Frequently Asked Questions

The American Optometric Association recommends a complete eye exam every 1 to 2 years depending on your age, medical condition and risk factors for eye disease. Because everyone is different, you should ask Dr. Blaize how often you should be seen.

Children should have their first eye exam at age 5, or earlier if the parents have a concern. After the initial visit they should be seen yearly. This is important because during the early years a child’s vision is most likely to change.

It is highly recommended to have your pupils dilated as part of your comprehensive eye examination. Dilation allows for the evaluation and detection of diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, and macular degeneration. After your dilation, you will be sensitive to light and experience blurry vision, especially when reading. These effects will start to improve after about 2 hours. Our office provides sunglasses to reduce the discomfort. If it is inconvenient to get your eyes dilated on the day of your examination, we will be happy to schedule it for another time.

Optometrists are primary eyecare providers that specialize in eye related disease, corrective lenses and contacts. Optometrists perform comprehensive examinations of the entire visual system including internal and external structures of the eye, neurological, muscular and other eye related systems. They diagnose and treat conditions such as glaucoma, allergies and infections by the use of pharmaceuticals, minor surgery and other proven treatments. A large portion of an optometrist’s work is related to improving their patients’ vision with glasses and contacts lenses.

Ophthalmologists specialize in eye related disease and surgery. Some ophthalmologists are sub-specialists in areas such as cataracts, retinal diseases, plastic surgery and pediatrics. Ophthalmologists are not trained to the extent of optometrists in prescribing corrective lenses and contacts.

Opticians are an important part of the eye care team. Opticians specialize in the fitting and dispensing of eye glasses. Opticians help determine which eyeglasses are best suited to each patient’s lifestyle and visual needs. They take eye measurements to insure proper lens placement in the eyeglasses and verify the accuracy of the finished product. Opticians also instruct patients in the care and handling of contact lenses. Opticians are not doctors, but their knowledge and expertise are crucial to overall patient care.

Generally, itchy eyes are due to allergies. which can be seasonal or specific to certain agents. Although there are several over the counter eye drops you can purchase, many can actually worsen the condition; and the worst thing you can possibly do is rub your eyes. You can get relief! If you suffer from itchy eyes, call 248-482-2020 to schedule a professional optometric evaluation by Dr. Blaize. Consultations are covered by most vision insurances.

Yes. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in the United States. Diabetes causes the blood vessels in the back of the eye to become fragile. Sometimes the vessels leak fluid and can affect central vision. In many cases this fluid will be reabsorbed. In later stages of diabetic eye disease new blood vessels are formed. They can bleed and destroy large areas of vision and potentially cause blindness. Diabetics have a higher risk of other eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts.

Glaucoma is the second largest cause of blindness in the United States. It occurs gradually, so early stages are impossible to detect without an eye exam. In most cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased eye pressure, but checking pressure alone is not enough. In our office we have specialized equipment to determine whether you have even the very earliest stages glaucoma. Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but vision loss can be prevented with early detection. Treatment consists of eye drops, laser, and occasionally surgery

Macular degeneration is the third largest cause of blindness in the United States. It is a medical condition that generally affects older adults. The macula is the center area of the retina. It is supplied with blood from the choroid. When the macula deteriorates it is unable to make the images which are sent to the brain. This results in loss of central vision, thus making it difficult or impossible to read and sometimes, even recognize faces.

There are two types of macular degeneration, “dry” and “wet”. Dry macular degeneration is when yellow spots called drusen bubble up out of the choroid and deposit on the retina resulting in a gradual blurring of central vision. Sometimes dry macular degeneration advances to a stage known as geographic atrophy. Geographic atrophy is the culmination of prolonged, progressive changes in the retina and is the main cause of vision loss in dry macular degeneration patients.

Unfortunately, dry macular degeneration can progress to wet macular degeneration. In the wet form, newly created abnormal blood vessels grow under the center of the retina. These blood vessels leak, bleed, and scar the retina. This distorts or destroys central vision. Wet macular degeneration usually starts in one eye and may affect the other eye later.

