There are several misconceptions floating around about Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis (SBK), or “modern LASIK.” These misconceptions might cause you to avoid or refuse a procedure that could greatly increase your quality of life.

So here are the facts: SBK is an incredibly safe and rewarding procedure, with over 96 percent reported patient satisfaction.

Did you know that LASIK is the most successful elective medical procedure in history?

And while 9 million procedures have been performed over the last 25 years, SBK is very different from what LASIK was at the beginning.

Many of the reasons that people avoid SBK are based on a misunderstanding of the risks or how the procedure works. But when people know the facts, they’re more likely to have the procedure done. In fact, LASIK surgeons themselves — including Dr. Emmert-Buck — and their immediate family members undergo the procedure at a rate of nearly five times the general population because they believe in the technology and its overwhelming benefits.

Here are 4 of the most common myths about SBK and LASIK, and the truths that debunk them:

1. SBK Is More Dangerous Than Wearing Contacts

Many people continue to wear contact lenses as opposed to getting SBK because they believe it’s safer. But studies show that contact wearers have a one in 2,000 chance of developing complications, as opposed to a one in 10,000 chance with LASIK. Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2017 concluded that over time the risk for infection was higher for overnight contact lens wear compared to LASIK.

Meanwhile, a 2016 study published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that for people who received LASIK compared to people who wore contacts, “current LASIK technology improved ease of night driving, did not significantly increase dry eye symptoms, and resulted in higher levels of satisfaction at one, two, and three years follow-up.”

The study compared how happy 1,800 people were with their choice of vision correction over a three-year period. During that time period, most LASIK patients said they could drive better at night after the procedure than with contacts or glasses. They also reported fewer eye infections, ulcers and abrasions. Meanwhile 88 percent of former contact lens wearers and 77 percent of former glasses wearers said they were “strongly satisfied” with LASIK at the third year.

2. You Can Only Use SBK To Treat Nearsightedness (Myopia)

A misconception that some people have is that SBK only treats a specific kind of vision loss, namely, nearsightedness. But at Capstone, we use SBK to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

At Capstone, by using our state-of-the-art diagnostic machines and Dr. Emmert-Buck’s expertise, we will make sure you are a good candidate for a procedure. We will not hesitate to tell you if your eyes do not qualify.

To see if you’re eligible for SBK, fill out this simple form. We’ll contact you with the results and schedule a free screening for further evaluation.

3. SBK Is A Long, Painful Procedure

When you think of medical procedures, especially those that involve your eyes, you might be understandably worried. You will be taken care of if you have a procedure at Capstone. We will be with you the entire time. You may worry about how you keep your eye open or how you keep your head still during the procedure. We gently hold your eye lids open and use a pillow that fits around your head so you don’t even need to think about these issues. We will talk you through it all.

And you might tend to think of something that’s long, drawn-out, and painful. But this cannot be further from the truth for patients who undergo the SBK procedure.

Most of our clients are only in our suite between 20 and 30 minutes, and on-site for no longer than 90 minutes. The actual treatment is usually less than a minute! Most clients only feel a very brief minimal amount of pressure.

4. It Takes A Long Time To Recover From an SBK Procedure

Some people are wary of SBK because they think there will be a long recovery period. If you’re especially busy with work, you likely don’t have the time to be without your vision for days on end. We get that. Luckily, with SBK you don’t have to be.

Most of our clients are able to return to work the day after their surgery.

We do recommend that you go home immediately after the surgery and rest, and we will also want to see you the next day for a post-operative visit. But in most cases, you are free to get back to work after your appointment.

If you have any further questions about SBK or want to schedule an appointment to discuss your options with Dr. Emmert-Buck, contact Capstone Vision today by clicking here or calling 248-710-0063.

When is the last time you went 24 hours without checking your email, scrolling through Facebook or were otherwise unplugged? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. Technology and addicting apps have made the mini computers we all carry around like another appendage. They are wonders that have made life more convenient — order your groceries for delivery, learn how to fix the toilet, or keep tabs on your kids in seconds. And they keep us constantly connected to the world. But study after study shows that our obsession with screens also does damage to our relationships, and mental and physical health. Fortunately, with a little intention and mindfulness, we can repair much of this damage by simply making the choice to unplug.

 

Now we aren’t suggesting that you disconnect from the digital world altogether. We are realists, after all! But we are onboard with making the choice to change your lifestyle and set designated times to disconnect from tech, whether it’s all day every Sunday or every night when you get home from work. You should make disconnecting work for you, but however or whenever you choose to disconnect, the key is that you do.

