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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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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 new year’s resolution that lasts the whole year

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Wellness Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Weight loss, quit smoking, and reducing debt are only some of the most common news year’s resolutions. Setting these goals or resolutions is often easier said than done.  Use these eight tips to accomplish your goals this year! Be realistic. It is great to dream big, however if […]

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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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