Looking For a New Eye Doctor?

Are You Looking For a New Eye Doctor?

The Eye Surgery Institute has been serving the Dearborn community for over 60 years.  We are a full service eye care office offering the most up to date, quality eye care.   Our office has a full service optical department with both glasses and contact lenses.  Most medical and insurance plans are accepted.  Our eye doctors have early morning hours available and always will accept same day emergency appointments.  You can book an appointment by either calling our office at 313 582-8856 or online at www.eyesurgeryinstitute.com.  You can also book online at www.zocdoc.com.

Our Doctorseye examinations

Dr. Stanley Grandon and Dr. Alaina Kronenberg are both board certified ophthalmologists.  We perform comprehensive eye examinations and will examine you for all eye diseases as well as check you for new glasses.  We perform surgery of the eye if necessary including lasik, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and glaucoma lasers.

Dr. Cindy Wang is an optometrist who specializes in fitting glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Wang has much success in fitting patients who were unable to be properly fit elsewhere.  She enjoys fitting specialty fit contact lenses for patients that have particular eye conditions such as keratoconus and prior RK eye surgery.  These are difficult to fit patients.  She also provides low vision examinations for patients who require additional magnification due to vision loss.

All of our doctors will thoroughly explain everything and ensure that all of your questions are answered.  We will address all of your concerns before you leave the office.  Our practice understands that your time is valuable and we try to run on time and minimize wait times.  For your convenience, we also provide same day testing for conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration.  Call our office for an appointment!

 

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126


Aging of the Eye

Aging of the Eye

The risk of serious eye diseases increases with age.   One in 6 Americans age 65 and older have a serious eye condition that permanently affects their vision.  This means that the vision cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.  Many older adults do not see eye care that could diagnose conditions at earlier stages.   It is important for you to have regular comprehensive eye examinations to diagnose eye conditions that become more common with the aging of the eye.

Eye Examination

A comprehensive eye examination will start with checking your vision and checking for the best pair of glasses.  As you age your near vision will deteriorate and you will require vision correction for near activities.  The vision can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or Lasik eye surgery.

There are several options for glasses that will help with your near vision. Glasses can be made as progressive lenses which is a no line bifocal.  The advantage of these is that it provides correction for distance, intermediate distance tasks such as your computer and reading.  Another option is to have a bifocal with a line in it.  This only provides correction for distance and reading but offers no correction for intermediate tasks.  The other glasses option for near correction is to have a separate pair of glasses for distance and near.

Afterwords, Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang or I will perform a glaucoma test, a slit lamp examination and a dilated fundus examination to determine the health of your eyes.  Common diseases we assess for are cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Eye Diseases

It is important to diagnose eye diseases at early stages so treatment can be initiated.  If we have diagnosed a cataract, we will recommend cataract surgery when it is affecting your daily activities.  If you feel you are struggling to perform daily activities due to the quality of your vision, cataract surgery may be indicated.  Diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration can be more effectively treated if diagnosed at an early stage.  Early diagnosis and treatment can help assure you maintain good vision the rest of your life!

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126


Contact Lens Health

Contact Lens

Many patients do not like to wear glasses and prefer to wear a contact lens instead.  Contact lenses are a great option to provide vision correction.  The options for vision correction with contact lenses have greatly expanded.  There are many types of contact lenses on the market to meet most vision needs.  A comprehensive eye examination and refraction will determine your best options.

Contact lenses can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and near vision.  Dr. Cindy Wang, Dr. Stanley Grandon and I will discuss with you your visual needs and desires to determine the best options for you.  Our professional opticians will teach you how to insert and remove the contact lenses.  We will ensure you are confident in the care of your contact lenses.

The options on the market have many different wear schedules.  Some lenses are discarded daily.  This can be a great option for patients who have had difficulty with the comfort of other lenses.  It is also a great option for an occasional wearer and it is probably the safest option to minimize risk of infections.  Some lenses are discarded every 2 or 4 weeks depending on the brand.  Longer wear contact lenses are generally for people who have special contact lens needs.

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If cared for properly, contact lenses can be a safe and effective option for vision correction.  We will teach you how to care for your contact lenses.  It is important to follow our instructions and care for your lenses properly.

We do not recommend sleeping in your contacts.  This increases the risk of a serious infection.  It is also not recommended that you use tap water for your lenses or case.  It is important to store your lenses each night in fresh solution.  We recommend a multipurpose disinfecting solution.  There are many brands on the market.

What do I do if I Have a Problem?

If you have a red, painful eye or discharge it is important to come to our office for an evaluation.  We offer same day appointments for all emergencies.  As a contact lens wearer, you need to understand that serious eye infections can occur.

 

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126


How Do I Know if I Have a Cataract?

How Do I Know if I Have a Cataract?

Cataracts are best diagnosed with a comprehensive eye examinationDr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I will ask you questions about the quality of your vision and your ability to perform normal daily tasks.  We will then perform an examination which will include checking your visual acuity, checking your glasses prescription and performing a slit lamp examination and a dilated fundus examination.  It is important to check for all possible eye conditions.

