Your Ophthalmologist for World-class Care

Providing an unsurpassed level of eye care to the Downriver community requires three key components: the best staff, the best physician, and the best technology.

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!

Dr. Byrd was born and raised in Trenton and loves this community. Trained at the University of Michigan Medical School and Henry Ford Hospital, he brings top notch diagnostic and surgical skills to every patient visit. He always takes the time to listen to your concerns, explains things thoroughly, and answers all of your questions because you are the most important part of a successful treatment plan.

The Byrd Eye Clinic invests in the latest technology (Lenstar, Spectralis OCT, etc.) and demands the same from our surgical facilities, offering bladeless LenSx cataract surgery, ECP glaucoma laser, and bladeless custom LASIK.

The marriage of these three elements allows us to offer a level of eye care excellence previously available only by travel to an academic center. In an impersonal age of health care bureaucracy, we pride ourselves in treating everyone as family.

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Dr. Thomas ByrdThomas J. Byrd, M.D.

Specialties: Cataract & Lens Implant Surgery, Glaucoma, LASIK/PRK, Cornea & External Disease


  • Beaumont Southshore Surgery Center
  • Laser Vision Care Center

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.

Hospital Affiliations: Beaumont Southshore Medical Center, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital

Board Certifications: American Board of Ophthalmology

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