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Expert Optometrist Dr. James M. Hutchins

Graduated with honors form Luther College in 1976, received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1980, and has practiced optometry in Sleepy Eye since then. A respected member of both the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association, he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Hutchins is board certified in ocular diagnostics and therapeutics, is specially trained in assessment and co-management of LASIK surgery patients, and has hospital staff privileges at Sleepy Eye Medical Center. He is active in the community as past president of the Jaycees, a member of the Lions club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Sleepy Eye Community Theatre.

Give Us a Call 507-794-2126

Is it an Eye Care Emergency?

Woman's Eye in Ad for Eye Care Emergencies

Please call our office at: 507-794-2126 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.

Use your best judgment on urgency – find the nearest emergency room or review our emergency page for tips.

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PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY

We have been working very hard to prepare to re-open for normal "routine" preventive eye care, taking every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We are pleased to announce as of Monday May 18th we'll be seeing patients for all types of eye care, including routine annual eye exams.

But, things will be very different than they were prior to the pandemic.

1. Our front door will be locked at all times. We will be allowing only 1 person at a time in the office and by appointment only, so please enter alone, or with no more than l other person accompanying you. Others may wait in the car.

2. Masks will be required for both patients and us while in our office.

3. Upon entering, we will be checking your temperature and screen you for COVID symptoms or possible exposure. If your temperature is 100 F or higher, or you have symptoms or may have recently been exposed to COVID, we will reschedule you.

4. We will need you to respect the 6 feet personal distancing while outside the exam room

5. We will have you wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when you enter. We will be using hand washing and hand sanitizer constantly and will be disinfecting everything you and we touch. Please don't touch anything that isn't absolutely necessary.

6. For frame selection or picking out glasses, please let us help you, and don't just browse and try on frames by yourself. We have to disinfect the frames every time they are touched or worn, and we need to know which frames need to be disinfected.

We are doing all these things to protect you and all of our other patients as best we can. We will need and depend on your cooperation on this during this very difficult time. Doing so will protect your fellow patients-many of whom are at extremely high risk if they contract COVID - and to protect us. All healthcare providers are putting themselves in harm's way every day during this pandemic - the more we all cooperate and take appropriate precautions, the better off we all will be.

We are all in this together. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation.

Please stay safe.

Dr. Jim Hutchins and staff