 

Here are 5 reasons it’s important to unplug from tech:

 

1. Your eyes need to rest and recover.

If you have a job where you spend eight hours a day in front of a computer, that’s a lot of time when your eyes focus up close. According to a 2015 report by The Vision Council, nearly 61 percent of adults reported spending five or more hours on digital devices. Almost 30 percent said they spend more than nine hours a day on digital devices.

 

When you focus up close for so much time, you typically blink far less than the average 15-20 times a minute that you usually would. In addition, most screens are backlit and give off blue light, or high-energy visible light wavelengths, which can cause irritation and potentially long-term damage to the retina.

 

This adds up to digital eyestrain, a condition that is becoming more and more common. Eyestrain shows itself through dry eyes, irritated eyes, and blurred vision and fatigue.

 

In times when you can’t unplug, a good rule of thumb to help relax your eye muscles is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Simply put, give your eyes a chance to rest.

 

If your eyes feel the effects of too much screen time, you may want to see an ophthalmologist. We’ve got vision solutions that can help at Capstone Vision of Auburn Hills.

 

2. You can sleep better.

That pesky blue light also interferes with the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital found that people who read on lit iPads for four hours in the evenings fell asleep 10 minutes later than their counterparts who read paper books. They also got significantly less deep sleep and found it harder to wake up, even after eight hours of sleep.

 

Lack of sleep can make your eyes feel dry and irritable. Come in to Capstone Vision for your Sensitive Eye Exam (SEE) for an evaluation and solution.

 

3. You can take a break from work and de-stress.

With our phones constantly at the ready, it’s tempting to check work emails and even communications from productivity apps like Slack or Trello on off hours — and your boss or clients may even expect it. Essentially, tech has made it harder and harder for any of us to really be off the clock. But when you tune in to work when you’re at home, some frustrating email from your boss will be on your mind instead of you being fully engaged in a family conversation at the dinner table. Instead of leaving your work at the office, it follows you into your home and even to bed as you check your email just one more time before you try to nod off for the night.

 

If you set boundaries between your work and personal time, you’ll be better able to relax and de-stress at home, be present with family and friends, and be refreshed when you get back to work.

 

4. Your brain can recuperate and process.

With messages coming at us all day (and night!) from texts, social media, email, news alerts and more, our brains are constantly going. Then add in the passive scrolling that we do on social media and news sites or the multitasking many of us are so fond of.

 

But in reality, passive scrolling doesn’t feed our brain with useful information, and studies continually show that multitasking is actually bad for productivity.

 

If you want to be productive, focus on one thing at a time. And research indicates that you will better absorb experiences and information if you give your brain a break and let it process what it’s learned.

 

5. You can strengthen your relationships.

It seems like social media is helpful in relationships because it makes it so easy to check in with friends and family. But a comment on a post doesn’t compare to quality conversation over coffee or even the phone. And it can be way too easy to see red when a beloved family member gets political in a way you disagree with on Facebook.

 

Plus, studies continually show that social media perpetuates feelings of envy among friends as well as FOMO — or fear of missing out. (The coined term is actually “Facebook envy.”) When you see your friends’ carefully cultivated social media life, it can make you feel bad.

 

So instead, connect with your friends and family in the real world and strengthen your bond instead of letting social media fray it and negatively affect your emotional well-being.

 

You might think it’s going to be almost impossible to disconnect from your tech, but give it a try! Maybe no smartphones after dinner or avoid Facebook on the weekend to start. It might be tough at first, and you may even feel anxious — like you’re missing out. But once you absorb yourself in other parts of life instead, notice how you feel! You might even opt for more time “off the grid.”

 

To learn more about how Capstone Vision can help you combat the visual effects of too much screen time, call us today at 248-710-0063 or visit us online.

 

Anyone who’s ever started a business knows it’s no simple task. In fact, just getting to the point that you can open your doors feels like a major feat, like crossing the finish line of a marathon. This is the case for me. After months of planning and preparing, I’m so proud to open the doors of my eye care and vision correction facility, Capstone Vision, to the community this month.

 

By design, Capstone is unlike other eye care facilities out there. And I’m able to say that thanks to numerous people who’ve cheered me along the way, lent their time or expertise, and provided support or equipment. As the saying goes, it has taken a village to get Capstone off and running, and I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the following people and organizations who have helped make it possible:

 

  • First, my family: Mike, Nate, Emily, and Alicia. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Jim Poole, electrician

 

 

 

Thanks to all I have inadvertently missed here!

 

The people and organizations above have welcomed me to Auburn Hills and Rochester and helped me feel like part of the community, and community is something I value greatly.

 

At Capstone Vision, we will focus on being a part of the community, and continually give back and support our neighbors.

 

I was proud to do this for the first time in 2017 before we even opened by being a sponsor of The Brooksie Way. I look forward to once again joining my fellow local businesses as a sponsor of the race again this year.

