Information about Ophthalmology
Exceptional care for your eyes
Protect your eyes with comprehensive care from our ophthalmologists. Our physicians work closely with you and your family to oversee your current and long-term eye health.
We offer adult and pediatric eye exams, and screen for and manage a variety of conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy), cataracts, “lazy” eye (ambylopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), and age-related macular degeneration. Our suite is equipped with advanced technologies and we use proven treatment techniques.
We are the only clinic in Southwest Washington with a full-time pediatric ophthalmologist. Our team includes specially trained staff with extended experience in children’s eye care. Each child’s examination is adapted to their ability to respond and communicate, as well as their level of comfort.
- Cataract management
- Diabetic exams
- Dry eye management
- Glaucoma management
- Medical eye exams
- Amblyopia exams
- Blurred vision care
- Ophthalmic disease surgery and care
- Pediatric eye trauma care
- Cataract surgery
- Glaucoma surgery
- In-office laser surgery for diabetic eye disease and glaucoma, and after cataract lens obscuration
- Strabismus surgery
- Tear duct obstruction surgery
I’m looking for an eye doctor. What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist, and an optician?
Ophthalmologists have a medical degree (MD) and are licensed to practice medicine and perform eye surgery. They have completed a minimum of four years of medical school, an internship, and a three-year residency.
Optometrists hold a doctorate in and are licensed to practice optometry. They have completed four years of optometry school. They can determine the need for glasses and contact lenses, prescribe optical correction, and screen for certain eye conditions.
Opticians usually have a combination of college, two years of opticianry school, and professional training. They can fit and dispense eyeglasses or contact lenses based upon a prescription from a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist.
At what age do kids need an eye exam?
Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of a child’s development. Their eyes should be examined regularly, as many eye diseases and vision problems can be detected and treated early. If there is a concern regarding a child’s vision or eye alignment, they should be examined as soon as possible. No patient is too young.
How can you tell if my child needs glasses?
During your child’s visit, they will have a complete dilated eye exam. Once your child’s eyes are dilated, we can use your child’s red reflex to determine the appropriate prescription for glasses. Your child does not have to participate at all. Even if a child has difficulty cooperating with testing, it is rare that we cannot complete a thorough exam.
Will wearing glasses make my child’s eyes weaker?
No, it’s actually the opposite. If a child needs glasses and doesn’t get them, it may result in a vision development disorder called amblyopia, in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity.