About Lawrence Eye Care Associates, P.A.
At Lawrence Eye Care Associates, P.A., each member of our vision care team is selected based upon his or her experience, professional demeanor, and dedication to providing personalized care to our ophthalmology patients.
Our entire practice is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that meet your needs. Our knowledgeable staff at Lawrence Eye Care Associates, P.A. will work with you to help you understand your vision insurance coverage and provide financial alternatives to ensure you get the best vision care possible.
We know that you have a choice when it comes to ophthalmology, so we strive to provide comprehensive eye exams, a great selection of glasses, and personalized care.
Meet Our Doctors
Eye MD What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist? An ophthalmologist obtains an undergraduate degree, then completes a four year medical school obtaining a doctor of medicine (MD) degree. They then complete an internship year and a three year ophthalmology residency. Some may sub-specialize in an area of ophthalmology by completing a fellowship. An optometrist completes prerequisite undergraduate courses but most optometry schools do not require an undergraduate degree. They then complete a four-year optometry degree (OD). Most also complete a one year residency for special certification. Optometrists diagnose eye ailments and prescribe glasses, contacts and eye-related medication. Our ophthalmologists can give you complete eye care services including accurate diagnosis of eye conditions, medication treatments, surgery and laser-assisted surgery in addition to your basic prescription of glasses and contacts.
Bilal Farhat, M.D.
-Board Eligible Ophthalmologist
-LenSx Certified Surgeon
-American Academy of Ophthalmology Member
Dr. Farhat received his Bachelor of Science in biology from The University of Tulsa. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City and his internship in Internal Medicine at the KU Wichita campus. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at New York Medical College at JHMC in Queens, NY followed by a sub-specialty fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Albany Medical Center, NY. He specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK, cornea transplants, cornea and external disease, and comprehensive eye care. He and his wife, Anna, are originally from Kansas and excited to return to the state with their new baby daughter, Mariam.
Michael L. Mulhern, M.D., Ph.D.
- Board Certified Ophthalmologist
- LenSx Certified Surgeon
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member Dr. Mulhern joined Lawrence Eye Care in August 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Kansas and his medical degree and PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he also completed his internship in internal medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. Dr. Mulhern specializes in cataract surgery, laser procedures, diabetes management, glaucoma, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye and routine eye care.
Mary Pat Lange, M.D.
- Board Certified Ophthalmologist
- LenSx Certified Surgeon
- American Academy of Ophthalmology Member
Dr. Lange has served the Lawrence community as an ophthalmologist for over 20 years and joined Lawrence Eye Care in 1994. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri at KC and completed her internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City and her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Lange specializes in cataract surgery and is certified with the new LenSx laser for cataract surgery. She also specializes in other laser procedures, glaucoma, diabetes management, routine eye care, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye.
The mission of Lawrence Eye Care Associates, P.A. is to provide the highest quality eye care resulting in the best patient outcomes with an emphasis on staff learning, integrity, compassion, service, and respect.
We strive to provide complete vision care in the most cost effective and efficient manner, in order to reflect respect for our patients' time.
So What is an Ophthalmologist?
If you have ever undergone eye surgery, a trained ophthalmologist has done the work. Ophthalmology focuses on treating diseases and conditions that affect the anatomy and physiology of the eye. What this means is that an ophthalmologist takes care of both surgical procedures and medical care for the eye. They are specialists in dealing with multiple eye diseases and conditions.
Ophthalmology Training and Education
Becoming an ophthalmologist requires a medical degree and completing residency like other branches of medicine. Some ophthalmologists can undergo additional training if they choose and focus on a specialty within the field.
Ophthalmology training covers the entire spectrum of eye care. Ophthalmologists are trained to do thorough eye exams to prescribe glasses or contact lenses, offer medical treatment for assorted eye problems, and do complex and delicate eye surgeries for qualified candidates. They also take an active role in conducting scientific research on eye diseases and other serious vision problems. Ophthalmologists work to uncover causes behind these things and find cures.
An ophthalmologist is a licensed medical doctor, so they are permitted to practice medicine and surgery. This is different from an optometrist who focuses on performing eye exams, prescribing corrective lenses, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. Often, optometrists and ophthalmologists will work together to provide complete eye care for a patient.
The field of ophthalmology includes multiple sub-specialties where an ophthalmologist can focus on treating and curing specific types of eye problems. This can make it easier to address specific needs of eye patients.
These ophthalmology sub-specialties include:
Cornea and External Disease: Diagnosing and treating diseases related to the cornea, sclera and eyelids are the primary focus of this specialty. Training within this specialty includes doing corneal transplant surgery and other types of corneal surgery.
Glaucoma: This specialty concentrates on medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and other age related vision disorders that can create optic nerve damage through increased ocular pressure.
Neuro-ophthalmology: A nonsurgical specialty focused on diseases affecting the optic nerve and visual pathways. It deals with the relationship between neurologic and ophthalmic diseases and can be combined with eye and orbital surgery.
Ophthalmic Pathology: An ophthalmic pathologist examines tissue samples culled from the eye and adnexa in helping to diagnose eye diseases and vision problems.
Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery: With this specialty, the focus is on reconstructive surgery in facial and orbital areas. It can include complex surgeries on eyelids, orbits, certain facial bones, and the lacrimal system.
Pediatric Ophthalmology: This specialty focuses on dealing with vision problems and eye diseases affecting children. Pediatric ophthalmologists offer medical and surgical treatment of genetic ocular abnormalities and serious eye diseases before a patient reaches adulthood.
Vitreoretinal Diseases: Medical and surgical treatment of diseases affecting the retina and vitreous are the focus of this specialty. These diseases can be genetic and systemic in origin. A vitreoretinal ophthalmologist uses tools like ultrasound fluorescein, angiography and electrophysiology to make a diagnosis. From there, they treat vitreoretinal diseases through using such procedures as laser therapy, cryotherapy, retinal detachment surgery and vitrectomy.
Eye & Vision Exams
At Lawrence Eye Care Associates, P.A., we strive to provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the whole family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, our optometrist is able provide treatment options and in many cases restore or prevent vision loss. The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, we will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications your are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. We will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our ophthalmologists provide a regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. We will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, we may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our Lawrence office includes testing eye functionality. Our ophthalmologists perform several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable us to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our ophthalmologists examine the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. We evaluate eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, we review the results and discusses an treatments with you. Contact us at 785-915-4118 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.