Get ready to Sparkle: Tuesday, October 18

Quinn_webWinona Health invites women of all ages to Sparkle, Tuesday, October 18, at the Tau Center, 511 Hilbert Street in Winona.

This year’s event will help women of all ages keep their sparkle, especially the Sparkle in their eyes! The evening filled with the information to help women feel their sparkling best. New this year: “Dessert with the Docs” — a chance to ask questions and get to know some of the healthcare experts at Winona Health.

Featured speakers include:

Crystal Waldera, Winona Health optician, will also be on hand to share tips for choosing an eye wear frame that not only fitSerleth_small_RGBs but also flatters your face.

Doctors available during Dessert With A Doc include:

Women are encouraged to gather their girlfriends to enjoy an evening filled with fun and information about health and wellness while enjoying refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and connecting with friends.

The event is open from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Booths open: 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Presentation: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Dessert with a Doc: 6 – 7 p.m.

Before and/or after the presentation, women can visit fun, informative booths and enjoy hors d’oeuvres–and sparkly cupcakes.

“This is an important opportunity for women to put themselves first for a couple of hours. It’s time to enjoy an evening out with friends and to focus on their health and wellbeing,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “We hope to help women realize that taking care of themselves helps them take care of others—and they deserve to have a little fun.”

Admission is $5 or free for Spirit members. Sign up for Spirit (no obligation, free membership) and the admission fee is waived. Space is limited, AND we want to be sure to have enough cupcakes, so RSVP by Friday, October 14.

RSVP for Sparkle!

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One day only! Fall Eyewear Sale

One Day Only! Thursday, October 6

Winona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Fall Style Show Thursday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Winona Health Eye Care Center is on the third floor of the Winona Clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

During this one-day event, the Eye Care Center offers a 30-percent discount on complete pairs of glasses.

Choose from a special selection of frames including:

  • Vera Wang
  • Kensi
  • Original Penguin
  • Jhanes Barnes
  • TMX
  • Zac Posen
  • Lilly Pulitzer

As well as other frames currently in the Eye Care Center (sale excludes Oakley.) Outside prescriptions welcome.

Enjoy refreshments and register for a chance to win a door prize.

The Winona Health Eye Care Center provides comprehensive vision care for all ages including surgical treatment of eye diseases.

We’ve added another eye doctor to our team! Meet Stephanie LaLiberte, OD.

Dr. LaLiberte (pronounced La Liberty) joins Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, and Scott Pastryk, OD.

To protect your vision and to ensure you’re seeing as well as you can, schedule an appointment with one of our eye experts—we may even have openings today! Call the Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760.


Nearly half of all eye injuries now happening in the home

Two new surveys highlight disconnect between reality and perception of eye injury risks.

What do a bungee cord, a pan of frying bacon and lawn-care chemicals have in common? They are just a few of the common items around the house that can cause eye injuries, which a study from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) reports are increasingly occurring at home. The Eye Injury Snapshot, a clinical survey of eye injuries across the U.S., found that nearly half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that Americans suffer annually now happen in and around the home in common places like the lawn, garden, kitchen or garage.

In an effort to combat the rate of household eye injuries, the Academy and ASOT have issued a new recommendation that every household in America have at least one pair of ANSI-approved* protective eyewear to be worn when doing projects and activities at home to safeguard against eye injuries.

The recommendation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and ASOT comes as a new companion survey conducted on behalf of the Academy’s EyeSmart™ Campaign underscores the disconnect between the reality of eye injury risks and people’s perception of that risk. Most Americans think that eye injuries are a workplace phenomenon or related to events like Fourth of July fireworks displays. In fact, Americans are more likely to be injured in their homes from common everyday activities like mowing the lawn, cooking, cleaning and do-it-yourself home improvement projects that impact both participants and bystanders.

“Preventing an eye injury is much easier than treating one,” said Dr. Laurel Quinn of the Winona Health Eye Care Center. “Ninety percent of all eye injuries can be prevented by simply wearing protective eyewear. As the Fourth of July approaches, people are aware of the threat to the eyes that fireworks can represent, but they need to be equally aware of the everyday dangers that lurk in the home.”

