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Ophthalmologist Dr. Charlie Ahrens Brings Advanced Eye Care to Hibbing

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Aspirus St. Luke's Ophthalmologist Dr. Charlie Ahrens cares for a patient.

In-depth eye care including retinal injections and refractive cataract surgery

Optometrists and ophthalmologists work together to care for patients’ eyes. Optometrists primarily provide vision care services and prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Ophthalmologists can provide more in-depth eye care, including diagnosing and treating complex eye conditions and performing surgery.

Dr. Charlie Ahrens is an ophthalmologist who sees patients at Aspirus St. Luke's Eye Care – Hibbing Family Medical Clinic. He offers a wide range of services, including:

He is especially excited to offer retinal injections and refractive cataract surgery.

Retinal injections and refractive cataract surgery

Retinal injections are used to treat eye conditions like:

Dr. Ahrens uses his expertise to carefully inject medicine directly into the eye. This slows the progression of these conditions and preserves a person’s vision.

Dr. Ahrens also offers refractive cataract surgery in Hibbing. Cataracts are a common eye problem that cause blurry vision.

During this surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Along with removing cataracts, this surgery can correct vision and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses, which is an improvement from typical cataract surgery.

Convenience and compassionate care

By bringing specialized eye care to the community, Dr. Ahrens has made a big difference. His advanced techniques and equipment help him perform successful surgeries and treatments. This gives patients clearer vision and a better quality of life.

Plus, they no longer have to travel far for these high-quality treatments – they can get it right in Hibbing.

Known for his compassionate approach, Dr. Ahrens is committed to improving vision and providing personalized care to his patients. He takes the time to listen to his patients' concerns. He then explains their conditions and treatment options. His goal is to make sure they feel informed and comfortable during their eye care journey. His caring personality has earned him the trust and gratitude of many.

He also treats each patient as if they were his own mother or father, brother or sister. “I won’t recommend a treatment to a patient that I wouldn’t suggest to a member of my own family,” he said. Patients can be confident they are in caring hands when they come to Dr. Ahrens for their eye care.

Advanced eye care in Hibbing

If you need specialized eye care in Hibbing, Dr. Ahrens can treat you with expertise and compassion. To make an appointment in Hibbing, call St. Luke’s Eye Care at 218.249.4800.

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This article was originally featured in the May 2023 issue of The Hometown Focus.