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Eye Exam Specialist

Russell Levine, MD -  - Comprehensive Ophthalmologist

Russell Levine, MD

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist & Cataract Surgeon located in Hell's Kitchen, New York, NY

If you’ve noticed a change in your vision, don’t wait to make an appointment for an eye exam. At Russell Micah Levine, MD in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, ophthalmologist Russell Levine, MD, provides comprehensive medical eye exams, taking into account each individual’s health history and goals for treatment. Using years of training and expertise, Dr. Levine regularly detects underlying conditions and helps patients better understand their eye health. To schedule your eye exam appointment, call the New York City office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.

Eye Exam Q&A

Why is it important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam?

An eye exam is a screening procedure used to diagnose, treat, and prevent eye-related health problems as well as certain neurologic, rheumatologic, and other medical issues. During an eye exam, Dr. Levine conducts a series of tests that check your vision and determine the overall health of your eyes.

The information provided by an eye exam helps Dr. Levine determine the best course of treatment for your situation. This might include wearing eyeglasses or contacts, taking prescription medications, lifestyle changes, medical referrals, imaging studies, bloodwork, or undergoing surgery.

What are some common problems that an eye exam can detect?

Dr. Levine sets aside time to meet individually with each of his patients. He uses the face-to-face time during an eye exam to discuss test results in detail, answer each person’s questions about their eyes, and encourage healthy lifestyle habits that promote eye health. 

Additionally, Dr. Levine uses eye exams to diagnose a variety of common eye problems, including but not limited to:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Hypertensive retinopathy
  • Dry eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Floaters
  • Eyelid issues
  • Uveitis
  • Styes
  • Keratoconus
  • Fuchs endothelial dystrophy
  • Retinal disorders
  • Droopy eyelids / ptosis

Dr. Levine also conducts pediatric eye exams for children of all ages, examines patients with urgent eye care needs, performs refraction tests, and assists patients in finding safe and affordable prescription eyewear.

Are there different types of eye exams?

Yes. Dr. Levine offers both routine (comprehensive) and diabetic eye exams.

General eye exams

During a routine eye exam, Dr. Levine reviews your medical history, asks you questions about your lifestyle and vision, and conducts a series of diagnostic tests. He also may take photographs of your eyes, test your visual fields, and order retinal and optic nevrve imaging. Dr. Levine uses this information to diagnose and monitor potential eye diseases and to make treatment recommendations.

An eye exam usually takes 30-45 minutes. If your eyes are healthy and you don’t have any obvious problems, it’s usally okay to schedule one eye exam per year. However, if you have cataracts, glaucoma, or another progressive condition, more frequent eye exams may be necessary. 

Diabetic eye exams

If you have diabetes, you may also more likely to experience glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. A diabetic eye exam includes much of the same testing as a traditional eye exam. As well, Dr. Levine will help you develop individualized strategies to manage your diabetes through lifestyle and diet modifications. Dr. Levine will be attentive to your individual situation, and will make sure all your questions are answered. 

If it's been more than a year since your last eye exam, schedule an appointment at Russell Micah Levine, MD. Call or text the office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.