Rochester Family Eye Clinic

Glaucoma is an eye disease that may lead to blindness. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve which interferes with its ability to transmit accurate visual information to the brains vision center. One indicator of Glaucoma is increased eye pressure. One of the very first tests performed in our office is tonometry which means eye pressure. During the exam our doctors will also check for signs of glaucoma with a detailed examination of the optic nerve. Your doctor may determine more thorough testing or procedures are necessary which often can be performed in our office. If indicated, you may be referred to an opthamologist in the area specializing in Glaucoma.

During your eye exam the doctor checks for cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye. Some factors contributing to cataract formation are ultra violet light, aging, heredity and certain medications. If surgery is required, the crystalline lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. Our office consults with several of the top cataract surgeons in Rochester and we can work with you in managing your postoperative care.

Low Vision
We have a selection of low vision aids available for those with a visual impairment due to such conditions as Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy. Many of these devices can assist patients with daily visual tasks that become more difficult without them. Please ask your doctor for more information on the latest technology.

Orthokeratology; also termed ortho-k, corneal reshaping, or corneal refractive therapy is a service offered at Rochester Family Eye Clinic. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive, FDA approved procedure to correct nearsightedness (myopia) and mild astigmatism with a high oxygen permeable contact lens that is worn at night. As you sleep with the lens the cornea is reshaped. Then the lenses are removed when you wake to correct your vision throughout the day, without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Research has shown that ortho-k can reduce the progression of nearsightedness in children. Ortho-k can be a great option for vision correction for children, and it is FDA approved for all ages. Talk to your doctor for more information, or to see if you or your child would be a candidate for ortho-k.

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Urgent Care
Rochester Family Eye Clinic works with patients in need of urgent eye care. For conditions such as pinkeye, foreign body removal, flashes and floaters, eye pain and red eyes please contact our office for immediate attention. We will assist referring you on to the appropriate provider when specialized care is needed.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911.

More Information
For more information on services our office provides please contact our office at 507 288 2457. You can also email our office at

For additional online information concerning the eyes and your vision see below: eMedicine at
The Minnesota Optometric Association at
The American optometric Association at
All About Vision at