We are dedicated to providing our patient family with uncompromising quality and personal eye health care, just as we ourselves would expect to receive.
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 this location. We could be satisfied with the way things are, but that’s not in line with our mission or Dr. Olson’s values. We want to provide our patient family with the level of care, kinds of products, and service we ourselves would expect to receive. That means if we know that we can diagnose a problem sooner or make someone’s vision sharper and clearer so they can perform better, we strive to give our patient’s that option. We want to do our best for you and we love pleasing our patients!
Our growth is for you and because of you. Thanks for continuing to refer your family and friends to our practice!
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 cause cause permanent vision problems. The good news is that in the course of a regular eye health examination a skilled eye doctor can detect signs of systemic hypertension even before vision has been affected or the patient is aware of the condition.
There is only one place in the body where a doctor can non-invasively observe a person’s blood vessels–the eye! Dr. Olson can actually see the blood vessels in the back of the eye and view the optic nerve. Strained by high blood pressure these small capillaries may bleed or narrow. The optic nerve can also become swollen. These are signs of hypertensive retinopathy due to systemic high blood pressure. The ophthalmoscope, binocular indirect ophthalmoscope, and Optomap retinal imaging are all tools that allow Dr. Olson to see the retina so conditions and changes can be monitored and documented. But it takes his experience and expertise to evaluate what he sees and identify what is normal and what is not.
Sometimes vision loss is not due to a problem with the eye itself, but with how the brain is processing images the eye sees. One possible cause of this type of vision problem is that small strokes have occurred due to untreated high blood pressure. There are patients whose brain impairment was first detected and diagnosed by Dr. Olson in the course of a routine eye health exam.
Diabetes affects both heart health and eye health. During our comprehensive eye health exam Dr. Olson looks for blood vessels that are larger in certain spots, blocked, or hemorrhaging, new fragile blood vessels that have started growing, and scars on the retina, among other things. These are potential signs of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans.
Here’s an excerpt from a story on the American Heart Association website: “In the summer of 1994, I was driving a truck down a familiar road and suddenly my vision went blurry. Fortunately, I knew where I was going without reading the road signs, but as soon as I returned home, I called a friend who is a nurse about my concerns. She suggested that I see an eye doctor as soon as possible. After running some eye tests the eye doctor told me to see my family doctor because I might have type 2 diabetes. I was surprised by this because no one in my family had ever been diagnosed with diabetes. I did indeed have type 2 diabetes, and I also had high blood pressure and marginally high cholesterol…”
Unfortunately by the time vision has been affected, as this man’s was, the vision loss can be irreversible. That’s the reason eye doctors recommend that everyone have regular eye health exams throughout their lifetime! While you may be seeing well, symptoms still invisible to you can exist that are red flags to Dr. Olson as he looks inside your eye during the eye health examination.
The great news is that if you have been having annual eye exams at our office and these or other conditions appear, they will likely be detected at an early stage. If you have not been in the habit of getting regular eye exams, you can start now! We are accepting new patients at this time. Just call 319.395.9534.
So besides eating smart, not smoking, and exercising, add seeing Dr. Olson regularly to the list of activities for maintaining good heart health!
We are so grateful for all our patients and for the confidence you have placed in us. This award means a lot to us as we strive to fulfill our mission statement for you. ”We at Complete EyeCare Center are dedicated to providing our patient family with uncompromising quality and personal eye health care, just as we ourselves would expect to receive.”
We pledge to provide the same high quality service and materials to the people you care about and we welcome your referrals. We gladly accept new patients. If you are already a patient, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Are you compromising your active lifestyle because of your current contact lenses? Have you been told you couldn’t wear contacts? It’s time to take another look!
Regular soft contact lenses are not designed to correct astigmatism. If you have astigmatism and wear them you’ve been experiencing blurry, inconsistent vision–definitely a source of frustration and compromised performance during daily activities.
