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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.


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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. Schedule an appointment today!

Your Vision is Our Top Concern

With over 30 years of experience in eyecare and surgery of the eye, we know how important your eyesight is and commit to improving and preserving vision as our top concern.

Reduce your Dependence on Glasses

Cataract surgery can be a great time to become free of glasses with new options such as the Symfony or Symfony Toric lenses. Ask your Great Lakes surgeon if this option is right for you.

Clarity For Your Work Is Key!

Great Lakes Optical will help you find the best glasses to meet your specific tasks. Come in to meet our certified opticians today.

Caring Globally

Our mission: Preserving and restoring eye care in our community & around the world.

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  • How do I make an appointment? +

    The best way to make an appointment is to call 269-428-3300. We can help make your appointment in any of our 4 offices and see if you need a pre-approval to be seen. You may also request an appointment online by clicking "read more" immediately below. Read More
  • Do I need a referral to be seen? +

    Some insurances require a referral from your primary care physician to be seen. Please check with your specific insurance carrier to find out if this is the case for your particular insurance.
  • What are your hours? +

    We are open 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM in our St. Joe and Niles offices from Monday through Friday. Our South Haven office is open on Monday and Thursday each week. Our Mishawaka office currently has only retinal services offered on 2 different half days per week.
  • Do you take my insurance? +

    While we accept most commercial medical insurances in our area, if there is a question of whether we accept your particular insurance, please call 269-428-3300 and ask for our insurance department to find out for certain. Please keep in mind that we do not participate with most Vision insurances, including VSP and Eyemed.
  • How long is a typical visit? +

    If you are having a full dilated eye exam, please try to allow 1.5 - 2 hours for your visit. There is built in waiting time after the dilating drops have been instilled before you see one of our doctors. We do try our best daily to see each patient on their appointment time but due to unexpected emergencies that can occur frequently, the schedule can be unpredictable at times. We appreciate your patience on these times.
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Our Clinic Locations

St. Joseph, MI
Niles, MI
South Haven, MI
Mishawaka, IN

Our Address

2848 Niles Rd
St. Joseph, MI  49085
Ph: 1-800-424-2393
Fax: 269-428-5005

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Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday 
7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Our Address

120 Longmeadow Village Dr
Niles, MI  49120
Ph: 269-684-6400
Fax: 269-684-5103

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Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Our Address

412 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Ph:  269-637-3101 

Fax: 269-637-4000

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Clinic Hours

Monday and Thursday 
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sumer Hours (April-November)

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Winter Hours (Dec-March) 

Our Address

3550 Park Place West  Suite 200
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Ph:  574-222-1403 

Fax: 574-387-5464

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Clinic Hours

Wednesday Morning 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

From the Blog

Doctor News

Did you know this?

Dr. Wang is a part time author and has been working on his first book for the last several years.  His favorite genre is science fiction and he is excited to be nearly finished with his first book.  

Dr. Wang has been inspired by authors such as Tolken and CS Lewis and has always wanted to write a science fiction book with some deeper spiritual meaning such as these authors have done.  Feel free to ask Dr. Wang about his passion for writing and when his first book will be released.



Doctor News

Mobile Microscopes

A small task that started as a small interest to help ophthalmologists find the best tools for doing missions has grown into a full grown project of building mobile microscopes.  Since 2015, Dr. Pletcher has teamed up with long term missionary to Africa, Sam Powdrill, to create eyeMobil Innovations.  Initially they begin to prototype a small microscope to fit into a suitcase to ease travel for those working internationally doing cataract surgery.  This microscope weighs just 27 pounds compared with the normal weight of nearly 300+ pounds.

Since beginning, microscopes have been sent for cataract surgery in some of the following locations:  Ethiopia, Ghana, Burundi, Kenya, Liberia, Burma, Ecuador, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Honduras.

In 2018, Dr. Pletcher is excited to help launch a brand new improved version of this microscope in December.  Several are already slated for delivery to Sudan, Rwanda and South Korea.

See this video which has been put together to promote their latest work. 

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Journal recognition

Dr David L Cooke was recognized by the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery as being within the top 10th percentile of reviewers for the Journal.  This journal is a preeminent peer-reviewed, monthly, ophthalmology publication which publishes quality articles on all aspects of anterior segment surgery. In addition to original clinical studies, the journal features a consultation section, practical techniques, important cases, and reviews as well as basic science articles.

He has been a frequent reviewer of articles in the last 2 years and has special interest in the causes for dysphotopsias after cataract surgery (often described as an arc-shaped shadow in one's temporal vision)

Outreach We Serve

Vision Outreach International  (the missionary arm of Great Lakes Eye Care) is a ministry that follows the example of Jesus Christ and has compassion on all people, especially the blind poor in under-served regions of the world.

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A quarterly brief of updates from Great Lakes Eye Care, and peeks behind the scenes from our team


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