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Morrison Eye Care opens new, larger office

Going to get your eyes checked out just got a whole lot more comfortable -- and educational.

After breaking ground nearly a year ago, Morrison Eye Care's new $1 million Detroit Lakes clinic is completed and celebrating their grand opening.

Dr. Larry Morrison, who started his own practice in Detroit Lakes in 1987, bought the property about four years ago, but said he and his son, Dr. Mike Morrison, who joined the practice in 2004, were waiting for the right time.

"As the practice grew, there was too little space," Larry Morrison said. "We were getting crunched in."

The new building is a step up, not only in size -- it's nearly three times as large as the old location -- but also in technology.

They now have two waiting rooms, one that will be for kids, six exam rooms and a special testing room (they only had four before, total), and a shiny new frame-choosing area.

All exam rooms have new Apple computers, all networked together to pull up patient information, digital photos of retinas and educational videos.

New technology for taking pictures of patient's eyes for detecting diseases like glaucoma are available, and since the photos are digital, they can be pulled up immediately, and in the exam rooms to help the patient understand.

Of the four optician stations where patients choose frames, two have new computers to order frames and lenses on the spot. The clinic has their own lens-cutting machine now, too, so some orders get processed faster.

Three furnaces and three air conditioners where there was just one of each before keep the temperature comfortable.

An architect from Toronto, Canada, an expert in eye clinics, designed the new space.

"Everything is state of the art," Morrison said.

There aren't any plans so far to update the clinic in Mahnomen, but Morrison said they were very excited about the move, and there's nothing he'd do differently.

"We're very pleased with the way it all turned out," he said.

Their official grand opening festivities begin this week, starting with "Hawaiian Day" on Monday, where patrons are encouraged to check out new sunwear.

Wednesday is Kid's Day from 9 a.m. to noon, including preschool screenings up to age 12 and InfantSEE assessments for infants 6 to 12 months old.

Thursday is Ladies Day Out, with a frame show from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Many of their high fashion frames will be 40 percent off, and they'll be giving away a Coach purse.

Finally, a barbecue will take place on Friday, July 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring music from Vincent and the Van Goes. A new grill will be given away.

Tours of the new clinic will be given all week long.

The new clinic is located at 1244 Washington Avenue. Call 847-2020 for more information.