We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.
To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:
Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.request an appointment
Comprehensive Eye Exams
On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every two years to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.
During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.request an appointment
Hard To Fit Contact Lenses
Do you find wearing contact lenses impossible? Are your regular contacts painful or constantly uncomfortable? You are not alone. Due to a variety of factors such as individual eye shape, specific conditions, impairments, or the aftermath of surgery, some patients are considered to have more difficulty wearing contacts than others.request an appointment
Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.request an appointment
Cataract Eye Surgery
Cataracts are a major cause of vision loss worldwide; almost 20 million people are blind because of the condition. Many people think of cataracts as alarming, assuming that if they get them, they will become blind. However, advanced cataract surgery can restore lost sight in most cases. In the United States, more than one million cataract surgeries are performed annually.
A cataract is a clouding of the transparent part of your eye called the lens. A normally clear lens focuses light onto the retina, which is located in the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy and opaque, light cannot pass through to the retina, resulting in blurry or cloudy vision.
What causes cataracts?
Cataracts are most directly associated with the aging process. As the body ages, the normally transparent lens begins to harden and yellow and becomes cloudy. There is increasing evidence that lifelong exposure to ultraviolet light contributes to the formation of cataracts. Over half of all people aged 65 or older have some degree of cataract development. In addition, eye injuries, certain medications, diabetes, kidney disease and smoking may contribute to the formation of cataracts.
Since there is presently no medical treatment to prevent cataracts or reverse them once they develop, the only treatment for cataracts is their surgical removal. Cataract surgery is recommended when cataracts start to interfere with your enjoyment of everyday activities. Today’s cataract surgery is a marvel of medical technology. Here at Overlake EyeCare, we’ve always been at the forefront of cataract surgery. Dr. Mary Coday offers the modern phacoemulsification procedure, which enables cataracts to be removed through a tiny incision, as well as “no-stitch” cataract surgery with topical anesthesia.
We offer the most up-to-date modern optional lens implant upgrade options for presbyopia correction and astigmatism reduction.
Cataract surgery is quick, safe and effective and offers a rapid recovery time of just a few days. Finally, you’ll feel confident that your procedure will be performed inside our state-of-the-art surgical center in Seattle that puts your safety and comfort first.
Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that utilize a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen, and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen.
If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to request an appointment, we will perform a full evaluation.request an appointment
LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and is a popular surgery to correct vision problems. LASIK can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted, as well those who have astigmatism.
LASIK works by reshaping the cornea with a laser, which allows light to be correctly focused onto the retina. A laser is used to create a small flap in the cornea, which is peeled back so another laser can reshape the cornea. The flap is then placed back and the surgery is complete.request an appointment
Dry Eye Treatment
Overlake EyeCare is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.request an appointment
Ortho-k involves temporarily reshaping the cornea through the use of specialized contact lenses, which are designed to be worn while sleeping. Although these lenses are not very common and most people still prefer laser surgery, this reshaping method is gaining more popularity as the procedure continues to be improved.request an appointment
There are many different styles, shapes, and materials to choose from when picking out the best frames for your lenses. This can sometimes be an overwhelming and difficult decision, but at Overlake EyeCare, we are happy to help you find the best frames for your specific wants and needs. Although frames are primarily a style choice, they are also affected by prescription strength. High-index prescriptions may limit which frames can support your lenses, but our friendly opticians are happy to help you find the right solution!
Frame material is also an important choice that needs to be made when choosing your frames. For our patients with metal allergies, we offer several options in alternative frame materials such as plastic or acetate. Since plastic and acetate frames are generally not adjustable, it is crucial to get the proper fit. Stainless steel frames are also an option as it tends to be less irritating than other metals for those with sensitive skin. Titanium is another alternative, and they are incredibly lightweight as well as durable and hypoallergenic.request an appointment
Sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from sunlight. While all tinted lenses help to protect your eyes from sunlight, some will protect your eyes better than others. Sunglasses with lenses that block ultraviolet sunlight are the best option. Although sunglasses can be expensive, there are many affordable brands that provide great protection from harmful sunlight as well. If you are interested in finding the best brand of sunglasses for your lifestyle, we can help you find them.
We have a variety of options for you to choose from that will comfortably fit your face and let you enjoy the warm weather in style. Prescription lenses can be applied to most sunglasses and we can help you order a specific brand if we don’t have them in the store.request an appointment
People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) often do not know they have the disease during its early stages. They may dismiss early warning signs, like trouble seeing at night, as part of the normal aging process. Ignoring these symptoms only delays diagnosis, which can lead to more vision loss.
We are offering a new test that helps us diagnose AMD at a very early stage and monitor disease progression. If you are experiencing problems seeing at night, or it is becoming increasingly difficult to read in dim light, talk to us about scheduling an AdaptDx Pro test.
