A new optometry practice in Andover that opened March 10 can check eyesight and sell glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses.
Advanced Eyecare of Andover is located at 1574 154th Ave. N.W. in Suite 107A. The phone number is 763-434-4948. Office hours are Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Don Herve, owner of this family practice, has 22 years of experience. He earned his optometry doctorate from Pacific University in 1990. While at this university he worked at the Vancouver Veterans Hospital. His optician Michelle Bakke has 18 years of experience.
While living in Oregon after getting his doctorate, Herve worked in private and commercial practices. He developed a low vision division when he had his own practice and worked with young children for vision therapy. He moved to Minnesota in 1999. He is married and has three children and lives in Andover.
The lenses for glasses that Advanced Eyecare makes can be more accurate for a person’s eyesight thanks to digital lenses equipment the practice has. They sell all types of contact lenses and can order special contact lenses customized specifically for a person’s eyes.
One area of interest for Herve is working with children and adults who have developmental disabilities that affect their eyesight and eye movement. These impairments can impact their ability to learn. He someday hopes to have vision therapy opportunities for patients that need it, but he said he needs some more equipment and space before that is an option for his practice.
He also would like to work with local schools on screening children who may have issues with their vision, according to Herve.
His past experience was that some schools have teachers and volunteers who can do basic tests to see if a student is having problem seeing the board at the front of the room or reading a text book, Herve said.
Herve can do more in-depth screenings to see if there are significant refractive errors or undetected farsightedness and could offer these screenings at the school or at his practice, he said.
Depending on what the screenings find, further tests may be needed, he said.
“With children, oftentimes they can have undetected visual conditions that impact their ability to learn,” Herve said.
Herve and his family are also skilled carpenters. They put in the flooring, and built and installed the front desk and cabinets.
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