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Eye examinations

Eye exams for the whole family

To protect the health and safety of patients and staff, we have suspended all non-essential/non-urgent visits in clinics until further notice. Some visits may be converted to a virtual visit when appropriate

Whether you need a routine eye exam or have a condition that requires monitoring by an eye doctor, our optometrists can help.

We have optometrists in locations across the metropolitan area, so it’s easy to schedule an eye exam near you.



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What it is

An eye exam checks your vision as well as the health of your eye.

This shows how sharp your vision is and whether you need eyeglasses, and it determines your eyeglass prescription. It also helps identify other conditions that can affect how well you see, now or in the future. 

Good for treating

The optometrist will test your eyes for a variety of conditions and refer you to an ophthalmologist if needed. An eye exam can identify:

  • nearsightedness – when objects closer to the eye can be seen clearly, while those in the distance are blurry
  • farsightedness – when objects closer to the eye are blurry while those in the distance can be seen clearly
  • astigmatism – when vision is blurry at all distances because of the shape of the eye
  • color blindness
  • problems with depth perception, eye alignment and eye movement
  • conditions like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration

Good to know

Most adults should have a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years. Your doctor may recommend more frequent exams if you have a health condition that affects your eyes.

Children under age 5 have their eyes checked as part of their well child visit with a pediatrician or family medicine provider. School age children should have eye exams every two years, or as recommended by their doctor.

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Source: Allina Health Eye Services
Reviewed by: Tracy Peterson, ABOC

First published: 2/25/2020
Last reviewed: 2/25/2020

Allina Health Everyday Clinic

This is a retail clinic location. We offer basic services for minor injuries and illnesses for patients 18 months and older. We do not see visits for workers' or injury compensation.

From the list below, please select the condition that best describes what you would like to be seen for. If you do not see what you are looking for, please visit an Urgent Care location or schedule a visit with your primary care provider.
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Everyday On Wheels

Everyday On Wheels mobile clinic is not wheel chair accessible due to the size of the vehicle. Patients should be able to safely climb a short set of stairs to enter the mobile clinic.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time and have your mobile phone available for the provider to contact you when they are ready to see you.

We've changed how we provide some services with your care and safety in mind. Expanded virtual care services are available to schedule online. You can also call your clinic for help finding the best option.

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What’s the reason for your visit?

Only these primary care appointments can be scheduled online. For all other appointments or with any questions, call 1-888-425-5462.

What’s the reason for your visit?

Only these primary care appointments can be scheduled online. For all other appointments or with any questions, call 1-888-425-5462.