What about soft toric lenses? They are designed to correct astigmatism but can rotate on your eye, causing blurry vision that goes in-and-out of focus; especially at night. Here’s another issue. They are meant to stay aligned when your head is in a vertical position–like standing. But if you lie down, recline, or tilt your head, your vision can blur. Think of all the activities you do where this is the case. How would that work on the putting green? Watching TV? Even looking down to read something on your desk?
Some active people have given up altogether on the possibility that they can successfully wear contacts and are resigned to wearing glasses fulltime. They can be cumbersome during sports and many physical activities.
Dr. Olson wants to provide you with dependable, crisp, high-definition vision and all-day comfort no matter what life demands. He has the expertise and access to prescribe a cutting edge hybrid lens that eliminates many problems people have had with previous contact lenses!
*If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, you’ll need one prior to your contact lens fitting.
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 measure ocular pressure and use advanced visual fields technology to detect glaucoma as early as possible. Early glaucoma detection is one of many reasons why routine eye exams are so important, even when you’re seeing clearly.
Anyone can develop glaucoma, but some people are more at risk than others: African Americans over age 40; Everyone over age 60, especially Mexican Americans; People with a family history of glaucoma; People who are severely near-sighted; Anyone with diabetes. For these people, it is especially important to have an exam at least once a year.
Anyone can develop glaucoma, but there are things we can do to minimize the risk of vision loss.
Anyone can develop glaucoma, but we want to help you detect it early and prevent vision loss. Prevent Blindness American estimates that over 4 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of those know that they have it. If you haven’t had a comprehensive eye health exam in the last year, call us today at 319.385.9534 to schedule an appointment.
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 decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A major clinical study of older adults concluded that taking an antioxidant vitamin or mineral supplement significantly reduced the risk of advanced AMD progression in some people. Additionally, today there is significant evidence that vitamin D plays a role in preventing AMD.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a major clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute. It enrolled 3640 subjects, age 55 to 80, and was released in October 2001. This landmark study provided evidence that nutritional intervention in the form of supplements could delay the progression of AMD. The study concluded that taking an antioxidant vitamin or mineral supplement reduced the risk of advanced AMD progression by about 25 percent and showed a 19 percent reduction in visual acuity loss in some of the subjects.
It was not clear in the original AREDS report which vitamin, mineral or combination of nutrients was responsible for reducing the risk of AMD. When the study was planned, the lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids that constitute the macular pigment were not assessed because they were not commercially available. Since then, several studies have provided growing evidence specific to the beneficial role of lutein and zeaxanthin intake, and their positive effect on eye health and AMD risk reduction. The AREDS Report No. 22 published in 2007 described the relationship between dietary intake of various nutrients and AMD among the AREDS subjects. This report concluded that high dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin is associated with a reduction in the risk of geographic atrophy, advanced AMD, and large or extensive intermediate drusen, the waste byproducts of cellular metabolism (activity).
A follow up to the original AREDS trial, AREDS2, began in June 2008. This multi-centered, five-year study builds on a multitude of existing science supporting lutein and zeaxanthinâ€™s role in maintaining healthy eyes. It is the largest human clinical trial to evaluate lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids supplementation, and includes 4,000 patients at high risk for AMD. The study is focusing on the protective effects lutein (10 mg/day), zeaxanthin (2 mg/day) , and omega-3 fatty acids (1 g/day) have against AMD, as well as the link between nutrition and macular pigment optical density, cataract development and visual function.
Vitamin supplements selected by Dr. Olson for appropriate content and quality are available through Complete EyeCare Center–either in stock or direct-shipped to your home. Call 319.385.9534 for an evaluation with Dr. Olson, or to inquire about whether you may benefit from these products.
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An upcoming theatre production will feature Mt. Pleasant performers, including Complete EyeCare Center’s Dr. Christopher Olson, portraying a historic court trial with Mt. Pleasant ties. The prosecutor in the case was George B. Corkhill of Mt. Pleasant, who graduated from Iowa Wesleyan in 1859 and was District Attorney for the District of Columbia at the time of the trial.
