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Eye Health

Your eyes are responsible for providing you with vision, perhaps the most important of the senses. However, the eye is a delicate and complicated structure that needs protection. The ugly truth is that eye injuries can happen at any time and place.

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In The News

Dedication prevents permanent eye damage for northwest Wisconsin girl

Wearing an eye patch daily for four months helped Saydee avoid the damaging effects of lazy eye.

February 27, 2017
Ophthalmologist Ronald Hessler, M.D., rejoins Menomonie

Dr. Hessler is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

January 20, 2016
New laser option for cataract surgery in Eau Claire

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery reduces possible flap complications associated with traditional cataract surgery, as well as a more reliable result from the procedure.

October 19, 2015
Ophthalmologist Naomie Warner, D.O., joins Eau Claire

Dr. Warner has special interests in pediatric eye conditions, adults with misaligned eyes and neuro-ophthalmological diseases.

August 27, 2015

From The Blog

Far from lazy: Child’s dedication prevents eye damage

When Saydee learned that she had lazy eye and needed to wear an eye patch to help correct her vision, she realized that dedication was required.

March 1, 2017

Why do I need safety glasses?

Many workers underestimate the importance of eye health, especially when working 9 to 5, five days a week. Who has time to go see an optician to get special safety glasses? Hopefully, you do if your job requires it.

Joseph Dolan MD By Joseph Dolan August 16, 2016

Darkness brings a new perspective on Chippewa Falls resident’s way of life

Renee Kuester-Sebranek, Chippewa Falls, wasn’t born blind, but she was aware at 17 that her vision would slowly decline and lead to blindness at some point in her adult life.

June 30, 2016

This Fourth of July, leave fireworks to the pros

Thousands of accidents each year underscore the danger of fireworks. In 2014, 11 people died and an estimated 10,500 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. Statistics show the typical victim of a firework injury is a 25- to 44-year-old male. Here's why you should leave fireworks to the professionals.

Douglas Wesely OD By Douglas Wesely June 28, 2016

Eye irritation, abrasion or pink eye? How to know when it’s time to see an eye doctor

When a child has a red eye, it can be hard to tell the difference between a scratch on the eye (abrasion) and an infection (pink eye). Learn more about when it's time to see a doctor.

Naomie Warner, D.O. By Naomie Warner January 21, 2016

What to know about age-related macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is a common cause of age-related vision loss. The macula is the central portion of the retina, the back part of the eye which sends information from the eyes to the brain. Just like the infield of a baseball field is where most of the action happens, most of the important vision tasks like reading, recognizing faces and viewing road signs are done by the cells in the macula. 

Justin Yamanuha MD By Justin Yamanuha January 20, 2016

Halloween safety: Decorative lenses can be dangerous

Looking good on Halloween often comes at a price, but that price should be in dollars and cents — not compromising your health. Unfortunately, misuse of decorative contact lenses and supplementing costumes with tinted eyewear may put your well-being at risk.

Robert Friese OD By Robert Friese October 20, 2015

5 tips for preventing eye injuries

With the Fourth of July approaching and outdoor activities likely taking up much of your summer fun, it’s time to consider the importance of protecting your eyes. Eye injuries are largely preventable, but you need to be aware of risks and measures you can take to keep your eyes safe.

Anna Kitzmann MD By Anna Kitzmann June 30, 2015

Diabetes and your eyes

Everyone needs to take care of their eyes, but when you have diabetes, eye exams are especially important. Here's why.

Christina Miller, O.D. By Christina Miller November 6, 2014

October is Eye Injury Prevention Month

We don’t often think about eye injuries when we are doing daily activities, but since almost half of all eye injuries each year happen at home, we probably should.

Joseph Dolan MD By Joseph Dolan September 22, 2014

New glasses, new you: How to find the right frames for your face

Understanding your face shape is the first step to finding the right frames.


October 17, 2013

Protect your eyes

“The eyes are the window to the soul.” While scientific evidence may not back this proverbial statement, it alludes to the fact that eyes are very important.

October 7, 2013