A cataract is a clouding that develops in the lens of the eye obstructing the passage of light. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss, and can potentially lead to blindness if left untreated. The condition always affects both the eyes, sometimes one more than the other. Luckily, advances in medicine allow us to remove the cloudy lenses and replace them with clear artificial lenses.

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a vision condition in which you can see objects up close clearly, but not as well at distance. Nearsightedness can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is a condition which causes muscles in the eyes to become fatigued. People that are far sighted can see objects far away much easier and clearer than those up close. Farsightedness can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Astigmatism causes vision to be blurry at distance as well as at near. It is caused by the cornea having an oval rather than round shape. This impairs focusing ability and causes blurred vision. Astigmatism is a common condition and can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

Inside the eye there are a set of muscles connected to a lens. In order to focus your eyes, you contract the muscles to change the shape of the lens. When you’re young the lens is soft and flexible, so focusing is easy. As you age the lens gets hard and rubbery. This results in presbyopia, or the inability to focus. Presbyopia can be corrected with bifocals, progressive lenses, or reading glasses.

Reviews

Holly Antal, Canton MI

 

My First Eye Exam Ever I went here last week for my first ever eye exam. The staff are all very nice, and the doctor was very nice. They are very accommodating, pleasant and friendly. I’m not surprised that when I searched them just now to give them this review that they have a solid 5 stars. I will recommend this place to family and friends.

Shawn, Livonia MI

 

High Praise for Livonia Optometrist and Optician I like the welcoming feeling everyone of everyone in the office. Everyone is very attentive to what I need. My wife also feels welcome and says that everyone is very helpful when she comes in.

Claudia Haddad, Livonia MI

 

Like Family Very quick and efficient! Staff was so friendly and make you feel like family. They were so helpful, minus the eye dilation!! [Joke! I know that’s necessary :)]I would definitely recommend this location for anyone looking for a new place. They will guarantee you leave happy!

Alan Brandt, Livonia MI

 

Friendly and Efficient Dr. Blaize and his staff are friendly, efficient and helpful. I highly recommend Bayview.

Avery Young-Fisher, Livonia, MI.

 

Optometry Staff Like Family Bayview Optical was my first choice of my last. I’m pretty sure I am not going anywhere else. I’ve been with them for some time and I love them like a second family. The service is great and the people are even better. Every time I stop in we have a great time and they get the job done. I’m always satisfied. I definitely recommend Bayview if you’re looking for an optometry in Livonia!

Pamela Bender, Canton MI

 

Professional Optometrist I have been a patient of Bayview optical /Livonia 7yrs. Dr. Blaze is very professional,compassionate optometrist. I highly recommend Bayview / Livonia to family and friends. The office staff provides a family atmosphere. Everyone is caring, helpful and courteous. Exceptionally clean office. I am always Impressed with the exceptional service provided by all the staff. Lori is awesome!

Rebecca Rouse, Farmington Hills MI

 

Excellent and Personal Service! The staff is very professional, make you feel like family, and not satisfied until you’re satisfied!

  • Kim Thomas

    Bayview is a great place to get your eyes checked with personal, friendly service. I love how fun the staff is and the quality product is awesome! They helped me pick out frames that suit the shape of my face. Love my new frames and lenses are awesome!

  • Jason Ruzycki

    I have been going to Dr. Blaze for years now and I have always had a great experience. Dr. Blaze and the staff are always very friendly and willing to help in any way possible. It is a very comfortable setting and the vision after is always better. I would recommend Bayview Optical to anyone with corrective lens needs!

  • Kalma Ross

    I have been going to Bayview Optical for a few years now. I can't say a bad thing about them. They have always made sure my glasses/contacts are perfect. When I did have an issue with my progressive lenses I talked to them and they got it corrected quickly. Here they know who you are and treat you as part of a family. You will never be a number and will get the best service possible.

  • Craig Willbanks
    I've been coming to Bayview for many years and have always had great experiences! Dr. Blaize has been very helpful in finding the right prescription for me and trialing different lenses until finding one that works great. He also has wonderful help up front, Laurie has been extremely helpful in picking out glasses that look good.
  • Stephen Webster

    The customer service at Bayview is always excellent. The staff is super helpful and willing to go the extra mile to make sure your needs are met. Laurie went out of her way to make sure my lenses looked great, and that they didn't make my eyes look buggy. Very Happy!

