FREQUENTLY asked questions
What services do you offer?
- Comprehensive eye exams
- Contact lens fittings
- Digital Retinal Imaging
- Visual field screening
- Eye injury and infection treatment
- Co-management for laser and cataract surgeries
- General eyewear repair
- Frame styling and adjustments by experienced opticians
What insurance plans do you accept?
- United Healthcare
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Vision Service Plan (VSP)
- Premera Blue Cross
- Northwest Benefit Network (NBN)
What type of payments do you accept?
- Personal Checks
Why do I need a contact lens exam each year?
- Annual examinations are important for the health of your eye. We want to make sure that your lenses are still fitting properly and that you're not over-wearing them. We also check for any swelling or irritation and that the lenses you're wearing are letting enough oxygen into your eye (we can make adjustments in the materials of your lenses if that's a problem). There are many situations and conditions that can impact the health of your cornea, so an annual exam helps us find them and correct them as soon as possible.
What does the contact lens exam fee include?
- Your initial contact lens exam with the Doctor includes your diagnostic lenses, a starter lens care kit, Insertion and Removal training if necessary and any contact lens follow up appointments up to three months following the exam. None of these services are covered by insurance companies.
Why can't I wear my contact lenses longer than the manufacturer recommends?
- Wearing your contacts longer than you're supposed to can cause corneal abrasions which can lead to temporary and/or long term corneal damage. It can also make your eye more susceptible to eye infections. Remember: over wearing your contact lenses may result in intolerance and an inability to wear contact lenses.
Are all contact lens solutions the same?
- No. Always use the solutions we recommend. Certain solutions are superior to others, and are able to get rid of potential bacteria that could contaminate your contact lenses and cause infection. Multi-purpose solutions are recommended rather than plain saline solutions.
What is a good age for my child to get contacts?
- Wearing contacts is really a matter of maturity level or responsibility rather than age, but most children are usually 10 or older before they're ready to take on the responsibilities of wearing lenses. We'll be glad to talk with you and your child to help you decide if he/she is ready for contacts.
What does 20/20 vision mean?
- If you have 20/20 vision, it means you can see at 20 feet what is normally expected to be seen at that distance. An acuity of 20/50 would mean you must be 20 feet away to see what should normally be seen at 50 feet.
When should my child have his/her first eye exam?
- The American Optometric Association recommend children first have vision checked at six months of age, for major problems that may prevent vision from developing properly. If vision is normal, the next visit should be around age three and again before the child begins school.
What is LASIK surgery?
- LASIK , commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The doctor can determine your eligibility at your annual eye exam.
What is Crizal Anti-Reflective Coating and why is it recommended?
- Crizal lenses are created with a state-of-the-art 8-step manufacturing process that fuses 2-sided scratch resistance anti-reflective properties and hydrophobic technology into the lens itself. The coating will make your lenses virtually invisible by letting light pass through them instead of reflecting off, allowing people to see your eyes instead of just the reflection off of your lenses. Night driving is also safer because you won't see the glare from oncoming lights. Your eyes will become less fatigued when working on the computer, especially if you have a job in which you are on the computer most of the day. Cleaning is also easier and less frequent than lenses without anti-reflective coating, and much harder to scratch your lenses if you are tough on your glasses.
What are Transitions lenses and why are they important?
- Transitions® lenses are equipped with patented, photochromic dyes that enable the lenses to rapidly activate, or darken, when they are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light. The greater the intensity of UV rays, the darker the lenses become. When UV light is no longer present, including indoors or at night, the lenses fade back to their original state. Just like sunblock protects your skin, Transitions lenses help preserve the health and wellness of your eyes by blocking 100% of harmful UV rays. (Transitions.com)