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Welcome to The Eye Doctors Inc.

We utilize modern technology to ensure you receive a thorough eye examination and tailor each exam to meet the needs of our patients.

The Eye Doctors, your local Eye Care Specialists, serving all of your family’s vision care needs.

Dr. Viker & Dr. Gustafson provide quality eye care services and vision care products in Eden Prairie; we truly care about the health of your eyes and offer local vision care to all family members.

We are conveniently located near you in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and service, Bloomington, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Chanhassen.

The Eye Doctors stock Contact lenses, and we offer Eye exams, Emergency Treatment as well as the Management of Ocular Diseases.

The local Eden Prairie Optometrist near you, offering you and your family top quality eye care delivered with unsurpassed customer service.

The Eye Doctors accepts a number of Insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs.

The Eye Doctors, Inc. COVID-19 Information:

Our clinic closed on March 17th and will remain closed until it is safe to re-open. Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates.

Urgent or Emergent Eye Concerns

If you have an eye emergency, we are here to help. Please call 952-955-4427 and one of the doctors will return your call. The messages are monitored Monday through Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM. Eye emergencies include (but are not limited to): eye pain, recent onset of redness in one or both eyes, flashes of light or sudden onset of new floaters, double vision, and sudden change/worsening of vision in one or both eyes.

Glasses and Contact Lens Orders:

The Wal-Mart Vision Center is open daily at this time from 10 AM to 2 PM and 6 AM to 2 PM on Tuesdays for limited services. The hour of 6 AM to 7 AM on Tuesdays is reserved for senior citizens. One optician is on duty to provide urgent glasses repairs and adjustments; at this time no new orders for glasses are being accepted. Existing orders of contact lenses and glasses may be picked up from the vision center. New orders of contact lenses can be placed in-store and will be shipped to your home if we do not have the lenses in stock. Additionally, you may order contact lenses at www.walmartcontacts.com

Contact Lens Safety

There is no evidence that contact lens wearers are at greater risk for a Corona Virus infection, per the American Optometric Association Cornea and Contact Lens Section. Please follow the below tips:

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses
  • Avoid using contact lenses if you are ill with any cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Reduce your risk for infection by avoiding sleeping, napping, swimming or showering in contact lenses
  • Replace your contact lens case every 2 months
  • Use fresh contact lens solution each time you store your lenses
  • Do not reuse single-use/daily disposable lenses

Our Eye Care Services

Located inside Walmart in Eden Prairie, we provide comprehensive eye care to residents of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul Metro Area. Our services include the evaluation of a range of conditions including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Example of Advanced Technology at The Eye Doctors in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

The standard of care in optometry for early detection of glaucoma macular degeneration is the OCT exam. Ask us for info today!

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Check out our selection of Contact Lenses that fit all your needs.

Girl Demonstrating Eye Exams at The Eye Doctors in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Learn about eye exams and special considerations for kids and contacts.

Ask Our Doctors a Question...

What are the warning signs of cataracts?

Dr. Viker: Cataracts generally cause blurry vision that happens very gradually over time. Patients will typically report that they notice it has gotten harder to see at night or it feels like they are looking through smudged glasses.

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What are the common symptoms of allergies?

Dr. Viker: The most common symptoms of allergies are red, watery itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and sneezing.

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What is the examination like to determine if someone has dry eyes?

Dr. Viker: A large part of the examination is finding out what the patient is experiencing and determining the type of dry eye causing the symptoms. We look at the surface of the eye under a microscope to look at the quantity and the quality of the tear film.

Additionally, we examine the eyelids and the glands inside the eyelids to insure they are healthy. Typically, a drop of yellow dye is placed in the eye which helps us look for dry spots on the surface of the eye.

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What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease process in which pressure builds up inside of the eye and damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve is the nerve that sends the information from your eyes back to your brain. Once the optic nerve is damaged, peripheral or side vision loss occurs.

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What exactly are ‘Ultraviolet rays”?

Dr. Gustafson: Ultraviolet rays are emitted by the sun and are invisible to the human eye due to their shorter wavelengths. UVA accounts for 95% of the solar radiation that reaches the surface of the Earth and is present during all daylight hours year-round.

UVB rays are more intense than UVA rays and their intensity varies by day and season; they are most intense between April and October and between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.

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Are there advantages to single-use contact lenses? What are they?

Yes – there are many advantages to single-use contact lenses! Daily disposables offer the most convenient way to wear contact lenses; patients do not have to utilize disinfecting solutions or contact lens cases since the lenses are thrown away after one use.

In my experience, patients that wear single-use contact lenses benefit from a more comfortable wearing experience. Their lenses feel better throughout the day since they have a fresh, sterile lens every day. Additionally, I rarely see a patient that wears daily disposable lenses have an eye infection.