The AdaptDx Pro aids in the detection and management of AMD. It measures the time it takes for your vision to adjust to the dark. This is called dark adaptation. The simple test takes less than 10 minutes. You’ll wear a comfortable headset and follow the instructions from an artificial intelligence-driven technician named Theia, who will guide you through the test. Nothing will touch your eye. If the AdaptDx Pro test indicates signs of early AMD, you and your doctor have valuable time to develop a plan to delay disease progression.
What is RI?
“RI” stands for Rod Intercept,™ the time it takes for the eye to adjust from bright light to darkness When you take the AdaptDx Pro test, the device calculates your RI number and provides your doctor with critical information to help determine whether or not you have AMD.
Is the AdaptDx Pro test covered by insurance?
We may be able to bill the test to your insurance provider if there is a medical diagnosis related to AMD or you are experiencing trouble seeing in dim or dark environments. If not, the AdaptDx Pro test may require a modest out-of-pocket charge.
What should I expect during the test?
Watch this video that shows you exactly what to expect during the test:
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is the leading cause of adult blindness in developed countries and affects nearly 1 in 8 adults over the age of 60. AMD is a chronic, progressive disease that attacks the macula, a part of the retina that allows us to see objects located straight ahead of us. The macula is responsible for your central vision, which allows you to do things like recognize faces, read, and watch TV.
Normal Vision Vision with AMD
Stages of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
As a progressive disease, AMD reveals itself in stages.
• Subclinical AMD
This the earliest detectable stage of age-related macular degeneration. The first warning sign is trouble seeing at night. Many people blame poor night vision on the normal aging process and don’t report the symptom to their doctor. Don’t make that mistake. If you begin having difficulty reading in dim light or adjusting to seeing in the dark, let us know. Identifying AMD at this point is critical to proactively manage the disease.
• Early to Intermediate AMD
Before we learned that dark adaptation is the first symptom of AMD, eye care professionals relied on identifying the disease during the early or intermediate stages by identifying drusen – yellow fatty deposits under your retina – which is a physical indicator of AMD.
• Advanced AMD
Patients notice central vision blurriness as the disease advances. The transition from early-stage to late-stage AMD happens rapidly. If left untreated, it can lead to legal blindness in as little as six months. While treatment options can slow the progression of late AMD, nothing can reverse the damage already done.
AMD Symptoms and Risk Factors
The earliest symptom of AMD is impaired dark adaptation, which may cause difficulty seeing at night. As the disease progresses, symptoms may include distortion of straight lines or dark and blurry central vision.
There are several factors that may increase your risk, including:
• Age 50 or older
• Family history of AMD
• Caucasian (white)
• Smoker or past smoker
• Heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol
Age is the biggest risk factor. In fact, 1 in 8 adults over the age of 60 has age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you are experiencing a symptom of AMD or have multiple risk factors, let us know and we may test your eyes with the AdaptDx Pro.
What happens if AMD is detected?
If you are diagnosed with AMD, we have valuable time to develop a plan to delay further symptoms.
Proactive steps to delay or prevent vision loss include:
• Lifestyle changes, such as improved diet and exercise
• Smoking cessation.
• Eye health supplements
• Blue light protection
• UVA and UVB protection
We will also want to monitor your vision regularly. It is very important to follow up with testing as indicated, so we may promptly intervene should complications occur. If needed, you’ll be able to begin additional treatment as soon as late-stage AMD is detected.
The need to wear contacts or eyeglasses is common. At some point in their adult lives, most people are prescribed glasses and/or contacts. A persona’s vision typically stabilizes in early adulthood, but that doesn’t mean vision changes are done for good. Sometime after age 40, it is common to experience a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that describes the eye focusing issues associated with the hardening of the eyes’ natural lenses. Often, those with presbyopia also have some form of refractive vision error and need bifocal lenses in order to correct for both near and distance vision.
Many people discover that as they get older, print starts getting harder to read, and they have to hold reading materials further or closer than they used to. If you are experiencing any noticeable vision changes, it is probably a good idea to see your eye doctor in order to get your eyeglasses prescription updated. A thorough exam from a doctor of optometry in Bellevue or Kirkland will determine if Bifocal or trifocal lenses are necessary for you.
Choices in Multi-Focal Lenses
If you do need multi-focal lenses, there are multiple options to consider. While multi-focal contacts exist, most opt to start with glasses. One main decision to be made is whether to opt for line-free progressive lenses or traditional bi focal or tri focal lenses.
The obvious advantage to no line lenses is that there are no lines. Some people are self-conscious and feel like the line in their glasses advertises that they are over 40. Progressive lenses are also generally smaller and are less likely to “take over” your face.
Traditional lenses have their upsides too. It is easier to clarify which part of the lens is used for different types of vision. With standard bi focal lenses, the top area is devoted to distance vision, while the bottom part is reserved to close vision. Lines may be straight across the whole less, of the near vision may have a smaller rounded area. If you need help with intermediate vision as well as near vision and distance vision, you may be prescribed trifocal eyeglasses that can assure you have full use of your vision for all you need to do.
The need for bifocal lenses is a sign of aging, whether we like to admit it or not. It is also a sign to start paying attention to our vision again. Age is a risk factor for things like cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.