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Welcome to

Simone Eye Center

Since the opening of our first modern facility in 1999, the Simone Eye Center has helped thousands of patients maintain and regain good vision and ocular well being. Our individual patient care sets us apart from other practices. Dr. Simone, Dr. Varanelli, Dr. Downey and the entire Simone Eye Center staff provide the expertise and attention required to assure the finest in vision testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

Our three state-of-the-art locations, including TruVista Surgery Center, allow the Simone Eye Center team to provide an advanced vision care and ocular health evaluation. We offer the wide range of expert care our patients expect from one of the most respected practices in the metropolitan Detroit area.

When you visit Simone Eye Center, you know that your vision is in the hands of some of the finest specialists in Michigan. It’s our promise!

Amazing Team, Exceptional Care.

Our team of professionals is dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing your sight by providing the highest eye care possible.

Taking time to listen to your concerns
Nearly communicating all treatment options and care provided
Offering you access to breakthrough treatments and clinical trials
Caring for you in the convenience and comfort of a community office close to home
Working in partnership with you and your referring physician

Modern Cataract Surgery is Here

You now have options and could potentially SEE at near, far, and intermediate distances with advanced lens implants. If you are seeking a Michigan cataract surgeon, our practice is excited to tell you about your options for the future. We have created a modern approach to cataract surgery, ensuring the safest, most accurate and most advanced solutions to enable vision after surgery at multiple distances.

Something to think about before cataract surgery

  1. What type of lens implant would be best for me after cataract surgery, a monofocal, astigmatism correcting or full focus multifocal lens implant?
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Are You Suffering From the Following Symptoms?

  • Your eyes feel tired, irritated, burn, are, red, or itchy
  • You are experiencing contact lens related issues
  • You are having problems with your vision
  • You spend a lot of time staring at screens (i.e. cellphones, tablets, computers), reading documents, books or magazines, watching tv or driving
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The Eye Doctors That You Will Want to Visit!

Piero A. Simone, MD

Dr. Piero A, Simone, MD, a board certified ophthalmologist, is the founder and medical director of Simone Eye Center.

Dr. Simone specializes in advanced cataract and refractive surgery. He is certified in laser-in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK), photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK), and LASEK, and utilizes the latest technologies in these procedures. Since opening the practice in 1999, Dr. Simone has restored vision in thousands of patients and continues to revolutionize the accuracy and outcomes of surgery.

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Jeffrey R. Varanelli, OD, FAAO

Dr. Jeffrey R. Varanelli, OD graduated from the Illinois college of Optometry in 1998 and has been practicing at Simone Eye Center since 2007. He specializes in comprehensive eye care, with an emphasis on the medical and surgical co-management of eye disease. He has a specialized interest in dry eye and has established a dry eye treatment center within the practice.

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Paul A. Zlojutro, MD

Dr Zlojutro graduated with honors from Oakland University with a degree in Biology/Premedical studies. He then attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and is a proud graduate of the class of 2020. Following graduation, he pursued and completed his ophthalmology residency at the Kresge Eye Institute at the Detroit Medical Center. 

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Colleen Downey, OD

Dr. Downey graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2018 with a Doctorate of Optometry and Masters in Vision Science. She went on to complete a residency in primary eye care and ocular disease at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in 2019. Dr. Downey has been practicing at Simone Eye Center since August 2020 and provides comprehensive eye examinations, contact lens fittings, and medical optometric management and treatment of ocular disease.

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Our Services

Dry Eyes
Comprehensive Eye Care

Why Choose Us

At Simone Eye Center, our highly skilled team treats a range of conditions that can plague your life, sight, and well-being, including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, and a range of other issues. Some of our most popular procedures (both surgical and nonsurgical) comprise of laser cataract surgery, and new treatments for dry eye. We look forward to meeting with you and helping to restore your eyesight and health.

How we Can

Help You SEE Better.

Taking the Time
We take the time to provide a very thorough diagnosis of your eyes and listen to your concerns
Our People
Our eye doctors and staff provide an exceptional patient experience with attention to detail
Surgical Outcomes
After performing thousands of surgeries, Dr. Simone is an established surgeon with amazing outcomes


What Our Patients Say

"Dr. Simone was fabulous! He personally examined my eyes to make sure I was able to have LASIK and discussed all the risks and benefits of the surgery with me. I felt at ease and was not rushed during the examination. He took the time to answer all my questions and make me feel less nervous about undergoing surgery. His staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable. I received a call before and after my procedure, which I felt was above-and-beyond the call of duty. My results have been wonderful and he has given me my vision back. I would not hesitate to send my friends and family to Dr. Simone and have done so already!!! Thank you for helping me enjoy life again without the hassle of glasses."


"I've been seeing Dr. Simone for at least 10 years. He's a great doctor. The entire staff there is very friendly. I go every year for a dilated eye exam, and he's always careful and thorough. Not only that, I'm always in and out fairly quickly, never having to wait a long time because he's running behind, like what happens at most doctors. I'd definitely recommend to anyone based on my experiences."


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How Do You Choose an IOL Before Cataract Surgery?

Once you begin experiencing significant cataract symptoms, it’s likely your eye doctor will recommend cataract surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing your cloudy lens and implanting an intraocular lens or IOL in its place. Prior to the procedure, you’ll have the chance to choose an IOL that will replace your natural lens. There are many IOL… Read More

What Are the Best Drops For Dry Eyes?

Dry eye is a common problem, but the solutions to it are not always easy to pin down. Finding the root cause of the issue can take time and various testing.  In the meantime, you’ll likely still be experiencing symptoms that can range from annoying to very uncomfortable. Luckily, whatever the reason for your dry… Read More

Top 5 Things to Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a part of the natural aging process that happens within the eye. Since everyone will eventually develop them, it’s important to equip yourself with knowledge ahead of time. Keep reading to learn five things to know about cataracts! What Is A Cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye…. Read More