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A Tradition of Excellence for
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Pankratz Your Local Eye Institute - Where You Can Get the Care You Need Right Here in Columbus, IN

Welcome to the Pankratz Eye Institute, a tradition of excellence in comprehensive eyecare in Indiana for over 2 decades. From the latest breakthroughs in cataract care – to recent advances in laser vision correction, glaucoma management and treatment for retinal diseases – the Pankratz Eye Institute is proud to help set the standard in modern-day ophthalmic care in central Indiana.

Leading eye surgeon, Michael Pankratz, M.D. and our team of eye care professionals understand the value you place on your vision and we’re here to help you enjoy a lifetime of the best possible vision.

Our commitment to leading edge technology and advanced surgical techniques is surpassed only by our unwavering dedication to provide compassionate, personalize care to you and your family.

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Why Choose the Pankratz Eye Institute:

Stellar Reputation

The Institute has become the premier ophthalmology practice in the region and the choice for thousands of residents annually who seek medical eye care. Patients appreciate the priority we place on high-tech, cutting-edge surgical solutions, which permit an unprecedented level of speed, comfort, and ease of recovery with optimal outcomes. We deliver the highest level of eye care in the most cost-effective manner and attend to each patient based on their individual needs.

Expert Clinicians

Our 2 ophthalmologists offer expertise on a wide variety of conditions and treatment options. Our doctors and staff have helped thousands of patients improve their vision through medication, corrective lenses, and ocular surgeries. We are proud of our seasoned staff and excellent clinical and surgical outcomes.

Patient-Centered Care

We take a patient-centered approach. The Institute’s clinical team will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and formulate a treatment plan that works for your specific needs. Our staff will treat your concerns and questions with respect and understanding. Building the doctor-patient relationship is a critical component in developing trust and our doctors meet with you personally to discuss your treatment/surgical plan, so you are comfortable throughout your journey with us.

Trust and Experience

You only have one pair of eyes and they are not replaceable. It is essential that you trust your surgeon and their staff to care for your vision. Eye doctors around the region have trusted their patients to the surgeons at The Pankratz Eye Institute for over 20 years. Dr. Pankratz has long believed that trusting relationships with patients and referring doctors are built by time and commitment. Trust your vision to the experts at The Pankratz Eye Institute.

Our Comprehensive Eyecare Services

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Understanding Your Eyecare


Today’s eyecare patients have more options than ever before regarding their vision. This includes computerized diagnostics and testing that can help surgery patients enjoy a higher quality of vision after their procedures. These options also include premium intraocular lens implants (PIOL) designed to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses & prescription eyewear following cataract surgery. They also include new lasers for giving surgeons & patients the options of blade-free LASIK & cataract surgical procedures.

All of the surgical, pre-operative and laser ‘options’ we offer today at the Pankratz Eye Institute are approved by Medicare and the insurance industry. However, even though these options are ‘Approved’ by Medicare or your insurance provider, they are not ‘Covered.’ This means you can choose to ‘upgrade’ your pre-operative experience and post-operative outcomes with advanced diagnostics and laser technology, but you will be responsible for any out-of-pocket expense associated with them.

Please contact our office at 812-373-7777 to learn more about your options at the Pankratz Eye Institute.

Meet Our Doctors

Our board-certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, Michael Pankratz, MD specializes in advanced surgery and treatment of the eye. Originally from Carmel, Indiana, Dr. Pankratz completed his undergraduate training at DePauw University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Dr. Pankratz then attended the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991, graduating near the top of his class. From there, he completed his internship at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, and his residency in ophthalmology at Indiana University. During his training, Dr. Pankratz gave numerous presentations and was the first resident in the history of the residency program to perform refractive surgery

In 1995, Dr. Pankratz began practicing specialized eye care in Lima, Ohio, where he performed thousands of state-of-the-art cataract and refractive surgical procedures. He returned to Indiana in May of 2000 to establish the Pankratz Eye Institute. He continues to be a leader in the area of refractive and cataract surgery and he is a member of many national and international eye surgery associations.

At the Pankratz Eye Institute, our focus is on specialized eye care. We offer advanced, innovative treatment and surgery for a broad range of medical eye conditions, including cataract removal, corneal and retinal disease, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. We also utilize the latest advancements and technology to improve vision through refractive surgery and laser vision correction procedures.

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OutPatient Surgery

What are the benefits of having your procedure performed in our outpatient facility?

The Pankratz Eye Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center Offers Patients the Safest, Most Convenient and 'Most Affordable' Method of Eye Surgery Today.

The Pankratz Eye Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center featuring a team of well qualified surgical professionals who specialize in advanced eye surgery. We offer the latest most advanced technology available for eye surgery, all housed in an attractive, comfortable, and relaxed environment. Because we ONLY perform eye surgical procedures, this makes our method of surgery safer than having your procedure performed in a hospital-based outpatient facility. And because of its location, it also makes it much more convenient.

The benefits of having surgery at the Pankratz Eye Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center are numerous. As a privately-owned facility, we function much more efficiently than a large hospital, and we pass the cost-savings directly on to you. What’s more, you spend much less time in our facility on the day of your surgery than you would in a hospital setting.

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