24760 Hospital Drive
P. O. Box 497
Red Lake, MN 56671
218-679-3912 Main Phone
Our goal is to provide high quality eye care to our patients in combination with the best possible customer service.
One Optometrist and one Optometric Health Technician
Direct line: 679-0111
Hospital line: 679-3912, ext. 275.
Monday through Friday, from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m., and from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. These hours can change on occasion. Because we have two staff members we can’t always answer the phone, so please leave a message and calls will be returned as soon as possible.
The Indian Health Service- Joslin Vision Network Teleophthalmology Program
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults. American Indians and Alaska Natives with diabetes are particularly susceptible to diabetes-related blindness, largely because less than half of them get an annual diabetic eye exam. The Indian Health Service-Joslin Vision Network (IHS-JVN) Teleophthalmology Program was established in 2000 to use telemedicine technology to provide accurate, cost-effective annual eye exams to American Indians and Alaska Natives. After more than 21,000 eye exams across the nation, this program has proven its effectiveness in decreasing diabetes-related blindness in American Indians and Alaska Natives
What is diabetes-related blindness?
Virtually all people with diabetes develop damage to blood vessels in their eyes. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy. The damage to the blood vessels can sometimes grow to dangerous levels, ultimately leading to blindness. People with diabetic retinopathy usually do not experience visual symptoms until it is too late and blindness has set in.
The good news is that timely, annual eye exams of people with diabetes can help prevent diabetes-related blindness. These exams identify people at high risk for losing their sight who need to be treated to prevent further vision loss. Furthermore, eye exams and laser treatment of high-risk individuals is very cost effective, saving hundreds of millions of dollars each year by preventing diabetes-related vision loss.
Blindness caused by diabetes can be prevented. In fact, early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy can reduce severe vision loss by more than 95%. The IHS JVN Teleophthalmology Program is leading the way to improving early identification of
American Indians and Alaska Natives are at risk of losing their sight.
The JVN Machine