Coronavirus update:

In times of crisis, it is important to come together to care for one another. We are committed to the safety and health of our team, our patients, and our community. As new guidelines emerge from the CDC, we have been advised to postpone routine eye care. By limiting the number of patients and team members in our current open clinics and maintaining our rigorous disinfecting procedures, we are confident we can safely care for patients still in need of our services.

For all of our patients the Chaska, Glencoe, and Hutchinson clinics remain open Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 with reduced services. We ask that you call before coming to our clinics so we can best meet your needs. We may be able to accommodate your product requests by drive up service or shipping directly to your home.

We will continue to care for patients that may require the following services: blurred vision, broken glasses without back up, low stock of contact lenses, red or irritated eyes, trauma, postoperative care, continuing care of diabetics, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye diseases.

We truly appreciate your patience as we all work through this unprecedented yet tumultuous time.

Pediatric Optometry

pediatric optometry

Kids’ eye exams are very important. Many parents feel that the vision screenings done at the pediatrician’s office and at school are sufficient enough for their kids’ eye exams. While these screenings are good at catching big problems, they are merely a screening. The doctors at Southwest Eye Care like to see kids for a full eye exam before 1st grade. After the initial exam, we will continue to follow your children’s progress with routine exams every one to two years. Kids eyes are one of the most important tools for their educational success. Kindergartners and first graders are learning how to read. Older kids are being challenged with a lot of tracking and far too near focusing when copying off SmartBoards and overheads. Besides general visual acuity, we also do testing to make sure their eyes are working together to give them good comfortable depth perception.

If your child does not enjoy reading or is reporting headaches, it could be that their eyes are not working together or it could be a focusing problem. Many children are reporting problems that we used to only see in adults such as tearing and redness due to the increased use of computers and hand-held games.

Depth perception is also very important for success in sports such as baseball, hockey and basketball. Parents with children in sports should also consider safety eyewear for sports such as soccer, tennis, baseball and basketball. There are many options for young children to adults regarding contact lenses, glasses and sunwear to help them see clearly and comfortably throughout their day.

Find a location nearest you and contact us to find a time that is convenient for you to see us.