Find a Medical Professional
Following are sources to locate adult and pediatric vision specialists, dental services, and therapists.
You can also find other vision resources here and locate specialists in conditions related to eye health here.
American Academy of Opthalmology
What is an ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care. They diagnose and treat all eye diseases.
Many ophthalmologists conduct scientific research to improve treatment options and to find cures for eye diseases and vision disorders.
American Society of Retina Specialists
What is a retina specialist?
A retina specialist is a medical doctor who has specialized in ophthalmology and sub-specialized in diseases and surgery of the vitreous body of the eye and the retina. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine.
Retina specialists are highly trained. They must complete medical school and specialized training in ophthalmology, as well as vitreoretinal training.
American Optometric Association
What is a doctor of optometry?
Doctors of optometry help patients and their families take the first step toward healthier eyes and healthier bodies. If a disease or other conditions are detected, doctors of optometry can help navigate patients to the right prevention plans or the next steps in official diagnosis and treatment.
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Find a pediatric ophthalmologist
What is a pediatric ophthalmologist?
A pediatric ophthalmologist is a medical and surgical doctor who specializes in the care of children’s eyes. All ophthalmologists have training in children’s eye disorders, but the pediatric ophthalmologist has additional training, experience, and expertise in examining children, and has the greatest knowledge of possible conditions that affect the pediatric patient and his/her eyes.
Find a therapist
The path through vision loss differs from everyone. Whether from birth, suddenly due to an accident, or gradually due to a physical condition, recognizing that your journey is your own - but doesn't have to be travelled alone - can be invaluable. The need for professional counseling varies from person to person, but if you need it, reach out. We suggest searching for therapists within the categories of grief, trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety as a start. They may not specialize in vision, but could be helpful in navigating the loss.
Low-Cost Dental Services
Find a dentist
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers connections to a variety of dental services - especially affordable low-cost options - for adults, children and families. Click here to learn more.
You can also access and download the MDHHS Oral Health Directory here.
Individuals who are elderly, have a permanent disability or chronic illness, are low income, and have no other means of getting necessary dental treatment may be eligible to receive services through the Michigan Donated Dental Services program. This includes extractions, oral surgery, and dentures. Participating dentists do not perform emergency dental procedures.
Click here to download a program application.
DISCLAIMER: These listings are provided solely for your convenience. The Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind & Visually Impaired does not endorse any product or service.
Sources: American Academy of Ophthalmology, https://secure.aao.org/aao/find-ophthalmologist. American Optemtric Association, https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/whats-a-doctor-of-optometry?sso=y and https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/find-a-doctor?sso=y. American Society of Retina Specialists, https://www.asrs.org/find-a-specialist/results/List?searchName=&searchLocation; https://www.asrs.org/patients/what-is-a-retina-specialist. American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, https://www.aapos.org/home, https://aapos.org/glossary/pediatric-ophthalmologist. Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/michigan. Donated Dental Services, https://www.smilemichigan.com/resources/michigan-donated-dental-services/.