Most people develop  cataracts as they get older.  You do not need surgery until it is interfering with your day to day vision.  Surgery is recommended when the cataract is interfering with your day to day activities. You may experience difficulty driving especially at night or in the rain and bright sunlight.

What is Cataract Surgery?Cataract | Alaina Kronenberg MD | Eye Surgery Institute

Cataract surgery is an outpatient operation that removes the cloudy lens inside the eye and replaces it with a lens implant. The purpose of cataract surgery is to improve your overall vision.

Cataract surgery is a pain free procedure and usually takes about 15 minutes.  You will need to be at the surgical center for a few hours for the surgery.  In general, cataract surgery is a low risk operation with regards to your overall health.  There are risks of cataract surgery that I will discuss with you at the time of your evaluation.  You can expect to use drops in the eye for approximately 3 days prior and 1 month after the operation.  I perform cataract surgery on only one eye at a time.

At the time of your evaluation, I will discuss the various options for lens implants.  There are many choices of implants on the market and the best choice of an implant is different for each patient.

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126


Ophthalmologist in Dearborn, Michigan

Ophthalmologist in Dearborn, Michigan

Were you a former patient at the Dearborn office of Kresge Eye Institute?  The office has closed.   Are you looking for a new local ophthalmologist?  The Eye Surgery Institute has been serving the Dearborn community for over 60 years.   We accept most medical and vision insurances and have a full service optical department.  Same day urgent appointments are accepted.  Same week appointments for non urgent issues.

Dr. Alaina Kronenberg, Dr. Stanley Grandon and Dr. Cindy Wang provide the highest quality eye care in the Dearborn community.   We take the time to listen to your concerns and will address all of your eye care needs.  We strive to offer the most modern, up to date care for all of your eye care needs.

Dr. Alaina Kronenberg and Dr. Stanley Grandon are board certified ophthalmologists and Dr. Cindy Wang is a board certified optometrist.   We perform cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and refractive eye surgery.  Dr. Cindy Wang specializes in glasses and contact lenses.  She performs complex contact lens fittings and offers low vision services.

Diseases of the EyeAre you looking for an ophthalmologist?

We offer the highest quality care for patients with all diseases of the eye.  We care for patients with all eye diseases of the eye including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, allergies, diabetes and eye pain.  We also can provide all of your needs for glasses and contact lenses.

Make an Appointment!

If you were a patient at Kresge Eye Institute in Dearborn, Michigan and are looking for a new eye care provider, make an appointment at the Eye Surgery Institute!  We are happy to have you as a patient and will offer the highest quality, most up to date eye care.  Our office phone number is 313 582 8856 or you can visit our website www.eyesurgeryinstitute.com and book an appointment online.

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126


Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes

 Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired.  This causes in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in both the blood and urine.

More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes.  Approximately 9.4% of the United States population have diabetes.  One in four adults with diabetes are not aware that they have this disease.  Your doctor can diagnose it with blood tests.

Risk factors for developing diabetes include being overweight or obese.  A lack of physical activity can contribute also. A family history can also increase your risk.

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Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can diagnose diabetic eye disease with a comprehensive eye examination.  It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye examination once a year.  Medical insurance will cover the office visit.  If I diagnose diabetic eye disease, I will likely recommend more frequent examinations.  I will also likely recommend we take a picture of your eye in the office to check for swelling in the center of your vision.

Diabetes can cause severe vision loss and possibly blindness.  Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults.  The better you control your diabetes the less likely it will affect your eye as well as other organ systems.

Types of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic retinopathy can cause changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to either bleed or leak.  I may recommend treatment for your disease if there is swelling in the center of your vision (macular edema) or blood vessels growing that are not expected to be there.  If you require treatment, the earlier it is administered, the better the chances of a good visual outcome.  If you are a diabetic make sure to make your appointment at the Eye Surgery Institute!

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126


What is the Difference Between and Ophthalmologist and and Optometrist?

What is the Difference Between and Ophthalmologist and and Optometrist?

This is a question that is asked quite frequently.  You may be confused about the difference between an optometrist and and ophthalmologist (Eye MD). These two professions differ in the amount and type of training.  They also differ in what conditions they are able and comfortable to treat.

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An ophthalmologist (Eye MD) is a medical doctor who completed an undergraduate degree, four years of medical school and a four year residency.  During the residency, the ophthalmologist is trained to perform surgery on the eye.  One of the most commonly performed surgeries is cataract surgery.  They are also trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the eye.  Ophthalmologists can also prescribe glasses and contact lenses at your appointment.

Some doctors opt to also complete a one or two year fellowship program to sub specialize in certain eye conditions.  The sub-specialty areas include glaucoma, retina, pediatrics, plastic surgery, cornea, neuro ophthalmology and uveitis.  Ophthalmologists who have sub-specialty training may feel comfortable caring for and performing surgery on more complex eye conditions.

Optometrist

An optometrist has completed and undergraduate degree and four years of optometry school.      An optometrist has a doctor of Optometry (OD) degree.  They primarily perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing glasses and contact lenses, detecting certain eye diseases, and prescribing medications for some eye diseases.  Optometrists typically do not perform surgical procedures on the eye.

