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At Great Lakes Eye Care our mission is to preserve and restore eye care in our community and around the world.

With four convenient office location we offer patients the highest quality medical treatments within an atmosphere of personalized care.d restore eye care in our community and around the world.

Retinal Service

Dr. Benjamin Nicholson and Dr. Jason So are proud to offer state-of-the-art retinal care for the patients of southwest Michigan and Indiana.  Our specialists diagnose and treat a variety of diseases including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, retinal tears and detachments, and inflammatory eye conditions using the most advanced techniques and diagnostic testing available.  Dr. Rocke and Dr. Nicholson offer laser treatment for a variety of retinal conditions and a full range of injection services, including all FDA approved intraocular injectables.  Retinal care is offered at three convenient locations including St. Joseph, Niles, and Mishawaka.   

Diabetic Retinopathy

High blood sugar levels can affect your retina and macula, leading to vision loss. This is called diabetic retinopathy. In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy often has no symptoms. But as it gets worse, eye damage from diabetes leads to vision loss. Treatment for diabetic retinopathy may include medication, eye injections and surgery. It is important to see your ophthalmologist regularly to check for damage from diabetic retinopathy.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a problem with your retina. It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD you lose your central vision. You cannot see fine details, whether you are looking at something close or far. 

There are two forms of AMD: dry and wet. There is no treatment for dry AMD, though certain vitamins and minerals might help. Wet AMD may be treated with medication or laser surgery.


Uveitis occurs when the middle layer of the eyeball gets inflamed (red and swollen). This layer, called the uvea, has many blood vessels that nourish the eye. Uveitis can damage these blood vessels, leading to vision loss. Uveitis needs to be treated right away to prevent lasting problems. Ophthalmologists often treat uveitis with eyedrops that reduces inflammation. They may also use an eye drop to widen (dilate) the pupil, which helps reduce pain and swelling. Sometimes medicine may need to be given by injection or taken by mouth. Often times, your ophthalmologist will work with a special kind of doctor called a rheumatologist to help treat you. 

Warning Signs of a Retina Problem

1. A shower of floaters (dark spots)
2. A sudden onset of flashes of light
3. A dark curtain progressing in the peripheral vision*

*The last symptom is especially worrisome. However, all the symptoms are important. If any of these occur, please call our office immediately, and the answering machine will give you the number to call to contact the doctor*