Comprehensive Eye Exams - Routine eye exams are recommended yearly even for people who have no complaints with their distance vision. There are several eye conditions that are essentially asymptomatic in their early stages (ie. retinal tear, glaucoma) and if detected, treatment can be provided to prevent future vision loss. With the increased use of computers in many occupations, computer eye strain has become more common and the proper vision correction for a person's near vision can help to alleviate symptoms such as headaches, tired or achy eyes or blurry vision. Most adults over the age of 45 find that their ability to read comfortably begins to decline and there are various vision correction options including progressive addition spectacles (also known as no-line bifocals), contact lenses and laser correction.
Children's Eye Exams - We recommend children have their initial eye exam by the time they are in preschool and be re-examined yearly while in school. It is possible for certain vision conditions including astigmatism, farsightedness and anisometropia (different vision in each eye) to be missed during a routine school vision screening which could lead to reduced reading comprehension and ability.
Contact Lens fitting - We fit a variety of contact lenses including the newest soft contact lenses for astigmatism, daily wear, overnight wear and bifocal soft contact lenses. We also fit rigid gas permeable lenses and specialty contact lenses for keratoconus and post-corneal transplant.
Diabetic Eye Exams - Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new blindness in the United States. Diabetics are at risk for retinopathy which means that the small blood vessels inside the back of their eyes can be prone to leaking blood and fluid into the retinal tissue. Yearly dilated eye exam and digital retinal photos are recommended for all diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and diet-control) to monitor for early signs of this disease and possible treatment for prevention of blindess. A summary report and a copy of the digital retinal photos will be sent back to the primary care doctor and/or endocrinologist to offer more comprehensive management of a patient's diabetes.
Co-management of Glaucoma, macular degeneration and laser vision correction - Although optometrists do not perform eye surgery, they are trained to co-manage eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Often they are the ones who diagnose these conditions from a routine eye exam and early treatment may not involve surgery. Our office works with a number of local eye specialists so that we are able to make a timely and appropriate referral as needed. We also offer pre-operative and post-operative care with certain laser vision correction surgery centers in the area.
Digital retinal photographs - The adult eye should not change greatly in its structure in the absence of eye disease as a person ages. Therefore, baseline photographs are invaluable for monitoring for changes in a person's eye health and provide a detailed record of the individual appearance of each person's eyes.
5101 25th Avenue NE, Suite 10 | Seattle, Washington | 98105 | 206-432-9051