Health Services

Eye Center

We are dedicated to protecting your sight through comprehensive exams and early diagnosis of disease.

The medical team at the Aspirus Grand View Eye Center includes an ophthalmologist, Dr. Mark Stempihar; ophthalmologist and retina specialist, Dr. Nitin Nigam; two optometrists, Dr. Crystal Carrington-Hellier and Dr. Wes Frisbey; certified ophthalmic assistants and opticians.

Dr. Mark Stempihar

Dr. Mark Stempihar performs cataract surgery, intraocular lens implantation, laser surgery, and refractive surgery. He can also prescribe corrective lenses and diagnose conditions such as diabetes and glaucoma. A native of the area, Dr. Stempihar attended Wakefield High School, Gogebic Community College, and earned his medical degree from Wayne State University. He performed his residency and training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.



Dr. Nitin Nigam provides advanced eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Dr. Nigam specializes in diseases of vitreous and retina, and also treats age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments and all surgical conditions of retina, including trauma. Dr. Nigam attended the Institue of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. He also completed a retina fellowship at the University of California San Diego and at Flinders Medical Center in Bedford Park, South Australia.




Dr. Crystal Carrington-Hellier

 Dr. Crystal Carrington-Hellier, optometrist, received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and graduated from Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry.






Dr. Wes Frisbey, optometrist, received his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and graduated from Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry.






Each member of the team at Aspirus Grand View Eye Center keeps current with technology by earning continuing education credits. Individualized care and comfort are a priority at Aspirus Grand View Eye Center.



Your first examination will take approximately 90 minutes. Please bring with you all insurance cards, your eyeglasses and a complete list of current medications and allergies.

If you plan to discuss your treatment or surgery with a friend or relative, we invite and encourage them to accompany you.

If you are having a complete eye examination and wear contact lenses, we ask that you remove them 24 hours prior to your exam.

A certified ophthalmic assistant will perform a series of preliminary tests to measure your vision. You will also be given drops that will briefly blur your vision and make your eyes sensitive to light. We recommend that someone drive you home after your appointment.

Aspirus Grand View Optical Center

For your convenience, Aspirus Grand View Optical Center can serve all of your eye care needs. We take pride in being knowledgeable in all eye health care concerns from complete eye exams to fulfilling your optical prescription. We carry the latest styles and brand names for frames.

Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An appointment is not necessary to have a prescription filled.


Aspirus Grand View Eye Center has standardized charges for each procedure. Payment for office exams is expected at the time of the exam. As a courtesy to our patients, we file all claims to your insurance carrier. We participate in Medicare and Medicaid. If surgery is required, we will discuss fees, methods of payment and insurance with you in advance.

Contact Us

Aspirus Grand View Eye Center and Optical Center are located in the Bluff View Medical Building located on the campus of Aspirus Grand View at E6112 Bluff View Road, Ironwood MI 49938.

For appointments, call the Aspirus Grand View Eye Center at (906) 932-1436. The Optical Center phone number is (906) 932-5910.