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What Sets Montgomery Eye Apart?

At Montgomery Eye Physicians, our mission is to serve our patients, employees and referring providers of Alabama's River Region with a total commitment to quality eye care along with courtesy and professionalism.

In 1945, following WWII, Karl Benkwith, M.D., opened the first ophthalmology office in Montgomery. His son, Sanders Benkwith, M.D., followed him into ophthalmology and joined his father in practice in 1977. Eight years later James Glassner, M.D., joined the Benkwiths.

With a complete staff of ophthalmologists, optometrists and trained technical support, Montgomery Eye Physicians is committed to providing you with the most comprehensive eye care and eye health information to the Montgomery area and central Alabama. Whether you are seeking routine eye care to the most advanced LASIK eye surgery procedures in Montgomery, we are here to help you see better.

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Is LASIK Right for You?

LASIK has proven to be a safe and effective vision correction procedure for millions of people worldwide. However, LASIK is not for everyone. An excellent surgical outcome depends on highly credentialed surgical experts, the finest technology available, a knowledgeable staff and thorough pre and post-operative care, along with patient compliance. At Montgomery Eye, we track the outcomes of every patient that has vision correction surgery and will be happy to share those results with you.

LASIK surgery is a popular choice for vision correction due to its fast recovery time and fewer side effects compared to other procedures. It offers the potential freedom from glasses and contacts, improving quality of life for many. Studies show that LASIK is particularly effective for mild-to-moderate nearsightedness, with 98% of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better without corrective lenses. However, it's important to consult with an ophthalmologist to determine if LASIK is suitable for your individual needs and expectations.

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What Is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's naturally clear lens. Vision through eyes with cataracts is characterized as looking through a foggy window or piece of wax paper. Cataract development is usually a very gradual process of normal aging, but can occasionally occur rapidly. Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision are so gradual. Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60. This year, over 3.6 million cataract surgeries will be performed in the United States and over 20 million surgeries will be performed worldwide.

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Oculoplastics and Aesthetics

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Having issues with drooping eyelids or a nagging eyelid twitch? Schedule an evaluation with one of the Board-Certified surgeons at Montgomery Eye to discuss your options. We offer blepharoplasty, BOTOX® Cosmetic, therapeutic BOTOX®, as well as ptosis repair. Our experts will assist you in making the decision that is right for you.

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What to Expect During Your Eye Exam?

Regular eye examinations are an important part of your eye care regimen. Frequently, vision problems may go undetected because there are no obvious symptoms. If there is a problem, early detection may help prevent future loss of vision.

During a comprehensive eye care examination, we review your past medical history and discuss your overall health. Any medications, past family vision history, and occupational or environmental exposure that may affect your vision will be discussed.

Your visual acuity will be assessed using a standard Snellen eye chart at a distance of 20 feet. You will be asked to read letters at a distance and up close.

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Dr. Swan did my LASIK procedure on May 27th 2021 and I have to say, he and his staff were amazing. Prior to and during the procedure, they did a great job of talking me through everything and putting my worries to rest. LASIK is not exactly a pleasant procedure, but Dr. Swan and his staff made it as comfortable as I believe is possible. Dr. McFaden handled all of my pre-op and post-op appointments and is just as amazing as Dr. Swan. Dr. McFaden is extremely knowledgeable and answered every question I had (and even a few I hadn't thought of yet). I am writing this review 10 days after my procedure, and my results have been fantastic. I now have almost 20/15 vision. My only side effects now are slight dry eye and very mild haloes around lights at night, both of which are improving rapidly. I am trying to join the Navy to be a pilot and got LASIK in order to meet the vision requirements. Because of Dr. Swan, I am able to continue chasing this dream, and for that, I can't thank him enough.

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Doctor and medical assistants are experienced and impressive. Customer service personnel are professional and efficient. Exactly what I needed.

Roderick Thornton

I've been driving to Montgomery to the Eye Physicians for 14 years now taking my brother Willie Burnett back and forth, and it has been a constant on the go-go! Seems like a never ending journey, but Dr. Shinn has been a very good doctor. I recommend him to anyone.

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