Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam Specialist

David Alevi, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

David Alevi, MD

Ophthalmologist located in Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

Eyes that aren’t as healthy as they should be can have a great impact on your quality of life and the way you experience the world around you. At South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, in Concourse Village in the Bronx, your eye health is the top priority. A comprehensive dilated eye exam allows Dr. Alevi to see inside your eyes and check for signs of age-related eye diseases and conditions. With a comprehensive dilated eye exam, Dr. Alevi can identify the first signs of problems and prescribe prompt treatment. Call the New York City office today to schedule an eye exam or book online.

Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam Q & A

What is a comprehensive dilated eye exam?

Before a comprehensive dilated eye exam, Dr. Alevi uses eye drops to dilate your pupils. Once your pupils widen, more light can enter into your eye. 

This allows Dr. Alevi to closely examine the interior of each eye, including the retina, macula, and the optic nerve, at the back of your eyeball.

A comprehensive dilated eye exam is much more than a vision test: It’s the best way to ensure your eye health and catch the first indications of common eye disease. 

Is pupil dilation painful?

No, the dilation process isn’t painful. It usually takes 20 minutes or so for your pupils to enlarge. Once they’re dilated, your vision is blurry and extra sensitive to bright light. 

The dilation effect should wear off in a few hours and your pupils return to their normal size on their own. You’ll need to wear sunglasses to help with light sensitivity after your eye exam. 

What diseases can an ophthalmologist detect during a comprehensive dilated eye exam?

During your comprehensive dilated eye exam, Dr. Alevi can look for signs of a torn or detached retina, an eye tumor, or any of the following common eye diseases:

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy

Protein buildup, unusual blood vessel growth, and damage to your optic nerve are all indications of a problem within your eye, and the best way to see these signs is with a dilated eye exam.

How often do I need a comprehensive dilated eye exam?

According to the National Eye Institute, men and women over 60 years old should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam once a year. 

However, if you’re African American, you have a higher risk for glaucoma — a group of eye conditions that damages your optic nerve and a leading cause of blindness — so you should schedule a dilated eye exam once you turn 40. 

If you have diabetes, you should undergo an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam regardless of your age, since diabetes can put you at risk for eye problems, including diabetic retinopathy — damage to the blood vessels in your eye. 

Based on your individual needs, health history, and vision concerns, Dr. Alevi may recommend scheduling a comprehensive dilated eye exam more frequently so he can monitor your eye health and disease progression.

To schedule your exam, contact South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, by phone or through the online booking system.