Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Comprehensive ophthalmology is a field dedicated to early detection and treatment of eye conditions.

Nothing is more important than preserving your vision. Henry Ford comprehensive ophthalmologists are experienced in early detection of eye conditions, including:

Once these or other conditions are diagnosed, you can receive prompt treatment, which can stop disease progression and help prevent vision loss, from our team of experts.

Comprehensive ophthalmology services

In accordance with the recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology comprehensive ophthalmologists offer a wide variety of services, including:

  • Thorough eye examinations and testing using state-of-the-art equipment
  • Screenings for eye diseases and disorders
  • Prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Medically and surgically treating diseases of the eye and surrounding structures

When necessary, our comprehensive ophthalmologists also coordinate care with other Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology surgeons and subspecialists, ensuring that our patients receive the most advanced treatment possible.

Dr. Bithika Kheterpal discusses the benefits of using comprehensive eye exams for early detection

Do I need a comprehensive ophthalmology eye exam?

The AAO recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease receive a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 – the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. Based on the results of the initial screening, a comprehensive ophthalmologist will explain how often you may need follow-up exams.

If you have any of the following risk factors, the AAO recommends checking with an ophthalmologist to determine how frequently your eyes should be examined:

  • Experiencing symptoms of eye problems (for individuals of any age)
  • A family history of eye disease
  • Existing health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure

Do I still need to go to my other eye appointments?

The recommended baseline eye disease screening does not replace regular visits to the ophthalmologist to treat ongoing disease or injuries, or routine vision examinations for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Much like mammograms at age 40 or colon screenings at age 50, this comprehensive ophthalmology screening is a health care reminder to adults that, as they age, they are at greater risk for developing eye disease and need to be screened.

Comprehensive Medical Eye Evaluation for Adults with No Risk Factor
Age (years) Frequency of Evaluation
  55-64  Every 1-2 years
 40-54  Every 2-4 years
 Under 40  5-10 years

At Henry Ford, patients come first

The Henry Ford Department of Ophthalmology is committed to providing our patients with compassionate, personalized care. We feature the most advanced treatments in eye care and are dedicated to vision research – always staying at the forefront of innovation. A leader in Michigan, as well as one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the United States, we treat more than 55,000 patients per year at 12 locations throughout southeast Michigan. In addition, our team works closely with Henry Ford Medical Group physicians in other departments, providing multidisciplinary, coordinated care for those patients who need it.

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