Daily disposable lenses are the easiest way to wear contact lenses. Patients don’t have to keep track of how old their lenses are, they don’t have to clean the lenses every night, and they don’t have to carry contact lens solution with them when they travel.

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Who can wear contact lenses and at what age can you start?

Most people can wear contact lenses successfully.  The age to start wearing contact lenses can vary a bit depending on the patient.  I let parents know that if they have to remind their child to brush their teeth, the child is not yet ready for contact lenses.

There are so many great options in contact lenses that I encourage anyone who is interested in them to have an examination and find out what options are available.  People who have astigmatism or need reading glasses have many new options as do patients who previously have experienced their contact lenses getting too dry to wear comfortably.

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What is an OCT?

OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography. OCT is a specialized scan that utilizes light waves to obtain a cross-sectional image of the retina. It is impossible to see this level of detail directly during an examination, so OCT technology is an excellent way to find eye disease earlier.

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How is an eye infection different from pink eye?

While pink eye is a type of viral eye infection, more commonly patients experience a bacterial eye infection.  When a foreign bacteria or too much bacteria are introduced to the surface of the eye and/or the eyelids, an eye infection can result.  This means that bacteria are living on the surface of the eye in greater quantities than is healthy.

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What our Patients have to say

See Your The Eye Doctors Optometrist for LASIK, Refractive Surgery
and Cataract Surgery Co-Management

LASIK surgery and other refractive surgery can allow people who require vision correction to see crisp and clear without the nuisance of eyeglasses and contact lenses. For many people, the idea of having sharp vision without eye wear is a dream come true.

LASIK surgery is currently the most popular elective procedure in the US, which is why our optometrists offer convenient co-management services to make it easy for you to benefit from this laser refractive surgery

Is laser eye surgery good?

LASIK refractive surgery is an advanced and contemporary way to decrease or eliminate your need for eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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Will removing cataracts improve vision?

Cataracts refer to when the normally clear lens of your eye clouds over. In a nutshell, cataract surgery removes this hazy lens and replaces it with a transparent artificial intraocular lens

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Pre-op and Post-op LASIK and Cataract Surgery Care at The Eye Doctors family Optometrists

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Eye Emergencies

If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Please call our office during office hours at 925-829-9024 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.

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To our valued patients,

At The Eye Doctors, Inc. the health and well-being of our patients is at the core of everything that we do. In light of the rapidly changing situation and the spread of COVID-19 we made the difficult decision to close the clinic on Tuesday, March 17 th.

At this time, the Wal-Mart Vision Center remains open limited hours for urgent glasses repairs, pick-ups of existing orders and new contact lens orders. The vision center is open every day from 10 AM to 2 PM and on Tuesdays from 6 AM to 2 PM, with the hour of 6 AM to 7 AM reserved for senior citizens.

If you are experiencing an eye emergency, please call 952-955-4427 to leave a message for one of the doctors. Messages will be checked Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will re-open when it is safe to do so. We look forward to seeing you when things improve and thank you for your continued support of our practice. Please continue to our website for further information.

Dr. Melissa Viker & Dr. Britt Gustafson

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The Eye Doctors, Inc. COVID-19 Information:

Our clinic closed on March 17th and will remain closed until it is safe to re-open.  Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates.

Urgent or Emergent Eye Concerns

If you have an eye emergency, we are here to help.  Please call 952-955-4427 and one of the doctors will return your call.  The messages are monitored Monday through Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM.  Eye emergencies include (but are not limited to): eye pain, a recent onset of redness in one or both eyes, flashes of light or sudden onset of new floaters, double vision, and sudden change/worsening of vision in one or both eyes.

Glasses and Contact Lens Orders:

The Wal-Mart Vision Center is open daily at this time from 10 AM to 2 PM and 6 AM to 2 PM on Tuesdays for limited services. The hour of 6 AM to 7 AM on Tuesdays is reserved for senior citizens.  One optician is on duty to provide urgent glasses repairs and adjustments; at this time no new orders for glasses are being accepted. Existing orders of contact lenses and glasses may be picked up from the vision center.  New orders of contact lenses can be placed in store and will be shipped to your home if we do not have the lenses in stock. Additionally, you may order contact lenses at www.walmartcontacts.com

Contact Lens Safety

There is no evidence that contact lens wearers are at greater risk for a Corona Virus infection, per the American Optometric Association Cornea and Contact Lens Section.  Please follow the below tips:

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses
  • Avoid using contact lenses if you are ill with any cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Reduce your risk for infection by avoiding sleeping, napping, swimming or showering in contact lenses
  • Replace your contact lens case every 2 months
  • Use fresh contact lens solution each time you store your lenses
  • Do not reuse single-use/daily disposable lenses