Eye Exams

Eye Exams in Grand Rapids

Routine Eye Exams are very important not only to determine if you need correction to see well but also to maintain the health of your eye. Vision and eye health changes can occur without you noticing. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will result in success, so routine, comprehensive eye exams are important.

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For routine exams, we recommend that you schedule your appointment with one of our optometrists. If you have a medical problem or history of eye disease that dictates medical or surgical treatment, we recommend that you schedule with one of our ophthalmologists. Our optometrists and ophthalmologists work together as a team ensuring the best possible solutions for your unique eyes. Your eye exam is very thorough and includes the following:

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  • History of vision problems
  • Medical History
  • Visual Acuity
  • Intraocular Pressure Readings
  • Confrontation Visual Fields
  • Refraction-either manual or with our state of the art computerized EPIC System
  • Examination of the front part of your eye, including your cornea, pupil, iris, lens with the slit lamp microscope
  • Dilation
  • Examination of the inside of your eye including your retina and optic nerve
  • Professional summary of your tests
  • Recommendations to maintain healthy eyes and vision for the future

Your eye exam will take approximately 1 1/2 hours and your eyes will be dilated which means you will not be able to see up close to read or perform other near work for 4-6 hours. After your eyes are dilated, you will also be very sensitive to the light so we recommend using sunglasses. We are happy to provide disposable sunglasses to you if you prefer.Glasses in Front of an Eye Chart

What is Routine Eye Care?

Many people do not see why they need to go in for a routine eye care exam. After all, if they can see, there is nothing wrong with their eyes, right? That could not be further from the truth. There are different eye problems that are not noticeable to a patient. Even if you do not notice them, they could already be causing problems! Keep reading to learn more about the importance of routine eye care!l

Routine eye care is measures taken to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Because eyes change with time, your routine eye care in Grand Rapids should include:

  • An annual exam performed by a qualified eye doctor
  • Eye dilation
  • A glaucoma test

Checking your prescriptions, and if necessary, new prescriptions for contact lenses and eyeglasses. When it comes to eye care, the goal is prevention. Routine eye care helps prevent conditions that may affect your vision.

What is a Routine Eye Exam?

A routine eye exam is a visit to the eye doctor to check on the health of your eyes. During a routine eye exam, your eye doctor may screen for diseases, as well as check your vision.
If you wear glasses or contacts, they will update any existing prescriptions as well. The exam checks for any developing eye conditions. It’s advisable to get this exam at least once every year, even when your vision seems perfect.

What is the Difference Between a Routine Eye Exam and a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

An eye doctor will take only about half an hour to perform a regular or routine eye exam. A routine eye exam is mainly geared towards detecting refractive errors. These include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. For these errors, glasses and contact lenses can help improve vision.

A comprehensive eye exam checks for eye diseases, refractive errors, and other impairments and tests carried out in a comprehensive eye exam include visual acuity tests. Visual acuity tests determine your eye’s ability to focus. Other tests are ocular motility testing, glaucoma test, and a slit lamp exam. During a comprehensive exam, a diagnosis may be made, and depending on diagnosis, this could mean you need treatment options like eye surgery and contacts or glasses.

Why Should You Go In for an Annual Eye Exam?

Most eye diseases are not noticeable until they have already developed. At this point, they will start to affect your vision. An eye exam is the only way to detect these conditions before they cause vision loss. Some eye diseases such as glaucoma don’t have a cure and can only be managed. If left untreated, glaucoma will lead to irreversible blindness. That makes it crucial for diagnosis and treatment to begin as soon as possible.

It’s also advisable to make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as you notice symptoms such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Inability to focus on either near or distant objects
  • Eye fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light

Who Should Have an Eye Exam?

Everyone should go for routine eye exams. The Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that routine eye exams are essential, even if our eyes and vision are fine. How often you should have eye exams depends on a few things. A child should have his or her first thorough eye exam before they start kindergarten, if not before. If you have refractive errors, you should have an eye exam once a year. If you have good vision, you should still see your eye doctor every other year. As you get older, this should change, as you’re more likely to develop glaucoma or cataracts. Adults who are 65 years or older should get an eye exam every year.

Open your eyes to the advanced technology and professional service of Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (GRO). We have served the needs of patients like you since 1982, keeping pace by offering the most advanced technologies available, delivered by a committed, caring and expert group of doctors and staff. We are here for the lifetime of you and your family’s eye care needs. Schedule an appointment today to experience the GRO difference.

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Our Locations

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology is pleased to provide top-quality, comprehensive eye care to our patients in the Greater Grand Rapids area. We have 15 conveniently located eye care centers that utilize the latest and most advanced technologies across the entire spectrum of ophthalmology. If you are seeking information about one of our eye care locations please click into our locations page for more information. Hours are subject to change due to upcoming Holidays.

Construction Update: US-131 southbound is now closed between Burton and 28th Street. The ramp from US-131 northbound to I-96 westbound is also closed and will remain closed all summer. Please allow extra travel time and plan routes accordingly to arrive for your appointment on time.

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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
East Beltline Medical Center
750 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(Located on the Southeast corner of East Beltline and Bradford - enter from Bradford)
M, W, Th, F: 8am – 5pm
Late Night – T: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 11am
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Rivertown Office Center
4475 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
(Located on the Northwest corner of 44th St/Rivertown Pkwy and Wilson - enter from Wilson)
Tu, W, F: 8am-5pm
Late Nights – M, Th: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (Located on the upper level)
3300 Walker View Dr
Walker, MI 49544
(Located North of Walker Avenue exit on I-96 – enter on the upper level)
M, T, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – W: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Spectrum Health South Campus
80 68th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(Located on Southeast corner of 68th St and Division)
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-6pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Mercy Health Campus
6050 Northland Dr NE, Suite 100
Rockford, MI 49341
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 7am-5pm
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Mercy Health Campus
10047 Crossroads Ct SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
M, Tu, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Closed 12pm-1pm daily
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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East Grand Rapids
Lakeshore Eye
717 Bagley Ave SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
M-Th: 8am-5pm
F: Closed (until December 1, 2023)
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Lakeshore Medical Campus
3235 N Wellness Dr, Suite 130
Holland, MI 49424
(Located ¼ mile East of US-31 on the left)
M, W, Th: 8am-5pm
F: 7:30am-3:30pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Thurs 8am-5pm & Fri 7:30am-3:30pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
537 W Main St
Ionia, MI 48846
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – Tu: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
705 S Greenville W Dr. #Suite 201
Greenville MI 48838
M: 7:30am-6pm
Tu, W: 7:30am-4:30pm
Th: 8am-5pm
F: 7:30am-4:30pm
511 Wilson Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
M, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Late Night – T: 8am-7pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am – 5pm
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GRO Surgical Center
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology Surgical Care Center
750 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(Located on Southeast corner of East Beltline and Bradford – enter on the second floor)
M, TU, W, Th, F: 8am-5pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm
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Walker Surgical Center
Walker Surgical Center
3300 Walker View Dr
Walker, MI 49544
(Located North of Walker Avenue exit on I-96 – enter on the lower level)
M, Tu, W, Th, F: 6am-5pm
Phones answered Mon thru Fri 6am-5pm
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