At Cascade vision center, we believe that annual eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.
At the completion of the examination, our eye doctor will assess and evaluate the results of the testing to determine a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. He will discuss with you the nature of any visual or eye health problems found and explain available treatment options. In some cases, a referral for consultation with other health care provider may be indicated.
Comprehensive eye exams may include:
- Patient history review
- Testing visual acuity and refractive error to obtain best prescription for eyeglasses
- Intraocular pressure
- Screening peripheral visual field
- Color vision testing
- Pupil evaluation
- Analysis of the visual system
- Eye health evaluation
Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Medical Eye Exams
Some conditions of the eye require either Over-The-Counter or prescription eye drops for treatment.
Prescription eye drops used to treat infections include antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and steroid drops. Some patients may also experience significant eye allergies and low-dose allergy drops are utilized to help with patient comfort. Lastly, patients with glaucoma are treated with a variety of medications to lower eye pressure and slow the progression of the disease.
Other medical conditions of the eyes do not require eye drops. Some of these conditions can be treated by vitamin supplements or simply by cleaning along the eyelids. Other conditions may require minor in-office procedures or referral to an ophthalmologist for surgical intervention.
A contact lens is a medical device. For this reason, a contact lens evaluation is performed for all first time wearers and existing contact lens wearers. On an annual basis, every contact lens wearer must have an annual contact lens evaluation. This evaluation is medically necessary to ensure proper fit and alignment of gas permeable and soft contact lenses. In particular, it is important to note if the contact lens is possibly damaging the cornea and surrounding ocular surface.
Contact lenses are not only used to correct your vision, but we also fit contact lenses to treat medical eye conditions. These eye conditions include keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal abrasions, and recurrent corneal erosion.
Due to advancements in technology, most contacts lenses prescribed today are disposable contacts. Disposable contacts may last 1-day, 2-weeks or 1-month. Disposable contacts lessen the probability of infections, promote breathability, enhance comfort and decrease dryness.
After determining your prescription, our eye doctors work with you to determine whether contact lenses or glasses are best for your lifestyle. Contact lenses are available in either soft or rigid gas permeable form. Contact lenses need to be changed daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on what type of lens you select. Specialized contact lenses, such as bifocal contact lenses, are also available for patients with special eye conditions. Call us at 425-235-9911 if you are interested in learning if contact lenses are a good fit for you.
We fit the follow contact lens types:
- Spherical disposable contact lenses
- Toric (Astigmatism) disposable contact lenses
- Multifocal disposable contact lenses
- Monovision disposable contact lenses
- 1-day disposable contact lenses
- Rigid gas permeable contact lenses
- Bifocal (Multifocal) gas permeable contact lenses
Cosmetic and Prosthetic Lenses
For many reasons, including eye injuries, one patient's eye color may be different than the other. Custom contact lenses can also be created of any color variation or irregularity and produce a natural eye color. Cosmetic colored contact lenses are also available to transform your eye color. Call us at 425-235-9911 to speak to our knowledgeable staff if you are interested in colored or prosthetic contact lenses.
Hard-to-Fit Contact Lenses
Are your eyes hard to fit?
If you have had trouble wearing contact lenses or have been told that you are not a good candidate for contacts, you have eyes that are "hard to fit". It doesn't mean that you can't wear contacts.
Conditions that can make contact lens fitting challenging include:
- Dry eyes
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
- Post-refractive surgery (such as LASIK)
Our eye doctors will discuss options with you and obtain specialized hard to fit contacts for your vision problems.
We fit the following specialty contact lenses:
- Keratoconus soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses
- Hybrid soft/rigid gas permeable contact lenses
- Scleral contact lenses
- Wave contact lenses
We offer Wave contact lenses which are custom designed from your corneal "fingerprint". Many unsuccessful contact lens wearers are successful Wave lens users.