Specialty Eye Institute Retina Center

Specialty Eye Institute (formerly TLC Eyecare) was founded in 1978 by Paul H. Ernest, M.D. in Jackson, MI.

The company now has 10 locations in Mid-Michigan and Northwest Ohio and 23 doctors. Our physicians are nationally known leaders in the industry performing thousands of procedures each year.

Operating as usual


This year more than ever, a teacher's job can be difficult, especially when glasses or contacts get in the way. We would like to support our local teachers and make their jobs and lives a little bit easier.


We love hearing comments like this from our patients! 💬


to each and every one of our patients and staff! Have a safe and happy holiday!


For the second year in a row SEI has been named one of West Michigan's Best and Brightest companies to work for.


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If you have Macular Degeneration and are concerned about your eye care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a guide with helpful information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Our offices are open for virtual and in-person appointments. It's important to speak with your eye care provider on the best way to continue your care during this time. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (877) 852-8463.


Effective 3/17, we will only schedule essential and/or urgent procedures for our patients. All other visits will be postponed to a date after 4/5.

We're taking additional steps to ensure patient safety as we monitor the -19 situation.

Full details: http://ow.ly/mu3G50yNlH9


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…and we can’t say enough good things about our amazing patients!


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Congratulations to Dr. Carmelina Gordon on presenting her post hoc analysis of VISTA and VIVID trials at ARVO’s annual meeting in Vancouver!


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Those odds are far higher than they might sound! If you’re nearsighted or have a family history of retinal problems, you may be at risk! http://ow.ly/upQl50tGVId


W. North Street is undergoing construction but is open to local businesses including our office.


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We know doctor visits can be intimidating. That’s why we do everything in our power to make sure it’s a comfortable and pleasant experience.


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There’s no better time to plan for better vision! After all, spring is right around the corner – don’t you want to see those flowers bloom? 💐


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We think our patients are all pretty great, too. 😉


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Smoking, family history, age (over 60) and poor diet can all increase your risk of Macular Degeneration. http://ow.ly/1Bv930mWYUS


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If you’re nearsighted or have a family history of retinal problems, you may be at risk! Learn about your options here: http://ow.ly/xYU530mKJdd


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Dr. Surendar Purohit has performed thousands of eye surgeries, and he continues to study and hone his craft today. http://ow.ly/DIWv30mQKqG


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Sight is a gift – and Dr. Carmelina Gordon’s mission is to make sure her patients always have that gift.


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Family caregivers do so much for our patients – and we want to give a sincere ‘thank you’ for all of that amazing work. 🤗


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State-of-the-art facilities are nothing without the right experts. Luckily, we have both.

2018 Jackson Magazine Health Care Angel Awards 09/13/2018

Specialty Eye Institute's very own Surendar Purohit, M.D. was named one of Jackson Magazine's Health Care Angels.


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We’re proud to announce that Dr. Surendar Purohit was recently awarded one of Jackson Magazine’s Health Care Angels Awards! This award is given to those who go above and beyond the normal scope of duty to provide outstanding care for patients. http://ow.ly/qt2B30lN3ta


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A Michigan native (and UM graduate), Joshua Halm is using his optometry knowledge to help his community.


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Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over 60 – and this is what it looks like.


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Dr. Gordon built a prestigious reputation on research, clinical studies and surgical acumen.


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Nothing makes us more proud than seeing the kind words of those we treat in our community.


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Our first 40 years wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible patients and community. Happy birthday to us! 🎉


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There are two types of diabetic retinopathy– nonproliferative and proliferative. Nonproliferative Retinopathy causes the blood vessels in the retina to change diameter, causing either too much or too little blood flow to the retina. Proliferative Retinopathy occurs when areas of the retina do not receive enough blood. In either of these cases, a skilled ophthalmologist can perform laser surgery to seal the blood vessels and stop their growth.


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As you age, the vitreous, the clear, gel-like substance that fills the middle of your eye, begins to shrink and pull away causing the retina to wrinkle or bulge. For patients with severe macular pucker, a surgery called vitrectomy is recommended in which a retina specialist uses tiny instruments to remove the wrinkled tissue on your macula. After the tissue is gone, the macula flattens and vision slowly improves, though it usually does not return all the way to normal.


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Macular degeneration, aka age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the leading cause of vision loss. Caused by deterioration of the retina, AMD can severely impair vision. While there is no cure for macular degeneration, it can be treated with laser therapy and medications.


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Diabetes can lead to a host of ocular issues including conditions like diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma. If you’re diabetic, it’s important to manage your blood sugar and make regular appointments with an eye care specialist.


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Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, but vision can be preserved through regular eye exams. Although diabetic retinopathy usually has no symptoms, some experience a sudden onset of blurred or hazy vision, floaters in the field of vision, or other abnormal patterns in the field of vision that suddenly appear.

If you or a family member suddenly experiences any of these symptoms, we have on-call doctors 24/7 to serve your vision emergencies.


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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month! If a day at the office leaves your eyes dry, red and irritated, try these eye ergonomics tips to make them more comfortable.

📌Sit about 25 inches, or arm's length, from the computer screen.
📌Reduce screen glare by using a matte screen filter if needed.
📌Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
📌Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry and/or use a humidifier.
📌If a screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjust your room lighting and try increasing the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain.


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There are signs that Macular Degeneration is present in the eye. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should see an ophthalmologist immediately:
-Straight lines appear wavy.
-The center of vision appears distorted but the other areas of vision remain clear.
-The center of vision appears dark, white or blurry.
-The ability to perceive colors changes or diminishes.


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“I chose ophthalmology as I think the gift of sight is one of the most precious gifts that we have.” - Dr. Carmelina Gordon

Dr. Gordon, a Vitreoretinal Surgeon, has been proudly serving patients for over 15 years. Because retinal care is vital to a patient’s health and quality of life, Dr. Gordon maintains a strong focus on the latest technology to assure that her patients have the best treatment options to preserve their vision.




850 W. North Street, Ste. 100
Jackson, MI

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

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