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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.

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.