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Led by ophthalmologists, our team of medical doctors and optometrists can meet all your medical and surgical eye care needs.
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Not only are our eye doctors outstanding care providers, many are also leading scientists in vision research.
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Don’t trust your eyes to just anyone. Together, our specialists and full-service optical shop provide the meticulous, modern eye care your vision deserves.
Karalis Johnson Retina Center
Now open, the Karalis Johnson Retina Center brings together the latest science and treatments for patients with retinal conditions. Learn how we’re moving care forward.View the clinic
Some of our common services:
Our oculofacial plastic surgeons are experts at aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyes and the delicate tissues around them. Our surgeons perform brow and face lifts, repair facial damage from trauma, and remove tumors. They also work hard to make sure you’re happy with the way you look.
Eye exams allow your vision care expert to identify vision problems or eye diseases and treat them as early as possible.
This is a group of diseases that causes inflammation of eye tissues. Our ophthalmologists are skilled at diagnosing uveitis and offering treatments.
Commonly known as macular degeneration, AMD is the No. 1 cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older. This disease destroys the sharp, central vision one needs to see objects clearly and perform tasks such as reading and driving.
This full-service optical shop is conveniently located in the heart of Seattle. The opticians and staff will provide you with the excellent care and great service you deserve. Services include:
- Comprehensive eye exams
- Contact lens fittings
- Large selection of high-fashion frames
- Specialty prescription eye wear available
Surgery is a common treatment for correcting or adjusting vision problems. Some surgical procedures reshape the cornea and others replace the lens inside the eye with a new one. Our vision care team offers a full range of vision correction surgeries to help you see clearly.
Two types of surgeries—LASEK and PRK—correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea with a laser.
AK is a procedure that corrects astigmatism by reshaping the cornea with carefully placed incisions. AK is also used with PRK to correct combined astigmatism and nearsightedness.
A cataract is when the lens in the eye becomes opaque and clouds and dims vision. Most cataracts develop as people age, usually occurring at age 65 and older. Cataract surgery removes the opaque lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens.
This eye disease occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eye builds up, damaging the optic nerve. The damaged optic nerve can lead to losing eyesight. Glaucoma can be treated medically or surgically.
Our vision is usually affected when the shape of our eyes prevents light from focusing directly on the retina. These problems, called refractive errors, can be improved or fixed with corrective lenses or surgery. The most common of these problems are:
- Myopia or nearsightedness
- Hyperopia or farsightedness
For sharp vision, you need a clear cornea. When injured, the cornea can swell, lose some of its transparency and cloud vision. This swelling is called corneal edema. This condition can develop because of trauma, eye surgery, infection, inflammation, various eye diseases and over-wearing certain types of contact lenses.
This branch of ophthalmology concerns the diagnosis and treatment of tumors on the surface or inside of the eye. Fortunately, there are many options for treating eye cancer once it is detected. Our ocular oncology experts specialize in treating eye lesions and tumors in adults and children.
We are one of the country’s leading institutions engaged in research to improve vision care and prevent eye disease. Our vision research programs are fueled by over 20 grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as generous philanthropic donations. Their support helps us pioneer ground-breaking treatments and cures.
This eye disease develops in people with diabetes, and is a leading cause of blindness in adults. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels in the retina. We offer a range of medical and surgical treatments for this condition.
Inform yourself to make the best choices for your health and care with UW Medicine patient education resources.
Vision insurance plans and health insurance plans cover eye care differently. Vision plans cover routine eye exams that check vision, screen for eye diseases, and update eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. Health plans cover exams that diagnose and treat medical problems, such as conjunctivitis, glaucoma, cataracts and vision loss. Always check with your insurance company to see what your benefits are before your appointment.
Our eyes need tears to keep them moist and clear. If our eyes do not produce enough tears, they feel dry, gritty and itchy. From dietary changes to over-the-counter artificial tears to prescription medications, we’ll find the best treatment to soothe your eyes.
Support is an important part of your care beyond treatment. Support groups and community resources can help you and your loved ones through your medical journey and recovery.
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Eye Center at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, NN 300, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.744.2020
Eye Institute at Harborview
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Eyes on James Optical Shop
908 Jefferson St., Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Karalis Johnson Retina Center at South Lake Union
750 Republican Street, Bldg. F, Seattle, WA 98109 / 206.744.2020
Ophthalmology (Eye) Clinic at Harborview
325 9th Ave., 4th Floor West Clinic, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.987.2000
UW Neighborhood Ravenna Clinic - Primary Care and Urgent Care Services
4915 25th Ave. NE #300W, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.525.7777
UW Neighborhood Shoreline Clinic - Primary Care and Urgent Care Services
1355 N 205th St., Shoreline, WA 98133 / 206.542.5656
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If you experience significant changes in your physical or mental functions and fear you have a serious, life-threatening illness or injury that could require emergency medical, surgical or psychiatric attention, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
You can also go to urgent care for non-life-threatening illnesses and conditions.
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What is it?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in one or both eyes, occurring mostly due to aging. Diminished eyesight results when clouding prevents light rays from passing through the lens and focusing on the retina. Cataracts may grow larger over time, making it harder to see.
Risk factors and causes:
Age is the greatest risk factor for cataracts. Studies have also shown that people who live at high altitudes are more at risk of developing cataracts. Several possible causes include smoking, diabetes, too much sun exposure, steroid use, certain diuretic use and certain major tranquilizers.
The most common cataract symptoms include cloudy or blurry vision, lights are too bright, poor night vision, double vision, faded color, increased nearsightedness, frequent eyeglass prescription changes and distortion of vision. Eyesight is likely to worsen slowly as a cataract grows.
Your provider will check your complete medical history and do an eye exam. Diagnosis may also include a visual acuity test, which measures vision ability at various distances, pupil dilation or other tests to help your eye care professional learn more about the health of your eyes.
Surgery is the only effective treatment when loss of eyesight inhibits your everyday activities. Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most common and most effective surgeries. Surgery involves replacing the cloudy lens with a new, artificial lens that you won’t see or feel.
One possible complication of cataract surgery is called an “after-cataract.” When this happens, a part of the natural lens that is intentionally kept intact during surgery becomes cloudy and blurs vision. Unlike a regular cataract, an “after-cataract” can be treated with a laser procedure.