Eye Examinations

It is important to maintain regular comprehensive eye examinations to not only check for the need for glasses but also to check for diseases of the eye.  Many diseases of the eye become more common with age and are easier to treat if diagnosed at an earlier stage. Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can perform a comprehensive eye examination to check the health of your eyes.

Alaina Kronenberg, M.D.
Cataract Specialist
Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
Dearborn, Michigan 48126


Vision As You Age

The Aging Eye

With the aging eye, you may notice more difficulty driving especially at night and in the rain. There are many diseases of the eyes that can contribute to more difficulty driving. These changes often become more common at age 60 or older. A comprehensive eye examination by Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can help diagnosis and treat eye diseases.

It is recommended at age 60 to have a yearly dilated eye examination. If you have a family history of certain diseases of the eye such as glaucoma or macular degeneration it is important to initiate regular eye examinations at an earlier age.

Normal Changes as You Ageaging and eye health

As you age, it is normal to rely on glasses for near vision tasks. It is also normal to need more light when reading and feel it takes longer to adjust when you move from the light to dark or vice versa. You may notice changes in your contrast sensitivity. A comprehensive eye exam can ensure you are in the best pair of glasses possible.  As you age, you may need glasses that correct for both distance and near tasks.

Eye Diseases

Vision loss is not a normal part of aging. As you age, you become more likely to develop diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. Many diseases of the eye are easier to treat if diagnosed at an earlier stage. Some eye diseases can lead to blindness if not treated properly. If diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage, you are more likely to maintain adequate vision for the rest of your life.

If you feel you are uncomfortable with your vision especially when driving, you may have a cataract. Cataract surgery may be indicated if it is interfering with you daily tasks.

Alaina Kronenberg MD
Eye Surgery Institute
15212 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126


January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness.  Your vision loss can often be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment.  There are often no symptoms in the earliest stages.  The vision loss is usually first in the periphery.  Later more advanced stages can cause total blindness.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises the public that the best defense against developing glaucoma-related blindness is by having routine, comprehensive eye exams.  Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I test for glaucoma at the time of your examination regardless of the reason for the visit.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease where damage to your optic nerve causes vision loss that is not reversible.  It often happens when fluid builds up in your eye and may be related to eye pressure .  This extra fluid can damage your optic nerve and cause you to lose your vision.  You will often not notice vision loss from the earlier stages.  There is usually no pain or symptoms associated.

How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I may suspect it if your intraocular pressure is elevated or if your optic nerve looks that is may have damage.  Up to half of patients with glaucoma do not have an elevated intraocular pressure when examined.  If we have a high suspicion, extra tests such as a peripheral vision test (a visual field), a picture of the optic nerve and checking the thickness of your cornea (pachymetry) may be recommended.  Depending on the level of suspicion, we may decide to observe you or opt to initiate treatment.

If My Doctor Diagnosed Glaucoma Does That Mean I am Going Blind?

No!  It can be treated by various modalities.  It is important to diagnose it at an early stage.  Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I will often initially treat your glaucoma with a once daily drop at bedtime.  We are trying to lower your eye pressure.  Depending on your response to the medication and the severity of your disease, we made opt to add additional drops.

We can also treat it with laser.  This laser is often performed in the office.  It can be used in addition to your drops or sometimes instead of your drops, depending on the severity of your disease.

If your disease is not adequately controlled with drops and /or laser, you may require surgery to achieve control.  There are several surgical options that can be performed.

Alaina Kronenberg, M.D.
Cataract Specialist
Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
Dearborn, Michigan 48126


Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which your body’s ability to either produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired.  This causes abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in both the blood and urine.

More than 100 million adults in the USA have either diabetes or pre diabetes.  Over 30 million Americans or 9.4% of the population have diabetes.  Many people are not aware that they have diabetes.

Most cases of type 2 diabetes. can be prevented.  Diabetes-related complications can include blindness, non-traumatic amputations, and problems with your kidneys requiring dialysis.  You are more likely to have type 2 diabetes  if you are overweight.

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If you are a diabetic you should have a yearly dilated eye examination.  Many people may be reluctant to come to an ophthalmologist because they think their medical insurance will not pay for the examination.  Medical insurance will cover the eye examination.

If we see changes in your eye from diabetes, Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I may recommend special photographs of the back of the eye to determine the extent of the changes.  We will also recommend more frequent eye examinations to monitor the diabetic eye changes.  It is important to maintain regular follow up care.

Treatment

If your diabetic eye disease progresses, you may need treatments to help maintain your vision.  Treatment may be indicated if you have swelling in the center of the vision (diabetic macular edema) or if you have blood vessels growing that are not supposed to be there (proliferative diabetic retinopathy).  Treatment options may include injections of medications into the eye and/or laser eye treatments.  The purpose of the treatments are to help you maintain your vision. If your diabetic retinopathy is not adequately treated, you could loose your vision.  Diabetes can cause permanent blindness.

 

Alaina Kronenberg, M.D.
Cataract Specialist
Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
Dearborn, Michigan 48126