CFE Eye Stories

Contact lenses: option for better vision.

Can’t see up close? Tired of Bifocals or Cheaters? Contacts Lenses can be an option for better near vision For those of us who are getting “less young,” the loss of near vision (presbyopia) can be one of the most frustrating parts of the aging process. For those of us...

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New Glaucoma medical Device

New Medical Device to Measure Eye Pressure for Glaucoma  - without eyedrops Several different devices are in use for measuring eye pressure for those who have glaucoma or for glaucoma testing at routine eye examinations and screenings. Some devices such as the dreaded...

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Amniotic tissue Membrane

Amniotic Tissue Membrane use in treating corneal problems and dry eye Amniotic tissue membranes (ATM) have been shown to have numerous uses in wound healing and prevention of scar tissue on the eye and other parts of the body.  ATM is harvested from placenta of...

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Upcoming Events!

We are going to start having our Marketing Director, Kelsy represent Complete Family Eyecare at a number of local events coming up in the next few months. The first one is this Saturday at Lakefront days in Prior Lake. We will have a table in the big parking lot under...

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Multiple Sclerosis affects on Eyes

Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis affecting your eyes. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is “demyelinating” condition in which the immune system attacks the myelin cells that insulate the nerves ending. Loss of these myelin cells then causes a slowing of the electrical...

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Understanding Vision Insurance

Understanding Vision Insurance. The term "vision insurance" is commonly used to describe health plans designed to reduce your costs for routine preventive eye exams, prescription eyewear and Contact Lenses. Most vision insurance plans are discount plans that provide...

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Cold sore in your eye… What?

Cold Sore in the Eye? Can that really happen? YES! Most people hear the word “herpes” and immediately think sexually transmitted disease. However there are different types of herpes viruses. Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex (HSV) Type 1 whereas sexually...

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Prevent firework eye injuries!

Preventing eye injuries from fireworks. Celebrating Independence day (aka: the 4th of July) in America is an exciting time filled with backyard barbecues, bonfires, boating, and beautiful firework displays. Even though we will be enjoying the holiday in many...

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National Sunglasses Day June 27th!

Stay safe in the sun! National Sunglasses Day is Wednesday June 27th! This is a great time to think about getting new prescription polarized sunglasses. When it comes to buying sunglasses, please take the time and make sure to get the pair that fit you the best, have...

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Prosthetic Glass Eye

Loss of an Eye and Replacement with Prosthetic (Glass) Eye. The loss of an eye can be a devesting event for a patient. From a visual perspective, adapting to only one functional eye can be very challenging and equally if not more challenging from a cosmetic...

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Donated Eye Tissue

Uses for Donated Eye Tissue Being an organ donor is a very worthy and noble act which can greatly enhance if not save the life of someone in need of an organ. As morbid as it may seem, human eyes are routinely “harvested” at the time of death for those with organ...

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Glasses prescription vs. contacts prescription

A “routine eye examination” provides an overall eye health evaluation for diagnosis of eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc. It will also determine a patient’s “refractive error” or combination of lenses to maximize your vision. Those numbers are your glasses prescription.

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Eye Cancer

Malignant Melanoma in the Eye Malignant  Ocular Melanoma is the most common form of eye cancer and affects about one in every 130,000 people. It is most common in light eyed males between 45 and 55 years old. Unlike skin malignant melanoma, there has been no study to...

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Blue light affects on eyes

Blue light from your computer and device causing your eyestrain and pain? Shut off the blue and make your eyes happier! Any light emitting device including your phone, TV, laptop, Ipad, etc, gives off lots of blue light which has been shown to be the most difficult...

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Sleep Apnea & Glaucoma

Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma Do you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? You may not know that if left untreated it can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart attach and stroke. This sleep disorder can also lead to vision loss from glaucoma. OSA...

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2018 Spring Trunk Show

It's that time of year again!! Our Spring trunk show is here! Every frame in the clinic is 50% off with a complete pair of glasses. A complete pair means that your frame must include a prescription in the lens in order to get 50% off. This time we have our rep from...

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Pros and Cons of Transitions Lenses

Transitions Lenses Many people wonder if Transitions lenses are right for them. One benefit of these lenses is that you can go from inside to outside and not have to look for your prescription sunglasses in your car, purse, briefcase, etc. Its a seamless transition...

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Eyelids Twitching? Its Myokymia.

Eyelids Twitching? Its Myokymia. A myokymia is an involuntary spasm of tiny muscles in the eyelid. Many patients report that they see the skin shaking or that it feels like there is an insect under their eyelid.  Myokymia’s are a very common and almost always...

