Eye Care

DMC partners with Kresge Eye Institute's clinical ophthalmologists, who are also Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty members, to treat more than 90,000 patients annually and perform nearly 4,000 surgical procedures. Patients come from throughout the metropolitan Detroit area and the Midwest for highly specialized care in areas such as glaucoma and filtering surgery, cataract and lens implant surgery, corneal transplantation and refractive surgery, neuro-ophthalmologic, orbital diseases and plastic surgery, retinal disease and vitreous surgery, and diabetic eye care.

Just a generation ago, patients diagnosed with an eye disease, disorder or injury often faced limited vision or blindness. Today, many of these eye problems can be treated. Since 1948, the Kresge Eye Institute has played a major role in these extraordinary developments through a dedication to excellence in patient care, eye research and medical education.

Kresge Eye Institute is considered one of the nations leading medical centers for the preservation of sight and has an international reputation for its pioneering eye research program, basic science studies and as a major referral center for the treatment of difficult vision problems. A part of Wayne State University since 1966, the Institute is an integral part of the University's School of Medicine, and administers and directs all ophthalmological services for Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center.

Kresge Eye Institute's specialists treat and perform surgery on thousands of patients annually, striving to make each visit a friendly, comfortable experience where each patient is a priority. In keeping with this goal, we are continually looking at ways to improve availability of patient care services to the people of the City of Detroit and its adjoining suburbs.

The Kresge Eye Institute provides a full range of ophthalmic specialties, sub-specialties and services. Comprehensive ophthalmology, diagnostic laboratories and optometry in vision centers supplement clinical services. Whether you need a routine eye exam or surgery, there is a physician who can provide for your eye health care needs. 

Common services include:

Low Vision Services

Anyone whose vision is not considered “normal,” or whose vision interferes with their ability to perform visual tasks related to daily living, hobbies, reading and other activities that make life enjoyable, is a candidate for vision rehabilitation services. These services are provided in addition to any medical or surgical treatments being rendered to the patient.

Vision rehabilitation services include a functional vision assessment. A functional vision assessment measures how well a person uses vision to perform routine tasks in different places and with different materials throughout the day. The assessment paints a picture of how a person uses vision, what visual skills the person needs to further develop, and their visual function/skills.
Some major elements measured in the exam include:

  • Visual acuity (at near and distance)
  • Usable visual field
  • Ability to localize objects
  • Color vision
  • Fixation
  • Tracking and scanning

Once all the information is acquired in the exam, optical and non-optical treatments will be discussed and demonstrated. Optical options may include glasses, high-powered glasses, magnifiers, telescopes and television magnification. Non-optical options may include use of illumination, eccentric viewing, scanning and tracking techniques and home marking techniques.

After the evaluation, an individualized plan is formulated to address your visual goals, maximize visual function and to ensure you can maintain independence and return to your favorite activities.