Why Choose Us

Enhancing Lives… Through Vision



Top Flight Medical Education

After finishing a top flight medical education, Dr. Garrett had many offers in larger cities and prestigious medical institutions for a place to practice, but instead, he decided to relocate to the rural area of Northern Wisconsin-Northern Michigan as he saw a "chance to really make a difference" and to be able to "bring big city medicine to a small area".

Since 1979, Dr. John Michael Garrett has dedicated his practice to restoring vision. Recognizing that the quality of your vision affects the quality of your life is why Dr. Garrett provides the most up-to-date advances in today’s eye care.

Some of the conditions that Dr. Garrett treats include: cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, and diabetic eye disease. Dr. Garrett also provides laser vision correction for near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism.


There is absolutely nothing more important than a surgeon's experience. Dr. Garrett pioneered the use of small incision cataract surgery by the modern phacoemulsification technique in this region as he was the very first Surgeon to use this technique in Upper Michigan and the entire state of Wisconsin. He was also the first to perform refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery in the Upper Peninsula and North of Green Bay, WI in 2013. Dr. Garrett now has over 35 years of experience performing nearly 40,000 successful cataract surgeries. Dr. Garrett was recently recognized for his leading use of the Crystalens by Bausch and Lomb with the National Center of Excellence Award! Dr. Garrett has also performed thousands of other eye surgeries including corneal, glaucoma, Intra vitreal injections for Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration, and laser surgeries.

Proven Leader

Dr. Garrett was the first Ophthalmologist in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin to:

  • Create a free standing Ambulatory Surgery Center dedicated to Ophthalmology
  • Perform small-incision cataract surgery
  • Perform bi-manual micro-incision cataract surgery
  • Introduce SLT laser treatment of glaucoma
  • Perform laser vision correction for nearsightedness (LASIK)
  • Implant the accommodative IOL (Crystalens) in cataract surgery
  • Implant the TruLign Toric (astigmatism correcting) IOL in cataract surgery
  • Perform refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery 

Overseas and pro bono work

Dr. Garrett recognizes the need to provide eye care to those that cannot afford it. For more than 25 years in a row, Dr. Garrett has donated his time to provide no-cost eye surgery in Africa, Central America and other third world countries through organizations such as the Christian Eye Ministry. Dr. Garrett feels that this experience helps not only those patients who are actually having the surgery overseas, but also his local surgical patients due to the sheer volume of surgery that he performs in these needy countries. For instance, in Honduras this year, he performed 15 corneal transplants as well as some glaucoma (trabeculectomy) surgeries in one week. While in Africa, he performed hundreds of trabeculectomy surgeries for glaucoma. This serves to further hone and sharpen his surgical skills to better serve his community at home.

Also, for the past few decades, Dr. Garrett and his staff have participated in Mission Cataract Surgery Day by providing free surgery, pre-operative care, and post-operative care to patients who have no health insurance or who are suffering from financial difficulties.

Ambulatory Surgical Center

Garrett Eye Center’s Ambulatory Surgical Center was opened in 1987. It is still the first and only ambulatory surgical center in the area dedicated to the treatment of eyes. Over 1,000 surgeries are performed yearly in the surgical center. There is an experienced anesthesiologist on site. The surgical center offers convenient, high quality surgical care at a fraction of the cost of a hospital. Since the nurses and technicians specialize only in ophthalmology, Garrett Eye provides a higher level of support to deliver world class results.

Advantages of the Ambulatory Surgery Center

  • Specialized. Well trained nurses and technicians that specialize only in eye surgery allowing greater specialized expertise.
  • Intimate. Smaller friendly facility allows more intimate experience for the patient
  • Cost saving.  We maintain high standards of safety and a sterile environment, while operating at a fraction of the cost of a hospital. This saves patients, insurance companies, and the government thousands of dollars each year.
  • Dependable. Scheduled surgery times are not likely to be delayed or bumped by non-related emergencies, as they may be at hospitals
  • Efficient. Turn-around time between surgeries is as much as three times faster than at hospitals, which means less waiting for patients and families.
  • Comfortable. Patients and their families can relax in a pleasant environment, far from the emergency and trauma situations one may witness in a hospital.
  • Advanced. The Garrett Eye Center offers the latest high-tech medical equipment and the most advanced surgical tools available today.
  • Family Viewing. Family members are allowed to watch the the actual surgery via closed circuit TV if desired by the patient.
  • Confidential. The smaller, controlled setting lends itself toward greater confidentiality.

Garrett Eye is the first in the U.P. to provide patients with laser-assisted cataract surgery! Visit this link to see our TV6 New Story:


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Welcome to Garrett Eye

John Michael Garrett M.D. graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1973. After completing a 2-year Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Dr. Garrett completed a 3 year residency in Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. He followed this with a fellowship in microsurgery, including Phaco-emulsification cataract removal and corneal transplant techniques under Richard Schulze M.D., in Savannah, Georgia. Upon completion, he began an Ophthalmology practice here in Iron Mountain, opening in January 1979.

Welcome to Garrett Eye

Blade-less Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery has always involved the use of a physical blade to create several small incisions during the procedure. With ReLACS™, these incisions are now made with the Alcon LenSx laser. This technology allows Dr. Garrett to plan and perform cataract surgeries with laser precision. With this advanced technology, Dr. Garrett has more control and flexibility; plus, ReLACS™ features real-time diagnostic tools for an accurate visual of what's going on inside the eye during the procedure.


Avastin Treatments for AMD and Diabetic Retinopathy

Garrett Eye offers Avastin injection treatments for wet macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. If you are suffering from macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, make an appointment with Garrett Eye and our doctors will see if Avastin is right for you.

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Ambulatory Surgical Center

Garrett Eye's Ambulatory Surgical Center opened in 1987, as the first and only ambulatory surgical center in the area. Over 1,000 surgeries are performed per year in the surgical center. We have a certified anesthesiologist on site. The surgical center offers convenient, cost effective treatment with well-trained staff, specializing in ophthalmology. Click the link below to learn more about our Ambulatory Surgical Center.

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Ambulatory Surgical Center

No Drop Glaucoma Treatment

For many years, eye drops have helped treat patients who suffer from glaucoma, but now Garrett Eye offers no drop glaucoma treatment. New technology has allowed us to treat glaucoma even faster and without the hassle of eye drops.

No Drop Glaucoma Treatment


The Crystalens® advantage unlike standard cataract replacement lenses, Crystalens® lenses correct your cataracts and give you back your full range of vision. Crystalens® is the first and only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens that uses the natural focusing ability of the eye. The lens flexes like your eye's natural lens, allowing you to see better at all distances.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Designated ILASIK Surgery Center

Until recently, glasses and contacts were the only options available to correct vision. With the latest advances in technology and surgical procedures there are several new options available to correct vision problems including iLASIK! Garrett Eye also offers free LASIK screenings for patients! Take advantage of this opportunity to speak with Dr. Garrett about the entire LASIK experience.


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