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BELLEVUE OFFICE
1920 116th Avenue North East
Bellevue, WA, 98004
Phone: (425) 454-3937
Fax: (425) 453-6646

Did You Know?

Did you know that you could be going blind and not even know it? That's what glaucoma does. It sneaks up on you very slowly over time. It's a leading cause of blindness in all adults over 60. But some people are especially at risk. If you're Black and over 40, you're up to five times more likely to get glaucoma. Or if you have a family history of glaucoma, you're also at high risk. Glaucoma can't be cured, but it can be controlled and the risk of blindness reduced-if glaucoma is detected and treated in time. That's why it's so important for people with an increased risk to have regular eye exams. Seattle glaucoma specialist, Howard Barnebey, MD is one of a very small group of local eye doctors dedicated to glaucoma and helping patients with this terrible eye disease.

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Visit our eye education section! At Specialty Eyecarè Centre we believe better patient education leads to superior patient experiences. Regardless if you are visiting us for a general eye exam, looking at treatment options, seeking surgery or just looking to review your pre and post surgical instructions, we have an extensive selection of diverse educational videos just for you!

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See Better After Cataract Surgery!

Cataract patients now have an option to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a mono-focal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multi-focal IOL technology can now decrease dependence on glasses after surgery. Our Seattle cataract surgeons welcome you to come into our office for a consultation regarding Advanced Technology Lens cataract surgery.

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Eyelid Surgery

If you are experiencing sagging eyelids and eyelids that are obstructing your vision please contact us for an eye exam. Depending on your specific condition there is a possibility that insurance may cover a surgery that can improve your vision dramatically. If you are seeking an Oculoplastic surgeon in Seattle for eyelid surgery we are Seattles Eyelid Surgery experts. Call us us today! For more information on eyelid surgery please visit our web page dedicated to this topic.

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Patient Information

Eye ChartTo maintain good vision and to keep your eyes healthy, it is important to have routine eye exams. For those with stable vision and without any eye disease having routine eye exams every two years is important. At this exam your eyes will be dilated so the doctor can see into your retina, your vision will be checked and you will be screened for eye diseases or disorders. If further testing is required a more comprehensive exam and possible testing will be scheduled.

If you experience any changes in your vision between regularly scheduled visits with your eye specialist, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible at our Bellevue or Seattle location. Early detection of problems and treatment of problems can be the key to preventing loss of vision.

Preparing for Your Eye Exam

Your visit to Specialty Eyecare CentreWhen a person calls to make an eye appointment, he or she should be prepared to describe any current vision problems. In addition, patients should ask if the eye examination will affect their vision temporarily and if they will need someone to drive them home. They may also want to ask about the cost of the exam, if their insurance plan will cover any of the cost, and how payment is handled.

Before going to the appointment, patients should gather information to help answer questions the eye care professional may ask.

  • Symptoms of current eye problems (flashes of light, difficulty seeing at night, temporary double vision, loss of vision, etc.)
  • Eye injuries or eye surgeries (approximate dates, where treated)
  • Family history of eye problems, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, etc.)
  • Any questions about their vision, glasses, contacts, laser surgery, etc.
  • A list of all prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs currently being used
  • Their general health condition (allergies, chronic health problems, operations, etc.)

Patients should also take the following items with them to their eye appointment:

  • Glasses, contact lenses or both
  • A list of all prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs currently being taken
  • Medical or health insurance card

Signs that You May Need an Eye Exam:

Children

  • Holding a book too close to their eyes
  • Difficulty reading the blackboard in school
  • Complaints of blurry eyesight
  • Squinting a lot
  • Closing or covering one eye in order to see

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule your appointment today at Specialty Eyecarè Centre

Adults

  • seinor coupleArms are suddenly "too short," i.e., need to hold the newspaper or other reading material far away
  • Unusual difficulty adjusting to dark rooms
  • Difficulty focusing on close or distant objects
  • Unusual sensitivity to light or glare
  • Change in the color of the iris
  • Red-rimmed, encrusted, or swollen lids
  • Recurrent pain in or around the eyes
  • Double vision
  • Dark spot at the center of their vision
  • Lines and straight edges appear wavy or distorted
  • Excess tearing or "watery eyes"
  • Dry eyes with itching or burning
  • Seeing spots or ghost-like images

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above schedule an eye exam at Specialty Eyecarè Centre

The following symptoms are indications of serious medical problems that require immediate attention:

  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye
  • Sudden hazy or blurred vision
  • Flashes of light or black spots in the field of vision
  • Halos or rainbows around lights
  • Curtain-like blotting out of vision
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms call our office immediately at 425-454-3937.

Your Routine Eye Exam:

Eye ExamVisual acuity tests measure the smallest object each eye can see at a certain distance. Normally, each eye will be done individually by covering one eye at a time. It may be necessary to tape a patch over a child's eye to keep him from peeking. The use of the Snellen chart is the most common way to test visual acuity. This chart letters and numbers that decrease in size. When taking the test, the distance between the patient and the chart is 20 feet.

20/20 vision is normal. If a person has 20/40 vision, they see at twenty feet what a normal eye sees at forty feet. If a person has 20/200 vision, they are legally blind. They only see at twenty feet what a normal eye sees at two hundred feet. If they have 20/15 vision, they see better than normal. They see at twenty feet what the normal eye would have to bring in to fifteen feet to see.

For children that do not know letters and numbers, they can be tested with the Tumbling E chart. To take this test, the child points his/her finger in the same direction as the E is pointing. Children who are younger than four may have trouble with this test so there are several different test used to obtain a child's accurate visual acuity.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Comprehensive Eye ExamsComprehensive eye exams for adults include the following:

  • Review of family and personal health history
  • Examination of the interior and exterior of the eye for signs of eye disease or general health problems such as diabetes or hardening of the arteries
  • Eye pressure and field of vision tests to diagnose glaucoma
  • Tests of ability to see sharply and clearly at both close and far distances
  • Tests to determine the presence of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, depth perception problems, and in people over age 40, presbyopia
  • Check of eye coordination and eye muscle function to make sure the eyes are working together as a team
  • Test of ability to change focus easily from near to far, and vice versa

Additional tests for young children includes:

  • Check for indications of crossed eyes
  • Check to ensure the child is using both eyes
  • Tests to check eye-hand-foot coordination
  • Tests to determine how well the child's vision skills are developing
  • Tests to determine normal color vision

Your visit to Specialty Eyecarè Centre will include a discussion of the exam's findings and any treatment prescribed. Click here to schedule your appointment today!