The first of the two surveys, called the Eye Injury Snapshot (EIS), was conducted by the Academy, ASOT and 12 subspecialty societies. EIS presents a clinical “moment in time,” looking at eye injuries treated in the United States by ophthalmologists, emergency room physicians and pediatricians during a one-week period. 2008 marked the fifth year of the EIS. In 2008, there were 775 cases reported from all parts of the country. The survey found that:

  • Nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home, with more than 40 percent happening during everyday activities like cooking, home repairs or yard work
  • Men were more likely to be injured (74 percent) than women (26 percent)
  • 78 percent of eye injuries occurred to individuals who were not wearing protective eyewear during the time of the injury.
  • Nearly half of all injuries were to individuals between the ages of 18 and 45.
  • Around the home, the majority of eye injuries occurred in the yard (39.4 percent), garage (11.8) and workshop (8.1 percent). Yet in-home locations, such as the kitchen, family room, bedroom and bathroom were also significant areas prone to injury, accounting for more than 34 percent of all eye injuries reported.

The companion public survey designed to measure Americans’ understanding of eye injuries found that most underestimate the risks of home eye injury, believing more eye injuries occur outside the home, such as at a construction site or factory or at special events such as Fourth of July fireworks. Fewer than one in five Americans believes that he or she is at even a moderate risk of eye injuries.

“Slipping on a pair of safety glasses is quick and easy. Unfortunately, compared to other common-sense safety steps, such as wearing seatbelts, using protective eyewear does not happen frequently enough,” Dr. Quinn said. “Sadly, the risk is not just confined to people doing the projects. Bystanders can also be injured and should take precautions against eye injuries as well.”

The EyeSmart public opinion survey, conducted by Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, also found that:

  • Only 35 percent of Americans report that they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance.
  • Two-thirds of respondents said they own protective eyewear, but, of that group, 30 percent do not consistently wear the eye protection when doing home repairs or projects.
  • Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed never or rarely wear protective lenses for repairs or maintenance, and nearly half (48 percent) report never wearing eyewear when playing sports.

“People seem to understand that you need safety glasses when using power tools, but the threat to your eyesight lurks even in basic home repairs and cleaning,” Dr. Quinn said. “People should use protective eyewear during any potentially hazardous tasks around the house, from cleaning your oven with a chemical cleaner to using bungee cords to hold items in place. In the event that you do suffer an eye injury, have an ophthalmologist examine the injury as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first.”

The landscape of eye injuries in America has changed significantly since the 1990s, when the majority of eye injuries occurred in workplace settings. Today, due in part to improved safety measures, workplace injuries have fallen off, while a growing do-it-yourself attitude for home projects and increased falls among aging baby boomers may partially explain the increase in household injuries. Of the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from eye injuries each year, 50,000 experience significant vision loss from these injuries.

Additional information regarding eye injury prevention and treatment as well as executive summaries of both surveys can be found at

ANSI-approved protective eyewear is manufactured to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) eye protection standard. ANSI-approved protective eye wear can be easily purchased from most hardware stores nationwide and can be identified by the mark “Z87” placed on the eye wear. ANSI-approved protective eyewear is not approved for use in sports. To locate appropriate eyewear for specific sports talk to your ophthalmologist or visit

Dietary supplements for age-related macular degeneration

Results of the age-related eye disease studies (AREDS)

The AREDS started in 1992 and was designed to evaluate whether dietary supplements could decrease loss of vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) were first published in 2001 and longer term results have continued to be published since. Results from AREDS 2 became available in 2013.

Study Results

AMD. These large, well-done studies showed that for patients at high risk of developing advanced AMD (those with intermediate AMD in one or both eyes, or those with advanced AMD in one eye) tablets containing a combination of anti-oxidants and zinc significantly reduced the chance of developing advanced AMD over a seven-year period by 25 percent when compared with the placebo (a pill without the vitamins).

AREDS supplements are available “over the counter”, that is, they do not require a prescription.


