Category: Featured Articles

Associated Eye Care Update 2023

Greetings, We would like to update you on some exciting things that have been happening at Associated Eye Care, and how that may affect your care here going forward.  Between December 1, 2022, and February 15, 2023, three of our offices have moved: Our Hudson office moved from the Hudson Hospital Campus to the new… Read More

Jacob R. Lang Letter to Patients

Dear Patient, I hope this letter finds you well. As you are likely aware, Associated Eye Care (AEC) continues to grow and evolve. We are excited to announce that we have expanded our outreach in the communities we serve with new offices in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, as well as Hudson and New Richmond, Wisconsin. Alongside… Read More

Expanding Services in Western Wisconsin in 2023

Learn how the new Western Wisconsin Eye Center of Excellence can assist the community with cradle-to-grave medical and surgical eye care. Podcast with Associated Eye Care ophthalmologist, Dr. Gary S. Schwartz. Annual medical exam? Check. Bi-annual dental appointment? Scheduled. Yearly eye exam? No? You don’t need glasses? The clinics are all too far away? There… Read More

Adult Strabismus

Common Misconceptions: I never understood that my eyes could be fixed. I didn’t know it was that common. I was told that strabismus surgery doesn’t work for adults. I thought it was cosmetic and that insurance wouldn’t cover it. These are some of the most common statements adult patients make when initially meeting with a… Read More

Diabetes and Your Eye Health

The information provided here is for purposes of general education. It is not intended as medical advice for specific recipients of this article. Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to create or effectively use its own insulin, which is produced by islet cells found in the pancreas. Insulin helps regulate blood sugar (or glucose),… Read More

Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

What is a Cataract? When I explain cataract to my patients, I tell them that cataract is not a disease that only a few people get, like glaucoma or macular degeneration. Rather, it is an aging change that gets everyone eventually. Cataract is merely clouding of the lens of the eye – just like brown… Read More

Dry Eye Disease

There are nearly 30 million people in the United States and over 300 million worldwide who have been diagnosed with Dry Eye Disease. Most of these patients have learned to live with eye discomfort and have become dependent on remedies that only provide temporary relief. At Associated Eye Care, we take pride in helping patients… Read More

Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

The cornea focuses light on the retina to provide clear vision. A smooth, regular shape is critical for the cornea to focus light effectively. Keratoconus and other diseases make the cornea thinner and weaker, causing it to bulge into an irregular shape. This interferes with its ability to properly focus light. These conditions often worsen… Read More

“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”: Toy Safety

In the 1983 holiday classic, A Christmas Story, 9-year-old Ralphie only has one thing on his mind: opening up a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot Range Model air rifle on Christmas morning. His mother, teacher, and even the Santa Claus at the department store all give him the same warning: “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”… Read More

Laser Vision Correction 101

The cornea is the window at the front of the eye which helps focus light to provide a clear visual image. The idea of correcting spectacle prescription through reshaping of the cornea was first proposed in 1949. Early efforts to manually reshape the cornea were attempted around that time, but yielded inconsistent results. Excimer lasers… Read More

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