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How are cataracts diagnosed?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare  In addition to a complete medical history and eye examination done by your primary provider, diagnostic procedures for cataracts may include: Visual acuity test. The common eye chart test, which measures vision ability at various distances. Pupil dilation. The pupil is enlarged with eye drops to allow a close-up […]

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Guest blog: I live well because…

Recently, a “I live well because…” video was produced highlighting Agnesian HealthCare associates’ motivation to stay well. To expand on that effort, we are featuring a few of our associates’ stories on this blog. You can see the video below. This month’s featured story is Bob Goetsch, an Information Services desktop support analyst with our […]

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What causes cataracts?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare Despite the fact that cataract formation is a natural process that affects all individuals to a certain extent, there are risk factors that can speed up the process and result in more significant cataracts earlier in life. These include: Smoking Diabetes Excessive exposure to sunlight Steroid use […]

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Tell me about macular degeneration

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO Ophthalmologist with Agnesian HealthCare Macular degeneration affects an estimated 15 million Americans and is present in 14 percent of all Caucasians over the age of 80. Interestingly, the disease affects less than 1 percent of Hispanic, African American, and Asian adults over 80 years old. Macular degeneration is age related […]

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A Skin-to-Skin C-Section Experience

Those precious first moments! The day your child enters the world is one of the best days of your life. But for Shelly Ketelhut, a Fond du Lac resident, the birth of her first son, Max, 4, didn’t go as picture perfect as she had planned. After 26 hours of labor, she ended up having […]

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What is a cataract?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older each year. By age 80, more than half of all Americans have a cataract or cataracts. So what is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding or opaque area over the lens of the eye – […]

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Tell me about vitreous floaters

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO Ophthalmologist with Agnesian HealthCare Floaters are deposits of various shapes and sizes that appear in a person’s view. Floaters are not dangerous, they are just a nuisance. They are especially noticeable when staring at a white background or when you walk outside and it is bright. The brain is very […]

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Your Health May Influence Your Fertility

Written by: James Cauley, MD, urologist with Agnesian HealthCare Not being able to conceive can be tough for a couple. When it takes longer than a year for your partner to become pregnant, a doctor may suspect an infertility concern. One-third of such cases are traced to the man’s side. The latest research suggests that for […]

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Tell me about kidney stones

Written by: James Cauley, MD, urologist with Agnesian HealthCare A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms from crystallization of excreted substances in the urine. The stone may remain in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract. A small stone may pass all of the way out of the […]

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Tell me about glaucoma

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO Ophthalmologist with Agnesian HealthCare Glaucoma is slowly progressive optic nerve damage caused by elevated eye pressure. Why does an eye have pressure you ask? Fluid is constantly made by the eye and drained out of the eye to create a continuous flow of nutrients to the eye tissues. High pressure […]

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