Complete EyeCare Center, Christopher P. Olson, OD, FAAO

301 W Monroe St, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641

Phone: 319.385.9534 (24 hour phone)

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Watery Burning Eyes? Spring Pollen Spike Linked to Dry Eye

By |May 7th, 2015|

It seems counterintuitive that watery eyes would be a sign of having dry eye, but tears, redness and irritation are prime indicators. If you have these symptoms, which may seem to get better or worse at different times of day or in different seasons, it’s possible you are suffering from dry eye. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men in the U.S. are afflicted with it. A 5-year study of over 3 million people [...]

When April Brings Red Itchy Watery Eyes

By |April 15th, 2015|

Are you one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies? Besides sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, they can experience red, itchy, watery eyes, and eyelid swelling. Here are some suggestions to get relief.

My Eye Doctor Can See What in There?

By |April 1st, 2015|

Systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure can all be detected in a comprehensive eye exam. But that's not all. Try brain tumors. When you hear a real life story like this 16-year-old's, it truly hits home.

Video Story: Bionic Eye Gives Hope to the Blind

By |March 30th, 2015|

It's far from what your imagination conjures up for a bionic eye, but for Larry Hester it's a breakthrough. After being blind for 33 years due to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) he received the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. His story is featured in this interesting WebMD video report by Robin Roberts

3 Ways to Protect Your Vision

By |March 27th, 2015|

March marks the first day of spring, the annual Spring Break migration, March Madness, and something you probably didn't even realize. It's also "Save Your Vision Month." So before March has gone out like a lamb, here's a final reminder from the American Optometric Association.

With Screen Time Going Up Shield Your Eyes from Blue Light

By |March 24th, 2015|

We’re all exposed to it. Blue light is radiating from computer screens, smartphones, tablets, TVs, even fluorescent and LED lighting. And we’re using these devices more and more. Yet nearly 3 out of 4 adults are unaware of the potential […]

It’s Easy to Give Today–On World Sight Day!

By |October 9th, 2014|

It’s no surprise that today is October 9th. It was October 8th yesterday.  But it may be a surprise to know that today is World Sight Day!

The theme for today is No More Avoidable Blindness. There are 600 million people around the world who are needlessly blind or vision impaired simply because they can’t access appropriate eye […]

Google Developing Contact Lens to Monitor Glucose in Diabetic’s Tears

By |January 20th, 2014|

This week Google made an announcement about their project to develop a way for diabetics to monitor glucose levels without repeated daily finger-pricking and blood sampling.  Though still far from being market-ready, the prospects being developed by researchers are interesting.

Google is developing a contact lens with the ability to measure the glucose level in the […]

It’s Time for Your Child’s Eye Exam

By |August 12th, 2013|

It’s no coincidence that August is Children’s Vision and Learning Month.  One of the best things local parents can do to prepare their children for school and learning is to schedule an eye health and vision examination with Dr. Olson. The American Public Health Association estimates 1 of every 4 students in grades K-6 have […]

Dr. Oz Knows Optometrists Can Detect Life-Threatening Conditions

By |February 28th, 2013|

Do you know what Dr. Oz knows?

MS. Diabetes. High Blood Pressure. High Cholesterol. Melanoma.

These are just some of the things that can be diagnosed during a comprehensive eye health examination from Dr. Olson.

In this television segment Dr. Oz shows Optomap images (like we use) to illustrate two systemic conditions that a skilled optometrist can detect […]

Seeing Things Differently

By |September 27th, 2012|

Here’s a different perspective–the view from the new rooftop of Complete EyeCare Center’s  eyewear gallery, which includes Mt. Pleasant’s City Hall, watertower, and Veteran’s Club (the former police station.) Here workers are beginning the complex process of marrying the old and new roof.

Healthcare, interiors, technology, and patients have changed in the 19 years since we opened the doors at […]

Heart Health is Linked to Eye Health

By |February 24th, 2012|

It’s February, the month of hearts–because of Valentine’s Day but also because it’s Heart Health Month.

So why is an eye doctor talking about heart health?  Because some undetected heart health issues can be identified in the eye.  And some systemic problems that contribute to heart disease may be detected in their early stages during an eye exam.   

Undetected high blood pressure can […]

Before Ritalin, Before School, See Your Optometrist

By |December 6th, 2011|

The New York Times Health page featured an article about 9-year-old Raea Gragg a few years ago. Unfortunately her story is not uncommon. A child has a vision problem that goes undetected for years. In the meantime that child is labeled and treated for a learning disability or behavioral disorder.

Many well-intentioned professionals are unaware that some visual disorders share several common symptoms with ADHD and ADD, and that can […]

80% of Visual Impairment is Avoidable

By |July 30th, 2011|

According to World Health Organization estimates:

80% of all visual impairment can be prevented, treated or cured
Top causes of visual impairment: refractive errors, cataracts and glaucoma
Top causes of blindness: cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration
About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision

When was your last eye […]

3D TV & Movies May Reveal Hidden Vision Problems

By |January 29th, 2011|

3D is making a comeback.  You’ve seen it in movies and heard about it for television.  This March, Nintendo will even introduce a 3D handheld gaming device.  Nintendo will be recommending that children under 6 should not use the device in 3D mode. Why?

Allaboutvision.com thinks the company is likely being cautious because of a lack of research on the effects of long-term 3D […]

Anyone Can Develop Glaucoma

By |January 22nd, 2011|

Anyone can develop sight-threatening glaucoma.  It’s the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. But an eye doctor can detect it before significant vision loss begins.  Glaucoma occurs when pressure inside the eye slowly rises, and this leads to optic nerve damage and vision loss.  During every eye health exam we […]

Thinking Bigger–World Sight Day Challenge

By |October 4th, 2010|

Having visited our practice you know that we care about our patients and about protecting your vision.  We are also concerned about people around the world who lack access to vision care. Because of this, Complete EyeCare Center is participating in the World Sight Day Challenge.

The World Sight Day Challenge is a campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving […]

Vision Research Links Nutrition to Macular Degeneration

By |June 22nd, 2010|

June is Vision Research Month.  The American Optometric Association website features an excellent summary of one of the most important vision research findings in recent years.  Because of the AREDS studies Dr. Olson recommends supplements to certain at-risk patients.  The AOA article follows:

In the last 20 years, eye health research has linked diet and nutrition with a […]

Could Your Child’s “Learning Disability” Be A Vision Problem?

By |April 8th, 2010|

Does your child…

…have a short attention span?

…find it hard to concentrate on reading?

…get headaches or blurred vision when using the computer?

…avoid homework?

…tire easily when reading?

…suffer eyestrain?

…get car sick?

…get labeled as an “underachiever”?

The answers to these questions may indicate the need not only for vision correction in the form of eyeglasses or contacts, but the need […]

Optovue Excellence is Right in Your Back Yard

By |October 31st, 2009|

When it was featured on Good Morning America in May 2007, the Optovue RTVue spectral OCT  was one of only 100 worldwide.  As soon as May 2008, Dr. Olson was introducing that same instrument to his patients in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, at Complete EyeCare Center.

The GMA reporter was “able to get access to one”, and […]