West St. Paul: 651-457-2020
Stillwater: 651-439-4265

Did You Know?

Back-to-School

Getting everyone ready to head back to school can be an exciting time of year. But your to-do list can fill up fast, and it’s challenging to get the kids’ clothing and supply shopping finished before the first day of school arrives. Did you forget to schedule your back-to-school child eye exams in all the hustle and bustle? Before you check the eye doctor off your list, consider these stats:

5-10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems

60% of parents don’t feel an eye exam is an essential part of a child’s check-up schedule

Did you know that, when left untreated, some childhood vision problems can be mistakenly diagnosed as a learning disorder, or can eventually cause permanent eye health and vision problems? Additionally, with how quickly children grow, their eyes can change drastically from year to year, requiring regular eye exams to be sure their eyewear helps them see clearly.

Routine Child Eye Exams

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months of age. Additional exams should be scheduled for three years of age and before they begin kindergarten or first grade. Parents should at least schedule a pediatric eye exam at least every two years if nothing else.

Children’s Eyewear

Designers for children’s eyewear create the frames and lenses with highly durable and shatter-resistant materials. Designer glasses that are both fashionable and functional are also available. It’s easy to get kids excited about glasses, especially when frames can be fun colors and a great way to reflect their unique personality!

Time to schedule an appointment before back-to-school? Visit our website to request an appointment online or call our office!

Statistics via thinkaboutyoureyes.com

We are happy to be back seeing routine eye care! When you come in for your next appointment you will see we have made several changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19,  including the following: 

1)  The number of patients we see in a day will initially be reduced.  Both the number of available exam appointments and optical encounters will be kept to a minimum to allow for appropriate social distancing and limit the number of patients in our clinic at any given time.

2) When you arrive for your appointment, we kindly ask you please call our office (651-457-2020) to let us know you have arrived.  Our doors will remain locked for the time being. When we are ready for your appointment, we will meet you at the front door and screen for temperature.  If you have a mask of your own, please bring it along to your appointment.  Otherwise, we will provide a mask if you do not already have one. It will be required that you wear a mask for the entirety of your visit within the clinic. 

3) We will continue curbside dispenses glasses, contact lens and eye vitamins.  If you need to pick up any of these items, please call our front desk and a staff member will bring them directly to your car.

4) We require that patients arrive for their exams alone.  Patients can only be accompanied by one other person if they are either a) a minor or b) have mental/physical disabilities.  Again, any patient or caretaker entering the building must wear a mask.  Any accompanied person will be screened for temperature as well.

5) In addition, all of our staff and doctors will have their temperature checked prior to beginning their work day.  All staff will have proper PPE compliant with new regulations.  Although it may seem impersonal, we at Dakota Eye Care are working and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of both our staff and patients.  Our new policies in regards to social distancing, clinic hygiene, etc. will be posted for you to review.

We have spent the several weeks ensuring we're in compliance with every CDC hygiene guideline for safety of our doctors, staff and patients.  We are excited to get back to work, but in the safest environment possible.  If you have any questions on our new protocols, do not hesitate to ask.  We hope to see you soon and please stay safe!