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Dr. Mark Michels

Ophthalmology
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Address

3399 PGA Blvd., #350, , Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(561) 624-7373

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

Cigna

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Please see bio at www.retinacarespecialists.com

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Doctor Q&A

39 Answers
47 Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Fovea: The retina is the nerve layer in the eye that forms images. Central sharp images are formed on the fovea, the bull's eye center of the macula which is... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Several options: Having a retinal detachment in the lower part of the eye precludes the use an office based pneumatic retinopexy. Depending on the size and extent of t... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
LASIK and retina: People have LASIK because they are significantly near sighted. Near sighted patients are more likely to have retinal issues anyway. Probably a good id... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Retinal tears laser: Sealing a retinal tear is like putting a fence around it. There can be multiple tears but the process usually, not always, runs its course over 6 week... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye color can change: Certain types of inflammation (Fuch's heterochromic iridocyclitis) can cause one eye to appear to change colors later in life. Also, certain drops for... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Be reassured: Having myopia and lattice is a really common issue. Though I haven't examined you, it is clear you are very nervous about this. But there may not be ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Opposites: Macular degeneration is a chronic retinal degenerative disease impacting the central vision whereas glaucoma is a chronic neurodegenerative disease im... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Cryopexy: Retinal cryopexy usually involves the placement of a local anesthetic followed by a nearly painless application of cold (cryo) that creates an inflame... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Vitamins plus: Patients with moderate age-related macular degeneration of the dry type can use antioxidant vitamins known as the AREDS formula to reduce the risk of ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Funduscopy=exam: Fundus is the inner workings of the eye including the retina (macula), blood vessels, vitreous and optic nerve examined with special equipment in the ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Vision change poss: I agree with Dr. Lambert. Also know that sudden onset blurriness and floaters can indicate the beginning of herpetic infection in the eye, though this... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Ignore: It's almost always a good idea to copiously flush an eye with tap water if you splash chemicals in.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
RP variable: RP is a collection of several different conditions with a similar phenotype or appearance. Some are inherited, some aren't. RP progresses at different... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Depends on corner: Could be a stye or internal hordeolum especially if it's on the outside corner. Warm compresses will help but sometimes this needs to be evaluated if ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Lattice in 7%: 7% of the population has lattice. But not all patients with severe myopia have lattice. SO it could be that you don't have lattice OR the docs you saw... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Depends on repair: Some retinal detachment repairs involving a gas bubble can take up to eight weeks to heal. Others can be fairly well-healed within a couple of weeks.... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Fovea is bullseye: The fovea is a part of the retina where what we see is centrally focused to a crisp image. It is the bullseye of the film in the camera of the eye
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Diab + AMD need exam: Someone with both diabetes and macular degeneration should be checked at least annually with a dilated exam and perhaps more frequently depending on w... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Computer use and eye: Though not moving much may contribute to back stiffness and constant attention to the computer may result in fewer blinks and subsequent dryness and i... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Prob. OK, poss risk: The floaters which may have settled down may seem worse afterwards like you might see after inverting a snow globe. Although the retina has been "OK"... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
RD not prevented vit: VItamins have not been proven to help or hurt your chances of developing more retinal pathology. They have only been shown to help prevent progression... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Ignore: Wash hands after contact. Don't share towels. Dry vertically. don't spread with sideways drying.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Depends: Macular puckers distort the retina like a wrinkle in clothing. If it has had time to set in, removing it may not allow pucker/wrinkle to completely un... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Depends on vision: A macular pucker is treated with outpatient surgery as described by my colleagues. The question is how impacted is your brother's vision and is it bot... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Retinal tears laser: Sealing a retinal tear is like putting a fence around it. This hopefully prevents retinal detachment. Laser is often preferred but sometimes cryothera... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Yes and No: A lamellar macular hole is a partial thickness hole likely associated with relatively good vision. Depending on the decrease in vision, surgery can be... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
No astigmatism: your eye prescription is the lens necessary to neutralize aberrant bending of light in the eye. Looks like whoever prescribed your glasses noted a lit... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
See a doctor: Pain is an indicator of a problem. Inflammation or infection are likely causes. Best to get it checked to fix primary problem before it damages the ea... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
VA loss in AMD: Drusen are features of dry ARMD but no one knows fully if they cause blindness or more likely, if drusen are part of the constellation of findings tha... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Get help: I suggest that you consider taking GF to an ER or an ENT urgently . It is important to rule out a mastoid infection as this is dangerous
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Floaterectomy: Vitrectomy surgery is often a part of successful retinal surgery for other indications. The vitrectomy has the nice side effect that it usually takes ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
You'll know: We assume you're talking about cat surgery. This is almost never an urgent issue. If the AMD is turning wet, treatment is of an urgent nature but not ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Expert exam critical: A careful dilated exam by a qualified ophthalmologist or retinal specialist will likely yield the diagnosis. If there is also vitreous blood or signif... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
AREDS for ARMD: The only commercially available vitamins shown through rigorous scientific study to be helpful are Preservision's AREDS or AREDS 2 formula or Macula P... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Floaterectomy: Vitrectomy surgery is often a part of successful retinal surgery for other indications. The vitrectomy has the nice side effect that it usually takes ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Retinal tear serious: A retinal tear is like lifting the corner of a beach towel on a windy day at the beach. If not fixed promptly, it can result in a retinal detachment. ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Possibly: Retinal surgery prevents BLINDNESS. However, depending on the type of surgery, increased near sightedness (myopia) is seen after scleral buckle. Somet... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Center of the retina: the macula is that central bulls eye center of the retina responsible for central crisp vision
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Corectopia: What you describe is called corectopia. this is common ager certain ocular surgeries or penetrating trauma. Also seen after ocular inflammation. or un... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Michels is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Michels is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks a bunch Dr. Michels. I really appreciate :)
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Florida College of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Ophthalmologist of the Year , Palm Beach County Ophthalmology Society 2001
Amer. Acad. Ophth. Special Recognition Award, AAO Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2013
John R. Brayton, Jr. MD Leadership Award, Florida Society of Ophthalmology, 2005

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
Florida Society of Ophthalmology
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