Patient Education

A growing library of easy-to-read informational pages about a host of common eye problems.

Medically Necessary Contact Lenses

Having trouble seeing a future past your vision problems?

KeratoconusFor some patients, their vision cannot be corrected with glasses. Most contact lens wearers think their contact lenses feel “visually” or “medically” necessary. However, “medically necessary contact lenses” are prescribed to provide vision that is better than glasses or soft contact lenses. To put things in perspective, some patients cannot see anything on the letter chart even with glasses or soft contact lenses. These patients usually face two options: undergo invasive surgery such as corneal transplantation or find the best available custom contact lens correction.

Providing Quality Pacific Northwest Eye Care

Eye Associates Northwest takes great pride in providing quality eye care to our Pacific Northwest community. In order to serve our patients better we have four different locations in the Seattle Pacific Northwest area where the community can visit and receive exceptional eye care from our dedicated team of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians as well as find the perfect fit for eye glasses or contact lenses.


Diagram of a Blepharoplasty

A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that can help improve the functional and aesthetics of the eyelids. A blepharoplasty is performed for many reasons,
which can include:

  • Ptosis, or droopy upper lids with saggy skin that can impair or block vision (can be congenital from birth, or age-related)
  • Difficulty reading due to lids that close while looking down
  • Excess fatty deposits in the upper and lower lids (can appear to be puffy)
  • Wrinkles or excess skin of upper or lower lids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Saggy lower lids

Seattle Laser Cataract Surgery

Benefits of Cataract Surgery
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The structures of the eye that allow light to enter are normally clear and transparent, such as the cornea and lens. This ensures that the light can completely reach the retina and form a visual picture. However, as people age, the lens material becomes stiff and thick. The proteins in the lens start to change color and clump together. This produces a cloudiness or opacity in the lens which is referred to as a cataract. Read more about cataracts here.


Science Behind Cataracts
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A cataract is a cloudiness that forms in the lens of the eye. Normally, the lens is clear to allow light to enter into the eye structures for the retina to form a visual image. When proteins in the lens clump together, they can become less clear and hence form a cloudy spot called a cataract. This spot causes some of the light entering the eye to scatter and blocks some of this light, resulting in blurry vision.