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Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.

Rochester Eye Care
1282 Walton Blvd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
(248) 650-2255

Monday 10-6
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 10-7
Friday 9-5
Some Saturdays 9-1

Dr. Weingarten offers LASIK and Cataract Surgery to patients in Troy, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and all throughout Oakland County.

Detroit LASIK Surgery

Detroit LASIK Surgeon Dr. WeingartenAt Rochester Eye Care center, we provide LASIK laser eye surgery with an artist’s touch. Dr. Weingarten, M.D. is a superbly educated and highly experienced LASIK surgeon. He strives to deliver the best possible vision correction results for all of his Detroit-area patients, which is why Dr. Mark Weingarten uses many of the latest surgical technologies and techniques. Combined with his outstanding surgical skill, this approach consistently delivers highly rewarding results that allow cataract and LASIK Surgery patients in Detroit and Rochester, MI to see clearly at various distances, often without glasses.

Recognizing that pleasant treatment experience is a vital part of a successful refractive surgery treatment, Dr. Weingarten strives to create a soothing office environment. At his offices, laser eye surgery patients are encouraged to relax and enjoy their journey towards greater visual freedom. Dr. Weingarten and his team take the time to get to know their patients, answer their questions and respond to any concerns they might have. This personalized, thoughtful approach has helped Dr. Weingarten become recognized as a foremost LASIK eye surgery specialist and a leading cataracts and general eye care expert.

About LASIK Surgery

LASIK, which stands for: laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, which involves treatment of the central cornea with an excimer laser underneath a hinged flap of corneal tissue.

LASIK can be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using a local anesthesia and is relatively painless. Healing is rapid and does not require stitches. Many of our LASIK patients see a dramatic improvement in their vision within the first day. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a day or two.

The goal of LASIK is to eliminate or reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. It cannot correct a condition known as presbyopia, or aging of the eye that may require the use of reading glasses. However, monovision is a technique used for Detroit presbyopia patients that corrects vision in one eye for distance and adjusts the other eye for reading. Your pre-surgery testing and discussions with the doctor will help determine if monovision is an option for you to consider.

About PRK

With PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK (laser assisted situ keratomileusis), most cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can be corrected and reduce your dependency on corrective lenses.

PRK reshapes the human cornea by applying laser energy to its front surface. LASIK involves treatment of the central cornea underneath a hinged flap of corneal tissue. LASIK offers the precision of the excimer laser delivery system, along with providing a faster visual recovery. Most of our Rochester Hills & Detroit LASIK patients notice improvement in their vision as early as the following day following LASIK surgery. You will be treated with eye drops for about one week after your laser treatment.

So, Here are some of the most frequently asked LASIK questions I get:

Q: Who Are The Best Candidates For LASIK?

A: Candidates for LASIK should be 18 years or older with stable vision, healthy eyes and a refractive vision problem within the range of effective treatment. A large majority of nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic people are potential candidates. However, medical conditions such as keratoconus, cataracts, pregnancy, etc. may exclude you from having the procedure. Once again, the best way to find out if you are a suitable candidate is to schedule a FREE, no-obligation, personalized vision consultation at our office. You can call (877) 219-8303.

Here's What Happens During Your Consultation

The consultation is conducted at our office. During this exam I will check your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription to determine if your vision is within the acceptable range for vision correction. From this exam I will ensure your candidacy and make sure your eyes are healthy and stable. I will make sure you have no health conditions that could hinder your surgery. The evaluation will let you know what the likely outcome of LASIK will be in your personal situation. By the end of the evaluation, you should have all the information you need to decide whether or not you'd like to go forward and have your vision corrected if you are a candidate. If you decide not to go forward, that's fine. There is no obligation. And if you decide to go forward, we can schedule a date for your surgery.

Q: How Much Does LASIK Cost?

A: For most conventional treatments, the cost is $1250 per eye, which includes your pre-operative examination, the surgical procedure, and all post-operative care and needed enhancements during the first year. Our fee is all-inclusive and there are no hidden charges. There are doctors who may do it for less and others who may do it for more. And you might be asking yourself why shouldn't I do it with a doctor who does it for less. Wanting to get the best price is normal, but rememberyou have to think about quality and service. After all, when are you going to know if your surgery was successful or not? When it's already over with, right? And it's a little too late then, isn't it?

Since it is considered an elective procedure it is not covered by most insurances. In some cases, the cost of the procedure can be covered by medical flex plans or medical cafeteria plans that allow pretax dollars to be set aside for medical expenses. You should check with your employer to see if your company offers this benefit. You should also check with your accountant to see if you can take LASIK as a deductible health expense. However, many patients are surprised at just how affordable LASIK really is with our low cost financing options. LASIK surgery is an investment since your total investment in LASIK ends up being significantly less than you would spend on glasses and contacts. Most patients consider the cost an investment in themselves that pays dividends forever.

Q: How Long Do LASIK Results Last?

A: This surgery is meant to be a permanent change. The effects of LASIK do not wear off. Laser vision correction has been performed in many countries around since the 1980s. And studies chronicling the long-term results of the procedure have been very positive so far. However, laser vision correction will not prevent any age related conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts, which would need to be treated in the usual manner. Most experts agree that we will not uncover any long-term problems with laser vision correction. In fact, many doctors have given the procedure the ultimate stamp of approval by having it performed on themselves.

