Where The Money Is Going

Would you believe that a recent study by OnePoll found that women spend $313 per month on their appearance, and men spend $244? Per month!

Let’s take a look at the average costs of the things we do to make our lives better.

Gym membership:                                                  $40-$50/month (ongoing)

Yoga classes:                                                            $12-$16/class (ongoing)

Manicure:                                                                 $20-$50/visit (ongoing)

Pedicure:                                                                   $35-$60/visit (ongoing)

Massage:                                                                   $60-$100/visit (ongoing)

Hair cut/color:                                                        $83-$150/visit (ongoing)

Personal trainer:                                                     $80-$125/session (ongoing)

Round of golf:                                                          $40+/round (ongoing)

Swim or Tennis club:                                              $100+/month (ongoing)

Wi-Fi:                                                                         $50+/month (ongoing)

Netflix:                                                                       $11+/month (ongoing)

Dog walker:                                                               $15+/walk (ongoing)

Starbucks coffee:                                                      $3.50/cup (ongoing)

Movies (with snacks):                                              $15+/person (ongoing)

Braces:                                                                        $4,937

The average pair of glasses (including frames and lenses) costs about $300. Contact lenses and solution run at least $370. And you are paying that every year!

 

Consider These Options

Dr. Emmert-Buck knows we all have different ways of figuring out how to pay for the things that will make our lives better. Because of that, she accepts both CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit. Also, she can split up your payment among different credit cards (so you can get cash back or airline miles or hotel points! Or whatever you’re saving up for!). She also accepts HSA and FSA funds.

 

You Are Worth It

Imagine waking up and being able to see right away. Imagine being able to play sports without specialized glasses or goggles. Imagine being able to do everything without having to stop and think, “Did I remember my glasses/contacts?” The right eye surgery can change your life. And you deserve it.

What Are Dry Eyes?

The condition of dry eyes can show up in many different ways. If you are experiencing pain, irritation, or blurriness you might not even be aware that dry eyes could be the cause. Other symptoms can include redness, difficulty driving at night, trouble with contacts, difficulty viewing screens, tired eyes, heavy eyelids, or – believe it or not – watery eyes.

Not only are there a multitude of symptoms, there are just as many – if not more – factors that contribute to dry eyes: age, gender, medications, environment, computer use, frequent flying, health conditions, contact lenses, and/or eyelid problems.

 

Why Are Dry Eyes So Hard To Diagnosis?

With all the puzzle pieces needing to fit into place for the right diagnosis it’s no wonder that many patients leave their eye doctor frustrated, and without getting the right treatment. They feel hopeless, like they aren’t being heard or taken seriously. A recent Gallup poll showed that over 26 million Americans suffer from dry eyes and this number is expected to increase as our population ages.

In addition, it is crucial to diagnose and treat dry eyes before any surgical procedure. A dry ocular surface can mask or alter results in critical pre-surgery tests.

 

The Dry Eye Expert

Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck is the region dry eye expert because she can and does take the time to listen to every symptom to find the cause of your dry eye issues. She knows it requires a lengthy discussion and that treatment requires small steps and many visits to get right. She loves investing the time and considers it a victory every time dry eye issues are resolved.

Chronically dry eyes can lead to inflammation or worse, and could affect your vision if not treated. If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eyes and not finding relief please schedule an appointment today.

Does This Sound Familiar?

We’ve all been there. You arrive on time for your eye doctor appointment, you spend several minutes filling out or updating paperwork. Then you wait. Your name is called and you are taken to an examination room where you explain everything that has been happening with your vision to an assistant who is usually inputting the appropriate information into a computer or pad for insurance purposes.  Then you wait again. The doctor comes in and you repeat everything you told the assistant. The doctor may farm out part of your exam to yet another assistant. There is more waiting. The doctor pops in and out – quickly – a few more times. Then you’re done. You have a prescription. You have probably been there for over an hour and have seen the doctor for about seven minutes.

 

Why Capstone Vision Is Different

Capstone Vision is not your typical eye doctor experience. Dr. Emmert-Buck is passionate about treating the WHOLE patient. She takes the time to talk to you, to get to know you – your occupation, hobbies, and lifestyle so she can recommend what you need to get the best vision correction option that fits your life. She wants to know all of your health and wellness goals and takes the time to address any issues and discuss what options will fit into your lifestyle.

She knows that it takes time to discuss all your issues. For you to remember those spots you were seeing a few weeks ago but forgot about because they mostly went away. To figure out what is making your eyes feel dry. And why your eyes feel tired at the end of the day if you’ve been reading a lot – even if you’ve been wearing your glasses or contacts. It takes time for you to bring up all the things you like to do – ski, snorkel, surf, and/or snowmobile. To bring up your new workout program or the new diet you started. To remember to mention that you work in a room with no windows and lots of fluorescent light. Or that you spend 10 hours a day outdoors.

