Eye Exam Specialist

Optik Birmingham

Joe Ales, OD

Optometrist located in Birmingham, MI

You know that scheduling regular eye exams is the best way to check your vision and make sure your prescription is up-to-date, but did you know it’s also the best way to keep your eyes healthy? That’s because many serious eye conditions and diseases have no early warning signs or symptoms and can only be detected in a comprehensive eye exam. At Optik Birmingham in Birmingham, Michigan, Joe Ales, DO offers comprehensive eye exams for people of all ages in the Metro Detroit area. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Eye Exam Q&A

What is a comprehensive eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam is a multipart evaluation designed to assess your visual acuity as well as your ocular health. During the 45- to 90-minute appointment, Dr. Ales closely examines your eyes, looking for early signs of common eye conditions and disorders, including:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Dry eye
  • Low vision

Having regular comprehensive eye exams as recommended is essential to catching these conditions early on before they cause any noticeable symptoms. In many cases, early detection and treatment can help you avoid a serious degree of vision loss or even blindness in one or both of your eyes.

What does a comprehensive eye exam cover?

A comprehensive eye exam is designed to cover every aspect of eyesight and eye health. Before the exam itself, you’ll discuss your medical history, overall health, and current vision issues with Dr. Ales. Then, he’ll check on the following:  

Visual acuity

This standard eye test involves reading from an eye chart to assess how well you see at various distances.

Eye pupil reaction

Dr. Ales shines a specialized light into each eye to evaluate your eye pupil response. Pupils that don’t change or become larger may indicate an underlying problem.

Side vision

When testing your side vision, Dr. Ales is mainly looking for early signs of glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve and often begins with a loss of peripheral vision.

Eye movement

Evaluating your eyes’ ability to track objects and move quickly in all directions is a good indication of proper eye alignment and ocular muscle function.

Eye surface

Dr. Ales looks at the front part of each eye with an illuminated microscope to evaluate your eyelids, corneas, irises, and lenses. This part of the exam can help him identify cataracts, scars, or scratches.

Retina and optic nerve health

After dilating your eyes with drops, Dr. Ales examines the back of each eye to look for signs of damage or disease that may affect your retinas or optic nerves. Using an optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan, an advanced imaging test that captures high-resolution 3-D images of your retina and optic nerve, he’s able to spot serious eye diseases before they cause noticeable symptoms.

Vision test

Finally, if you require vision correction, your exam also includes a vision test to determine your individual prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

When should I have a comprehensive eye exam?

Most adults should have a baseline eye exam by the age of 40 when early signs of disease typically begin to emerge and changes in vision are common.

If, however, you have certain risk factors for eye disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease, you should see an optometrist before the age of 40. To catch age-related eye problems early, people who turn 65 should have a comprehensive eye exam every two years.

To schedule your next eye exam, call Optik Birmingham today or book an appointment online any time.