How long will I be dilated? Can I drive? Why do I have to be dilated every visit?
Often times, it is required that you be dilated with your exam. This is so we can get a clear look into the back of the eyes. Dilation will affect your up-close vision (reading), and your eyes will be sensitive to the light; this is why we have sunglasses at the front desk for you to take. If you are uncomfortable with driving dilated, be sure to bring someone with you to your appointments.
As mentioned above, it is required to be dilated for your visits. Eye dilation can help your doctor diagnose many disease and conditions, such as: Diabetes, eye tumors, high blood pressure, infectious disease, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma.
You can expect dilation to last 2-6 hours.
What is the difference between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?
An Optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, which is a four year degree, after graduating college. They are experts at the diagnosis of eye diseases, and treatment of many of them as well. They are also experts in refracting, which is determining the need of glasses, contact lenses or Lasik.
An Ophthalmologist is a Doctor of Medicine and surgery. After four years of college, they go to Medical School for an additional four years. When finished, they will do a residency in Ophthalmology, which is also four years. Specialized training can be another one to two years, after the previous eight years. Our team of Doctors of Ophthalmology and Optometry work together to provide you with the outstanding care that you deserve. It is through our internal training that the Doctor you are scheduled to see is our expert. We are confident that you are being treated by the best that Ophthalmology and Optometry have to offer.
Why do I have to see multiple doctors/multiple appointments?
The Michigan Eyecare Institute is dedicated to your eye health. This is why we have different specialists within the same practice, for your convenience. The reason that you may have to see a different doctor, within the practice is most likely because you have developed, or may develop, a condition that one of our subspecialists is an expert in treating and diagnosing. We want to provide you with the absolute best with the health of your eyes.
What if I have a problem with my eyes after hours?
If you are having a problem with your eyes, and it is after hours, call (248) 352-2806. There is a doctor on call every night to help you.
Can I get glasses?
If you find that you would like new glasses, please tell the reception when checking in. If you are here specifically for a vision exam, please advise the reception of your vision coverage. If you are here for a medical exam, and would like your vision checked, we may be able to perform a refraction with your visit, depending on your medical insurance. Some insurances do not allow us to perform this visit on the same visit, and you must return to the clinic for a vision exam with the Optometrist. Please be advised that there is a $40.00 refraction fee to have your vision checked for glasses when you are here for a medical exam.
Why is my appointment so long?
If you are having an evaluation or appointment with a retina specialist, please expect your appointment to last between two to three hours. You will be dilated for this appointment. If you are a Diabetic, please make sure you have eaten breakfast and checked your sugar accordingly. If you are scheduled for an injection, please make sure you have a driver for your appointment.
What is Glaucoma? Why do I have to return every three months?
Glaucoma is a common eye condition in which the optic nerve is not getting enough blood flow. Regular examinations are important in order to find glaucoma early. If any damage is done, and you lose vision, we cannot get your vision back. However, we can slow the progression of vision loss through drop therapy, laser, and in some cases, surgery.
With glaucoma, there are no symptoms in the early stages. Glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight.” Often, by the time the patient notices vision loss, glaucoma can be very difficult to arrest.
A frequent visit to your Ophthalmologist is required because we are dedicated to helping our patients keep their sight. There are many tests of care that have to be done to make sure no damage is present. Typically, if you have Glaucoma, it is standard of care (and recommended by the Academy of Ophthalmology) that you return every three months or more frequently. Feel free to discuss this with your doctor, if there are any further questions.