Q: Does Laser Eye Surgery Hurt?

A: Surprisingly no! You are given a topical anesthetic(eye drops) to numb the eye, so you experience no pain. You may also be given a small amount of oral sedative to help relax you. You will be seated in a reclining chair, and positioned under the laser. A spring will be placed between your eyelids to gently hold them open during the treatment. The surgeon then applies a vacuum ring. You may experience a sensation of pressure for a few seconds. A microkeratome, an automated instrument is then used to create the flap. The flap will then be pulled back and you will be asked to focus on a blinking red light and the laser will treat your eye for less than one minute. The flap is then repositioned and allowed to dry for a couple minutes. Finally, a clear protective shield will be placed over your eye and the surgery is complete. Your total time in the laser area will be about 30 minutes.

Q: Should Both Eyes Be Done At The Same Time?

A: That's a choice your surgeon will make with you. It is safer to treat one eye at a time, however the majority of patients elect to do both at once, usually out of convenience. For some patients who do not have surgery on both eyes they may be unable to use both eyes together after surgery without eyestrain or double vision due to a large difference in refractive error between the eyes. Some patients may wear a contact lens in the eye that has not undergone surgery. However, the contact lens will need to be removed at least several days prior to surgery on that eye.

Q: Is LASIK FDA Approved?

A: The FDA does not approve procedures — it only approves devices. And the laser used for LASIK procedures is approved; it is up to the doctors themselves to use the devices appropriately. The VISX Star S4 excimer laser that Dr. Weingarten uses is FDA approved for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Q: What results can I expect from LASIK?

A: Nobody can promise you 20/20 vision. However, most patients experience tremendous improvements. Almost all patients can expect to achieve 20/40 vision, which most states consider good enough to drive without having to wear contacts or glasses. Most people in their 40's or older will need reading glasses if both eyes are corrected for distance. This is because the eye's lens loses flexibility as we age. This condition, presently, cannot be treated by surgical methods. Some patients in this age group select monovision, such is done with contact lenses. This option allows patients to use one of their eyes for distance and the other to see up close. Although monovision works well for some patients, many are not comfortable with this arrangement. I will discuss and demonstrate this with you.

Q: What Are The Most Common Side Effects After LASIK Eye Surgery?

A: Usually, 24-48 hours after surgery, most patients experience mild discomfort in their eyes. Your eyes may feel scratchy; like an eyelash in your eye. This is relieved with eye drops, which you'll use after the surgery. You may also experience some tearing or watering of the eyes and your vision may be a little hazy. These irritants are usually just temporary and soon disappear. Most patients can return to work and resume virtually all of their daily activities the next day following their surgery.

Q: What are the Complications And Risks of LASIK?

A: Like any surgical procedure, certain risks exist with LASIK surgery, like under-correction, over-correction, need for subsequent surgery, corneal flap risk, and infection among others. However, documented studies prove the chance of a serious vision threatening complication to be much less than 1%.

One of the most important things to achieving a good outcome is managing your expectations. It is vitally important that your expectations be in-line with what LASIK can achieve for you. It is not reasonable to expect LASIK to completely free you from glasses and contacts forever (though, some patients are). You should expect to significantly reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. But, you should be aware that most patients will eventually require reading glasses (as discussed earlier, this can be partially offset by electing to have monovision), and some patients may still need a thin pair of glasses for vital activities, like driving at night.

Q: What If Results Are Not As Expected?

A: Although not common, it is possible your vision may be undercorrected or overcorrected after your surgery. If this occurs you may require an enhancement procedure. Relifting the flap and doing additional laser treatment can usually correct this. There is no additional charge for this within the first year after your surgery.

Q: How Do You Choose a Qualified LASIK Surgeon?

A: Be an informed consumer. Ask questions regarding the surgeon's background, experience, and outcomes they have had in delivering vision correction. Attend informational seminars and complimentary evaluations. Ask the surgeon questions specific to your visual needs and expectations. You want a doctor who you can communicate with and listens to all your concerns.

In my practice I personally care for my patients every step of the way-from the initial consultation through the postoperative exams. I believe this is crucial to a positive outcome. I am a board certified ophthalmologist and certified laser surgeon. I have been performing laser vision correction since 1996 and have helped numerous patients eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses or contacts.

In addition to helping laser eye surgery patients realize their dreams of clear vision without glasses, Dr. Weingarten specializes in cataract surgery. In fact, he enjoys a reputation as one of the most accomplished cataract surgery spec ialists. Dr. Weingarten also offers a range of general eye care procedures and is regarded as a leading presbyopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration expert. Stressing the importance of early detection as a vital part of a successful eye disease treatment, Dr. Weingarten performs complete eye exams.

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In addition to performing LASIK in Detroit, Dr. Mark Weingarten offers an array of other highly advanced vision correction and eye care procedures. He is renowned as a foremost Detroit cataracts and glaucoma treatment specialist. At Dr. Weingarten's offices, patients can also receive sophisticated presbyopia treatments and comprehensive eye exams.

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