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Avera Medical Minute AQoP: Ophthalmology comes to Mitchell

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It's a safe bet that at some point in your life, you'll end up in this chair wearing a rather funny mask. The Vision Council of America estimates that 3 out of every 4 adults uses some form of vision correction. So if you live in Mitchell, that means an appointment with Avera Ophthalmologist Dr. Jessica Claussen.

"I feel very comfortable in the fact that were able to see people on a first-line basis here and be able to treat them right here Mitchell." Said Dr. Claussen

Avera Queen of Peace hospital brought in Dr. Claussen as part of its commitment to improve eye health. Not only by providing contacts and frames but treating a wide variety of eye problems.  

"Cataracts, treatment and surgery for glaucoma, just general eye exams, diabetic retinopathy those are kind of some of the things that plague the general population is what we're able to treat here." Said Dr. Claussen.

In the past, the Mitchell hospital did not have the equipment or staff to do most of the advanced vision correction procedures. Meaning patients would have to hit the road to get treatment. With Dr. Claussen's arrival, she's brought the tools to help people see more clearly. 

"Ophthalmology has been an ever-changing field and it still continues to change we have very good industry and technology companies within ophthalmology and I think there's new designs of our lasers and our cataract machines and our microscopes that come out every year." Said Dr. Claussen.

Cataracts and glaucoma are on the more severe end of visual impairments but if you are experiencing problems with vision, it's something you'll want to get checked out.

"Whether it was something that decreased very acutely or kind of decreased gradually over time would be happy to take a look because that can be symptom of almost any kind of eye disease." Said Dr. Claussen.

Many eye diseases go on without symptoms so it's also a good idea to have routine eye exams. That way Dr. Claussen can make sure any and all blurred figures come back into focus.
 
Dr. Claussen is now accepting appointments, referrals and, consultations at her practice on the Avera Queen of Peace hospital campus. For more information just call 877-AT-AVERA.
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