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    Ambition

    We are creating something worth creating, that will endure the test of time. We do this by relentlessly focusing on the success of our employees and customers. We’re grounded by humility and driven by ambition and expect our employees to be too.
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    Make It Fun

    We believe in celebrating our successes, milestones and hard work, through recognition, appreciation and rewards
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    Passion For Learning

    We want to be at the forefront of change and growth; there is always something we can learn.
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    Live The Golden Rule

    We are empathetic and respectful of each other, customers and the communities we serve. We value, encourage and celebrate the gifts in one another and respect the inherent dignity and worth of every individual.
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    Integrity

    We believe in honesty, openness, trust, respect and reliability in all that we do.
  • f

    Focused Teams

    Working together on a project is more important than who gets credit. We put trust in our teams and watch the incredible accomplishments happen when ego takes a backseat.
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    You Are Unique

    We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us succeed.
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    Investing In Our Employees

    “We train our people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to” (Richard Branson)
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    We are honest about the actions we are taking, being upfront and visible.

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Macular degeneration: separating fact from fiction- myths and misconceptions
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults in the United States. Approximately 20 million adults in the US suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A recent study reveals that the number of AMD cases has doubled from previous estimates. In 2019, 18 million people over 40 were diagnosed with early-stage AMD, and 1.49 million with late-stage. With such an important topic it is important to clarify some of the common misconceptions that people have about macular degeneration (AMD). 

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye condition that affects the central part of the retina, known as the macula. The macula is responsible for providing sharp, central vision and is essential for activities such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces. As the macula deteriorates, these activities can become difficult or impossible to perform.

What are some common misconceptions about AMD?

Some common misconceptions about AMD include:
  • That nothing can be done to prevent AMD: While there is currently no cure for AMD, certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy diet, can help reduce the risk of developing the disease. The Age Related Eye Disease Study demonstrated that a specific diet or supplement reduces the progression of the disease. Furthermore there is promising research in advanced stages to prevent and treat AMD in the future. 
  • That only older adults are affected by AMD: Although the risk of AMD increases with age, it can also occur in younger individuals, hence it is important to be aware of the risk factors and to take preventative measures at any age.
  • That AMD is only caused by genetics: While genetics can play a role in the development of AMD, there are also several other risk factors such as age, smoking, and a diet low in fruits and vegetables.
  • That AMD leads to complete blindness: While the disease may cause significant vision loss, the disease does not always lead to blindness or severe vision loss. This is why it is extremely important to diagnose AMD early and follow the recommendations of your eye doctor. For those patients who have lost vision there are still ways to maintain some level of functional vision, such as through low vision rehabilitation and devices.
  • That all symptoms of AMD are similar: AMD can be classified into two types: dry AMD and wet AMD, and each type has different symptoms and progression. Furthermore not everyone has the same experience of symptoms even if they have the same diagnosis. 
  • That symptoms of AMD are not noticeable: The early signs of AMD can be subtle and may not be noticed by the affected person, oftentimes the patient may find it a little more challenging to read or see at night. Because early signs of AMD can be hard to notice, it's important to have annual comprehensive eye exams to detect any changes in vision as soon as possible.
  • That there is no treatment for AMD: While there is no cure for AMD, there are treatments available that can help slow the progression of the disease and improve vision. This includes anti-VEGF injections, laser therapy, and vitamins and supplements.

Visit our eye doctor in Olympia for diagnosis and management of macular degeneration

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of macular degeneration, such as blurry or distorted central vision, it is important to schedule an appointment with our experienced optometrist near you. Early diagnosis and treatment can help slow the progression of the disease and preserve vision.  At our optometry clinic, we have advanced technology including high definition imaging of the retina which allows our eye doctors to detect subtle changes and diagnose earlier. To schedule an eye exam for macular degeneration, please call (360) 491-2121. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care for macular degeneration visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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Alleviating Eye Strain from Digital Devices: Tips and Exercises for Relief
As we spend more and more time in front of computer screens and cell phones, it's important to be aware of the potential effects on our eyes. Eye strain, pressure between the eyes, and headaches can be caused by prolonged device use, as well as shoulder and neck pain. In this blog, we'll provide some tips and exercises to help alleviate these symptoms and keep your eyes healthy.