 

Through the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce, Capstone was also a proud sponsor of the Women in Business: Beyond Balanced event. This was a great day of discussions and professional speaker presentations related to how women can balance all the areas of our lives.

 

If you know of a great community event or organization Capstone should be a part of, please contact us. We’re always looking for ways to connect with our neighbors and look forward to meeting you!

A visit to the ophthalmologist is pretty standard, right? Maybe at most practices, but at Capstone Vision, your visit to the eye doctor is anything but ordinary.

Capstone is a long-time vision (no pun intended!) of Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck’s. Her goal is to build a new type of eye care and vision correction center that is focused on patient care in unique ways. That means that we care about you as a whole person — and we show it.

When you fill out your new-patient paperwork, you’ll find some unusual questions on it — questions we think you’ll find to be more fun than the average medical history questions! You’ll get to tell us about your favorite music, hobbies, drinks and more. Why? Because we want to get to know you. 

At the Office

When you enter our office, you can expect a friendly team member to greet you in a relaxing atmosphere where you can grab a drink while you wait. And when we say the waiting area will be relaxing, we mean it. You won’t experience a hectic space with phones ringing off the hook.

That sense of calm extends into the exam and procedure rooms. In today’s world of health care, it can be hard to feel heard by your doctor or to find one who can spend time with you to thoroughly explain what’s going on in terms you can understand. But Dr. Emmert-Buck is that doctor. Her goal is to give you the best care and to treat you like family. She will eagerly listen to your concerns — and successes! — and believes in empowering each patient. She will learn about your history and lifestyle, then use her expertise and diagnostic information to educate you about your vision and suggested treatment options as well as general wellness.

She is passionate about the newest advances in vision correction and loves to teach patients about eye care as it pertains them, with a holistic approach. This means that, in addition to vision correction procedures, Dr. Emmert-Buck may make recommendations about general nutrition, supplements and vitamins, and eye drops that can help you better care for your eyes.

Our Lifelong Vision Partnership exam thoroughly assesses your eyes from front to back, using the doctor’s knowledge and state-of-the-art technology. From this exam, you’ll gain an understanding of your eye health and a customized plan for optimal vision depending on what stage you’re at in life.

Vision correction services that we offer include:

  • SBK (Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis; definition: advanced LASIK)
  • ASA (Advanced Surface Ablation)
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Near Vision Solutions
  • Dry Eye Solutions

And we know that it can be hard to plan your procedures to align with family or a friend’s schedule, so if you come in for SBK and need a ride home, we can help. Just let us know and we’ll have a Lyft pick you up so you can relax knowing it’s taken care of.

At Capstone Vision of Auburn Hills, our motto is “See well. Feel well. Be well.” And Dr. Emmert-Buck believes that when you’re confident in your vision and appearance, you feel good and are more excited to create the life you want. So come in to discover options to get your glasses and contacts out of your way.

If all this isn’t exciting enough, we’ve got big plans for the future that we’re excited to share when the time is right. We hope you’ll grow with us!

To learn more or schedule your appointment with Dr. Emmert-Buck, click here or call 248-710-0063.

If healthcare insurance programs leave you confused about coverage and what you are paying for, you’re not alone. As monthly premiums rise across the country year after year, it seems deductibles increase too and covered services and benefits decrease or remain the same.

What does a self pay model look like? An article in Dailywire lists the following features:

  1. Consumers control the cost of their healthcare by deciding what options are right for them.
  2. Costs of healthcare are lowered due to reduced bureaucracy, paperwork, rules and regulations.
  3. Some cash pay doctors charge monthly or annual fees, while others charge only a published fee for service.
  4. Doctors are able to spend more time with their patients for personalized care.
  5. Hospitals must accept cash pay patients and many offer discounted rates for cash up front.
  6. Physicians who accept cash only are increasing by 25% per year, although their numbers are still small.
  7. There is a perception that a cash only system is only for the wealthy, but direct medicine can be affordable when you look at the total cost of insurance premiums, deductibles, plus the cost of your medical care.

Capstone Vision works directly for patients, not hospitals, Medicare, or insurance companies. Patients get the care they deserve. We believe in price transparency. We do not participate with third party payers, including insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Because we do not submit any information to the insurance companies or Medicare, your private health information remains in our office, private.

Our Lifelong Vision Partnership is a promise to offer the best vision care at every stage of your life, ensuring you have the best technology, the best education, the best doctor, and the best vision experience possible.

You will receive the best, conscientious care at your visit, at which time payment will be required. You will not receive a bill or explanation of benefits from your insurance company with confusing charges, co-pay, or deductible.

Click here for a list of our all-inclusive fees and payment options.