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Thank you for choosing Northwest Vision Clinic. We look forward to becoming your eye health care provider! Here are a few suggestions to help make your first experience at our clinic a great one.
There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.
Our doctors can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages to each.
Do you wear Alcon contact lenses? Try MARLO! Shop online for your contacts, and they’ll deliver lenses straight from our office to your doorstep. With speedy shipping, guaranteed delivery, tracking updates, and reminders when you’re running low on lenses or due for your next exam, you’ll never have to worry about running out of contacts.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type you choose. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.
Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.
In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.
Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.
Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to GP lenses.
Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Northwest Vision Clinic in Seattle, and we will be in touch with you shortly.
At Northwest Vision Clinic we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the best possible standard of care. Because of this we now offer the Optomap® Retinal Exam. This non-invasive procedure allows our doctors to see a much broader and more detailed view of the retina than is possible with conventional methods. When reviewed, the scan becomes a permanent part of your medical file, enabling our doctors to make important comparisons should potential vision-threatening conditions show themselves at a future examination.
Optomap® ultra-wide digital retinal imaging offers a 200° view of the back of the eye, versus only 30°-90° using conventional methods. Now you can see exactly what your doctor sees!
The digital imaging system takes images of the retina (the back part of the inner eye). This procedure assists your doctors in early detection and follow-up care of many disorders, including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and other vision threatening conditions. The images will be stored in the computer and compared with images at future examinations.
OCT is a non-invasive imaging test. OCT is a unique test because it allows doctors to look at cross-sectional layers of the retina. Each of the ten layers in the retina can be detected. OCT allows a doctor to measure the thickness of each layer to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of retinal diseases and conditions. Such conditions include age-related macular degeneration, pre-retinal membranes, macular swelling, macular holes, cystoid macular edema, central serous retinopathy, glaucoma, and optic nerve damage.
Our office is proud to offer products to relieve dry eye symptoms and aid in the support of healthy ocular tissue. We currently carry the following products recommended by our doctors:
For those with Dry Eyes:
MacuHealth is a clinically proven supplement designed to rebuild and maximize macular pigment over a lifetime, resulting in enhanced vision. This supplement also aids in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. This supplement contains three key dietary nutrients – Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-Zeaxanthin, that make up the macular pigment.
Nordic Naturals ProDHA Eye – contains a combination of omega-3 , lutein, and zeaxanthin for patients who suffer from dry eyes and are at higher risk for macular degeneration.
Selecting your lenses and frames is a very personal choice. A wide variety of options are available that can be tailored to suit not only your medical needs but also your fashion preferences.
Highlight your features, play with color, and augment vision for different functions such as reading, driving and playing sports. With all the choices available, the experience can be daunting without the right guidance. Northwest Vision Clinic in Ballard makes the choice easy
When choosing a frame, the shape, size and color of the frame should enhance the color of your eyes, complement your skin tone and play up the best features of your face shape. In some cases, your prescription will also be a factor to consider when selecting a frame.
Most people need more than one pair of glasses, such as one for everyday wear and another for outdoor activities. Having different style frames for different activities and moods makes wearing glasses more fun.
Below you’ll find a list of our current collections. Should you have any questions or don’t see the brand you’re looking for, feel free to call us as we update our collections frequently.
Design, material and treatments are the three components that make up a pair of prescription lenses. It is important to select the right combination of these elements for your particular visual needs and to always consult your eye care professional.
The knowledgeable staff at Northwest Vision Clinic will consider long-term wearing comfort, style, features and function when suggesting a new pair of eyeglasses. The eyeglasses become as unique as the person taking them home.
Selecting the right eyeglass lens depends largely on its function. From single vision lenses to progressive polycarbonate lenses, we are happy to help you find what best suits your needs. Regardless of your situation, our opticians can help determine what types of lenses will work best for you in terms of comfort, function and design.
Wearers of prescription glasses and sunglasses commonly encounter annoying glare and reflections caused by light bouncing off their lenses. This glare makes it more difficult to see, especially at night. Anti-reflective lenses reduce these reflections allowing more light to pass through to your eyes.
All lens surfaces naturally reflect light and this reflection can prevent between seven to 14 percent of the light needed for optimal vision. Wearing non-AR lenses is like trying to read a book in a dimly lit room. Since AR lenses allow more light to reach your eyes by reducing reflections, it’s like turning up the lights in a room, making it easier to see.
Lenses and frames are a very necessary and personal choice. Northwest Vision Clinic in Ballard has the experience to guide you toward eyewear selections that are comfortable and that work to complement your face. For help, schedule an appointment with the Optical Department and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.
We have been following developing recommendations from the AOA, CDC, OSHA, and WISHA. We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
We appreciate your patience and understanding that we will do everything we can to accommodate you and your reasonable requests, while abiding by the federal and state mandated health guidelines.
There is a no-show/cancellation policy for all appointments missed or cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time. In order for us to accomodate other patients, please notify us of a cancellation at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.
The evaluation of contact lenses is not part of the usual comprehensive eye exam. An additional charge will be issued for this service. Fees for services (fitting, evaluation, and training) for soft contact lenses range from $30-$120. Evaluation for specialty and therapeutic contact lenses vary depending on complexity.
Northwest Vision Clinic will bill and await payment from your insurance company. We will then send you a statement if a balance remains, which is due 30 days from notification. If payment is not recieved after 90 days, your account will accrue a 1% finance charge every month until a payment is made. A $25 fee will be assessed for all returned checks.
Contact lens orders must be paid in full at time of order. Contact lenses can be mailed free of charge, some restrictions apply. Eyewear orders require a minimum deposit of 50% before order may be processed. Eyeglass lenses are custom made and cannot be refunded. See "Eyewear Return/Exchange Policy" below for more information.
All sales of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are made to order. Therefore, we are unable to refund any products that are not resalable or returnable to the manufacturer. If, however, there are any discrepancies between the Doctor’s prescription and the lenses manufactured by the lab, or between the Doctor’s prescription and the actual prescription, a one-time adjustment to the prescription lenses is included at no charge within 60 days from the date of purchase. Subsequent changes will incur additional charges.
In the event that a patient does not adapt to a pair of prescription progressive eyeglasses within 60 days, we will remake the lenses (one-time only) into a standard bifocal or single vision lens at no additional charge to the patient. No refund will be given for the price difference in materials.
All name-brand eyeglass frames are under manufacturer warranty for any manufacturing defects for up to one year from the date of purchase. This does not include accidental damage, loss, or breakage that has been incurred to the frames.