We are trained to comprehensively examine the eyes and visual system of infants to the elderly. We recommend that infants have their eyes checked at 6 months (often done by your pediatrician or family physician), then children at age 3 and just before entering kindergarten or first grade. Children need not know the alphabet to have their eyes examined.
We evaluate the eyes for any refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) and determine if glasses or contact lenses are needed.
We test how well the eyes work together and change focus from distance to near. This type of testing is especially important with children as early detection can prevent developing a lazy eye (amblyopia). Children also are using their visual system heavily to learn during school, so alleviating eyestrain with the proper prescription, or in some cases vision therapy, is crucial.
We carefully check for eye diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Many eye diseases are more prevalent as we age. Our practice has invested key equipment that provides valuable information in detection and evaluating progression in important diseases. We are able to treat and manage many of these conditions, so you don’t have to travel out of town unnecessarily.
Contact Lens Fitting
We have access to all types of contact lenses and can often help even if you have had difficulty in the past with contact lenses. Please let us know when you schedule an exam if you wear contacts or are interested in trying them. We will show you how to insert and remove your lenses properly, and can usually provide you with trial period with the contacts to make sure you like them before you buy them.
Diabetic Eye Examinations
Diabetes can affect the eyes in several ways. We carefully check for any diabetic-related changes and can communicate our findings with your diabetes doctor after discussing them with you. It is recommended diabetics have their eyes examined every year.
Urgent Eye Care
We do our best to help you as soon as possible for urgent situations like something in the eye, an eye infection or acute vision loss. Please call our office for immediate assistance. Chemical splashes in the eye should be irrigated with clean water for several minutes before calling, and metal in the eye should be taken care of quickly to minimize the amount of rust that can form in the eye tissue. Always wear safety glasses when appropriate, especially hammering metal. The doctors can often be reached after hours for emergency care if needed. Try Dr. Slusser at 208-431-8189, or Dr. Lehr at 715-579-2042.
We work with the best refractive surgery centers in our region and can tell you if you are a good candidate for LASIK. We are able to do the pre and post-operative care here in Rupert, minimizing your out- of-town time and expenses.
We have developed a great working relationship with the cataract surgeons in our area and can tell you if you are a good candidate for surgery. We can arrange your consultation and send a report ahead of your visit with the surgeon. We can help with the post-operative care as well.