Relief from Computer-Induced Eye Strain: The Importance of Taking Frequent Breaks

One of the main causes of eye strain is staring at a digital device for too long. This can lead to "accommodative spasm" in the eye muscles, which can be relieved by taking breaks. A good rule of thumb to follow is the "20-20-20 rule" - for every 20 minutes of screen time, take a 20-second break and look at something at least 20 feet away. This will give your eye muscles a rest and prevent cramping.

Eliminating Eye Strain through Proper Screen Positioning

The position of your screen can also play a big role in eye strain. For desktop computers and laptops, it's best to have the screen at arm's length. The height of the screen should also be adjusted so that your eyes are not quite at the very top of the screen, but not directly in the middle. If you're watching a movie or playing a video game, having the screen at eye level in the middle of the screen is more comfortable. To reduce glare, make sure that windows and indoor light sources are not reflecting on your screen. 

How to Adjust Your Device Settings To Reduce Eye Strain

You can also adjust the settings on your device to make it easier on your eyes. One way to do this is to increase the font size if it's too small and you find yourself squinting. On a Windows 10 computer, you can press the control button and use the plus or minus buttons to control the font size. On a phone, go to settings and adjust the font accordingly. Another way to adjust the settings is to change the brightness level of your screen. On Windows 10, you can right-click on the home screen, go to display settings, and use the slide bar to adjust the brightness and color. There's also a night mode or blue light setting on Windows 10, Android, and Apple, which reduces the amount of blue wavelength light coming from your device, which can affect your melatonin production and sleep cycle and may contribute to eye strain.

Combatting Digital Eye Strain: The Importance of Frequent Blinking

When using digital devices, it's common for many of us to blink less often or less fully. This happens because we are highly focused on the computer screen, phone or book, which results in a decrease in our blink rate or quality of our blinking. Typically, our blink rate is around 20 times per minute during a conversation, but it can drop to as low as 4.5 times per minute while using digital devices. To alleviate these symptoms, it's important to be mindful of blinking and make a conscious effort to blink more frequently. Additionally, you can use lubricating eye drops and warm compresses to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye.

Relieving Eye Strain through Eye Exercises: A Practical Guide for Digital Device Users

While we typically recommend taking breaks and engaging in outdoor activities to alleviate eye strain, certain eye exercises can also be beneficial. One such exercise is called cupping, where you warm your hands and gently place them over your eyes, creating a dark environment for your eyes to rest in. It is important to not put too much pressure on your eyes and to relax your shoulder and neck muscles while performing this exercise. This technique can serve as a form of relaxation for your eyes, providing relief from the bright lights of digital screens.

Exercise 1: Active Blinking

Objective: Encourage full and complete blinking Steps:
  • Spend one minute actively blinking
  • Do 50 full blinks
  • Look in each direction (up, down, left, right, straight) and blink 10 times in each direction
  • Ensure full blinks by placing a finger under your eye near your cheekbone
  • You should feel a gentle brush of your upper eyelashes on your finger when you blink fully

Exercise 2: Eye Squeeze

Objective: Strengthen eyelid muscles Steps:
  • Close your eyes normally, pause for 2 seconds, then open them
  • Close your eyes normally again, pause for 2 seconds, then forcefully close them
  • Hold the lids together tightly for 2 seconds, then open both eyes
  • Repeat for 1 minute

Exercise 3: No Movement Blink

Objective: Improve blinking technique Steps:
  • Place fingers at the corners of your eyes
  • Blink fully
  • No movement should be felt under your fingers during correct blinking

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Is blurry, fuzzy, or double vision impacting your quality of life and vision? Take our online double vision assessment to help identify if you may have an underlying vision problem that is causing diplopia (double vision) /neuro/double-vision-quiz/  Take our dry eye assessment to see if your symptoms indicate that you are suffering from treatable dry eye disease /dry-eye/dry-eye-quiz/

Can eye exercises reduce eye strain? 

In some cases exercises and changes in your setup and habits are all you need to reduce the symptoms, however that may not always fix the underlying cause of your symptoms. There are many possible causes for eye strain, for example dry eye disease and eye misalignment are two very common causes for eye strain and will require additional treatment. We always recommend visiting our optometrist to assess the underlying cause of your symptoms so that you can get the relief that you need.   