The real-life drama entitled The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau is about the man who shot President James Garfield in 1881 and draws comparisons between the political and legal climate then and now. Images of the times and people will be projected behind the actors and readers. Cast members are Jim Beasley, David Edwards, John Hemsworth, Terry Hemsworth, Mark Kimzey, Christopher Olson, Lon Pugh, Angie Thomas, Kevin Wiley, Rick Williamson, and Brad Workman. The Director is David File.
Performances will be on April 23 and 24, 2010 at 7 PM at the Heatilator Center for the Performing Arts in Mt. Pleasant. Sponsored by the Harlan-Lincoln House, the shows are being offered to the public free of charge.
(If you would like more information about the play the Executive Director of Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House, Lynn Ellsworth, can be reached by calling 319.385.6320.)
The entire Complete EyeCare Center staff just attended the Iowa Optometric Association’s annual educational meetings. Not only did they learn about many of the latest developments in eye health care and technology, they enjoyed the fellowship, and the opportunity to network with other professionals from across the state and nation.
Ongoing education will always be a priority for our staff, because these activities and classes help our practice continue to offer the best eye health care and optical products to you, our valued patient.
On Friday, Dr. Olson and colleague, Dr. Michael Ohlson, were also guest lecturers, teaching a class on Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Medications to the Iowa Optometric Assistant’s Association.
Isn’t it reassuring to know that your doctor is committed to being a life-long learner?
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 you have that same benefit without traveling to a metropolitan center or university. Spectral OCT with the Optovue RTVue is a new generation of Optical Coherence Tomography for detection, classification, and management of ocular diseases and pathology.
Why should that interest you? Because this exciting tool has the ability to help Dr. Olson detect and treat progressive eye diseases at a much earlier stage. Slowing or stopping disease progression early means less likelihood of vision loss or blindness, and better health for you.
Several eye diseases, like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy have no symptoms in their early stages. But a skilled eye doctor using the RTVue can detect and manage them. Painless and quick, the ultra-high speed and high resolution features of the RTVue enable Dr. Olson to visualize retinal, anterior segment, and corneal tissue with ultra-high clarity.
Watch this interesting Good Morning America segment by clicking here.
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It’s a question we’ll be glad to help you answer. Dr. Olson can evaluate whether you are a good candidate for LASIK* vision correcting surgery, and will make a referral to an experienced, trusted surgeon. We provide the pre-operative and post-operative LASIK care right in our office. So this is a great place to start if you have been thinking about surgical vision correction and are wondering where to turn for reliable information.
Dr. Olson will begin your evaluation with a comprehensive eye examination, including dilation. Accurate measurements of your visual needs will be obtained. We will perform corneal topography to map the corneal surface of your eye. This allows Dr. Olson to determine if there are any corneal defects that could affect the success of LASIK, and provides information for the surgeon. He’ll also measure the thickness of your corneas and pupil sizes. You will be examined for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, as well as corneal and macular health.
A decision of this importance should be made in consultation with your eye doctor, not by price shopping, because your vision is precious! By providing post-operative care for many years, Dr. Olson has seen the results of numerous surgeries first-hand and has talked with patients about their experiences with various clinics and doctors. This gives him insight for future referrals and a perspective from which his patients can benefit. Surgical vision correction has become a precise and reliable alternative, when it is done by an experienced doctor with the best technology available. That’s why we work closely with eye clinics such as Wolfe Eye Clinic and TLC Laser Eye Centers to increase the likelihood that you will have a positive surgical outcome.
So if you’ve wondered, “Should I consider LASIK?” call for a consultation today and please mention that you are interested in a LASIK evaluation. We can be reached at 319-385-9534.
* LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis
You’re invited to help protect your baby’s eyes with a no-cost eye assessment.
Governor Chet Culver has declared InfantSEE Week as Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27, 2009. If your infant is six to twelve months old, this is the perfect time to schedule an InfantSEE eye assessment with Dr. Olson–at no cost.
