|711 West Gardner Drive|
|Marion, IN 46952|
Thomas Chowattukunnel, MD
Karen Skurner, OD
Mike Scanameo, MD, FACS
Rita Singh, MD
We are able to provide real time cataract surgery viewing for family members. Our viewing room is connected via closed circuit television to the surgeon’s microscope. A technician narrates the cataract extraction procedure for all family members interested in watching the surgery. We feel that this is a great way to help calm the fears and anxieties of the family members while their loved ones are undergoing surgery.
We have the ability to communicate to our patients through sign language. One of our staff members is fluent in sign language and is active in the local deaf community. She is available to translate during examinations. It is necessary to indicate at the time of scheduling that you are in need of this service so we can arrange for her to be with you.
American Health Network- eye specialists have an excimer laser at both our Muncie and Kokomo locations. We provide the latest most advanced LASIK refractive surgery possible including individualized personal best vision achieved with detailed corneal mapping.
No drop cataract surgery is offered at American Health Network - eye specialists. Many of our patients undergoing cataract surgery also have other medical conditions such as arthritis, live alone, or have mobility issues that make it difficult for them to put drops in their eyes. With no drop cataract surgery, at the time of the procedure your surgeon will inject the necessary post-operative medication into the eye. It will then be absorbed by the body over the next month and this takes place of the patient using multiple eye drops for up to a month after surgery. Many of our patients find that this to be a great option with their busy lifestyles especially if they do not want to have to rely on someone else to help instill drops multiple times a day. At the time of your consultative visit your physician can let you know if you would be a candidate for no drop cataract surgery.
With a Monofocal Implant or a single-vision implant, there is a likelihood that you will need glasses for most activities after your cataract surgery. Medicare and most private insurances carriers will pay 80% of your cataract surgery and the monofocal lens charges.
American Health Network- eye specialists are please to continue to offer patients the latest advances in technology. There is the option of having a lens implant that will enable patients to be potentially free form glasses after cataract surgery.
Multifocal Implants are designed to improve your vision to see near, far and everywhere in between. The goal of the multifocal lens surgery is to allow you to read the newspaper, prescription bottles and see many other things near and far without glasses. Based on FDA clinical date, there is a 80% chance you will never have to wear glasses again. We have in house financial consultants to aid in making any financial decisions concerning upgrades.
A Toric Implant makes it possible to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism and significantly improve uncorrected distance vision, independent of glasses or contact lenses. There is an upgrade charge for the toric lens as well.
If you are interested in a premium implant to achieve “Your Best Possible Vision” and decrease your dependency and lifetime expense of glasses and upkeep, we would be happy to discuss your options with you.
Van transportation to and from our facilities is available for surgery. We understand that many of our patients live alone and it may be difficult for them to find a ride for surgery. Since we usually ask that you not drive for 24 hours following surgery, we provide a no-cost van service for our surgery patients. Please make us aware of your needs at the time of scheduling.
With today’s busy schedules in mind, we offer the ability to get your consultation visit and cataract surgery all in the same day. This is especially helpful for those of our patients that travel great distances. Our nursing staff will review your systemic health history over the phone and decide if family medical doctor clearance is necessary prior to proceeding with cataract surgery.
You would receive a packet of pertinent information prior to your appointment. If you are interested in same day surgery please make our staff aware at the time of scheduling.
Full scope ocular care is provided by our close working relationship with primary care optometrists in our areas of service. Your local optometrist can offer some of the largest selections of frames, lens materials, and contact lens brand available. Furthermore, our in house medical optometrists are licensed to prescribe medications to treat ocular diseases.
We are a medical and surgical facility that provides medical treatment of acute and chronic eye conditions and surgery for cataracts, glaucoma, refractive correction, vitreo- and retinal diseases, corneal disease, cosmetic and lid reconstructive surgery.
By working in close association with your optometrist we are better able to provide comprehensive eye care and avoid a duplication of services.
If you would like a recommendation for an optometrist in your area, we would be happy to assist you.
Our physician on call can be reached for ocular emergencies 24 hours a day by calling our office number. The answering service will pass on your information to the physician on call who will then contact you to discuss your situation.
All of our facilities are equipped to meet the needs of our handicapped patients. Many times a complete exam can be completed while the patient remains in their wheelchair.