WELCOME TO OUR OFFICE
Thank you for choosing Vision Plus Bellevue! We know you have many choices when it comes to selecting an optometrist and appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Please find some information below for your upcoming eye exam.
Before Your Appointment:
If you have not done so already, please provide your insurance information so we may contact your insurance company prior to your visit. If you would like us to request your previous health records from another office, please notify us prior to your exam so we may help you with this request. You may also contact your previous office directly and request records be faxed to us at: 425-451-7797.
On The Day of Your Appointment:
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to complete check in. We also recommend you bring any glasses and/or contact lenses (including packaging or prescription info) you currently use. Even if your lenses are not working well for you, it can be helpful to know what you are currently using.
What to Expect at Your Appointment:
The check in process begins with a warm welcome from our front desk staff. Next, we will ask for your help in completing some paperwork and a short form about your personal and family health history. This is important information for your eye doctor because certain conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can significantly affect your eye health; and certain eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration can run in families. During check in, our staff member will also provide you with an overview of your insurance benefits and anticipated copayments, if any. Moving on to your eye exam, the doctor and staff will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health and vision prescription.
During your exam we will perform several tests including:
Tonometry: This test is an important screener for glaucoma and checks the fluid pressure of the eyes. This is done using a gentle puff of air to quickly and easily measure eye pressure. Although the air puff can be startling, it is not painful. However, we understand some patients may feel uneasy about this test. If this is the case, please let us know. There is another way to check eye pressures which involves using a yellow colored eye drop that causes a temporary numbing feeling on the eyes.
Visual Field: This test is a check of your side or peripheral vision and is important because certain conditions like glaucoma, retinal detachments, and stroke can cause a person to lose a portion of their field of view.
Autorefraction/Keratometry: This measures the front curvature of your eyes and provides a rough estimate of your current vision prescription. It is a painless process that involves viewing a small image through a machine; the image will simply come in and out of focus several times while you view straight ahead. This test is especially helpful for contact lens wearers and can provide insight into the type of lenses that might work best for you.
Refraction: This is the process of determining your current vision prescription. During this process the doctor will guide you through a series of choices, asking you to select the clearer choice, in order to find the best correction for both distance and near vision. We understand this process can cause some potential anxiety for patients; but rest assured there are several steps built into the process to help reduce the chance of inconsistencies. As always, feel free to ask to have a choice repeated or let the doctor know if you have any questions or concerns.
Contact Lens Examination: If you are a current or new contact lens wearer, the doctor will spend some additional time screening for certain health issues more common with contact lens use, evaluating the fit and prescription of your contact lenses, and, if applicable, discussing new or alternative options to best address your comfort and vision needs. If you are trying a new type of lens or new prescription, the doctor may provide you with trial contact lenses to test, and have you return for a follow up visit in one to two weeks to evaluate.
Eye Health Examination: During your exam the doctor will use special lights and equipment to view the exterior and interior parts of the eyes. Although the brightness of the lights can cause some brief, mild discomfort; this type of light is not harmful to the eyes. This part of the exam helps to screen for problems such as dry eyes, allergy eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, eye problems related to diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as many other conditions. Examination of the inside portion of your eye is an important part of your exam and can be done in different ways. Traditionally, the eye doctor uses eye drops to temporarily cause your pupils (the black circular opening in the colored portion of your eye) to open wider or dilate. This allows the doctor to view the interior part of the eye, but causes your vision to be more blurred and light sensitive for several hours afterwards. Generally, most insurance companies will fully cover the dilation eye drops as part of your routine eye exam. Our office does offer a newer option called Optomap Retinal Imaging, which uses a special camera to take a wide angle photograph of the inside of the eye. In most cases this image can be taken without the use of eye drops, so it is often a popular option for patients. Depending on your insurance, there may be a copay for the Optomap Retinal Imaging. During the check in process, our staff member will review your insurance benefits and copays, if any, and will gladly answer any questions regarding this portion of your exam.