Michael Lewis, MD with a Patient

Michael Lewis, MD


Caring for Patients – A Family Tradition

Dr. Lewis was inspired by his great grandfather, a Johns Hopkins trained physician who made his rounds in a horse and buggy! Our own Dr. Lewis began his medical training at the renowned St. Louis University School of Medicine. While at St. Louis University, Dr. Lewis participated in a clinic providing free care to patients in need. This began a tradition of providing free care to patients in need, a tradition long practiced at Quigley Eye Specialists through our free cataract surgery program and embraced by Dr. Lewis.

Excellent Training and Education

Dr. Lewis completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Indiana University, where he was involved in numerous eye health research efforts. These efforts led to a practice focused on cataract surgery and oculoplastic surgery or the repair of droopy eyelids.  Dr. Lewis’ residency allowed him to develop skill and experience in Blepharoplasty, the repair of droopy eyelids and bags under the eyes and related problems associated with aging. He has also developed excellent cataract surgery skills having performed thousands of cataract procedures.

With regard to his cataract patients, Dr. Lewis performs the SmartLens® procedure in an effort to free his cataract patients from their dependence on eyeglasses. He uses a variety of intraocular lenses including the ReZoom multifocal lens, the Restor multifocal lens, the Crystalens accommodating lens and others.

Concerning his repair of droopy eyelids, Dr. Lewis performs “Bladeless Blepharoplasty” which is a surgical technique that does not use a scalpel to remove the excess eyelid skin.

With Bladeless Blepharoplasty, Dr. Lewis uses a special, energized stylus to gently remove the excess skin which results in less bruising and a faster recovery time compared to traditional techniques.    

The depth of Dr. Lewis’ training, combined with extensive experience communicating with patients, allows Dr. Lewis to clearly explain complicated problems to his patients in terms that are easy to understand.

Droopy Eyelid Specialist

Surgery of the Eyelids

Every year, one hundred thousand men and women choose eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, to either improve their vision or to improve the way they look, or both. Droopy eyelids can impair your vision and can also make you look older, tired and less alert.

Blepharoplasty can correct these problems and in the following video, Dr. Lewis talks about his Bladeless Blepharoplasty Procedure, an Advanced Procedure that does not involve the use of a scalpel!


Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes the excess fat, muscle, and skin from the upper lids and perhaps the lower lids as well. The primary goal of the procedure is to restore your full field of vision – to “raise the curtain” that has been progressively drooping down over the years and gradually blocking more and more of your vision.  A secondary goal is to improve your appearance so you don’t look tired, worn-out or sleepy.

Understanding The Surgery

In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Michael Lewis first marks the individual lines and creases of your lids in order to keep the tiny suture lines which he will make as invisible as possible, along your natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed. Very fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.

If you also have lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Lewis makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lashline and smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away before the incision is closed with fine sutures.

Bladeless Blepharoplasty

At Quigley Eye Specialists, Michael Lewis, M.D. performs “Bladeless Blepharoplasty” which is a surgical technique that does not use a scalpel to remove the excess eyelid skin.

With Bladeless Blepharoplasty, Dr. Lewis uses a special, energized stylus to gently remove the excess skin which results in less bruising and a faster recovery time compared to traditional techniques.    

What To Expect After The Surgery

Immediately after the surgery has been completed, Dr. Lewis may apply tiny sterile bandages to your eyelids.  It is not crucial that the eyes be covered, however, an ointment to prevent dryness of the eye area may be used. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. In addition, Dr. Lewis may prescribe medication for discomfort.

A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. You should expect this swelling and bruising.  It will subside and go away over several weeks from the date of your procedure so you should plan accordingly.

For a week and a half following blepharoplasty, you will clean the eye area (the eyes may feel sticky, dry, and itchy). Eyedrops may be recommended. Dr. Lewis will also list activities and environments to avoid in the weeks immediately following surgery. Permanent stitches will be removed in three to five days after surgery. Self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own.

Dr. Lewis and our competent and friendly staff will see you several times after the procedure to monitor your progress and share in the pleasure of restoring your full field of vision!

Cataract Specialist

In your parents or grandparents day cataract surgery was considered risky, required a lengthy hospital stay and was usually postponed for as long as possible.

Today, at Quigley Eye Specialists, cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes only minutes. After cataract surgery, patients can go home to rest in comfort, and avoid the inconvenience and expense of staying in a hospital.

About Cataracts

Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common, it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina. Sufferers usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall, or a piece of wax paper, with a gradual blurring or dimming of vision.

Reading may become more difficult and driving a car can actually become dangerous. Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by a bothersome glare, halos around the lights, or even double vision. And, as the cataract becomes worse, frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions become progressively less helpful and, of course, more costly.

Currently, there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, there is only one way to achieve clear vision again, and that is to physically remove the cataract from inside the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL).

Advances in Cataract Surgery at Quigley Eye Specialists – SmartLenses®

There have been many advances in cataract surgery techniques and IOL technology in recent years. With over one million cataract surgery procedures performed each year, many patients now experience a quality of vision that is even better than before they developed cataracts.

This is particularly true for our patients who choose Quigley Eye Specialists' SmartLenses®.  Our SmartLens® is a special multi-focal IOL technology that may allow you to see at distance, up-close and in-between without the need for eye glasses.

Dr. Lewis will remove your cataract with an advanced technique called phacoemulsification or small-incision cataract surgery. Most people only require topical, "eye-drop" anesthesia. After your eye is completely numbed, Dr. Lewis will make a self-sealing incision of only one eighth of an inch in the sclera (the white part of the eye), or in the clear cornea (just about the area where the cornea meets the sclera).

Next, Dr. Lewis will use a phaco-emulsifier to reduce the cataract to microscopic particles using high-energy sound waves and then he will gently suction these particles from your eye. To compensate for the removal of the eye’s natural lens, Dr. Lewis will implant an intraocular lens (IOL) such as one of our SmartLenses®  into the “capsular bag”, the same thin tissue that held your natural lens. Once the new intraocular lens is positioned, your eye remains tightly sealed by the natural outward pressure within your eye.

Dr. Quigley refers to Dr. Lewis as the eye surgeon with the “Magic Hands” who has masterfully performed thousands of successful cataract procedures.

Correction of your Astigmatism

About one in six people in the US have astigmatism which means that the eye is not perfectly round and therefore, one must wear glasses.  However, Dr. Lewis is able to correct astigmatism with our special SmartLenses, called toric IOL’s, or through a special surgical technique during cataract surgery.  This is good news for Dr. Lewis’ patients with astigmatism because its correction opens up the possibility of being less dependent on glasses for everyday activities.

Benefits of Self-Sealing Procedures and Topical Anesthesia

Topical anesthesia and self-sealing incisions have taken cataract surgery to a new level of comfort for our patients and many of them are able to see with clear vision much sooner after the surgery. In most cases, it is now possible to return to daily activities, such as driving and reading, almost immediately. With "eye-drop" anesthesia, there is no need for a painful needle injection which delays vision restoration and could cause temporary swelling and skin discoloration.

The Choice Is Yours

It can take months or years for a cataract to fully develop. How do you know when its time to have a cataract removed?  The answer is quite simple. The time to have your cataract removed is when you believe your quality of life would be better if you could see better. Only you can decide when it’s time to open your eyes to a brighter, clearer world. And when it is time, come see Dr. Lewis and his staff at Quigley Eye Specialists and let them take great care of you!

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