MICHIGAN OPTICAL - Eye Exams - Eyeglasses - Contact Lenses
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DRS - Digital Retinal Camera System
Automated Retinal Camera developed by CenterVue.
Services

Eye Examinations
Michigan Optical provides extensive eye examinations that thoroughly examines the health of your eye and ocular coordination as well as a refractive evaluation.  In the internal and external part of the exam the retina, optic nerve, blood vessels, eye muscles, pupils, cornea, lens, iris, conjunctiva, eyelids, and the eyelashes are examined.  Also in the analysis, tests for glaucoma, cataracts, corneal diseases, and general systemic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and neurological disorders will be conducted as well as a binocular evaluation.  This checks the ability of your eyes to work together at far and near distances. The refractive part of the evaluation will determine your ability to see clearly through several tests to determine if a prescription for correction will be needed.


Contact Lens Evaluations
To properly fit contact lenses, additional testing must be done.  Michigan Optical also specializes in difficult fits for contact lenses, including high astigmatism, multi-focals, dry eye, and keratoconus, etc.  Your eye will be measured to make sure the right contact with the correct curvature and size is selected.  You will receive a pair of trial contacts and a contact lens follow up at no additional charge.  The follow up visit is very important because it allows us to make sure the prescription and fit is working.  If you are a first time contact lens wearer, you will also receive an insertion, removal and care class.

Retinal Photography and Assessment

Michigan Optical utilizes State of the Art technology for retinal photography and assessment. Using the DRS Digital Retinal System, we are able to photograph the retina and or anterior segment of the eye. The DRS is the latest technology in retinal photography and does not typically require the use of dilating eye drops, takes only a few minutes and is non-invasve. We are able to photograph, evaluate and retain the images as a permanent part of the patients record. These saved images can be utilized in the future to compare any changes to the retina. Diseases and disorders of the eye such as retinal tears and detachments, retinal bleeding, tumors, macular degeneration, glaucoma, high cholesterol, optic nerve disorders and countless other disorders. The images are immediately available to view on iPads or our large 42" LED screen in the diagnostic room. The images are able to be printed or e-mailed for referral to a specialist if needed for further evaluation or treatment.  


Punctum Plugs
Punctum plugs are used to aid in the relief of dry eye.  Temporary closure of the tear duct (punctal canal) is accomplished by inserting a tiny punctum plug (like a sink stopper) to prevent tear drainage.  This allows the patient's own tears to bathe their 
eye for a longer period of time.  In about  one week this plug will dissolve and wash away with their tears.  The patient and our doctor will then evaluate the benefits of tear duct closure for them.  Long-term closure of the tear drainage ducts involves the use of a non-dissolvable, yet removable, plug to seal the tear duct.  This non-surgical procedure is painless and takes only a few minutes in our office.

Visual Field Exams
A visual field test is a method of measuring an individuals entire scope of vision, that is their central and peripheral (side) vision.  Visual field testing actually maps the visual fields of each eye individually.  The test includes the patient sitting in front of a concave dome and staring at a central target within the dome.  A computer-driven program flashes small lights at different locations within the dome's surface, and you press a button when you see the small lights in your peripheral vision.  Abnormal results may indicate diseases or central nervous system problems such as tumors that damage or compress the parts of the brain that deal with vision.  Other diseases that may affect the visual field of the eye include diabetes, hyperthyroidism (a condition where the thyroid produces an excess of hormones), hypertension, diseases of the pituitary gland, and multiple sclerosis.  The test will detect any loss of peripheral vision and provide a map of that loss which will be helpful in diagnosing the cause.


On-Site Lab
Michigan Optical's on-site lab enables us to make eyeglasses and emergency repairs.  We carry over 5,000 prescription lenses in stock so many times we can offer eyeglasses same day.  In the event we don't have your prescription in stock, in most cases we can order the material and complete the eyeglasses next day.


Vision Therapy
Vision Therapy is a treatment plan to guide a patient as they learn how to correct a dysfunction of the visual system.  Sometimes eyeglasses can help, but often eye muscle exercises are needed to make it easier for a person to track words across a page or to focus back and forth from distance to near objects.  Vision therapy is also useful in developing visual perceptual skills such as visual memory (for spelling and word recognition), visualization (for reading comprehension and math) and visual discrimination (recognizing the difference between b and d, etc.)  More Information


Pachymetry

We utilize pachymetry ultrasound to measure corneal thickness. This can help diagnose glaucoma as well as help determine a persons candidacy for Lasik surgery.

















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Michigan Optical
511 Wilson Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
(616) 301-8663
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