Blindness or low vision affects 3.3 million Americans age 40 and over, or one in 28 people, according to the National Eye Institute. By 2020, blindness could affect 5.5 million people. Having a problem affecting your vision can be worrisome, but receiving the best available care from a highly-qualified doctor specializing in ophthalmology can bring peace of mind.
The Polyclinic’s Ophthalmology Department provides total eye care. We treat patients of all ages who experience vision loss as well as many other conditions that affect the eyes and surrounding tissues. All of our ophthalmologists are board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and have numerous years of experience.
- Blurred vision
- Diabetes-related eye problems
- Dry eye/red eye
- Eyelid disorders
- Macular degeneration
- Blink Optical, a full service optical shop
- Comprehensive eye exam
- Prescription glasses
- LASIK procedures
- Laser-assisted cataract surgery
- Premium Intra-ocular Lens implants (IOL’s)
We were the first to perform and offer laser-assisted cataract surgery using the LenSx® Laser System in downtown Seattle. This laser was the first femtosecond laser cleared for use in cataract surgery. The LenSx laser enables us to create more highly precise incisions and perform a more customizable procedure than in traditional cataract surgery.
It is especially helpful in allowing us to remove cataracts and treat astigmatism simultaneously. Our advanced intraocular lenses, used to replace the cloudy lens we remove in cataract surgery, combined with this latest laser technology can help us improve a patient’s vision and reduce their dependence on glasses after surgery.
Medical Eye Exam or Routine Eye Exam?
Eye exams can be covered under medical insurance or seperate vision plans. Your insurance company determines how the exam is covered when you have both medical and vision coverage. This determination is based on the reason for your visit and the diagnosis that your doctor finds.
Your medical benefit is billed when:
You are are here for medical care or a medical condition is discovered during your exam. Medical care addresses:
- Diagnosed ocular disease such as glaucoma, cataract, or retinal disease
- Complaints such as redness, tearing, burning, floaters, flashes of light, or other visual disturbance
- Existing conditions such as diabetes, corneal disease or an autoimmune disease
- Scheduled testing for visual field, OCT, or photos
- Scheduled procedures such as laser treatment or and excision of a stye
Your routine vision benefit is billed when:
You have no vision complaints and are here for a routine exam primarily to update glasses or contact lens prescriptions
These definitions are based on the guidelines set by your insurance company and vision plans. The Polyclinic is contractually bound by these standards. Due to insurance regulations, The Polyclinic must bill the appropriate insurance carrier based on the physician’s diagnosis of the patient.
Additional Information About Your Visit
- If you need surgery, it might be done at the First Hill Surgery Center located at 1101 Madison. The ambulatory Surgery Center has dedicated operating rooms and recovery areas for eye procedures.
- The Polyclinic Ophthalmology Department does not prescribe or renew prescriptions for Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses. You can get your prescription or renewal from Blink Optical located in the Madison Center main lobby, as they have specialized expertise in RGP lenses.
- A referral to an ophthalmologist does not ensure the service will be fully covered by all insurance plans. Before your appointment, be sure to check with your insurance company about your benefits and any out-of-pocket costs for vision and eye-care services.
- We work closely with Glaucoma Consultants Northwest at The Polyclinic. For patients with complex cases of glaucoma, cataracts or combined glaucoma and cataracts, Drs. Bhaskar, Johnston and Khan work closely with Dr. Annisa Jamil and Dr. Jeffrey Kennedy at Glaucoma Consultants Northwest at The Polyclinic.