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Maximizing vision one patient at a time

InSight EyeCare of Calumet to host Trunk Show Thursday

August 15, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - InSight EyeCare has been providing comprehensive eyecare and cutting-edge, state-of-the-art treatment options for patients for more than two decades.

The Calumet practice, located at 56901 S. 6th St., Ste. 1, features Donald Mitchell, OD, FAAO and newly welcomed Dr. Kelly L. Kesti who are both committed to delivering the best possible care to meet each patients' individual needs.

"We're looking to enhance and grow the practice," Mitchell said. "We're in a position where we have increased our hours for patient appointments and want to increase the awareness of Dr. Kesti's availability."

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InSight Eyecare’s Donald Mitchell, OD, FAAO and Dr. Kelly L. Kesti are seen in the Calumet practice recently.

While Kesti, a 2010 graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry, began seeing patients at InSight EyeCare in October 2011, more recently she's been available for office hours on a regular basis - typically Thursday and Friday.

"I have really enjoyed my time here," she said. "I've gotten such a variety of cases and patients and being from this area in general, I like seeing some of the people I know and meeting new people so I'm looking forward to continuing that and building the practice here."

Mitchell, who opened his practice in Laurium in 1990 before relocating to its current location in Calumet in 1997, said he and Kesti specialize in comprehensive eyecare. That includes health care, eye glasses and contact lenses for pediatric to adult patients.

Mitchell sub-specializes in low vision, working with patients who have either lost their vision or who have had congenital problems, preventing them from experiencing 20/20 vision.

"As far as ocular health care, we co-manage specialty care involving advanced cases of retinal disease or LASIK care," he said. "Much of that we cooperate with facilities in Green Bay, Appleton, Madison or with Mayo Clinic."

Most of our ocular health care is coordinated with the local primary care physicians as well as with our Upper Peninsula ophthalmologists.

"It is a rare day when a referral letter or progress report or Diabetic Ocular Health Report is not sent to another physician," Mitchell said.

"Glaucoma management is another area of emphasis in the practice," he said. "This is a disease of the eye usually involving elevated intraocular pressure."

Glaucoma is often controlled pharmaceutically but there are also surgical and laser type treatments available to help treat this as well, Mitchell said.

Those treatments involving laser or surgical intervention for glaucoma would involve coordinated care with ophthalmology.

As optometrists, Kesti said their job is to help identify, treat and manage eye health conditions for patients.

"I do manage patients with glaucoma and diabetes - of course coordinating their health care with other specialists as needed," she said.

Another large portion of the practice involves contact lens care. Although all patients are unique, a certain percentage can be fitted with widely available contact lenses.

InSight EyeCare has an emphasis on the silicon hydrogel soft contact lenses and the newest materials in rigid gas permeable designs.

Mitchell said, "We also offer special contact lens fitting for those who are unable to wear a standard contact lens."

Some patients require more sophisticated contact lenses, such as a bifocal or a contact lens for astigmatism.

Newer designs in contact lenses today make it easier to accommodate patients who do require a more sophisticated lens, he said.

Years ago, bifocal contact lenses looked like spectacles with a visible line in them. The newest designs, Mitchell said, are specific for a dominant eye and non-dominant eye with corrections for distance and near.

In the area of specialty contact lenses, Dr. Mitchell is one of very few contact lens providers in the country who is certified to fit the KeraSoft IC contact lens for irregular corneas (IC). These lenses are an advanced design that can be uniquely modified in specific areas of the lens to achieve the most appropriate fitting.

They can help someone who can no longer see well with a standard type of contact lens or glasses.

One of the diseased corneas that the Kerasoft IC contact lens can address is keratoconus. Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition in which the cornea thins and becomes cone-shaped or irregular.

"A common factor with this is patients who are constantly rubbing their eyes," he said.

In the past, there have been a few different treatment options available for patients with keratoconus and Mitchell said they have used them all.

Patients can be prescribed a scleral lens, a rigid lens or use a piggyback system.

"That's where we'd put a soft lens on the eye and on top of that use a rigid lens," he said. "That's very effective for comfort but also to maximize vision."

The KeraSoft IC contact lens incorporates some of the best of the former fitting techniques to maximize vision and comfort.

Major medical insurance can be accessed for contact lens correction when a patient's vision falls off to a point where it cannot be corrected with glasses.

"It's classified as a medical treatment with a contact lens at that point," Mitchell said. "It's not just vision care, which covers standard glasses and contacts."

Because there are more options available in contact lenses, Kesti said there's a greater chance nowadays to treat patients who may have been told they cannot wear contacts in the past.

"There's a good chance you can because of new materials, modalities and ocular pharmaceuticals," she said.

One type of lens that's been gaining popularity are daily disposables.

The main advantage of daily disposables is the ease of use, but additionally, what is often overlooked, is the zero cost of contact lens solutions with these lenses.

"Some patients utilize these on a weekend basis or they just want to take a break from their glasses for an evening out," Mitchell said. "Another place we often encourage them is for someone who has significantly poor sight and they swim a lot."

As far as spectacle lenses, Mitchell said there are a variety of new products available from digital crafted lenses and non-glare treatments to adaptive photochromic lenses.

High-index lenses, or lenses that are thinner and lighter, are also available.

"Non-glare lenses are a product we routinely recommend because they maximize vision and they offer an 8 to 10 percent increase in light," he said. "Another thing that goes hand-in-hand with non-glare is scratch resistance. That has significantly improved."

Kesti said because lenses and frames are made of such high quality materials, they routinely come with warranties. In the event something does happen to them, she said, they can be replaced at no cost to the patient and there are no additional fees to purchase these warranties.

InSight EyeCare offers a wide variety of product options, including sunwear.

In fact, Thursday, patients are invited to see a variety of styles at the clinic's Trunk Show event.

From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., InSight EyeCare will have a lens and frame vendor on hand and patients can visit with Dr. Kesti.

While kids are gearing up for back to school, the Trunk Show is offering specials for youngsters as well.

"We're doing buy one get one free on complete pairs - frames and lenses for anyone under 18 years of age," Kesti said. "I like to recognize the importance of a second pair, especially with kids."

Specials for everyone will also be available and prizes will be given away during the afternoon.

InSight EyeCare is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Additional hours are available by appointment including Saturday appointments. For more information, call 337-5252, or visit upnortheyecare.com. Find InSight EyeCare on Facebook at facebook.com/upnortheyecare.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by InSight EyeCare of Calumet. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.

 
 

 

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