Flashes of Light

Flashes of Light

Do you experience flashes of light in or vision?  Are they new or have they been there for a long time?  What is the cause of them?

Flashes may be described as a lightning streak or the sensation of seeing a shooting star in your vision. They usually only last a few seconds.

Causes

Most of the time, the flashes of light are from changes in the vitreous jelly.  This is the viscous gel that fills the back of your eye.  As you age, it will liquify. Flashes of light may be associated with new floaters in your vision.  Flashes of light can also be caused from trauma.  For example if you are hit in your eye you may see flashes.  Migraine headaches can also cause a patient to experience flashes either before, during, or after the migraine.  Sometimes you can have the visual symptoms of a migraine without the headache!  This is called an ocular migraine.

When Should I Worry?flashes of light | Alaina Kronenberg MD

You should worry about flashes if they are new.  If you suddenly see flashes of light in your vision, you should call our office for an appointment.  It is also important to call our office if you notice new floaters in your vision or feel like there is a curtain or portion of your vision missing.  It is also important to have an eye examination if you have sustained trauma to your eye. Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang or I will perform a comprehensive eye examination which will include dilating your pupils.

What Could it Mean?

If you are experiencing new flashes or floaters, we need to check your retina for a possible detached or torn retina.  You should call our office to be see as an urgent patient.   All urgent issues will be seen on the same day.

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


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


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


Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic 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.  Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise can reduce your chances of becoming a diabetic.  Complications can include blindness, non-traumatic amputations, loss of sensation in your hands or feet and problems with your kidneys requiring dialysis.  You are more likely to have type 2 diabetes  if you are overweight.

Diabetic Eye ExamsDiabetes

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, in fact they encourage it.

If we see changes in your eye from diabetes, 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.  Controlling your blood sugar can reduce your chances of diabetic related complications.

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 lose your vision.  It can cause permanent blindness.  It is important to come in for regularly scheduled appointments to reduce the chances of vision loss.

 

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


Ultraviolet Light and the Eyes

What are the Effects of Ultraviolet (UV) Light and the Eyes?

Ultraviolet light has been linked to the progression of several eye conditions.  The most common conditions are the development of macular degeneration and cataracts.  Both of these conditions can affect the quality of your vision.  Ultraviolet light rays can also cause ptergium (fleshy growths on the eye surface that grow onto the cornea) and eye cancers such as melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.

Macular degeneration can potentially lead to irreversible blindness.  Cataract development can affect the quality of your vision and sometimes require surgery to improve the vision.  Although most people develop cataracts as they age, cataracts can develop quicker due to ultraviolet light.

Ultraviolet Light Protection for the EyesUltraviolet light | Alaina Kronenberg MD | Eye Surgery Institute

When you purchase sunglasses, you want to look for ones that eliminate 100% of UV A and UV B rays.  The glasses do not necessarily need to be expensive.  The darkness of the lens is not as important. Most lenses will state the amount of UVA and UVB protection that they provide.

Lenses that wrap around the side of your face provide more protection than regular sunglasses.  Wearing a hat with a large rim can also be helpful.  Although some contact lenses do offer some UV protection, it is important to also wear sunglasses if you are a contact lens wearer to protect your eyes.

Detecting Eye Problems

Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can perform a comprehensive eye examination to detect eye conditions.  If a problem does develop, it is often better to diagnose and offer potential treatments early.  We can perform a dilated eye exam and check for problems.  The Eye Surgery Institute also sells good quality sunglasses that can help to protect your eyes from sun damage.

 

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


Eye Health

Eye Health

Eye health is an important part of your overall health.  It is important to have a comprehensive eye exam to ensure that your eyes are healthy.  Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can ensure you are seeing properly and ensure that no eye diseases are present.

You may assume that your eyes are healthy if you have no difficulty with your vision.  Sometimes, we can determine that a glasses prescription can allow even better vision.  Common eye diseases such as glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (ARMD), diabetic eye disease and early cataracts often have no symptoms at the early or even moderate stages.  Early diagnosis and treatment can be very important.

Our goal at the Eye Surgery Institute is to allow you to keep optimal vision your entire life.  Many diseases require diagnosis and treatment at early stages to help prevent vision loss in the future.

Family Historyeye health  Alaina Kronenberg MD | Eye Surgery Institute

Many eye diseases can run in your family.  It is important to know your family history of eye diseases.  If you have a strong family history of eye problems, it is important to have more frequent eye examinations especially as you age.

Eye Safety

It is important to wear safety eye protection especially when working with tools, machines or chemicals.  This can include safety glasses, eye shields and goggles.  Many are made of polycarbonate because it is much stronger and more protective.   It is especially important to wear eye protection if you only have one eye that sees well.

Lifestyle

It can be helpful to eat a healthy diet with lots of green, leafy vegetables.  This can help prevent certain eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

It is useful to wear sunglasses when outside.  This can help prevent against cataracts and macular degeneration.  It is also helpful to not smoke.  Smoking is bad for your overall health, including your eyes.

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


Midwest Eye Clinic

Midwest Eye Clinic/ Midwest Medical Clinic

The Midwest Eye Clinic in Dearborn, Michigan has now closed.  It served the population of Dearborn and the surrounding communities for eye and other health care needs.  Eye Surgery Institute is accepting new patients.  The Eye Surgery Institute has been serving the Dearborn and surrounding community for over 60 years.  We are happy to welcome patients of the Midwest Clinic who are looking for health care.

Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Alaina Kronenberg and Dr. Cindy Wang would like to welcome you to join our practice.  We perform comprehensive medical and surgical eye care and have a full service optical department also.  Our doctors can serve all of your eye care needs.  We accept most insurance plans.