 

More Than Just Your Eyes

All these important things contribute to your eye health and Dr. Emmert-Buck will take the time to get to you know you – as a person not just a patient. Then you will work together in a Lifelong Vision Partnership to keep your eyes at their healthiest throughout your entire life. Make your appointment today to experience the difference.

You Hate Your Reading Glasses

You have astigmatism or presbyopia (near vision) so you’ve been told that you are not a good candidate for LASIK.

You had LASIK in your 20s or 30s but now that you’ve rounded 40 you need reading glasses.

You think you are stuck with glasses so you find the most affordable, most comfortable, least offensive pair you can find and deal with it.

You don’t have to deal with it.

 

You Have Options

Refractive lens exchange, also called lens replacement surgery or clear lens extraction, may be just what you need. Refractive lens exchange (RLE) replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This procedure puts things back into sharper focus and reduces your need for reading glasses or bifocals. The procedure is virtually identical to cataract surgery; it usually takes about 15 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis with each eye done separately, usually about a week apart.

Numbing anesthetic drops are used, so typically there is no discomfort. Most people report vision improvement immediately after surgery.

Normally, you won’t feel the IOL in your eye just like you don’t feel a dental filling in a cavity. The IOL is a permanent replacement for your natural lens and is designed to last the rest of your life. As an added bonus there is minimal risk of regression over time.

There is no “one size fits all” intraocular lens. This is why it is especially important to consult with a Vision Correction Specialty Practice like Capstone Vision. After a thorough exam and intensive discussion of your lifestyle and vision goals, Dr. Emmert-Buck will recommend an IOL that is most suitable for you.

 

Your Options Include:

A Monofocal fixed-focus IOL: This lens provides clear vision at distance, intermediate, or near ranges — but not all three at once.

A Multifocal IOL: This lens provides clear vision at multiple distances.

An Accommodating IOL:  This is a type of monofocal lens that enables focus at multiple distances by shifting its position in the eye.

Schedule your appointment today and find out which lens is best for you.

 

 

It’s Not Cheap To Look This Good

How much time and money do you spend on maintaining or increasing your quality of life? You might be surprised when you add it up. The costs of a healthy lifestyle – organic produce, gym memberships, regular hair appointments, braces, other (ahem) beauty treatments, vitamins, and contacts or glasses (if you need them) all add up to a hefty sum every year. And most of these are ongoing costs. You budget for them because you know you need them. They make your life better. They make you feel better, younger, more confident.

Sometimes we don’t know what we need, or that there are other options. For example, instead of paying hundreds of dollars every year for an eye exam and glasses or contacts, you could pay once for eye surgery.

And you can’t lose or break eye surgery. You will never leave it at your in-law’s, or accidentally sit on it, or scratch it so it needs to be replaced.

 

Your Future Looks Bright

Imagine not having to switch from prescription glasses to prescription sunglasses every time you walk in or outside on a sunny day. Imagine picking up something in the store and not having to find your glasses to read the label. Imagine not having to drag someone to the vision store with you to help you pick out glasses that are flattering. Imagine being able to wake up and see first thing in the morning without having to fumble around for your glasses or put in contacts.

Imagine what you could do with all that time – and, eventually, all that money.

And imagine what it would feel like to be free of glasses and contacts. The extra room in your purse because you don’t have to carry glasses around. The extra counter space in your bathroom that is currently home to contacts and lens solution. It’s one less thing to remember each day, to schedule for, to work around.

Just like braces correct your teeth and then you don’t have to wear them anymore, surgery can correct your vision and then it’s done. And it doesn’t take years. In fact, the average eye surgery takes less than five minutes.

 

You’re Worth Every Penny

Aren’t you worth it? Dr. Emmert-Buck thinks you are and is looking forward to working with you to find the vision plan that is right for you. She genuinely wants to help you improve your quality of life. Maybe you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be someone who doesn’t have to deal with glasses or contacts. She wants to help you get that feeling back.

Call and book your appointment today, and see what you’ve been missing.

Vision In The Military

The phrase “good to go” came from the military and meant that an individual or group was mission-ready. Good vision was just part of being mission-ready; the Department of Defense dismissed anyone whose vision wasn’t correctable with glasses, and individuals with flight status or those in elite special forces were required to have 20/20 vision.
This kept many intelligent and motivated men and women from serving, and those with corrected vision – wearing contact lenses or glasses  – didn’t have an easy time. Contact lenses can get dirty and/or misplaced, especially in locations that are hostile or with adverse weather conditions. Glasses can get lost or broken. Wearing glasses can impede and restrict the use of certain headgear. For an aviator, G-forces can pull glasses right off the face.