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Understanding your vision

Understanding your vision. Everyone throws around the 20/20 or 20/ whatever number for their vision but few people outside us eyeball geeks really understand what 20/20 means so here is how it works. This system of measuring vision was invented by Herman Snellen (eye...

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Spring allergies are here!

Tips to help with your eye allergies Try to avoid or limit your exposure to the primary causes of your eye allergies. In the spring and summer, pollen from trees and grasses are the usual suspects. Ragweed pollen is the biggest culprit in late summer and fall. Mold,...

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Enchroma Color deficient glasses

We ran our Enchroma color deficiency test for 8 straight weeks. Inviting people to come into the clinic and try on the Enchroma glasses and take our color blind test and here are the results from our Enchroma color deficient sunglasses test: From a subjective...

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Get Lucky: Save on eyeglasses this month!

Get lucky: Save on eyeglasses this month at Complete Family Eyecare! Dont you want your friends to be green with envy when you meet them for Happy Hour and show up in the latest Maui Jim sunglasses or Burberry eyeglasses?  This is the month to buy glasses since we are...

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Differentiating us from other eye clinics!

There are many differentiating factors that make Complete Family Eyecare stand out from the competition. Here are some points on how we differentiate ourselves from other eye clinics. -We offer our patients a 2 year warranty on all new eyeglasses, whereas other...

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The Influenza Epidemic

The Influenza epidemic of 2018 has been one of the most widespread and dangerous so far. Although it is currently not known why this season is so severe, it is often due to incomplete coverage of vaccinations leading to reduced effectiveness as new or mutated strains...

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Dry eye season is here!

The Peak of Dry Eye Season Is Here. Eyes burning, watering, dry, blurry? Cold, low humidity, conditions during the winter time can lead to increasing amounts of dry eye. Furnaces and space heaters are running, heat vents in your car are blowing in your face. Staring...

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Preventing Macular Degeneration

Preventing Macular Degeneration If you are in your 30's or 40's you most likely aren't thinking about age related eye diseases or preventing them. However macular degeneration does typically run in the family so if you have a parent that has this then you should be...

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Scleral lenses used as a treatment option for Keratoconus

Scleral lenses used as a treatment option for Keratoconus. Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that causes the cornea to take on an a cone shape. Normally, the cornea is shaped like a dome, but if you have keratoconus, your cornea will become thin and bo outward....

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Glasses to treat color blindness? Do they work?

Glasses to Treat Color Blindness? Do they really work?? Recently there’ve been many advertisements and YouTube videos for Enchroma colorblindness glasses. At this time, we are not endorsing this product, but have purchased a pair for all of our patients to try at no...

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Vikings Coach Zimmer… Wearing safety glasses… WHY???

Why is Vikings coach Zimmer now wearing safety glasses? While watching the unbelievable Minnesota Vikings Miracle game, I noticed coach Zimmer wearing what appeared to be safety glasses instead of his usual readers. Why now would he be wearing safety glasses after...

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Dry Eye Season is Here!

Eyes Burning and Watering? Dry Eye Season in Here! Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a condition that affects much of the population and many people don’t realize that they have the condition. The severity of DES can vary greatly for one individual to the next. The most...

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10 reasons to support local businesses

Here are the top 10 reasons to support your local ma and pop stores. It is so important this time of year to remember the importance of supporting local businesses when you do your holiday shopping. I know its very convenient to shop big box or online at places like...

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Limited time offer: Holiday Flash Sale!!

Merry Christmas from Complete Family Eyecare. Dr. Reinders would like to extend a special offer to you this holiday season to thank you for your business and friendship over the years! This deal that we are offering has NEVER been available in the past and it's only...

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Dr. Steve has blepharoplasty

Dr. Steve has blepharoplasty! Aging is inevitable and often results in everything drooping – including eyelids. Recently Dr. Steve noticed his eyelid skin drooping down over his eyelashes and obscuring his vision.This surgical procedure is called blepharoplasty....

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Children’s toys to avoid this December

Children's toys to avoid for Christmas gifts this December. December is here! Crazy right? Christmas is in 24 days... Many people are out there trying to figure out the best toys to give to their kids this December. One thing to remember when buying toys for a child...

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Whats really making you tired at Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is just a few days away... Crazy to think how fast this Fall has gone and that the holidays are actually here... No matter how you celebrate this holiday or who you are with one thing we know for certain is that we ALL get sleepy after eating our big...

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Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age people in America. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 29 million Americans age 20 or older have diabetes, but almost one-third don’t know they have the disease and are at risk for vision loss and other health problems.

