At Belle Plaine Eyecare Center, we provide an array of ocular and vision care services. Our office is a unique partnership of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. This means that whether you need routine care, disease management, or surgical eye care you can receive all of it at Belle Plaine Eyecare Center. Our eye doctors in Belle Plaine can provide all the services of the cities but with a personal hometown feel and without the drive.
Our office also offers a wide selection of vision care products, including a variety of traditional and unique eyewear, sunwear, and contact lenses to fit your specific visual needs. Our mission is to provide quality hometown service and products that meet every patients needs.
Belle Plaine Eyecare Center provides:
- Comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family
- Contact lens fitting and training, including specialty and multi-focal contact lenses
- Emergency eye care services and Same Day Care
- Ocular disease diagnosis and management
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Dry Eye Syndrome
- Macular Degeneration
- Ocular Trauma
- And many more
Easy access to a team of Ophthalmologists (ocular surgeons) who see patients on a regular basis in office. True specialty care without having to drive.
The Ophthalmology team provides on site surgical consultations for laser vision correction, glaucoma surgical treatments, cataract and other surgeries. They also provide in office injection treatments for the management of macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
What to Expect
The best way to protect your vision is a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Each eye exam at Belle Plaine Eyecare Center uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to assess your eye health and vision. The doctor will examine your eyes, answer questions, and discuss your eye care treatment options. In addition to determining your vision prescription, our doctor will check for any early indicators of possible eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and more.
At Belle Plaine Eyecare Center we feel having the patient understand their eye care is crucial to their overall ocular health and visual satisfaction. For this reason we focus on both in office and at home patient education. Please view our online patient education section, or review topics you have questions about on one of our in office portals, and bring any additional questions you have to your exam.
Our goal is to have each patient leave satisfied knowing that they are receiving the best ocular and vision care products and services possible. To help we have answered a few frequently asked questions regarding eye exams below.
Why is it important to have an eye exam?
- A child may have rapid vision changes due to their growth.
- Unnoticed glasses prescription or eye muscle issues can permanently affect a child’s vision if not treated early.
- Often children can pass “the school vision test” because their eyes are so adaptable; but this can lead to eye strain or induce problems that burden their ability to learn.
- It is not uncommon to hear a child say “I never knew you could see each piece of grass”. This illustrates how often children simply feel their vision is “normal” when it is not.
- Many issues that affect the body also can affect the eye such as allergies or even dry skin.
- Rarely serious health issues can exist that can only be seen with a comprehensive eye exam.
- Many systemic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol issues, and even arthritis can affect the eye. Several systemic diseases are often first seen in the eye.
- For the earliest detection of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye syndrome, and macular degeneration. Early treatment is typically key for many eye diseases.
- Work environments often induce eye strain that is attributed to other factors.
- Between ages 40-60 a person’s vision can begin to change quickly again, especially up close.
How often should I get my eyes examined?
At Belle Plaine Eyecare Center we participate in the InfantSEE program. Our office provides free routine eye exams to infants under 12 months old. Children typically should have their eyes checked between 2.5-3.5 years old and again prior to kindergarten. Adults and children should have an eye exam every one to two years or as instructed by your eye doctor.
Do I need to bring anything to my eye appointment?
Please bring your current medical and vision insurance cards. Your medical insurance can often be used if a medical problem is found during the exam. If a list of current medications is available it will assist the doctor in evaluating your eyes and any issues that arise. We also recommend you bring any current glasses or contacts you use.
Why is my personal background important?
In order to better tailor the eye examination and vision care products to your needs, our doctor may review any current vision problems, your general health, as well as discuss your hobbies and lifestyle requirements.
Why does the doctor ask me, "Which is better, one or two?"
While evaluating your prescription, the doctor will ask you to compare a series of lenses to determine which allows you to see clearer. As the differences become less noticeable, the doctor will be closer to finalizing your prescription. If you’re having a hard time choosing between the options, it means you’re almost done with this part of the exam!
Why Is it necessary for the doctor to dilate my pupils during the exam?
Although pupil dilatation is not always necessary, the doctor may make this decision during your examination. If required, this painless process is like opening a door so the doctor can fully examine your retina in greater detail. Dilation can assist in detecting diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and macular degeneration. Many specialized tests require dilation.