Comprehensive dilated eye exam
At South Bronx Eyes, Dr. David Alevi makes sure to check every aspect of the eye. This allows Dr. Alevi to see inside your eye and check for cataracts, dry eyes, glaucoma, and any number of eye conditions that may be affecting your vision. A comprehensive dilated eye exam allows Dr. Alevi to identify the first signs of problems and allow treatment early to prevent any issues. Call our Bronx office to schedule an exam (718-292-2020) or book online. Same day appointments available. Our office is located on the Grand concourse right near the concourse village.
Dr. Alevi and the South Bronx eye team is here for you. Please call us at 718-292-2020 and we will be happy to help with all your needs.
Common questions about a comprehensive dilated eye exam
What is done during a comprehensive dilated eye exam?
During the exam, Dr. Alevi will place dilating drops to help expand the pupil.
Once the pupil has fully dilated, light is used to look at the entire retina and make sure to rule out diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
This allows Dr. Alevi to closely examine the interior of each eye, including the retina, macula, and the optic nerve which are located at the back of your eyes.
What conditions can a comprehensive dilated eye exam find?
Dr. Alevi does a thorough comprehensive dilated eye exam. This helps Dr. Alevi look for a multitude of conditions such as
-Age-related macular degeneration
Does pupil dilation hurt?
No, the drops do not hurt or cause pain. The drops take about 25 minutes to enlarge the pupil and help in making sure your eyes are healthy. We suggest brining sunglasses because you may be sensitive to bright light and a bit blurry after dilation.
This should go away in a couple of hours. Your pupil will return back to normal.
How often should I get a comprehensive dilated eye exam?
This all depends on your age and any conditions found in the eye. Dr. Alevi will
schedule exams based on those factors. Dr. Alevi at South Bronx eyes takes the time to make sure everything will be explained.
Patients with diabetes should have an annual comprehensive exam to make sure there are no signs of diabetes in the back of the eye. Dr. Alevi will also send a note to your primary care doctor to explain everything that was done.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, but one that can be preventable if caught early on. At South Bronx Eyes, David Alevi is experienced in diagnosing and treating all stages of glaucoma. South Bronx Eyes has all the tools to detect even the early stages of glaucoma so they can use the latest technology to control the disease and help you go back to your regular life. Dr. Alevi at South Bronx Eyes, talks to every patient extensively and tailors treatment based on the patient.
Common Questions about Glaucoma
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that cause damage to your optic nerve. Damage to the optic nerve can be dangerous and impair the vision. This can happen at any age and background. The good news with early detection, prevention is possible.
Glaucoma has many different types including:
-Primary Open-Angle glaucoma (POAG)
-Closed Angle Glaucoma
Glaucoma has no warning signs and you may not even realize that you have it. That is why its critical to have a full eye exam and be checked for the condition. At South Bronx Eyes, we use the latest technology to make sure that your treatment is tailored to you.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
Most times with open angle glaucoma, you may not have any symptoms as they are very subtle. With time, your visual field can constrict often causing either a blind spot or tunnel vision. We use a special visual field machine to check on your peripheral vision and catch it early.
With Angle-closure, the eye can become red and you may experience an intense headache. Vision can often be foggy and you see halos around lights. This is an emergency and you should call our office immediately. Dr. Alevi at South Bronx Eyes, uses the latest technology to try to lower the pressure.
Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma is a condition where the trabecular meshwork in the angles are blocked by exfoliative material. This can also be deposited in the lens as well and can contribute to cataract formation.
Treatments for Glaucoma?
We have an array of treatment ranging from drops and lasers to surgery. This is all tailored to each patient and talked about extensively to help make the right decision.
Should I do Selective laser trabeculoplasty?
Patient with glaucoma often get confused with the different options when it comes to glaucoma therapy. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) has been increasingly popular as an adjunct to glaucoma therapy.
Laser trabeculoplasty was introduced as early as 1979. At the time Argon laser trabeculoplasty was used which often had more side effects. The currently SLT has been shown to be less destructive histopathologically thus presumably helping reduce side effects.
Mechanism of action:
SLT targets intracellular melanin to help with outflow from the trabecular meshwork and reduce intraocular pressure.
Each patient is examined to see if they are the right candidate. SLT is used for patients who have a diagnosis of some form of glaucoma. Patients often are started on glaucoma drops first to see that will provide enough of a pressure drop. In patients who have difficulty placing drops or are non-compliant, SLT can often help in lowering the pressure. Your doctor will use gonio to make sure your angles are clear enough to perform the procedure.
Dr. Alevi, a board certified Ophthalmologist in the Bronx, performs all our laser surgery at South Bronx Eyes. Patient is explained the procedure and consent is signed. Afterwards a numbing drop is placed and the procedure is performed usually taking around 5 minutes. Afterwards, the patient stays in the waiting room for one hour so Dr. Alevi can check the pressure after the procedure.
Patients are usually told to follow-up in 2-4 weeks to check intraocular pressure and discuss future plans.
Glasses help with correcting vision and also showing off your style. Our office is stocked with the latest glasses and styles. People trust South Bronx Eyes and Dr. David Alevi to provide them with the highest quality glasses and the most precise prescription. Please contact us at 718-292-2020 to book an appointment and fix your vision. David Alevi MD provides comprehensive eye exam starting from age 8 and above for both kids and adults.
What is the best lenses for my new eyeglasses?
After performing an eye exam, Dr. Alevi takes his time to provide the patient with the most specific prescription. This helps maximize your vision and helps you stay styling for years to come
What type of lenses are there?
- Based on your exam, Dr. Alevi will recommend what type of lens to use. This can range from: Progressive lens or bifocal lens to single vision lens. We also provide transition lens which darken the lens when going into the sun. We have an extensive list of the many different type of lenses that we cater to each patient. For kids we suggest polycarbonate lens to prevent shattering of lenses.
