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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TLC Eyecare Celebrates New Corporate Office Location with Ribbon Cutting

Bart Hawley interviews Drs. Kevin Lavery and Paul Ernest about the decision to move the TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Corporate Office to Jackson from Ann Arbor.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Physician First in Michigan to use iStent Technology


Eye surgeon Kevin Lavery, MD, of TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, announced that he is now providing the iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent as a treatment option to reduce eye pressure for patients with both cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Lavery is the first surgeon in Michigan to perform surgery using the iStent® technology. This technology will be a great benefit to patients in the Jackson, Battle Creek, and Portage TLC offices.

The iStent® is FDA-approved for use in conjunction with cataract surgery to reduce eye pressure in adult patients with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma currently being treated with glaucoma medicine.  In clinical trials, iStent® has been shown to safely reduce eye pressure, which is the primary cause of open-angle glaucoma.  “This is exciting news for people who have both cataract and glaucoma,” says Dr. Lavery.   

The eye drops used to treat glaucoma can be difficult to administer and expensive.  With iStent®, many patients will need less medicine to control their eye pressure and some may not need prescription eye drops at all. “When pressure in the eye is out of control, it can increase the risk of permanent vision loss.  I consider iStent® an important advancement in protecting against vision loss for my glaucoma patients,” adds Dr. Lavery.  

iStent®, is the smallest medical devise ever approved by the FDA, and is placed in a patient’s eye during cataract surgery.  Dr. Lavery went on to say, “It is so small, you are unable to see or feel it after the procedure is done.  Although you won’t even know iStent®, is there, it will be working to help reduce your eye pressure.”  

This iStent® technology is another “first” for TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers.  In 2011, TLC surgeons were the first in Michigan to obtain the LenSx® laser, the first FDA approved laser for use inside the eye.  LenSx® provides cataracts patients with individualized treatment, as well as a more precise surgical outcome, and improved healing time.  

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services in 14 locations throughout Michigan and Ohio. Treatments include diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care, blepharoplasty, and laser vision correction. For more information about TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit www.tlceyecare.com.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Welcomes New Doctor, Erica Person, M.D., to the Practice

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers welcomes a new doctor, Erica Person, M.D., to the Jackson, MI location. A Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Person will be specializing in the following services: cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, and various other eye diseases.

Jackson, MI-TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers is pleased to announce the addition of Erica Person, M.D., to their Jackson, MI practice. A graduate of St. Louis University, Dr. Person served her internship at Forest Park Hospital.

With the addition of Dr. Person, the Jackson, MI practice expands their staff of experienced surgeons. Dr. Person specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, cataract, dry eyes, and various other eye diseases.

“We are excited to add another accomplished physician to our team. Dr. Person is patient driven, and has a passion for making a difference in the lives of her patients,” states Sue DeMott, CEO of TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers and Blake Woods Medical Park.

Founded in 1979, TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services, including treatments for diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care, Blepharoplasty, and laser vision correction. Our medical professionals specialize in a wide array of surgical eye procedures and deliver their services in the finest facilities in the area.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers in Michigan include: Adrian, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Chelsea, Jackson, Portage, Lansing, Saline, Southfield & West Bloomfield. Ohio locations: Bellevue, Bryan, Sandusky and Toledo. For more information about TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Person, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit our website: www.tlceyecare.com.

Webinar - Why Choose LenSx for Cataract Sugery

Karen now drives without glasses

Join one of our eye surgeons for a free, no obligation webinar to learn more about how LenSx® can provide you with customized vision with cataract surgery.
Each webinar will cover the following topics and provide a time for you to ask questions directly to the eye surgeon at no cost.
  • How a cataract affects vision
  • The difference between LenSx® and traditional cataract surgery 
  • The benefits of LenSx® laser
  • Choosing the lens option for customized vision
  • General insurance goverage and out-of-pocket costs

Monday, July 2, 2012

Firework Safety Tips - Protecting Your Vision

Thousands of firework-related injuries occur every year during June and July. With eye injuries accounting for 17% of those injuries in 2011 make sure you protect your vision this holiday.  With the fourth of July just days away, here are some firework facts and safety tips. 


Stay Safe this firework season, protect your vision.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Does Poor Vision Impact Quality of Life

A cataract can cause sharp images to become blurred and bright images to become dull. It can also contribute to difficulty with night driving. When sight is compromised – your quality of life is compromised. Each year, nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older are affected by cataracts and seek some form of treatment.

The best option for correcting cataracts is surgery. But not just any cataract surgery – The LenSx® laser is the first FDA-approved laser for use inside the eye. This sophisticated piece of equipment, which makes cataract surgery safer, is the most precise and the most effective for the majority of patients. TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers is the first in Michigan to offer their patients this advanced treatment. The precision of the laser allows patients to have customized vision with multifocal lenses. Patients can now choose to have vision for distance, intermediate, and near without glasses.