Eye Surgery Institute/Midwest Eye ClinicMidwest Eye Clinic | Eye Surgery Institute

Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Alaina Kronenberg are comprehensive board certified ophthalmologists who perform medical and surgical care of your eyes.  We strive to provide the highest quality care and pride ourselves on taking much time with each patient to ensure all your questions and concerns are addressed.  We perform a thorough, comprehensive eye examination.

Dr. Cindy Wang is an optometrist who specializes in fitting glasses and contact lenses.  She is excellent at fitting contact lenses in patients who have been difficult to fit with contacts in the past.  Dr. Wang has also been specially trained in fitting patient who have corneal conditions such as keratoconus and prior RK eye surgery.  She also specializes in low vision eye care.  She can help provide special glasses and other low vision aids to allow a better quality of life for patients with low vision.

We Hope You Join Our Practice from Midwest Eye Clinic!

If you were previously a patient at the Midwest Eye Clinic, we hope you will join us at the Eye Surgery Institute for your continued eye care needs!

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


How Do I Get Rid of My Glasses?

Need For Glasses

Wearing glasses can sometimes be frustrating.  You may need to wear glasses to allow you to see properly.  They are often needed when the light rays are not focused onto the retina.  Depending on the severity, you may need glasses some of the time or all of the time.  As we get into our 40’s, most of us need glasses for reading and other up close activities.

Contact LensesGlasses | Contacts | Lasik

Contact lenses are an option to reduce your need to wear glasses.  It is a lens that sits on the eye that allows you to see clearly.  Contact lenses need to be fit properly by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist.  At the Eye Surgery Institute, we provide full service optical services.

Dr. Cindy Wang, Dr. Stanley Grandon and I can perform a comprehensive eye examination and a contact lens fitting.  We can spend the proper time needed to teach you how to insert and remove the contacts and how to care for them properly.  Sometimes you may need to try different types and brands of contacts to find the ones that work best for you.

Lasik

Lasik is an elective surgical procedure and the goal is improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses.  We use a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.  The purpose of Lasik is to reshape the cornea so that the light rays entering into the eye are focused onto the retina.

Determining if you are a candidate for Lasik requires a comprehensive eye examination.  Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I will perform a thorough exam to determine the general health of your eye and if you are a candidate.  Dr. Stanley Grandon and I are board certified ophthalmologists and we will perform your surgery.

Alaina Kronenberg, M.D.
Cataract Specialist
Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
Dearborn, Michigan 4


Dry Eyes

Do I Have Dry Eyes

You may not realize that your eyes are dry.  The symptoms of dry eyes can vary.  You may have a foreign body sensation in your eyes with a gritty, stinging, burning or scratchy sensation.  In addition, you may have blurry vision especially with concentrated tasks such as reading, on your computer, watching television or driving for a long period of time.  Usually the vision is better when you initially start these tasks but blurs after a period of time.

What is Dry Eyes?Dry eyes | Alaina Kronenberg MD | Eye Surgery Institute

Dry eyes is an often chronic condition where the eyes don’t produce either enough tears or good quality of tears to keep the surface of the eye healthy and comfortable.  Dry eyes can become more common as you age.  It is also often influenced by the amount of screen time.  Often oral medications you may be taking for other conditions can worsen dry eye.

Diagnosis

Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can perform a comprehensive eye examination.  Often dry eyes can be diagnosed after taking a history of your symptoms and looking at the eyelids and ocular surface with a slit lamp.  It is important to look for other eye diseases that can also contribute to discomfort.  We also provide tear osmolarity testing to aid in diagnosis.

Treatment

If you have not already tried over the counter products, we may initially ask you to use artificial tears during the day and somtimes ointment at bedtime.  If you have already tried these products or your condition is more severe, we may start you on prescription products.

It is also important to treat any other eye conditions such as blepharitis and ocular allergies.  Sometimes a plug into the tear duct (punctal plugs) can be useful in managing dry eyes.  It is important to realize there is no cure for dry eyes, but our job is to make your eyes as comfortable as possible.

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


Eye Myths Part 2

Eye Myths

There is a lot of information your friends or family may say about your eyes.  Do you ever wonder if what they say is really true?  Should you follow their advice?  There is a lot of confusion regarding what is really true about your eye health.  Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can discuss your concerns in our office.  Here is some information regarding common eye myths.

Myth: My Children Should Not Sit Too Close to the TVEye myths | Alaina Kronenberg MD

Your children will not suffer any damage to their eyes if they sit too close to the television.  If your child insists on sitting close, you may want to schedule a comprehensive eye examination to ensure that no glasses are needed and that no other eye problems are present.

Myth: If My Eye Doctor Feels I Need a Stronger Glasses Prescription, I Will Become Too Dependent on the Glasses if I Fill the Prescription

It is important to wear glasses with the correct prescription to provide the best vision possible.  Your eyes will not worsen if you wear the correct pair of glasses or contacts.  Children’s glasses prescription can often get stronger in the teenage years. Having the proper prescription in their glasses will allow them to see properly at school, for sports and for when the start to drive.

Myth: It is Dangerous to Wear Someone Else’s Glasses

Wearing another person’s glasses may cause a headache, eye strain and blurry vision.  It will not cause any permanent damage to your eyes.  It is important to have a comprehensive eye examination and be checked for glasses.

If I Use My Eyes Will They Wear Out?

Using your eyes for daily activities will not cause any damage to your eyes.  You cannot damage your eyes by reading too much, being on your computer too much or watching too much television.  Your eyes may feel tired and fatigued from the concentrated tasks though.

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