FAQs

  • How often should I have an eye exam?

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    Regular eye exams are important to maintain your eyes’ health. Some diseases, such as glaucoma, often develop progressively without any symptoms– so you may not notice anything is wrong until major and irreparable damage has occurred. Early detection of any problem can allow for a variety of treatment options and a reduced risk of further harm.

  • What is Glaucoma?

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    Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. Glaucoma is characterized by intraocular pressure damage to the optic nerve and retinal nerve fibers resulting in vision loss

  • Is Glaucoma Treatable?

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    With early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, glaucoma can be controlled. There are three major types of treatment: (1) Medication, either eye drops or oral medicine. (2) Laser Treatment. This in-office procedure is used to control the progression of visual loss without a hospital stay. The procedure is painless and takes minutes. (3) Surgery. When glaucoma has progressed beyond the point where it can not be successfully treated with medication or laser treatment, surgery is performed.

  • What is Cataract?

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    A cataract is a clouding of the eyes naturally clear lens. The lens focuses light rays on the retina (the layer of light-sensing cells lining the back of the eye) to produce a sharp visual image of what we see. When the lens becomes cloudy, It prevents a clear image from forming on the retina and vision is blurred. Cataract development is a normal process of aging, but cataracts also develop from injuries, certain diseases, medications, and therefore appear at any age. Your family history may also play a role in cataract development.

  • How are cataracts treated?

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    There are no medications, eye drops, exercises, or glasses that will cause cataracts to disappear or to prevent them from forming. Surgery is the only method to remove a cataract. When you are no longer able to see well enough to perform your daily activities, cataract surgery is to be considered.

  • What is LASIK?

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    LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a state-of-the-art procedure to correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism. The goal of Laser Vision Correction is to decrease the patient’s dependency on contacts and glasses. A computer controlled laser (VISX S 4 excimer laser) is used to reshape the corneal curvature, resulting in images focusing correctly on the retina. This re-shaping occurs beneath a thin flap of cornea made by the INTRALASE, another type of laser.

    At the Michigan Eyecare Institute, we use a state-of-the-art INTRALASE laser and a, VISX S4 excimer eye-tracking laser that produces an exceptionally smooth treatment.

  • Am I a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

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    A complete eye examination and LASIK consultation with our doctors will determine the answer to this question. Everyone’s eyes are different. In order to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery we will need to complete a series of pre-operative tests. Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure therefore; you must have a consultation to determine if you meet the criteria for surgery. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.