In February of 2021, two well-respected eye care professionals Downriver, combined forces. The offices of Marla Price, D.O., owner of Wyandotte Eye Clinic, and Thomas Byrd, M.D., owner of Byrd Eye Clinic previously located in Lincoln Park, now operate their separate practices from the current Wyandotte Eye Clinic location, 100 Oak St., in Wyandotte.
Now known as Byrd & Wyandotte Eye Clinic, you can expect to see little change, especially in the exceptional level of care you’ve always received from us throughout the years. We invest in the latest technology (Argos, Spectralis OCT, etc.) and demand the same from our surgical facilities, offering bladeless LenSx cataract surgery, ECP glaucoma laser, and bladeless custom LASIK.
Our highly trained staff (including certified ophthalmic technicians) are simply the best anywhere. We work to provide you the finest care from your initial phone call through your check-out. We only employ very friendly, people-oriented staff - try us and you will see!
Locations: Beaumont Southshore Surgery Center and Laser Vision Care Center
Hospital Affiliations: Beaumont Southshore Medical Center, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Board Certifications: American Board of Ophthalmology
Dr. Thomas J. Byrd was born at Seaway Hospital in Trenton in 1962, and raised and schooled in Trenton. He graduated from Trenton High School in three years as Salutatorian in 1979 and went on to the University of Michigan where he achieved both Bachelor of Science and Medical Doctor degrees in a special six-year program called Inteflex. He received his M.D. in 1985 just after his 23rd birthday and went on to a year of internal medicine internship and a three-year ophthalmology residency at Henry Ford Hospital.
Dr. Byrd went on to the finest cornea fellowship in the world, a rigorous two-year program at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans. He trained there under internationally known corneal and refractive surgery pioneers, Dr. Herbert E. Kaufman and Dr. Maguerite McDonald. LSU was the birthplace of the excimer laser treatment of sighted humans, and Dr. Byrd was the co-investigator on the FDA study of Safety and Efficacy of the VISX laser along with Dr. McDonald. He has taught and published on the subject. During the second of his two years of fellowship, Dr. Byrd did nothing but manage the excimer laser program at LSU.
Dr. Byrd then returned to the Henry Ford Health System in 1991 as Director of the Cornea Service where he was responsible for teaching cornea and refractive surgery to the residents and credentialing the surgeons on staff. He left Henry Ford in 1996 to head the Byrd Eye Clinic, formerly known as the Holland Eye Center.
Dr. Byrd is the only fellowship-trained corneal and refractive subspecialist in the downriver area.
Specialties: Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Diabetic Eye Care
Affiliations: Associate Clinical Professor at Michigan State University and Clinical Program Director of Beaumont Taylor Ophthalmology
Board Certifications: American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
A native of Benton Harbor, Dr. Price has been in practice for over 30 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing a rotating internship along with an extra year of general neurology, she eventually decided to specialize in Comprehensive Ophthalmology – despite some people trying to discourage her from the field because there simply weren’t too many women ophthalmologists in the 1980s.
Undeterred, she completed her residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital Consortium in 1989 and moved Downriver that same year to establish a family eye care practice in Trenton. After nearly 20 years there, she moved her practice to Wyandotte Eye Clinic to better serve the patients of Dr. David Barsky, who operated his practice in the community for 60 years.
Dr. Price also specializes in diabetic eye care and, in addition to running her successful practice, she has been teaching and mentoring ophthalmology students for 28 years. She is program director for Beaumont Hospital, Taylor and an associate clinical professor at Michigan State University.