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Q. Do I need to bring anything with me to my eye appointment?

A. We would ask you to bring your current medical and vision insurance cards if applicable.  Medical insurance can often be used if a medical problem is found during the exam.  You may want to bring a list of current medications including dosages.  We also recommend you bring any glasses or contacts you currently use.

Q. How do I access the patient portal?

A.  Click on the link at the top of this page labeled 'Patient Portal.'  Your username and password were assigned to you at a previous visit to our clinic.  If you don't have a username or password please contact us at 507-345-5087 for Mankato and 507-354-7407 for New Ulm.  

Q. What can I access from the patient portal?

A.  You can:

  • Register as a new patient
  • Update demographics and contact information
  • Book an appointment online with real-time availability view
  • View and confirm upcoming appointments
  • View receipts and account balances
  • Check on the status of orders
  • Access health record summaries

Q. How often should I get my eyes examined?

A. Infants should have their eyes examined before the age of 1 through a completely free service called Infantsee. Children should have their eyes checked again prior to entering kindergarten or as instructed by your optometrist. Adults should have an eye exam every one to two years or as instructed by your optometrist.

Q. Does my child still need a comprehensive eye health and vision exam if they've already had a vision screenings at their school?

A. Yes. Though vision screenings are an excellent way for the school system to pick up gross abnormalities in your child's vision, some vision problems are missed that could affect your child's ability to learn.  The best way to accurately detect problems that may affect your child's visual performance is to have a comprehensive eye health and vision exam.

Q. How do I know if I need bifocals?

A. Usually if your arms seem to be too short or you feel that you need brighter lighting in order to see, it is a good sign that you are in need of bifocal or progressive lenses.

Q. How often should I get a new pair of glasses?

A. Many factors may influence your decision to purchase eyewear including visual changes, eyewear wear and tear, or simply wanting to update your appearance.  Regular eye exams are recommended even if you don't notice a change in your vision as some eye diseases have no noticeable symptoms.

Q. If I need bifocals does that mean I can't wear contact lenses anymore?

A. No.  Contact lenses offer many options to solve your visual needs.  Soft multifocal disposable contacts provide more options now than ever before to help you see the way you want to see.

Link to the National Eye Institute website

Link to InfantSEE website

All About Vision website