Glaucoma – We check for Glaucoma, a disease where high levels of pressure inside of your eye are present when your eyes fail to regulate internal pressure. Early detection of glaucoma is crucial to prevent the loss of sight.
- Cataracts – We watch for cataracts when the internal lens of your eye becomes cloudy and necessitates cataract removal. A referral to Ophthalmologist Dr. John Dvorak would be recommended.
- Eye Muscles – We also conduct a series of tests that assess the ability of your eye muscles to make sure that both eyes are working as a team!
Based on your eye exam, prescription, and vision history, the staff at Glenwood Family Eye Center will discuss the different lens types and frame brands with you and make recommendations on what’s best for your eyes and lifestyle.
We understand that every patient’s vision needs are unique. That’s why we carry all the latest in eyeglasses fashion and technology to best accommodate your entire family including:
- Designer Eyeglasses
- Designer Sunglasses
- Kids Glasses
- Safety Glasses
- Sports Lenses
- Impact Resistant Lenses
- Bifocal Lenses
- Trifocal Lenses
- and More!
Depending on your prescription, visual requirements, and desires, contact lens options consist of:
- Single vision lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia
- Multi-focal lenses to provide distance, intermediate, and near vision while maintaining depth perception
- Daily wear disposable lenses to be replaced each day, every two weeks, monthly or quarterly.
It is important to remember that contact lenses are prescription medical devices. Various brands are designed and manufactured differently. The selection of a particular contact lens is based on your vision problems, prescription, eye health, comfort requirements, lifestyle, age, and physiological factors like tear flow.
At Glenwood Family Eye Center, our staff will discuss the different lens types and brands with you and advise you on the lens choices that are best for your eyes. Because everyone’s eyes and vision needs are different, contact lenses are available with varying schedules for removal and replacement. We’ll teach you how to properly clean and wear your new contact lenses to maximize vision and minimize potential risks.
We make sure that vision correction not only helps you see better but also helps you feel better. That’s why Glenwood Family Eye Center offers contact lens evaluations. Contact lenses aren’t right for everyone, but they may be right for you. Even if you have astigmatism or need bifocal lenses, we may have a solution.
Contact Lens evaluation includes:
- A thorough review of your vision history
- A thorough examination of your corneal tissue
- A consultation session with your eye doctor, including recommendations and options
Our vision correction services aren’t just about clear vision – they’re about healthier vision. That’s why our practice offers a variety of treatment options including glasses, contact lenses, and vision therapy.
Vision therapy is available at Glacial Ridge Hospital. Experienced Occupational Therapist Tammy Vig is trained in vision therapy. Call 320-634-2015 for an appointment.
Ophthalmologist Dr. John Dvoark treats a multitude of eye conditions at Glacial Ridge Hospital both surgically such as cataract removal and non-surgically including eye injections. Dr. Dvorak sees patients at our eye center twice a month.
At Glenwood Family Eye Center, we know it’s important that children receive comprehensive visual exams starting as early in life as possible. Vision screenings at school can help but may not identify underlying vision problems. A comprehensive exam will determine any visual problems, and your eye doctor can recommend treatment.
Signs that your child may suffer from a visual problem:
- Struggles with reading
- Grows tired or frustrated with reading
- Can’t sit still or stay at a task for any length of time
- Reverses words, numbers, or letters
- Has difficulty remembering the spelling of words
- Frequently loses their place, skips words, or skips lines of text while reading
- Has poor reading comprehension
- Has shown no improvement from medication or tutoring
Here are some aspects of vision that can be the difference between victory and defeat:
- Dynamic visual acuity is your ability to see objects when they are moving fast. This is important in sports like hockey, baseball, and tennis.
- Visual concentration is your ability to ignore distractions happening around you. Your eyes naturally react to movement in the field of vision from spectators, other participants or the playing environment.
- Eye tracking is following an object with your eyes without much head motion. It is important for any sport that involves a fast-moving ball. Good eye tracking will improve balance and reaction time.
- Eye-hand-body coordination is how your muscles and limbs react to the information gathered by your eyes. It affects timing and body control.
- Visual memory is the ability to process and remember a fast-moving, complex picture of people and things. It is very important in basketball, hockey, and soccer, where the game quickly moves up the field. Visual memory helps you know where your teammates and opponents are positioned.
- Peripheral vision is the ability to see what is not directly in front of you, out of the corner of your eye. This allows you to see your teammate to your left or right while focusing on the goal in front of you.
- Visual reaction time is what allows a batter to hit the ball, or a tennis player to return a serve. It is the speed with which your brain interprets and reacts.
- Focus flexibility allows a quarterback to quickly focus on his receivers even though they are at varying distances.
- Depth perception lets you judge distance. This is especially important in basketball, golf, and other sports involving distance to the goal.
Vision therapy is administered at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, Minnesota under the guidance of a licensed Occupational Therapist trained in vision therapy. Sometimes a number of visits are required over a period ranging from several weeks to several months. Your therapist will teach you techniques and exercises to practice at home to reinforce the developing visual skills.
Vision therapy can effectively treat eye movement disorders, inefficient eye teaming, misaligned eyes, poorly developed vision, focusing problems, and other visual information processing disorders.
Symptoms you can look for early on and tell your eye doctor about include:
- Halos around lights and increased difficulty seeing at night
- Reduced vibrancy in colors
- Increased sensitivity to light and the glare from lights
- Frequent changes in your glasses or contacts prescriptions
- Blurred or double vision