 

The Military Attacks Vision Problems

The Navy began studying the effects of laser eye surgery in 1993 and a 1996 U.S. Navy PRK study found that every patient in the study had improved. The results were such a success that the Navy immediately purchased an excimer laser. After more years of study, it was determined that all pilots who underwent PRK were able to have their vision restored to the “highest visual classification for a Naval aviator.”

The Army’s first PRK/LASIK site opened in May 2000 at Fort Bragg, N.C. More than 5,000 soldiers from XVIII Airborne Corps and the Special Operations Command have since been treated with outstanding results.

The Walter Reed Center for Refractive Surgery had its first patient in March 2002 and has since performed the procedure on more than 600 patients. The waiting list today is more than six months long.

 

What This Means For YOUR Eyes

Capstone Vision wants to make sure your vision is “good to go.” With the latest technology, and years of finding the right vision solutions for patients, Dr. Emmert-Buck is prepared to make sure your vision is the best it can be – no matter what your day holds. Call and make your appointment today.

 

 

 

Do you have tired, scratchy, or gritty feeling eyes? It may be because your eyelid oil glands are damaged, a condition known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD.

Dr. Emmert-Buck, an Oakland County ophthalmologist at Capstone Vision, utilizes the latest technology to gauge the health of the meibomian glands along the rim of your eyelids and offers treatment options for MGD.

What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

If you have MGD, it means that there is a blockage or another abnormality to your meibomian glands. There are about 25 to 40 meibomian glands in the upper eyelid and 20 to 30 in the lower eyelid, which secrete an oil. In eyes with healthy glands, the oil mixes with tears. But if you have MDG, the glands can’t secrete enough quality oil into the tears, which causes them to evaporate too quickly. You experience this deficiency through that tired, dry, or scratchy eye feeling, or you may suffer from crusty eyelids, particularly in the morning.

MDG is the top cause of evaporative dry eye syndrome. It’s also associated with an eyelid problem called blepharitis.

Who Can Get MGD?

Your risk for MDG significantly increases once you age past 40. You are also at an increased risk if you are a chronic contact lens or eye makeup wearer, even if you remove makeup before you go to sleep.

Treatment for MGD at Capstone Vision

Fortunately, Dr. Emmert-Buck can easily and noninvasively determine the health of your eyelid oil glands. This is thanks to dual camera technology that allows her to visualize the appearance of the glands.

If she finds that MGD is an issue for you, she will also diagnose any related problems, if there are any, such as dry eye syndrome. She will then educate you on how to keep your remaining glands healthy.

Treatment may initially be as simple as applying a warm compress at home. If those options fail, Dr. Emmert-Buck may seek additional causes of your MGD and recommend more intensive treatment.

If you suffer from chronic tired or scratchy eyes, contact Capstone Vision of Auburn Hills today at 248-710-0063 or visit www.mycapstonevision.com to schedule a Sensitive Eye Exam. Dr. Emmert-Buck will thoroughly assess your meibomian gland health and help you regain comfortable vision.

At ophthalmology practice Capstone Vision in Auburn Hills, Michigan, everything centers around extraordinary patient care. Oftentimes, our effort to achieve that high level of benefit to our patients means that we collaborate with other providers, such as optometrists.

Dr. Leslie Emmert-Buck believes that patients receive the best and most complete care when practitioners work together. This is great news for you, the patient, because it means that as a patient at Capstone Vision, you are encouraged to continue to see your preferred optometrist even as Dr. Emmert-Buck provides you with vision correction solutions.

What Is The Difference Between An Optometrist And An Ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor and surgeon that has graduated from an accredited medical school, completed an internship usually in internal medicine, completed three years of ophthalmology residency that consists of learning about a vast variety of medical and surgical eye problems. Sometimes, they have completed an additional year of fellowship with enhanced concentration in an ocular subspecialty. Then they go out to practice their trade. Ophthalmologists are allowed to write prescriptions for glasses and all medicines.

An optometrist completes optometry school usually after a four-year degree at a university. Unless they complete an optional residency, they go into practice. They are trained to see patients for general eye care and are experts in prescribing glasses and contact lenses. They can also manage some medical eye care problems and often sell glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists are also allowed to write prescriptions for glasses and some medicines.

You have the option to see an optometrist OR an ophthalmologist for comprehensive care or any eye problem at any time.

 A New Push For Eye Care Collaboration

Ophthalmology and optometry have a history of being a bit territorial when it comes to patients, but the two major players of the eye care industry have seen the benefits to everyone involved when they work together. This is why there has recently been an increased push for collaboration.

This spring, Rosenberg School of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, made news when it began to require all fourth-year students to participate in a rotation of surgical care. It’s believed to be the first program like this.

According to an article in OptometryTimes.com, “The goal is to expose 100 percent of optometric interns to the clinical and business concerns involved in co-managing surgical care.