- Additionally, anti-reflective coating can often help if patient complains of seeing glare at night while driving. Depending on your lifestyle, Dr. Alevi can tailor his treatment and prescription.
Does my child need a prescription?
At South Bronx Eyes, we do a full comprehensive exam and will take the time to talk to you about options and whether your child does need glasses. With many years of experience, we help guide you on what will be best for your child. We have late hours as well so don’t hesitate to call to make an appointment 718-292-2020
What frames should I choose?
- We have a wide selection of frames from designer to high quality brands all to better match you to your dream frames. Our staff is well trained and experienced to make you excited about your glasses for years to come.
- The different styles range from a circular frame to an oval or square frame.
One of the most common complaints we get in our Bronx office are itchy eyes. Patient often find themselves rubbing their eyes throughout the day. Though this can be caused by a multitude of conditions. One of the most common conditions are meibomian gland dysfunction.
Definition of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction:
Every eye has meibomian glands which are glands that produce a lipid oil that helps moisten the eye. The glands are critical for helping the eye be hydrated and making sure the tears don’t evaporate once on the eye. At certain times due to a multitude of causes these glands can be blocked. This can often lead to redness and inflammation in the eyelid as well as itchiness.
Risk factors of Meibomian gland dysfunction:
Certain patients are predisposed to having the condition. Other causes have been issues with hormones, Sjogren Syndrome, psoriasis, and Rosacea.
Assessing Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
At South Bronx Eyes, Dr. Alevi, a board certified Ophthalmologist, has extensive experience with meibomian gland dysfunction. Having trained under one of the leaders in the field, Dr. Alevi has a structured treatment plan to help with this condition. On initial exam, Dr. Alevi will look to see the extent of the dysfunction and run some tests to see what can be done to help.
Treating Meibomian Gland dysfunction
Many times the simplest thing is using warm compresses 5-10 minutes per day to help with the dysfunction. Other treatments that have been found to be helpful include Omega 3 fish oil and Doxycycyline. This should be discussed with your Ophthalmologist who can give the best treatment based on your condition.
David Alevi MD
David Alevi is a board certified corneal specialist and founder of South Bronx Eyes.
Itchy eyes can be caused by a number of factors. Dr. David Alevi at South Bronx eyes is trained to find the cause and help treat the problem. Don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment: 718-292-2020.
Diabetes is a disease that is related to high sugars. It can also affect the eye which is why it is crucial to have an annual eye exam. Dr. Alevi at South Bronx Eyes is trained to check the whole eye to make sure that there are no issues
During a diabetic eye exam, a drop will be placed to dilate the pupil. Then Dr. Alevi will examine the whole retina to make sure there are no signs of diabetic retinopathy. In addition, he will look under the slit lamp to make sure no cataract has formed. As in certain cases, cataracts can form due to high sugar levels. If needed, he may also take a fundus photo which is a picture of the back of your eye to document any issues. This thorough exam is why South Bronx Eyes is known for its reliable care and management.
What eye conditions can form due to diabetes?
The most common is diabetic retinopathy. This can often show with small hemmorrhages in the eyes or exudates. As it progressed, diabetic retinopathy can lead to an increase risk of glaucoma and cataracts as well as blindness. This is why a dilated eye exam is so critical. By doing so we can rule out any issues in the eye.
In addition as you get older the risk of macular degeneration increases, Dr. Alevi at South Bronx Eyes will also check to make sure there is no issues and you can live the active life you are used to living
At what frequency should I have a diabetic eye exam?
Diabetes is a complicated condition. Dr. Alevi counsels each patient and will discuss how often based on the eye exam. This could range from annually to a few times a year based on the condition of the eye. This is why its critical to go see an Ophthalmologist to make sure you are doing the very best for your vision. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests dilated diabetic eye exam within five years of diagnosis and then yearly for Type 1 diabetes. For Type 2 diabetes, you should have an exam at the time of diagnosis and then every year. If your eye is very healthy it can even be every 2-3 years. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Dr. Alevi will handcraft each patient to make sure they get the best care they need. Call 718-292-2020.
Cornea is the front part of the eye and many issues can arise. At South Bronx Eyes, Dr. David Alevi, specializes in the cornea. After doing a year long fellowship specializing in the cornea, Dr. Alevi uses the latest technology and his advanced training to give the care you need and deserve. Don’t hesitate to call 718-292-2020 to book an appointment.
What is the cornea?
The Cornea is the front part or outermost section of the eye. The cornea has five layers and helps protect the eye from dirt and germs that could hurt your eye.
The cornea also plays an important role in vision. As light enters the eye, it bends when it hits the cornea and refracts the light. Based on the curvature of the cornea determines how well you can see from distant and near.
What is keratoconus?
This is a progressive disease in which the cornea can become thinner and causes distortion in the eye
What is a surfer eye?
This is a common phrase for a pterygium which a wedge shape growth of the cornea. This often occurs in patients who have been exposed to the sun. Excision can sometimes be done to help remove a pterygium and help with vision. Though there is a chance of recurrence.
What is dry eyes?
Dry eyes is a condition that is due to either tear film insufficiency (quality of tears) or issues with producing enough tears. At South Bronx Eyes, Dr. Alevi has the latest technology to help treat all the symptoms caused by dry eyes. Please call 718-292-2020
There are many other conditions that can cause issues and thats why its critical that you get an exam and get the proper treatment if necessary. Here at South Bronx Eyes, Dr. Alevi is committed to giving the best care.
Eye infections are some of the most common infections in the eye. They can be very contagious and should be seen immediately. Dr. David Alevi MD at South Bronx Eyes has years of experience treating the different types of infections in the eye. Please don’t hesitate to call to make an appointment