At Birmingham Vision Care, our staff of experienced, friendly optometrists is ready to provide you the best, most comprehensive eye care in Oakland County. Call today to schedule an appointment!
Dr. Harriet C. Pelton
Dr. Harriet Pelton was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. She attended the University of Michigan from 1974 to 1977. She received early admission to the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL, and graduated with her Optometric Doctorate in 1981. While attending the Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Pelton did a residency at the Veteran’s Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Pelton has been with Birmingham Vision Care since 1981. In addition to adult care, and specialty contact lenses, she has worked extensively with children’s vision. She specializes in prescribing prism and other therapy for binocular vision dysfunction. Dr. Pelton has built up one of the largest vision therapy practices in the Midwest, receiving referrals from teachers, parents, principals, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, reading specialists, physical therapists, psychologists, counselors, pediatricians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.
Dr. Pelton earned her post-doctorate fellowship in pediatric development. She is an active member of COVD (College of Vision Development), PAVE (Patients for Active Vision Education) and OEP (Optometric Extension Program), along with the AOA (American Optometric Association), MOA (Michigan Optometric Association) and MDOS (Metro Detroit Optometric Society). She has given many talks and workshops to educators, parents, occupational therapists, physical therapists and psychologists. Dr. Pelton went on a volunteer optometric mission to Merida, Mexico, and to an Indian Reservation in North Dakota. She loves working with kids and helping them reach their academic potentials.
Dr. Pelton is married and has three awesome children.
Dr. Patricia Poma-Nowinski
Dr. Patricia Poma-Nowinski is a Michigan native, born and raised in Shelby Township. She received a Bachelor in Science degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While an undergraduate student, she spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. She also worked at the Kellogg Eye Center doing genetic research on retinitis pigmentosa, a devastating disease that may lead to blindness.
While attending the Ohio State College of Optometry in Columbus, OH, Dr. Poma worked at the Chillicothe Veterans Administration Hospital. She also did extensive clinic rotations in contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision and pediatrics. Dr. Poma was selected as the sole recipient of the Eschenbach Low Vision Award.
Dr. Poma has also been involved in clinical research in contact lenses and contact lens solutions for Johnson and Johnson and Alcon Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dr. Poma worked four years with two ophthalmologists specializing in treating anterior segment (front portion of the eye) diseases. These include infections, inflammations, degenerations and glaucoma.
Dr. Poma earned her post-doctorate fellowship in pediatric development. She is an active member of the AOA (American Optometric Association), MOA (Michigan Optometric Association) and COVD (College of Vision Development). She particularly enjoys working with children, helping them become successful students through vision therapy, and fitting difficult contact lens cases. She works hard to identify and treat binocular vision dysfunction which includes but is not limited to prescribing prism.
Dr. Poma is fluent in Italian and relatively articulate in Spanish. She is happily married and enjoys time with her two sons.
Dr. Lloyd I. Snider
Dr. Lloyd Snider was born and raised in Metro Detroit. He attended the University of Michigan from 1973 to 1976. He was accepted early to the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, and earned his Doctorate in Optometry in 1980. Dr. Snider received special training at the North End Community Health Center in Boston, MA, Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Center for the Partially Sighted at the Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Snider has been in private practice at Birmingham Vision Care since 1981 and was the optometric director of a laser vision center for 3 years.
Dr. Snider has lectured to groups of optometrists and ophthalmologists on laser refractive surgery and on macular degeneration. He has been featured in health segments on WDIV, Channel 4 News and on Fox 2 News. Dr. Snider has been published in an optometric journal, and quoted in others. He has attended conferences in Mexico, Italy, Brazil, England, Israel, and Canada, and went on a volunteer optometric mission to Honduras.
Dr. Snider helped develop the MacuScope™, the first instrument to determine a patient’s risk for developing macular degeneration. He is the optometric director of MacuChek, the company bringing it to market.
Dr. Snider is an active member of the AOA (American Optometric Association), MOA (Michigan Optometric Association), MDOS (Metro Detroit Optometric Society) and the National Glaucoma Society. Dr. Snider enjoys the challenge of fitting custom multi-focal contact lenses, and contacts for irregular, diseased or surgically altered eyes.
Dr. Snider is married and has three wonderful children.
Dr. Kristen Banek
Dr. Kristen Banek was born in Detroit and grew up in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio) with a double major in microbiology and Spanish. As a part of her undergraduate studies, she spent a summer abroad in Valencia, Spain. She also worked in a research laboratory at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus (formerly the Medical College of Ohio) characterizing a gene for Coccidioidomycosis – a fungal disease.
She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. During her time in optometry school, she received clinical training in ocular disease, contact lenses, and pediatric vision care. Her rotations included training at Eye Specialists of Ohio and White River Junction VA Hospital in Vermont. Upon graduation, Dr. Banek worked at a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia with a heavy emphasis on contact lenses and ocular disease. She then purchased her own optometric practice in Boston where she worked for the next 6 years. Her practice specialized in contact lenses, pre- and post-operative LASIK care, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Dr. Banek is a member of the AOA (American Optometric Association) and the MOA (Michigan Optometric Association). She has a special interest and extensive experience in contact lenses and ocular disease. Dr. Banek is also conversant in Spanish.
She is married with one son, two dogs and a cat. When not working, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and cheering on her favorite teams, the Red Wings and Tigers.
Dr. Jamie Kuzniar
Dr. Jamie Kuzniar was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She received her Bachelor ofScience degree from Saginaw Valley State University. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Kuzniar interned at The Dow Chemical Company in their toxicology and environmental research department.
Dr. Kuzniar received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. During optometry school, she received in depth training in specialty contact lenses and the treatment and management of ocular diseases – such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. She also had clinical training at the Wyoming VA (Grand Rapids, MI) and Kresge Eye Institute. Dr. Kuzniar was the president of SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and traveled to Coya, Peru and San Carlos, Mexico onoptometric mission trips to provide eye examinations to the less fortunate. She also was awarded the Gas Permeable Lens Institute: Clinical Excellence in the Field ofGP Contact Lenses Award.
After optometry school, Dr. Kuzniar completed a Corneal Disease and Contact Lens Residency atIndiana University. During her residency, she gained advanced experience with specialty contact lenses to treat various conditions such as irregular astigmatism, keratoconus, post-corneal transplants, post-LASIK ectasia, post-RK corneas, and severe dry eye. Dr. Kuzniar has a passion for fitting scleral contact lenses, which are cutting-edge large diameter gas permeable lenses used to treat advanced corneal conditions. She also enjoys fitting orthokeratology (CRT) lenses and challenging multifocal patients.
Dr. Kuzniar is currently pursuing her Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry as well as her Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. She is also an active member of the AOA (American Optometric Association) and the MOA (Michigan Optometric Association). Dr. Kuzniar is happily married with one dog. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Detroit Red Wings.