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Welcome to Balian Eye Center

For 33 years, Balian Eye Center has been serving Southeast Michigan with both total eye care outpatient services as well as surgical and clinical care all under one roof.

We were established in 1981 as the very first freestanding surgical outpatient facility dedicated specifically to eye surgery ever established in the state of Michigan.

Balian Eye Center has a long history of making our patient’s eye care experience as seamless and convenient as possible. Our founder, John V. Balian, M.D., was a trailblazer in the industry, revolutionizing the concept of bringing outpatient ambulatory surgery into a relaxed, friendly environment.

Balian Eye Center’s

longstanding triple accreditation assures our patients that we have met the highest standards of excellence in eye care.

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Mike E. Raphtis, M.D.

Dr. Mike E. Raphtis is an ophthalmologist, eye surgeon, and the Medical Director here at the Balian Eye Center. Dr.Raphtis specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye-related conditions and diseases. He was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa where he completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Iowa. Dr. Raphtis’ residency and surgical training was completed at Rush Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Raphtis was first recognized nationally for his surgical expertise in 1994 when he placed first in the America College of Eye Surgeons Residents Videotape Competition for Cataract Surgery. He was also recognized as one of the “Top Doctors” and “Best Physicians” as chosen by peers in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Raphtis joined Balian Eye Center in 1994 and became Medical Director in 1995. In addition to his role as Medical Director, Dr. Raphtis have also served as a surveyor for the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 1996. AAAHC is the leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for ambulatory surgery centers through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research.

Lastly, Dr. Raphtis has served on the medical staff of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center since 1994 and William Beaumont Hospital since 1996 and has been a clinical Assistant Professor for Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University since 1997.  Additionally, Dr. Raphtis has served as a Clinical Preceptor for Wayne State University Family Medicine and Transitional Year Residency Educator since 2008.

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Blas T. Mamaril, O.D

Dr. Blas Mamaril has proudly been with Balian Eye Center since 1988. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Biology and obtained a B.S. in Visual Science as well as a Doctorate in Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1987.

In addition to serving as the Clinical Staff Director for the Balian Eye Center, Dr. Mamaril holds the distinction of Adjunct Clinical Professor for the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. He is presently a member of the American Optometric Association and Michigan Optometric Association.

In addition to primary eye care and contact lenses, Dr. Mamaril coordinates the treatment of ocular disease utilizing the Eye Center’s extensive diagnostic technology.

Cataract surgery has evolved to the point where patients now have many options for lens implants. The addition of Toric, multi-focal and hi-tech lenses have increased the choices for patients with cataracts. Dr. Mamaril helps patients considering cataract surgery make informed decisions on the intraocular lens implant to best suit their individual needs

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Bryan R. Johnson, O.D.

Dr. Bryan Johnson joined the Balian Eye Center in 2006 after graduating from Michigan State University and earning his doctorate at The Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. He also currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor for the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.

Dr. Johnson works with a multitude of contact lens fits including the new Scleral Lens, which aims to improve the best corrected vision for patients dealing with corneal dystrophies, keratoconus or a history of poor refractive surgery outcomes. Scleral Lenses are also used to improve long-term comfort in patients dealing with pain attributed to corneal pathologies. Such pathologies include keratitis secondary to Sjogren’s syndrome or herpetic virus, as well as maintaining patients with severe chronic dry eye.

In addition, Dr. Johnson has extensive experience helping patients considering cataract surgery with decisions regarding implant options (standard vs. premium, toric or hi-tech intraocular lenses) to meet an individual patient’s post-operative refractive outcome.

Other areas of focus include utilizing the state-of-the-art technology available at the Balian Eye Center to help diagnosis and treat Glaucoma and Ocular Surface Disease, as well as perform diabetic evaluations and general ocular health examinations.