Read the Full Article published in the June issue of the Jackson Magazine

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Executive VP of TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers takes on Exciting Venture

Sue DeMott, formerly Executive Vice President of TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, has been promoted to CEO of both TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers and Blake Woods Medical Park in Jackson.

Named by the TLC Board of Directors, the transition was a sensible one for DeMott, who was already taking Blake Woods under her wing since the TLC corporate office moved back to Jackson in March. “This venture is an exciting one, and I look forward to developing Blake Woods and my role,” adds DeMott.

Blake Woods Medical Park is located on Blake Road, and is the site for many local surgeons to perform various surgical services, including: Ophthalmology, podiatry, orthopedics, and general surgery. To learn more about Blake Woods Medical Park, please visit their web site at: http://www.blakewoods.com.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services in 14 locations throughout Michigan and Ohio. Treatments include diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care, Blepharoplasty, and laser vision correction. For more information about TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit www.tlceyecare.com.

Monday, March 26, 2012

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Moves Corporate Office

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers’ Ann Arbor corporate office has relocated to Jackson.  TLC purchased a building at 850 West North Street, where it houses approximately 25 employees who handle billing, scheduling, accounting, and other business functions for the company’s 14 ophthalmologic centers.

“TLC was founded in Jackson in 1979.  We are happy to be back here where it all started,” said Sue DeMott, TLC Vice President.
Also located in Jackson, is TLC’s medical office at 1116 West Ganson.  This location has the highest volume of patients in the company, seeing as many as 30,000 patients a year. “We are excited to have a strong presence in the Jackson community.  Much of our staff calls Jackson home, so it greatly contributes to our corporate culture,” adds DeMott.
TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services in 14 locations throughout Michigan and Ohio. Treatments include diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care and laser vision correction.
For more information about TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit www.tlceyecare.com.


 

Friday, February 24, 2012

TLC Physician Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence


The subspecialty of retina is unique in the sense that patients with retina problems are in danger of losing their precious gift of sight, if left untreated. By possessing the ability to recognize and treat these patients, Dr. Gordon feels she is making a difference in the lives of her patients. It is important that patients receive the best possible care to correct or restore their vision, along with a doctor who understands their concerns and who always puts their needs first.  This is the kind of care you can expect from Dr. Gordon and her staff.


TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers would like to congratulate Dr. Carmelina Gordon on 10 years of excellence.   Dr. Gordon, a Vitreoretinal Specialist, has been proudly serving patients at the Lansing and Jackson TLC offices.

Because retinal care is vital to a patient’s health and quality of life, Dr. Gordon maintains a strong focus on the latest technology, to assure that her patients are given the best treatment options to preserve their vision.  Her dedication to research and clinical studies for Macular Degeneration has earned her a prestigious reputation in the medical field.     


When asked why she became an Ophthalmologist, Gordon replied, “I chose ophthalmology as I think the gift of sight is one of the most precious gifts that we have.”  Sue DeMott, TLC’s Vice President adds, “Dr. Gordon is a great asset to our team.  We are grateful to her for providing such excellent care to our patients.”    

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services in Michigan and Ohio. Treatments include diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care and laser vision correction. For more information about TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit www.tlceyecare.com.

Michigan locations: Adrian, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Chelsea, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saline, Southfield & West Bloomfield. Ohio locations: Bellevue, Bryan, Sandusky and Toledo.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Winner of Free Lasik Has New Outlook on Life

Sara Ward, Western Michigan University student and Portage resident, has a new outlook on life since visiting TLC Eyecare & Laser Center’s Open House in Portage. Ward’s name was drawn at the event, and she was the lucky recipient of a Free Lasik procedure. Ward attended the Open House to learn more about TLC and their eye care services, never thinking she would actually walk away a winner.


The actual patient experience was a collaborative effort between Ward’s Optometrist, Dr. Patrick Holser, and TLC’s Ophthalmologist, Dr. Paul Ernest, to provide seamless care. Dr. Holser determined Ward’s candidacy for the surgery, while the actual procedure was performed by Dr. Ernest. Post-surgical follow-ups were provided by both physicians.

Just one day after surgery, Ward was ecstatic about her results, posting on TLC’s Facebook page, “Thank you TLC for showing me a whole new world! When I woke up the day after my LASIK and was actually able to read the numbers on the clock instead of seeing a big red blur it made me cry! Everyone at the Portage location was great and I will be recommending you to all of my friends!” After her one-week follow-up, Ward reported that her eyes were healing well and she was thrilled to realize her dream of 20/20 vision without glasses.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services in Michigan and Ohio. Treatments include diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care and laser vision correction. Michigan locations: Adrian, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Chelsea, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saline, Southfield & West Bloomfield. Ohio locations: Bellevue, Bryan, Sandusky and Toledo.

