Our eyes are the windows to our souls, but perhaps more importantly – our eyes are the windows to our brains. A routine eye exam can detect problems such as diabetes, hypertension and brain tumors, because blood vessels in the eyes are connected to the brain, heart and lungs. It’s for this reason Dr. Elise Kramer of Miami Contact Lens Institute in Aventura encourages everyone to have an annual eye exam.
“I want the general public to know an eye exam is not just about vision; it’s not just about 20/20 and getting a pair of glasses. Everyone should have an eye exam annually, even if their vision is perfect and even if they had LASIK,” says Dr. Kramer
At Miami Contact Lens Institute, Dr. Kramer and “Aventura’s hometown optometrist”, Dr. Robert Sheir, specialize in contact lenses and ocular surface disease. They genuinely care about their patients and take the time to ensure that everyone receives a thorough eye exam regardless of their concern. What further sets MCLS apart from primary care optometry practices is the doctors have expertise in alternative solutions to LASIK surgery, while also offering custom contact lenses for complicated eye diseases such as eye burns, chronic dry eye, keratoconus and corneal transplants.
Dr. Kramer and Dr. Sheir also specialize in myopia control using Orthokeratology. Orthokerathology is a non-surgical technology where contact lenses are designed to safely reshape the curvature of the front surface of the eye to improve or eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. It involves wearing rigid contact lenses overnight; however, during walking hours patients have clear vision without having to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Both Dr. Sheir and Dr. Kramer are relentless in their pursuit to improve the quality of life of those suffering from vision loss that can’t be corrected using traditional methods like glasses and disposable contact lenses. Beloved by his patients, Dr. Sheir has been in practice for over 30 years and is now happily seeing some third- generation patients. Dr. Sheir is a member of the American Optometric Association and of the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce since its inception.
Dr. Kramer chose the field of optometry after a benign tumor in her mother’s eye exposed her to the eyecare world. Her drive led her to earn a coveted residency spot at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the nation’s foremost eye hospital.
“Most of our patients who have suffered from vision loss are now wearing custom made lenses we have designed using advanced technology. The results are outstanding.”
Miami Contact Eye Institute, 2627 NE 203rd St., Suite 116. 305-682-7993; 305-814-2299. www.miamicontactlens.com