  • Kimberly Robertson
    My experience at Bayview Optical has always been great. Dr. Blaize is very knowledgeable, and has a very patient staff. Everyone is very helpful and ready to make you satisfied with your experience. They have very stylish frame choices, with a generous selection. I have absolutely no complaints. My whole family is treated by Dr. Baize and his staff and we couldn't be happier!
  • Nancy Schneider

    I was referred to Bayview by a gal at ANOTHER Optician's office. She knew I would find the frames I was searching for there. I met with Lori, Michelle, Kelly, and Dr. Blaize and was very impressed. All of them were/are very personable and professional. I was able to locate my "special" frame, and get all of my questions answered. There were/are no insurance issues and I always feel well-cared for, with undivided attention. I highly recommend Bayview Optical!!!

  • Lesa Ferencz

    We love this office. The staff is friendly and very responsive. Appointments are easy to get and the doctor very kind and most importantly....knowledgeable. Eye glass selection is comprehensive and the turn around for my child's new glasses has been timely. We highly recommend Bayview Optical.

  • Elizabeth Marino

    I started going to Bayview Optical last year and wish I had started sooner! All the workers are so professional and knowledgeable of their profession.They are SO helpful and make you feel very welcome in their store. They have a great selection of glasses and make sure you feel you are 100% satisfied before leaving. I would recommend this optometrist to anyone and already have!

  • Rebecca Sitler
    I've been coming to Bayview Optical for about ten years. Everyone there is always so welcoming and professional. I couldn't imagine a better experience and selection for my glasses and contacts needs.
  • Michael McCleary
    I have been coming here for about 4 years. The staff is great and friendly. Dr. Blaize has always been very nice and professional. The. selection of glasses is a decent size with a lot of quality frames. There Saturday hours are a huge help as I work longer hours through the week.
  • Deb Drummond

    I first came to Bayview Optical in 2010 after experiencing a disastrous experience with another office when I tried to get contacts. As a new contact wearer, the other office didn't teach me to put the contacts in nor fit me properly. Bayview fitted me with the perfect contact prescription and I could see better than with my glasses. Not only that, Laurie was such a big help, teaching me how to put them in and take care of them. Even though I no longer wear contacts, I've remained with Bayview because the service is great, the staff is friendly, and I'm always satisfied with the choices Laurie has helped me make when getting new glasses. Can't recommend Bayview highly enough!

  • Monica Levin

    Great service and beautiful eyeglasses! I have been coming to Bayview Optical for my eye exams and glasses for five years. Five Stars!

  • Maureen M
    From my initial call to Bayview Optical all the way through to completion of my eye exam and order, I was treated with such respect and kindness. In the past I have shopped eyeglasses at the large retail chain stores because I thought I was getting a better deal - NOT TRUE, Bayview was on point with pricing and selection. I will go back again for sure!
  • Kelsey Lamb

    Excellent customer service and quality care. The only facility I have been to that takes so much time to help me select the best pair of frames for me. Lori also sat and helped me feel confident with contacts, which is something I have always had trouble with. Highly recommend.

  • Shirley Robertson

    Our family have been going here for quite a few years now. Dr. Blaize is thorough and takes the time to listen to any concerns you have. Laurie is awesome. She is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to picking out glasses and is excellent at fitting them to your

  • Kevin Casey

    My wife and I went in for our eye exam there and it is a quiet and quaint place.
    The eye exam was is typical as you would find in many other places, but the customer service is top notch. We browsed Costco’s selection of frames but they were not as nice as Bayview’s. Bayview has a friendly staff. Dr. Blaize is laid back and very kind. The staff does not pressure you into buying anything. My wife got a pair of glasses and they bothered her. We went in every week for 3 weeks and they made sure that everything was OK. We eventually ended up going with a different frame and they were very helpful in the process and helped us out. I would highly recommend this place. It is the type of place I would take my own mother to.