Additional Services

Low Vision

Low vision is a term used to describe a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Some of the causes include glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, injuries, birth defects, amblyopia, retinal detachments, etc. These diseases can cause tunnel vision, blank spots and blurred vision. It can affect our daily activities such as reading, cooking, driving and other hobbies.

There is a difference between no cure and no help. With technology we can increase the size of images so they are easier to see both for reading and seeing objects at distance. There are even glasses, watches or thermometers that will tell you what you’re looking at, what time it is or the temperature.

If you or somebody you know has a visual impairment call us and schedule an evaluation to see what can be done to help enhance your useable vision. Dr. Bruce Gustafson and our team are excited to help you meet your vision goals!

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Nursing Home

Richie Eye Clinic provides on-site Nursing Home and Assisted Living vision services to Faribault and surrounding communities. Please see attached resident letter for more information.

List of facilities Dr. Murray Hanson with Richie Eye Clinic serve.

Lasik Exams

Thank you for your interest in laser vision correction. LASIK is Dr. Michael Richie’s procedure of choice for laser vision correction, he is excited to be able to offer several laser options so we can tailor the treatment to your needs. This is possible because of his association with LasikPlus, and the LasikPlus commitment to remain on the cutting edge of technology.

What to expect during your lasik exam:

  1. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for your appointment. There will be some paperwork to fill out when you get here.
  2. You will be with us for approximately 2 hours for your appointment.
  3. You will be dilated for your evaluation. This dilation can last up to 24 hours. Please bring sunglasses.
  4. with you to wear after your evaluation. This will make you more comfortable when you go outside.

  5. If you wear contact lenses, please follow this schedule:
    1. Soft Contacts – do not wear for 3 days prior to your appointment.
    2. Hard / Gas Permeable Contacts – do not wear for 1 month prior to your appointment.
  6. Please notify us at least 48 hours ahead of time if you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment.

Plaquenil Testing

Plaquenil® or Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is used to treat diseases such as:

  • Lupus, which causes fever, rashes, skin problems, and other symptoms.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints of your hands and feet.
  • Sjögren’s syndrome, which causes dry eyes and dry mouth.

Plaquenil and your eyes

A rare side effect of Plaquenil is damage to the eye’s retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Using Plaquenil for a long period of time may harm the retina, causing serious and permanent vision loss.

Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetic retinopathy — vision-threatening damage to the retina of the eye caused by diabetes — is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans.

The good news: Diabetic retinopathy often can be prevented with early detection, proper management of your diabetes and routine eye exams performed by your optometrist or ophthalmologist.

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