Don't Let Digital Eye Strain Impact Your Vision and Daily Life: Schedule an Eye Exam at American Family Vision Clinic Today!

According to a survey by the American Optometric Association (AOA), a majority of Americans, nearly 2 out of every 3, report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain. Additionally, the survey found that a significant number of children, specifically 80% of those aged 10-17, report experiencing symptoms digital eye strain (computer vison syndrome). At American Family Vision Clinic, we understand the impact that digital eye strain can have on your vision and daily life. If you are experiencing symptoms such as headaches, blurry vision, or dry eyes, it is important to schedule an eye exam to determine the underlying cause and develop a personalized treatment plan. Our team of experienced optometrists are dedicated to providing the highest quality care and have the latest technology and techniques to address digital eye strain. Don't let your symptoms go untreated any longer, schedule an appointment with us today by calling (360) 491-2121 and take the first step towards improving your vision and overall well-being. Patients who suffer from digital eye strain visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey
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Beyond LASIK: Discovering New Vision Correction Techniques
According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), there were approximately 1.8 million LASIK procedures performed in the United States in 2020. This number has been steadily increasing over the years, with the number of LASIK procedures performed in the United States increasing by around 5-10% each year. LASIK is a very popular procedure as it is a safe and effective way to correct vision and reduce the need for glasses and contacts. The best option for vision correction varies from person to person and depends on factors such as the individual's specific visual needs, the shape and health of their corneas, and their overall eye health. LASIK is a popular and effective procedure for many people, but some people may benefit more from alternative procedures such as PRK or ICL. It's important to consult with a qualified eye doctor to determine the best option for you.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a commonly known surgery that helps in correcting or reducing the dependence on glasses and contacts. The surgery makes use of a laser machine to create a flap on the front surface of the eye and change the shape of the eye to correct the prescription. After the flap is laid back down, it takes some time for the eye to heal and for the patient to recover their vision. 

What are some alternatives to LASIK?

  • PRK as a LASIK alternative - PRK is a surgical option for people who are not suitable for LASIK. It makes use of the same laser as LASIK but does not create a flap. As a result, less tissue is lost, and the end results of the vision can be the same as LASIK. However, the healing process for PRK is a bit longer, and it takes about a week for the patient to get most of their vision back to being clear.
  • SMILE as a LASIK alternative - SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a laser refractive surgery that is similar to LASIK, but it is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require the creation of a corneal flap. Instead, a laser is used to create a small lenticule within the cornea, which is then removed through a small incision. This procedure is best for patients with mild to moderate nearsightedness and astigmatism.
  • ICL as a LASIK alternative - ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) is another alternative option that is typically reserved for patients with high prescriptions who cannot undergo LASIK or PRK. The procedure involves implanting a small, soft, and foldable lens between the iris and the natural lens of the eye. The ICL lens is designed to correct the patient's prescription by changing the way light enters the eye. This procedure is best for patients with severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

When are SMILE or ICL recommended over LASIK? 

SMILE or ICL are usually reserved for patients with high prescriptions who cannot undergo LASIK or PRK. Some factors that may influence a doctor's recommendation include:
  • Thin corneas: SMILE and ICL are typically better options for individuals with thin corneas because they do not require the removal of corneal tissue.
  • High degree of nearsightedness: SMILE and ICL can be more effective for treating high levels of nearsightedness compared to LASIK.
  • Dry eye: LASIK can sometimes worsen dry eye symptoms, making alternative procedures like SMILE or ICL a better option for individuals with this condition.
  • Astigmatism: While LASIK can treat astigmatism, it may not be as effective as alternative procedures like ICL in some cases.
It is important to note that these are general guidelines and the best option for each individual will depend on a thorough eye examination and discussion with a qualified eye doctor.

Who is a good candidate for refractive surgeries?

A good candidate for laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK, PRK, and SMILE, is someone who:
  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has had a stable eye prescription for at least one year
  • Has no significant eye disease or injury
  • Has realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery
  • Good overall eye health
  • Absence of eye diseases (e.g. cataracts, glaucoma)
  • No active eye infections
  • Pupil size within normal range
  • Corneal thickness within safe limits and has a healthy cornea
  • Realistic expectations for the outcome
  • Willingness to follow post-operative care instructions.
It's important to note that not everyone is a good candidate for these surgeries. People with certain health conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and certain medications may not be suitable for these procedures. Also, people who have thin corneas, large pupils, or significant dry eyes may not be suitable for LASIK. In these cases, PRK or SMILE may be a better option.