View more patient testimonials on TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers’ Facebook page. To learn more about TLC, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit http://www.tlceyecare.com/.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February is AMD Awareness Month (age-related macular degeneration) - Facts you should know about AMD

Macular degeneration occurs when the center of the retina, known as the macula, is damaged. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in people over the age of 55. The cause of macular degeneration is unknown.

Although the macula is very small, it is responsible for acute vision. Normal everyday activities such as reading, driving, watching television, recognizing faces, and detailed work such as needlepoint or drawing are dependent upon a healthy macula.

Macular degeneration affects central vision only. Peripheral vision and color vision usually remain normal. This loss of central vision usually occurs gradually. Macular degeneration typically affects both eyes, although not necessarily at the same time. Additionally, each eye’s vision may decline at different rates.

     Video simulation of what someone with macular degeneration sees
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How is Macular Degeneration Detected?

Although the cause of macular degeneration is unknown, there are signs that the disease is present in the eye.


Patients experiencing any of the following symptoms should see an ophthalmologist immediately: 
  • Straight lines appear wavy
  • The center of vision appears distorted but the other areas of vision remain clear
  • The center of vision appears dark, white or blurry
  • The ability to perceive colors changes or diminishes 
A qualified ophthalmologist can detect signs of macular degeneration during a routine eye examination. Declining vision or a change in the eye’s blood vessels are often indications that macular degeneration is occurring.

Common eye ailments that are not thought to be linked to macular degeneration include cataracts and cataract surgery, dry eye syndrome, and floaters (moving spots in the field of vision).

Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, early detection is important. Once the disease is identified, treatments are available. Further, there is extensive research being done in this field and advanced treatments are being developed. The sooner patients with macular degeneration are diagnosed, the earlier they can receive these advanced treatments.
TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers sophisticated eye exams that are capable of detecting macular degeneration early, before you develop noticeable symptoms. We offer the most advanced macular degeneration treatment options available.

Preserving and protecting your vision from macular degeneration depends upon routine eye exams. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Video Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Monday, January 30, 2012

Physician and Former Navy Officer Helps a Cadet in Need

Dr. Gago with Kyle after surgery

For most people, Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.  For most people, that is, except ROTC cadet, Kyle Kausch of Ann ArborIn preparing for a career in aviation, Kausch knew he was in need of corrective eye surgery.  With a small window of opportunity before leaving to study abroad in Brisbane, Australia, Kausch had to act fast.  


On Thursday, January 12, he called TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers in Lansing, and explained his need for surgery as soon as possible.  A stroke of good luck, and teamwork, Kausch was in the next day for surgery with Dr. Luis Gago.  As a former officer in the Navy, Dr. Gago was happy to have the opportunity to help another serviceman.  However, the teamwork didn’t end there.  Staff at TLC worked and researched diligently, and was able to coordinate Kausch’s 3 month post-surgical visit with an Ophthalmologist in Australia.  Now, two weeks after his Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), Kausch says he “has better than 20/20 vision in both eyes, and couldn’t be happier with the experience he had with TLC.”


TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services in Michigan and Ohio. Treatments include diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care and laser vision correction. For more information about TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit www.tlceyecare.com.

Michigan locations: Adrian, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Chelsea, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saline, Southfield & West Bloomfield. Ohio locations: Bellevue, Bryan, Sandusky and Toledo.
Founded in 1979, TLC has grown tremendously over the years.  Today, TLC has 14 locations between Michigan and Ohio, and sees about 130,000 patients a year.  With a team of 20 board-certified ophthalmologists, TLC doctors offer laser vision correction, treatment and surgery for diseases of the eye including: glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.  

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tips to Relieve Dry Eye Symptoms this Winter

Now that the cold winter weather has arrived, low humidity increases dry eye problems for some. There are various types of dry eye syndrome and some of the symptoms can be confusing like constant watery eyes. Learn more about dry eye syndrome and some simple steps you can do to control the discomfort:


What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a lack of lubrication and moisture in the eye. Ironically, patients who have dry eyes often have excessive tearing. 


What are the symptoms of dry eye?

  • Burning eyes
  • Scratchy, gritty eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Excessive tears or watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Red eyes
  • Contact lens discomfort

What are the causes of dry eye?