“At minimum, a primary-care optometrist should be able to advise patients on their options and make a referral to a good surgeon. It is even better if the optometrist can actively participate in their patients’ perioperative care.”

This kind of education gives optometry students real-life exposure to ocular surgeries, and the latest procedures and technology that ophthalmologists use. It also gives them the opportunity to hear from patients and see firsthand what motivates them to seek surgical procedures and how it impacts their life afterward.

Training like this is exciting because, while it helps new optometrists understand ophthalmologists and their patients, we can all collaborate better and provide higher levels of care for patients.

How Michigan Opthalmologist Capstone Vision Works With Optometrists

Dr. Emmert-Buck has been out and about meeting the local optometrists in the region and has found that there are excellent options for optometric care in Oakland County. There are a variety of ways that surgeons and optometrists work together to give patients the best vision care possible. At Capstone Vision, Dr. Emmert-Buck highly values coordinated care with optometrists and works with them in the following ways:

  1. She provides care to patients with ocular medical problems that are beyond an optometrist’s scope of practice or comfort level.
  2. She works with optometrists to address any refractive surgical solutions that you may need. This means she wants to help you get rid of your glasses and contact lenses. There are 7 procedures now to help you get rid of your glasses, including LASIK (SBK), refractive lens exchange, or refractive cataract surgery. The procedure that is right for you depends on where you are on your eye health timeline (how old you are), your lifestyle, hobbies, and occupation. You will get a customized treatment plan at Capstone Vision.
  3. If you come to Dr. Emmert-Buck for surgery, you have the option to see her or your optometrist for your post surgical care if your optometrist is comfortable with this, if it is more convenient for you, and if you choose this option. Dr. Emmert-Buck will have a clear discussion about the options with you before surgery so everyone is on the same page.
  4. She is available to offer a second opinion you may need regarding surgical plans or outcomes.
  5. She will refer you to an optometrist if you need contact lens fitting, whether it’s a straightforward or complicated fit.
  6. She will refer you to an optometrist if you need your glasses prescription filled, as we don’t have an optical shop.

To learn more about how Dr. Emmert-Buck can work with you and your optometrist to provide you with the best vision possible, contact Capstone Vision today at 248-710-0063 or schedule an appointment online.

Many people have a negative view of laser vision correction procedures, such as modern LASIK. At Capstone Vision, we typically find that it’s because they’re afraid of the procedure. Part of this is due to people’s natural tendency to fear surgery in general, but a good portion of it comes from simple misinformation. The fact is, SBK — Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis — is a safe procedure.

When compared to the risks of wearing contacts improperly, it can even be considered safer. As the American Refractive Surgery Council notes, studies show that less than 1 percent of people experience complications, while only 30 percent experience transient symptoms such as dry eye during the first three months.

At Capstone, we want you to feel comfortable with the idea of SBK, because it has so many benefits for you.

Here is our process for SBK (modern LASIK) procedures

Before the Procedure

Our first step is a simple candidacy quiz to make sure that you’re qualified for this surgery. If you seem to be a good fit, based on the quiz, we will schedule an evaluation to further evaluate you and discuss any questions or concerns that you might have. At your evaluation you will go through a series of state-of-the-art diagnostic machines that provide important information about your eye structures, from your eye lids to the back of you eye. You should also bring up any questions or concerns you have.

If you and Dr. Emmert-Buck decide that SBK is the right path for you, we’ll schedule a time for the actual procedure.

The Procedure

We do the procedure in our laser suite at Capstone Vision so you do not need to travel anywhere. We will take good care of you and be with you the entire time. The procedure itself only takes about 10 minutes per eye. You can expect to be in our suite between 20 and 30 minutes, and on-site for no longer than 90 minutes.

SBK is all done using a laser. It creates a very thin flap in the cornea, which is then folded back so that the cornea can be reshaped by a second laser. The doctor then lays the flap back in place. The actual laser treatment usually takes less than one minute (really!). If you want to see exactly how the surgery is performed, you can check out videos on our site by clicking here.

After the Procedure

After the procedure, you should go home to rest. You should have someone drive you home from the surgery. If a friend or family member isn’t available, we’ll get a Lyft for you.

We provide eye shields to protect your eyes from bumps or rubbing while you sleep. We will schedule a follow-up visit for the day after your surgery to check on your vision and the healing process.

Most patients are able to return to work the day after surgery. Certain procedures may take three to four days, however. At your follow-up visit, we’ll check your vision, check your eye under the microscope, and answer any questions you may have.

Ultimately, however, SBK is incredibly safe. More than 9 million procedures have been performed worldwide, with an over 96 percent satisfaction rate. This is due in large part to the incredibly low risk of complications.

If you’re interested in SBK, fill out our candidacy quiz here, and we’ll be in touch with you about a future consultation. To learn more, you can contact Capstone Vision at 248-710-0063 or on our website.

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.