Eye Care in Traverse city

The Dedicated Eye Care You Need

At Northern Vision Eye Care, we are dedicated to providing personalized eye care to promote a healthy community.

Welcome to Northern Vision Eye Care

Welcome to Northern Vision Eye Care, where our passion for patient care guides our mission to bring advanced technology and surgical expertise to the region. By staying up-to-date on technology and cutting edge procedures, we can better serve our patients and offer more opportunities for healthy vision. But what we do best, is balance the focus of advancement with genuine Northern Michigan friendliness. We know our patients — their cares, their concerns, and many times, even their pets’ names. We’re just that kind of practice. Practicing relationships, practicing people, practicing a positive health experience. 

Our northern vision is simple — create an environment where practiced approaches and personal attention promote healthy vision for our community. What’s your northern vision?

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Our Services

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Eye Exams

Eye exams and vision screenings are two different procedures. Vision screenings determine visual acuity and alignment. The visual screening helps determine if corrective lenses are necessary to help you see as clearly as possible. However, it is important to have regular and routine eye exams.

Eye examinations identify any problems that could result in vision loss. An examination looks at the overall health of your eyes and the visual system. Early treatment of eye disease improves your chances of preserving your vision. Northern Vision Eye Care offers complete eye examinations for children and adults. Our physicians thoroughly examine your eyes and screen for a variety of medical eye problems.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) surgery a method that uses a cool laser beam to reshape your cornea, which improves your vision. The method was developed in 1990 and has been used since then to correct vision problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. In many cases, a patient can obtain 20/20 vision or better after receiving LASIK.

LASIK is quick and painless. Patients may experience minor eye irritation and tearing, but this is normal and does not last very long. Eye drops are used to anesthetize the eyes. There are no bandages or stitches to worry about after the procedure because there is no blade used during the procedure.

The procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete. Most patients can return to work, drive, and resume their daily lifestyle within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Visual recovery is quick. Many patients notice an improvement in vision right away.


Cataracts can develop normally as we age, but they can also develop because of certain medical conditions, trauma, genetics, and exposure to ultraviolet light. Cataracts cause vision to become distorted and hazy. Some individuals may become more sensitive to bright lights, including sunlight and vehicle headlights, which can make driving more dangerous.

The only treatment for cataracts is to remove them surgically. Fortunately, cataract surgery has evolved over several decades. In many cases, cataract surgery is a quick and effective procedure for restoring vision. After the cataract is removed, an artificial lens is implanted in place of the cataract.

The doctors at Northern Eye Vision use the latest technology to perform cataract surgery. We can perform no-needle, no-stitch, no-drop cataract surgery on an outpatient basis in about five to ten minutes. Most patients return to normal activities and work with a day or two after surgery.

Payment options for all your eye care needs.

We understand that your eye care is important to you. We also understand that many of our patients must work within their budgets. Our office participates with a variety of insurance companies, and we also courtesy bill for many of the out of network and nonparticipating insurance companies.

If you do not have vision insurance, our office accepts cash, check, credit card, Bitcoin, and Ethereum as payment for services. Patients can finance their eye care services and products through Care Credit and Well Fargo Health Advantage to make eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, LASIK, cataract surgery, and other premium eye care services affordable.

Contact our office if you have questions or need additional information about the various payment options for eye care services with Northern Vision Eye Care.

6 Reasons to Choose Northern Vision Eye Care

Eye care is important to you. For that reason, we understand that you only want the best doctors taking care of your eyes. Six reasons we believe that Northern Vision Eye Care is right for you are:

Personalized care and attention from experienced, board-certified ophthalmologists

Friendly, dedicated staff members

Advanced practice areas, including LASIK, cataract treatment, Botox, and cosmetic eyelid surgery

Full-service family eye care practice

Affordable services

Fully licensed and insured

About Northern Vision Eye Care

Northern Vision Eye Care has always been on the leading front of eye care services in northern Michigan. We were the first eye care center to offer LASIK services to patients in our area. Our physicians utilize advanced technology to care for your eyes, such as the GDx Laser Scanner for the detection of glaucoma. We are a full-service family eye care practice that also provides a variety of advanced eye care options. Our practice is affiliated with Cooper Ridge Surgery Center, which allows us to provide quality outpatient surgical care for our patients. Our talented team of physicians and healthcare professionals provide personalized, attentive, and caring service to each patient. Northern Vision Eye Care was founded in 1998 by Dr. Robert K. Butryn.

Dr. Butryn attended medical school at Wayne State University. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, where he was Chief Resident in 1998, before beginning his practice in Traverse City. 

Because of his attention to patient care, experience, and knowledge of high tech surgical procedures and care, Dr. Butryn has earned a reputation as one of the premier refractive and cataract surgeon in northern Michigan. His patients, including other surgeons, nurses, and healthcare professionals, trust him with their eye care.

Dr. Amy S. Ranger has an exceptional resume that includes a specific interest in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ranger attended the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her internship and residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She has worked on several unique projects during her career and has presented her research at the state and national levels. Today, Dr. Ranger practices general ophthalmology with Northern Eye Vision, while focusing on treating medical diseases of the eye and performing eye surgery to treat a variety of conditions.

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Contact Northern Vision Eye Care for More Information or to Schedule an Appointment

Eye care is important. Dr. Butryn and Dr. Ranger are dedicated to helping you see clearly and enjoy good eye health for your entire life. Through comprehensive eye examinations and tailored eye care services, Northern Vision Eye Care provides you and your family with the best service and care in northern Michigan. 

Our office is located at 4033 Eastern Sky Drive, Traverse City, Michigan. You can contact our office by calling (231) 932-9000 or contact us online

We are here to help you. Our staff is available to answer your questions and schedule an appointment for an eye exam or consultation. Call today to find out more about our services and how we can make a difference in your family’s eye health.

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