  • Natural aging process - As we age, the production of tears diminishes.  At age 65, we produce about 60% fewer tears than we did at age 18.  Almost all people tend to get drier eyes as they get older.
  • Contact lenses - Wearing contact lenses is one of the leading causes of dry eye, due to the increase in tear evaporation resulting in irritation.
  • Disruption of blinking - Since blinking helps lubricate the eye by spreading tears, any disruption of blinking, which can occur with reading and computer work, may result in dry eye.
  • Medications - Antihistamines, decongestants, heart medication, birth control pills, certain blood pressure medicines and antidepressants can also cause dry eye.
  • Environmental Factors - Sun, wind, smoke and air conditioners can also cause dry eye.

Although there is no known cure for dry eye, here are some simple steps you can take to keep your eyes lubricated this winter season: 

  • Over-the-counter artificial tears and ointments can be helpful to provide moisture and lubrication for the surface of your eye (available at your local pharmacy).
  • Use a humidifier 
  • Avoid excessive air movement by decreasing the speed of ceiling and oscillating fans.
  • Remember to blink when reading, watching TV or working on the computer
  • When driving point the air vents away from your eyes
If chronic dry eye symptoms persist, prescription eye drops may help, contact TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers to learn more at 877.852.8463 or www.tlceyecare.com.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month - What you should know about Glaucoma

Glaucoma is known as "the silent thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Over 2.2 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. 

What is Glaucoma? 
Sometimes the eye’s drainage canals can become clogged over time. This causes fluid to build up in the eye. Glaucoma is the term for a group of eye diseases that result from this fluid build up. These diseases damage the optic nerve.

Glaucoma is a very common degenerative disease that often has no symptoms. Nearly 3 million Americans suffer from glaucoma, but only about half are even aware that they have the disease. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision loss and even blindness.


Are There Symptoms for Glaucoma
Although treatable when caught early, glaucoma has no early warning signs. Until its advanced stages, most patients have no indication that the pressure in their eyes is elevated or that their optic nerve may be damaged.

The disease affects peripheral vision first—meaning you could have “perfect” 20/20 vision but still have glaucoma. This is why regular eye exams that include glaucoma testing performed by qualified ophthalmologists, such as the doctors at the TLC Eyecare and Laser Centers, are vital.


Who is at Risk?
Although there are no overt symptoms of glaucoma, certain factors elevate a person’s risk for developing the disease. Risk factors include:
  • People with elevated intraocular pressure
  • People over the age of 60
  • Those with a family history of glaucoma
  • People of African descent and over the age of 40
  • People with diabetes
 

People in these ‘at risk’ groups won’t experience any noticeable symptoms of the disease early on, so it is important to have regular eye examinations that include a test for glaucoma.

Don’t risk your eyesight. Contact us today to schedule an eye examination.


To Learn more call TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers at 877.852.8463 or visit our website www.tlceyecare.com

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dr. Anthony Sensoli and Sue DeMott, Executive VP visit the Lucy Ann Lance Show at WLBY 1290 AM Ann Arbor's Business Talk Radio to discuss the latest technology in cataract surgery

Dr. Anthony Sensoli and Sue DeMott, Executive VP visit the Lucy Ann Lance Show at WLBY 1290 AM Ann Arbor's Business Talk Radio to discuss the latest technology available to cataract patients is Custom Refractive Cataract Laser, designed for a safe and precise result.

To listen to the podcast: Click Here

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Welcomes New Doctor, RaShawn Venerable, D.O., to the Practice

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers welcomes a new doctor, RaShawn Venerable, D.O., to the Adrian, MI and Bryan, OH practices. A Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Venerable will be specializing in the following services: medical and surgical treatment of Glaucoma, Cataract, and Diabetic patients, as well as Oculoplastics (upper lid surgery).

January 3, 2012-TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers is pleased to announce the addition of RaShawn Venerable, D.O., to their Adrian, MI and Bryan, OH practices. A graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Venerable served his internship at St. John Oakland Hospital.


With the addition of Dr. Venerable, the Adrian, MI and Bryan, OH practices expand their staff of experienced surgeons. Dr. Venerable specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of Glaucoma, Cataract, and Diabetic patients, as well as Oculoplastics (upper lid surgery), and Anterior Segment Surgery.
“We are thrilled to add another exceptional physician to our TLC Team,” states Sue DeMott, Vice President of TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, who added that Between Michigan and Ohio, TLC now has 19 doctors and 14 locations. “Our growth has been tremendous,” adds DeMott. “It will be exciting to see what 2012 has in store for us.”

Founded in 1979, TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers offers comprehensive eye care services, including treatments for diseases of the eye, cataracts, corneal disease, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye care and laser vision correction. Our medical professionals specialize in a wide array of surgical eye procedures and deliver their services in the finest facilities in the area.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers in Michigan include: Adrian, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Chelsea, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saline, Southfield & West Bloomfield. Ohio locations: Bellevue, Bryan, Sandusky and Toledo. For more information about TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-852-8463 or visit our website: www.tlceyecare.com.