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Zika virus: What you need to know

Written by: Vivian Onunkwo, MD, Agnesian Work & Wellness Medical Director Zika virus infection is a disease caused by Zika virus. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which also transmits dengue and chikungunya viruses. Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy or at time of […]

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What is involved in cataract surgery?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare Many Americans undergo cataract surgery each year. The surgery is one of the most common operations performed, and one of the safest and most effective. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a substitute lens. If cataracts are present in both eyes, they cannot […]

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Keeping your eyes safe at work

Written by: Benjamin Scoresby, OD, Optometrist with Agnesian HealthCare Eye injuries that occur in the workplace are very common. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that 2,000 work-related eye injuries happen per day. The most common eye injuries that occur at work result from foreign bodies in the eye or abrasions on […]

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How are cataracts treated?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare Specific treatment for cataracts will be determined by your doctor based on: Your age, overall health and medical history Extent of the disease Expectations for the course of the disease Your opinion or preference Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies In its early stages, vision […]

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What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare  The following are the most common symptoms of cataracts. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: Cloudy or blurry vision Lights appear too bright and/or present a glare or a surrounding halo Poor night vision Colors seem faded Increased nearsightedness, increasing the need to […]

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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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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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Jump Start Your 2016

It’s a new year and it can be a new you! Some people like to set resolutions or look for a fresh start when the New Year comes…others simply need a change or need to get back into the routine at the gym after the celebrations that this time of year brings (including the Pack’s latest […]

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How to shovel snow safely

Now that the snow and cold has returned to Wisconsin, it’s a good time to discuss how to stay safe during the winter months. Every year, thousands of people in snow covered states end up injuring themselves or even worse, experience heart attacks. Here are some steps you can take to hopefully stay out of […]

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What is integrative medicine?

Written by: Stephanie Mehl, DO, Family Medicine physician at Ripon Medical Center Clinic There’s increasingly more information in today’s news about healthcare providers shifting their focus with patients to prevention, health maintenance, early intervention and patient-centered care. Healthcare professionals and their patients and families benefit from this approach through integrative lifestyle modification for those with […]

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