“I encourage parents across Iowa to take advantage of the InfantSEE® program,” said Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA). “… I applaud our local optometrists for providing free InfantSEE® assessments, and encourage families to take advantage of this useful service.”
You’ve broken out the new calendar, or at least turned the page to a new year. Are you wondering where 2008 went? None of us seems immune to this syndrome, perhaps a sign of the busyness of our culture. So, it should come as no surprise that you’ve probably underestimated how long it’s been since your last eye exam.
Not all people need a comprehensive eye health exam every year. Every two years can be adequate for people who are not considered “at risk”. Having said that, children and students may need more frequent care since their eyes are growing and changing quite rapidly. That’s why it’s important for parents and teachers be educated to recognize signs of vision problems in children.
So who needs to been seen at least annually? Those over age 60, contact lens wearers, anyone who has had eye surgery, people who take prescription or non-prescription drugs that can have ocular side effects, diabetics, anyone with high blood pressure, those who have a family history of ocular disease (such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.), those who work in occupations that are visually demanding or with eye hazards, children with a high refractive error, an eye turn, or eyes with unequal refractive power, children born prematurely, with low weight, or through difficult or assisted labor, children who received oxygen as newborns, children with family history of certain diseases, and people with other health concerns or conditions. (Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list, and some conditions require more frequent monitoring.)
After examining and talking with you, Dr. Olson will make a recommendation about how long it should be until you have your next eye health exam. Our first concern is your health, so we help you keep on track with convenient scheduling and reminders tailor-made to your situation. But we won’t be surprised if your response is, “Has it really been a year?”
Thanks to all of you, our patients and friends who have placed their confidence in us. We consider it a privilege to serve you and help with all of your eye health care needs. We know we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you! Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Dr. Olson and the staff of Complete EyeCare Center
The following has been excerpted from Dr. Christopher Olson’s Curriculum Vitae:
1992, named “Young O.D. of the Year” by the Iowa Optometric Association
1992 to Present, awarded Optometric Recognition Award for Continuing Education by the American Optometric Association
1994 to Present, Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
2000, named “Optometrist of the Year” by the Iowa Optometric Association
2001, Iowa Governor’s appointee to the State Board of Optometry
2009, Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry appointee to the nation’s Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 2009 to present
Chair, State of Iowa Board of Optometry, July 2006 to Apr. 2010
Secretary, State of Iowa Board of Optometry, Apr. 2001 to July 2006
Clinical Examiner, National Board of Optometry
Member, Education Committee Member, Legislative Committees Member, House of Delegates, Iowa Optometric Association
Member, American Optometric Association
VISION USA Provider
Iowa Lion’s Diabetes & Glaucoma Mobile Unit Doctor
Iowa Alumni Liaison, Illinois College of Optometry
Lecturer, IOAA Annual Meeting, 2005 to 2011
Lecturer, Primary Care Symposium, American Academy of Optometry, 2006
InfantSEE Provider, 2005 to Present
Secretary & Member, Mt. Pleasant Public Library Board
Board Member, Kiwanis Club, Mt. Pleasant
Actor and Member, Mt. Pleasant Community Theatre
Board Member, The Rec Center, Mt. Pleasant
Council Chairperson, Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sunday School and confirmation teacher, choir member, liturgist, instrumentalist
Fundraiser, Iowa Wesleyan College, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association
Waco High School, Olds, IA, June 1979. Valedictorian
Iowa State University, Ames, IA, May 1983. Bachelor of Science in Distributed Studies: Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Zoology, Graduated with Distinction
Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL, May 1987. Doctorate in Optometry, magna cum laude. Westside V.A. Hospital Externship
Music (instrumental, vocal), Fitness (mountain biking, jogging), Reading
1979, Eagle Scout
1995, Completed Marine Corps Marathon, Washington D.C.
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Video magnifiers utilizing closed circuit television are a wonderful aid to people with low vision, but because of their large size they aren’t portable. One unique product, the “Jordy”, can be worn like glasses for portable use, and can also be placed in a stand at home or work and used with any monitor. This flexibility means you can read, write, or see no matter where you are.