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Annual Eye Examinations by end of year

Eye Examinations before 2018! Please do not wait till the end of December to have your annual eye examinations. I have talked to so many people lately that haven't had their eyes checked for 2 or more years, The last person I spoke to had not had an eye examination...

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Hunting season is here: Deer can see more than you think.

Its hunting season again! Time to break out those hunting clothes and get those guns ready, but first before you do that, think twice about the camouflage or blaze orange that you plan on wearing. Why? Because you would be surprised at what deer can see and what they...

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Fall 2017 Trunk Show

Its trunk show time again for all of you that are waiting to buy your glasses, now is the time!! These special discounts that you will be getting are limited to only once a season. Why wouldn't you want to roll into 2018 with a new frame style. If you haven't bought...

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Do Eye Vitamins really work?

There are many companies trying to sell or taut various eye vitamins that claim to help prevent or decrease the progression of various eye conditions such as age related macular degeneration. Please click here to watch a video on prevention of AMD. The most important...

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Introducing the Optical Coherence Tomography

In keeping up with the most advanced technology and providing our patients with the best care, we recently purchased and installed an Optical Coherence Tomography (who comes up with these names??) or OCT in our clinic. This test that can help Dr. Steve diagnose and...

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Halloween contact lenses safety guidelines

Halloween Specialty Contact Lenses Safety Concerns Every October our office receives several requests regarding prescriptions for specialty Halloween contact lenses which come in some crazy colors and evil designs. This brings up contact lens safety concerns as all...

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Early Diagnosis of Cataracts

Early Diagnosis of Cataracts Cataracts are fully treatable with surgery. The medical necessity for an early diagnosis is not as crucial as it is for Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. Everyone past the age of 50 has cataracts to some extent. However, they can also...

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Early Diagnosis of Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive deterioration of the central vision which is due to the aging of the macula. The macula is the very center of the retina and is responsible for detailed central vision. It is only about 3 mm across. For its size,...

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Detecting early signs of Glaucoma

Did you know that September is Healthy Eye Aging Month? As we age our vision and eyes change and it is very important to continue with your annual comprehensive eye exam so Dr. Steve can perform tests to detect early signs of vision loss due to diseases such as...

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8 Warning signs of vision problems in children

8 Warning signs of vision problems in children If your child has an uncorrected or un-diagnosed vision problem, it could severely affect his or her development because 80% of what children learn is taught visually. Consistently sitting close to the TV or holding a...

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Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) was established in 1971 as the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation (RP Foundation) under the leadership of Gordon and Llura Gund and Ben and Beverly Berman and with the assistance of a passionate group of families, all driven to...

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Eye Pain or Blurry Vision After Viewing the Eclipse? 

Eye Pain or Blurry Vision After Viewing the Eclipse?  Eye Pain after eclipse viewing  is usually due to Solar Keratopathy or an Iris Spasm. Solar Keratopathy is damage to the cornea (clear front of the eye) similar to a sunburn or welding flash. Please call if you are...

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Amazon recalls eclipse glasses one week before event

Subject Amazon Recalls Eclipse Viewing Glasses. Amazon recently announced that they will be recalling many of the eclipse viewing glasses sold on their website. You will be receiving an email from Amazon if you have purchased non-approved eclipse glasses –...

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Visual Acuity Measurements

The term "20/20" and similar fractions (such as 20/40, 20/60, etc.) are visual acuity measurements. They also are called Snellen fractions, named after Herman Snellen, the Dutch ophthalmologist who developed this measurement system in 1862. Your eye doctor will use an...

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Visual Acuity defined

Visual acuity. This, literally, is the sharpness of your vision. Visual acuity is measured by your ability to identify letters or numbers on a standardized eye chart from a specific viewing distance. It's tested one eye at a time, with the help of a standardized...

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What To Expect In Your First Eye Exam

What To Expect In Your First Eye Exam During the first part of the eye exam, you will be brought to a pretest room where your peripheral vision will be checked, your current eyewear prescription will be measured and your preliminary new prescription will be...

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Blue Light and the Effect on your Eyesight

In this video, we'll talk about blue light and how it affects your eyes. Sunlight is made up of many different colors of light, one of which is blue - the topic of this video. Recent studies on the effect of blue light on your eyes and overall vision have shown that...

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What is Keratoconus

The cornea is the clear skin tissue that composes the outermost layer of the eye. It is responsible for bending the light that enters the eye. Keratoconus is a slow, progressive, thinning of the cornea which causes blurred vision.

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Contact Lens Options for Your Vision

Simply put, a contact lenses is a plastic covering for the front of the eye which applies your glasses prescription directly to the eye. Contact lenses come in multiple options and provide correction for many visual disorders.

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