At Eyewear Concepts, we are pleased to offer a wide range of optometry services for our community! Drs. Oltmanns & Shilman can diagnose and treat eye diseases and identify general eye health problems including diabetes, anemia, high blood pressure, and others. Our experienced staff can provide you with thorough eye evaluations, fit you with the appropriate specialty eyewear, and help you pick out the most flattering pair of glasses for you. We can answer your questions about optometry services, our eye care practice, eye health products, and more.
Our new patient appointments always begin with a comprehensive eye exam. If you are unsure of your family’s eye health history, it’s helpful to research beforehand, so we can better evaluate your own eye health. If you have never had a comprehensive exam, don’t worry!
All the tests and exercises are simple and painless. Drs. Oltmanns & Shilman can diagnose and treat eye diseases and identify general eye health problems including diabetes, anemia, high blood pressure, and others. We can also test for and fit specialty eyewear for sports, occupations, other activities and hobbies, and safety glasses.
We can answer your questions about optometry services, our eye care practice, eye health products, and more.
Our Mission Statement
Our Mission is to exceed our patients’ expectations by providing:
- The highest quality of life for you, your family, and our community now and in the years to come by contributing to a lifetime of healthy vision
- The most advanced comprehensive eyecare through continuing education and by utilizing the latest technology and instrumentation
- Superior patient communication and patient education
- A most courteous, respectful, and ethical experience
- Uncompromised service, value, and friendliness
- High quality eyewear, contact lenses, and low vision devices
Part of the Eyewear Concepts difference is utilizing the newest technology and providing you with a quality product we stand behind. That is why we use Hoya products for our lenses.
Hoya’s dedication to innovation and advanced tools allow them achieve perfectly fitting eye glasses lenses for you. Hoya develops their lenses to support opticians like us, who want provide the highest quality products to give wearers clear, comfortable vision at all times.
Hoya lenses are produced with freeform surfacing. The benefit of the lens surface is considered on a series of individual points and cut along each point. Such precision means that Hoya can optimize each lens for every prescription. They can even incorporate frame, fitting and wearing parameters into the lens calculation. The result is a highly personalized lens, every time.
Lens treatments also make a difference in quality. Hoya’s in house engineers guarantee an innovative and highly reliable finishing touch. Their lens treatments are bonded to the surface of the lens or incorporated into the lens during the manufacturing process for maximum durability. Depending on your needs and preferences, different types of lens treatments will make the lens perfectly suited to you. Hoya offers coatings for a digital life style that reduces the harmful blue light that comes from screens. These coatings also provides higher contrast and a more relaxed viewing. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Hoya also offers UV protective coatings. Hoya can add this coating to both the front and back of the lenses, resulting in 100% UV protection.
In House Edger
Eyewear Concepts is the only office in Dickinson that has its own in house cutting lab. This allows us to cut lenses on site, in our office, without having to send your lenses and frame elsewhere. This technology allows us to get new frames and lenses to our patients same day! Our EXXPERT® Lens Edger is a state of the art piece of equipment that allows us to address the continuously changing needs in lens and frame technology. The EXXPERT® Lens Edger comes with a variety of features include “step bevel cutting.” This assures that the lens will fit precisely, even into high-wrap sunglasses or special shape cuttings, such as ventilation holes. Paired with our edger is the EXXPERT® Automatic Lens Blocker/Tracer. This pieces of equipment combines the functions of a lens tracer, lensmeter, and auto blocker. This means that your lenses are centered and traced to perfectly fit your vision and your frame!
BlephEx® is a painless in-office procedure performed by your eyecare professional or trained technician. A revolutionary new patented BlephEx® handpiece is used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.
The patented micro-sponge is disposable and for optimal cleaning and exfoliating, a fresh clean one is used for each eye. The eyes are rinsed well afterwards.
The procedure lasts about 6 -8 minutes. Most patients simply report a tickling sensation. A numbing drop is usually placed in each eye prior to treatment for increased comfort.
After the procedure, the patient is instructed on how to maintain their clean eyelids with regular nightly lid hygiene. Since home treatments are only semi-effective, the procedure is typically repeated at 4-6 month intervals.
Pre LASIK Testing
Pre LASIK Testing is an important exam that helps determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
To be considered a candidate for LASIK, you should be 18 years or older, be in good health, and not be nursing or pregnant. Patient considering LASIK should have stable vision for at least 1 year prior to surgery, be free of eye disease like keratoconus, glaucoma, or cataracts, not suffer from continuous dry eyes, and not have eye injuries or infections. Patients should also not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time; the precise length will be determined by your doctor on an individual basis.
Pre LASIK Testing involves a Dilated Comprehensive Eye Exam to allow our doctors an assessment of your prescription. Our doctors will also check your Binocular Vision to rule out any possible alignment issues and your tear film for dry eyes; both of these can cause side effects after LASIK. Pre LASIK Testing involves also checking your Topography, which is an exact topographical shape and power of the cornea, and checking your Pachymetry, which is the thickness of your corneas. LASIK corrects your vision by removing and reshaping the cornea, so patients with uniquely shaped corneas or very thin corneas may not be good LASIK patients.
New Contact Lens Training
If you are a new contact lens patient of any age, our certified paraoptometrics will help you! Our paras will instruct you in proper insertion, removal, and care for your contacts. We will help you feel comfortable in your contacts!
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An OCT is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that gives us an image of the retina. This imagining allows our doctors to see the distinct layers of your retina and to map and measure their thickness. These measurements can help provide treatment d guidance for like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye diseases. We do offer this to all our patients as a baseline screening. This is to see if there is any concerning issues. Anyone with a family history of eye diseases should consider this baseline.
Corneal Topography is a noninvasive imaging technique used to map the surface of the eye. A Corneal Topography can be useful to your doctor in diagnosing corneal diseases, planning for refractive surgeries like LASIK, and even fitting contact lenses.
Visual Field Testing
In Optometry, your field of vision is the entire area a person can see when their eyes are fixated on a certain point. A Visual Field Test is an examination that can detect dysfunction in the eyes’ central or peripheral vision. This test can show blind spots or a lowered response to light and stimuli. This can help your doctor diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma and even show visual responses from brain disorders like strokes or tumors. Visual Field Tests can also asses how eyelid problems like ptosis and drooping lids are affecting vision.
Fundus Photography is a noninvasive imaging technique used to take a colored image of the interior surface of the eye through the use of a microscope attached to a flash enabled camera. These images are used to diagnosis and monitor eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration, macular edema,and retinal detachment. Due to the flash of light required for these images, most Fundus Photography requires dilation.
Comprehensive eye exams may include:
- Testing visual acuity or refractive error
- Pupil evaluation with or without dilation
- Examination of peripheral visual field
- Color vision testing
- Analysis of the visual systems
- Examination of the external parts of the eye
- Intraocular pressure measurement
- Examination of the health of the entire eye
Our Optometric Services:
- Comprehensive eye exams
- Contact lens fittings
- Diagnosis and treatment of eye disease
- Specialized testing and care for cataracts, glaucoma, and others
- Pre-and post-operative care for eye disease
- Eye emergencies
- Foreign object removal
- Vision services for visually impaired