Jordy contains a small, high-resolution camera that magnifies up to 30 times. Jordy’s auto-focus feature allows you to follow an object in motion–near, far or in-between. In the optional stand, it can provide 50x magnification.
“Jordy Glasses” are available for purchase at Complete EyeCare Center, along with other Enhanced Vision products including Merlin, Max, Nemo and Amigo. You can try them for yourself in our Mt. Pleasant, Iowa office. Dr. Olson is pleased to offer patients this advanced low vision technology. To learn more about Jordy and other low vision products, call our office today at 319.385.9534.
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Please call 319.385.9534 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment today!
In the future we’ll have a convenient way for you to request an available appointment time online.
A new instrument gives Complete EyeCare Center patients a distinct health advantage. The RTVue OCT* creates ultra-high speed high resolution 3-D scans, maps and images of the eye. It can even allow Dr. Olson to visualize discrete layers of the retina. This is the first instrument to provide such high resolution capabilities.
What does this mean for Dr. Olson’s patients? Early detection, early intervention and better patient outcomes. In other words, slowing or stopping disease progression, and reducing potential vision loss.
Why is early detection important to you? Most people have no knowledge of serious eye problems in their early stages. As medical knowledge has progressed, doctors have learned that there are discreet changes taking place in the eye which can be pre-indicators of such diseases. When Dr. Olson detects these early signals, intervention can begin before your eyesight or health has been dramatically affected by serious diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or macular disease.
This instrument is the latest addition to the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa practice of Dr. Christopher Olson, Complete EyeCare Center–which has been the first to introduce technology to the state of Iowa on more than one occasion. Today OCT technology is viewed by experts as the most clinically superior way to detect and manage glaucoma and macular degeneration. Dr. Olson prefers the RTVue over other OCT instruments for several reasons, including its being 65 times faster, and having twice the resolution for significantly clearer images.
With a few months of experience with the RTVue OCT, Dr. Olson says, ”I can’t imagine going back to diagnosing or managing glaucoma without this valuable new tool. I am very thankful to be able to provide this important service to our patients and Southeast Iowa.”*Optovue RTVue Optical Coherence Tomographer
Amidst the sighs of children, the back-to-school messages have begun. When you begin thinking about school supplies and sports physicals, don’t forget to make sure your children’s eyes are healthy. During a child’s first 12 years, approximately 80 percent of all learning comes through vision!
Dr. Olson wants your children to have a positive experience at school, just as you do. One of the best things a parent can do is to schedule an eye exam that includes an optomap® Retinal Exam before schools starts to ensure your child is ready for the school year.
Complete EyeCare Center offers the optomap® Retinal Exam as part of a comprehensive eye exam to patients of all ages because it is important that everyone to have their retina checked regularly. The majority of eye health problems arise without you knowing. Even patients that report that they can see just fine and have no complaints can not be assured they are healthy. Dr. Olson has found undetected conditions including retinal holes, early macular degeneration, even brain tumors, in such symptom-free patients. The optomap® allows Dr. Olson to get an ultra-widefield view of the retina in a fast, painless, and comfortable way–appealing to children and adults alike.
Undetected or untreated vision problems can hinder a child’s ability to reach their full potential. Numerous studies have found a direct link between vision and children’s learning, behavior, and school performance. At least 10 to 15 percent – or 8 to 12 million – children have undetected vision impairments. Yet most of these conditions can be easily treated by Dr. Olson.
Help ensure that an undetected vision problem won’t rob your child of the opportunity to succeed in school. Call Complete EyeCare Center (319.385.9534) to schedule your child’s eye exam today. While you’re at it, schedule your own exam too!
* based on glaucoma medication prescribed. (There are over 37,000 optometrists in the U.S.)
To learn more about Dr. Christopher Olson, read excerpts from his Curriculum Vitae.