1 – If you are at high risk of developing advanced AMD, you should consider taking supplements like those used in AREDS. High-risk people have either intermediate AMD in one or both eyes (many medium-sized drusen or any large drusen), or advanced AMD in one eye only (advanced atrophic form or neovascular form). Supplements provide no apparent benefit for those with early AMD or no AMD, and there is no apparent need to take them. However, yearly eye examinations are advisable to determine if the disease is progressing.

2 – Your eye doctor can tell you if you have the high-risk level of AMD by performing an eye examination of your retinas through dilated pupils.

3 – Because the AREDS formulation has a high level of anti-oxidants and zinc, discuss the advisability of taking them with your eye doctor and your primary care physician. This is especially important for individuals with chronic diseases for which they may be taking other medications.

4 – The AREDS formulation is now available in stores that sell dietary supplements. Brand names of such products include I-Caps and PreserVision. Most regular multivitamins do not contain doses as high as those recommended in AREDS. There are vitamins available that contain the AREDS nutrients combined with a multi-vitamin. The components in AREDS can be purchased separately. The individual supplements and the amount to take daily are:

  • Vitamin E – 400 IU (International Units)
  • Vitamin C – 500 milligrams
  • Lutein – 10 milligrams
  • Zeaxanthin – 2 milligrams
  • Zinc – 80 milligrams
  • Copper – 2 milligrams (must be included when taking zinc) – to avoid copper deficiency anemia which can be associated with high zinc intake
For more information or to make an appointment:

Eye Care Center
Winona Health, Clinic 3rd floor
859 Mankato Avenue
Winona, MN 55987

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

Testimonial: Dean McCluskey

Dr. Quinn with Dean

Dean McCluskey began wearing glasses at age 10. “My glasses were always thick, like what people describe as ‘coke bottle glasses’, said Dean.

Dean was very nearsighted (could not see things far away). “I couldn’t see anything further than two feet away. I could hit the golf ball but then my buddies would have to track it for me.”

Fortunately, Dean didn’t have problems working up close on his computer. One of only two PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Designers, at Watlow in Winona, Dean has designed intricate printed circuit boards used for industrial temperature controls for 30 of his 32 years there.

Dean’s nearsightedness grew worse over time while the natural lens inside his eye grew cloudier. This made it difficult to find an adequate eyeglass prescription. “I couldn’t really see what I wanted to.” Dean’s optometrist, Dr. Lane Robeson, recommended cataract surgery and referred Dean to Laurel Quinn, MD, ophthalmologist.

Dr. Quinn explained that cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with a clear plastic lens implant. She suggested that Dean consider bifocal lens implants at the time of his cataract surgery. “Dean was a good candidate for this new lens implant that corrects both distance and near vision. It is really a technological advance because it provides patients with a quality range of vision, all in one optical system.” The same day surgery procedure takes approximately a half hour per eye to complete.

Dean had one cataract done and then the other two weeks later. Now, for the first time in forty six years, Dean is glasses-free except for over-the-counter sunglasses.

“I walked out of the hospital and I could see almost immediately. It was a pain-free procedure. It is amazing and a huge change. It is certainly different to not have to depend on glasses. I can look at the alarm clock at night without fumbling for my glasses.

“Everybody at Winona Health was great, friendly and professional. I am very happy with the results and would recommend Dr. Quinn and the Winona Health Eye Care Center to anyone.”

Lens implants: Sharpening the focus

For most of us, wearing eyeglasses is an inevitable part of getting older, but bifocal lens implants could make reaching for a pair of spectacles a thing of the past.

“Bifocal lens implants are a new, exciting option for cataract surgery,” explains ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD. Cataract surgery, which is the removal of the eye’s clouded natural lens, is a very common, safe and effective procedure. However, most patients still need reading glasses or bifocals after surgery. A bifocal lens implant, which is inserted through a very small incision during cataract surgery, allows patients to see clearly without their glasses and can correct both distance and near vision. The outpatient procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

Dr. Quinn said that Dean was a perfect patient for this procedure due to his extreme nearsightedness and the difficulty that his cataracts were causing him.

“I love my profession,” said Dr. Quinn. “Having good eyesight is very important to people and it is very gratifying to be able to improve someone’s quality of life.”

Make an appointment for an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision. If you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or blurriness, see your doctor right away. For more information on the bifocal lens implant, call the Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760.