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
- Premium Intra-ocular Lens implants (IOL’s)
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.
First Hill Surgery Center
If your physician recommends surgery, he or she might schedule it at First Hill Surgery Center, The Polyclinic’s ambulatory or outpatient surgery center. First Hill Surgery Center is located in the heart of Seattle’s First Hill medical community and is one of the largest independent outpatient surgery centers in the region. A joint venture between The Polyclinic and Swedish Medical Center, First Hill Surgery Center features the latest surgical technology in a patient-friendly setting. Some procedures that may be performed in this facility include, but are not limited to:
- Cataract and Glaucoma surgery
- Corneal surgery
More information about First Hill Surgery Center.
Additional Information About Your Visit
- 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 the Glaucoma Department 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. Jeffrey Kennedy, glaucoma specialist at The Polyclinic.