4317 Factoria Blvd SE Ste A
Bellevue, WA 98006
425-641-2020

Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Eye  Exams


At Factoria Eye Clinic, we are committed to providing a lifetime of care for you and your family. Regular eye exams are essential in maintaining healthy sight. Diseases that affect vision can occur without signs or symptoms at any age. With the latest technologies and equipment, including Retinal Photography with the Optomap Retinal Camera we are afforded early detection of many diseases which might adversely affect the eyes.

Regardless of your age or physical health, it's important to have regular eye exams.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Learn about Optomap vs.Dilation Exams

Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
 


Computer Users


Distance from screen

When you come for your appointment it’s helpful to know approximately how far you sit from your screen. You can measure this by estimating the distance from your outstretched hand. We use this approximate distance as a guide to getting the appropriate focal length for prescribing computer eyewear.

Eye level in relation to screen?

It may also be helpful to know where your screen is in relation to eye level. This means if you are sitting up straight with your head in neutral position and you look straight ahead…is your screen straight ahead or do you drop your eyes approximately 15 degrees (such as in the illustration) to see the monitor.

 
 

Children

Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again before starting Kindergarten. We recommend that children have their eyes checked each year while in school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors may need to have their eyes examined more frequently.

Common risk factors for vision problems include:

• premature birth
• developmental delays
• turned or crossed eyes
• family history of eye disease
• history of eye injury
• other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Read more about Childrens Eye Care.
 
 

Adults

The AOA also recommends a yearly eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined yearly.
 
 

Why do you ask me about my health and medications for my eye exam?


There are three reasons that we ask about your health and medication at the beginning of your eye exam:

1. Many health conditions can affect the eyes. Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can cause retinal and vision damage. Because the eyes have such a rich blood supply, almost any condition which affects blood flow can affect your eyes.

2. We frequently see side effects of medications which cause eye problems. Commonly prescribed medication for asthma, inflammation, and arthritis may lead to glaucoma or cataracts. Knowledge of your medications assists us in making and appropriately managing these diagnoses.

3. Some insurance plans such as Medicare and VSP, mandate that we ask about certain health issues such as cigarette smoking. While patients are not obligated to answer any of these questions, we are required to ask.


Call our  Bellevue office at 425-641-2020 or email us to schedule an eye exam appointment.