How much is an eye exam in Seattle?
It’s $195 for a ‘routine glasses exam’. An eye exam with a contact lens fitting is a bit more, at about $300.
What’s the difference between an optician, an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?
An optician is a glasses sales and repair person. They take the Rx data (from an eye doctor) and then set the patient up with proper frames and lenses so it all works. Some opticians literally grind lenses to fit whatever frame you desire.
These fabricators are specialized opticians who are also typically better at glasses repairs.
Optometrists like doctors Mark and Miranda Cannon are primary care eye doctors that can handle nearly any eye problem.
Ophthalmologists are surgeons who work on eyes. Most patients go to optometrists for annual eye exams, and would be referred to an ophthalmologist as needed for surgical consults, etc.
What diseases can be detected in an eye exam?
Many ocular and systemic diseases can be detected at an eye exam. There are many types of ocular surface disease (Dry eye, etc), corneal disease, cataracts, glaucoma and retinal/vitreous issues. We are also testing brain function on many levels.
Then there are a number of systemic diseases that can be initially diagnosed at an eye exam, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Can an optometrist diagnose eye diseases?
Yes, and optometrists also treat most forms of eye disease.
Can optometrists do surgery?
In most states (including Washington) the answer is no. Some states have expanded the optometrists scope of practice to include laser surgery and the removal of “lumps and bumps”.
Can an optometrist diagnose a retinal tear?
Yes. The patient should plan on a dilated eye exam.
How much does it cost to get glasses without insurance?
The cost of glasses varies widely. Warby Parker and other online sellers can often get you a complete pair for $100 or less. Most people pay closer to $400 for a good pair of frames and single vision lenses. At Market Optical in U-Village, most of the frames are $400 and up; then you need to pay for lenses.