Eye Care for Life
Eyesight is one of life’s most precious gifts. Our doctors and experienced staff at the Eye Clinic at Valley Medical Center are dedicated to helping you maintain and improve your eye health. From comprehensive exams and medical procedures, to specialized care for problems relating to a variety of health conditions, the Eye Clinic offers skill and expertise that will assist you and your family's eye health for life.
We provide medical and surgical eye procedures for cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy.
The Continuum of Care
As with most routine healthcare, frequency of exams depends upon the patient’s age, health and family history.
At the Eye Clinic, we suggest the following routine of comprehensive eye exams:
- Before starting first grade
- Every year or two from age 6 to 18 for young people wearing glasses
- Every year or two from age 19 to 60
- Annually from age 61
- For diabetics, patients with vision problems or a family history of poor vision health, we recommend annual exams
NOTE: Simple exams for glasses or contacts prescriptions are NOT offered at this clinic.
Should you need further attention, the Eye Clinic offers:
- Evaluation and treatment of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, conjunctivitis, dry eye, eye injury, and other chronic conditions of the eye
- Cataract surgery
What is an Ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is a highly skilled physician who is specially trained to provide your entire family with the full spectrum of eye care—including performing complex and delicate eye surgery. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research into the causes of, and cures for, eye diseases and vision problems.
Have Cataracts Impacted Your Vision?
A cataract is a clouding of the transparent lens in the eye. Over time, increased cloudiness can blur your vision and eventually rob you of the joy of reading, the ability to drive a car, and even something as simple as watching your favorite movie. Thanks to the latest surgical advances, clear vision can often be safely restored. If you suspect cataracts are impairing your vision, call 425.690.3415.
A Healthy Lifestyle Equals Healthy Eyes
Smoking, hypertension, cholesterol, a bad diet and genetics can all contribute to your risk for eye disorders. High blood pressure, for example, compromises the body’s blood vessels, including those behind the retina. Unchecked, these risk factors can lead to a host of disorders. Macular degeneration, which can inhibit a person’s ability to read or drive, is the leading cause of vision loss or blindness in adults age 65 and older.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eye-healthy foods include brightly colored fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants. Seeds, nuts, oily fish such as salmon and sardines and supplements including lutein, zeaxanthin, fish oil and alpha and beta carotenes provide nutrients for eye health.
“The doctor always took time to explain and listen. I felt very confident…as I had my cataract surgeries.”
Lorraine – cataract surgery patient