Convenience and Fast Service

 Convenience and Fast Service

The MidWest Eye Center now has nearly a dozen locations to serve patients quickly

Eric Spangler

It’s easy to see how the MidWest Eye Center, with 10 locations in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, could be your neighborhood eye doctor. The MidWest Eye Center, a division of Tri-State Centers for Sight, is the second largest ophthalmology group in the Greater Cincinnati area, says Joe Sgro, administrator for Tristate Centers for Sight Inc.

“No matter where you’re located there’s going to be a MidWest Eye Care Center nearby,” he says. MidWest Eye Center has facilities in West Chester, Union Township in Clermont County near Eastgate Mall, Colerain Township, Kenwood, downtown Cincinnati, Springdale and Delhi Township in Ohio and two facilities in Crestview Hills and one in Florence, Kentucky.

What sets MidWest Eye Center apart from other eye care facilities is its one-stop shop convenience and quick customer service, says Sgro. No matter what a patient’s eye care needs are they can be taken care of at any of the MidWest Eye Center’s locations, he says.

And those eye care needs can be taken care of quickly. “I think the other thing that really sets us apart is how quickly we are seeing a patient because we don’t have one huge location,” says Sgro.

Doctors at the MidWest Eye Center travel from location to location, enabling patients to have their eye care needs taken care of quickly as opposed to one huge location where patients have to wait to have their eye care needs completed.

“There’s not a lot of wait time,” says Sgro. “I think that’s huge compared to our competitors where people may be spending a half a day at the eye doctor.”

In addition to the convenience of multiple locations and quick service for a patient’s eye care needs the MidWest Eye Center is also able to serve multiple age groups. “Whether you’re young and you’re having eye care issues all the way up to your eyes are aging … we have specialists who are able to care for you no matter what age group you fall in,” he says.

The MidWest Eye Center has a complete roster of board-certified ophthalmologists, retina specialists and optometrists, offering diagnosis and surgical and nonsurgical treatment for eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, blepharitis, floaters and flashes, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and others.

Sgro says the MidWest Eye Center employs 11 ophthalmologists and five optometrists who treat common eye conditions such as blepharitis, cataracts, chalazion, corneal erosions, dry eyes, glaucoma and herpes zoster, also known as shingles.

The doctors at MidWest Eye Center can perform a wide range of procedures, from LASIK vision correction to laser-assisted cataract surgery to oculoplastic cosmetic reconstruction, he says.

Many of today’s procedures at the MidWest Eye Center take advantage of the use of lasers, rather than the traditional scalpel. The LASIK vision correction is one of the most widely known procedures and uses a laser to reshape the cornea to correct the imperfections that cause nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Lasers are also being used to conduct cataract surgery, allowing doctors at the MidWest Eye Center to make precise incisions in less time than traditional cataract surgery. The cataract laser surgery also allows for an easier procedure by eliminating some of the steps that are required under traditional cataract surgery, says Sgro.

“There is less likelihood of complications, it’s safer and usually results in a quicker recovery,” he says. The cataract laser surgery is used for patients who upgrade to premium lenses, says Sgro.

The doctors at the MidWest Eye Center are also using lasers to treat a retinal tear or break to prevent the retina from detaching from the back of the eye. “You look back 20 plus years ago when LASIK [surgery] just kind of first became available to everyone and where we’ve gone from corrective laser surgery or what they call refractive laser surgery to where we’re at today,” says Sgro.

The MidWest Eye Center is continually seeking to improve eye care procedures. “We are constantly moving in that direction where the surgeries are becoming less invasive, recovery is quicker and better after effects of the surgery in terms of the vision, whether it’s restoring vision or preventing vision loss,” he says.

In addition to its use of lasers in surgeries, the MidWest Eye Center is the only group that is using the KAMRA inlay treatment, says Sgro. The KAMRA inlay treatment is “an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses,” he says.

The KAMRA inlay, a mini-ring with an opening—or pinhole—in the center, is smaller and thinner than a contact lens.  The inlay uses this pinhole to focus light coming into the eye. “This restores near vision while maintaining distance vision,” says Sgro.

Dr. David Schneider originally independently owned Midwest Eye Center, he says. It was acquired by the Tristate Centers for Sight Inc. in 2015 and Midwest Eye Center then became a division of the Tristate Centers for Sight Inc., he says.

The Midwest Eye Center has two surgery centers, one in Kenwood and the other in the Eastgate area, says Sgro. The Eastgate location was recently renovated, he says. “We’re actually looking to do more in Eastgate so some of the changes that we did were from the current space, but we are looking at possibly expanding our footprint in Eastgate.”

The Midwest Eye Center is also in the process of renovating the Kenwood location, he says. The Kenwood renovation is expected to be completed in September.

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