Is there a non-surgical alternative to LASIK?

Ortho K is a non-surgical option that may be suitable for you if you're not a candidate for LASIK. It involves using a lens at night while you sleep. By morning, the lens gently reshapes the front surface of your eyes, correcting your vision throughout the day without needing glasses or contact lenses. Before going to bed at night, you will need to put on the lens, which will then reshape the cornea for the next day. In some cases the lenses will reshape the cornea for a few days and will only need to be worn every 3-4 days.  This option is a convenient alternative for walking around without glasses or contacts during the day while avoiding surgery.

Schedule an appointment at American Family Vision Clinic to learn more about alternatives to LASIK

There are various options available for people who are not suitable for LASIK. These options include PRK, SMILE, ICL, and ortho K. It is best to consult with our eye doctor to decide which option is best for you based on your prescription, lifestyle, and other factors. If you're interested in learning more about these options and which one may be the best fit for you, please contact our office at (360) 491-2121 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced eye doctors. Our team will be happy to provide you with the information and guidance you need to make an informed decision about your vision correction options. Because we refer out for the procedure, we are able to provide an unbiased assessment and referral for the best option for your needs. Patients looking for alternatives to LASIK visit our clinic from all over Washington, and and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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Olympia eye doctor explains how to get rid of under eye bags
As a local optometry clinic, we often get asked how to get rid of under eye bags. Many people have likely looked in the mirror and seen puffy, swollen eyelids and wondered what causes them and how to get rid of them. In this blog post, we shed light on the subject and offer natural, medical, and surgical options for treatment.

Natural remedies for under eye bags

  • Avoid high salt diets. Salt can cause water to accumulate in the tissues, leading to puffy and swollen eyes. To reduce puffiness, try to limit your intake of salty foods and drinks.
  • Use cold compresses. Cold compresses can help shrink the blood vessels around the eye, reducing puffiness. You can use a cold compress mask, a bag of peas, or even a frozen spoon. The coolness of the compress will help shrink down the eyelids, making the under eye bags less noticeable.
  • Do not rub your eyes if you have eye allergies. Instead, use a cold compress and antihistamine eye drops to reduce swelling and itchiness.
  • Get enough sleep. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night to help reduce puffiness and dark circles.
  • Manage stress. Stress can cause a number of health issues, including puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Try incorporating stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or exercise into your daily routine.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water can help to flush toxins out of the body, reducing puffiness and dark circles. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Under eye bag creams

We do not recommend under eye bag creams as they often do not work as advertised and can dry out the skin. Many creams contain harsh chemicals or irritants that can further damage the delicate skin around the eyes. Additionally, many of these creams only provide temporary results and do not address the underlying cause of under eye bags. It's important to note that the skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate, so it's important to be cautious when using any kind of skincare product in this area.

Surgical options for under eye bags

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty, also known as a lower eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and the incision is made under the eyelid to minimize scarring.

Consult with an oculoplastic surgeon

If you are considering surgery for under eye bags, it's important to consult with an oculoplastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who has experience with lower lid blepharoplasty. This can help ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure and that the surgeon has the necessary expertise to perform the procedure safely.

Preventing under eye bags: tips from your Olympia optometrist

  • Wearing UV light protecting sunblock on your skin regularly when you're outside can help slow down sunlight damage to your skin.
  • Wearing wide brim hats and sunglasses can also help protect your skin from sunlight damage.
  • Eating a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Exercise is also beneficial for promoting healthy blood flow and reducing stress, which can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags.
  • Getting enough sleep is essential for overall health and can also help reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Stress can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags. Incorporating stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or exercise into your daily routine can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
  • Drinking enough water can help to flush toxins out of the body, reducing puffiness and dark circles. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags. Limiting or avoiding these habits can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
  • Elevating your head while sleeping can help to reduce the accumulation of fluids in the under-eye area, preventing puffiness.

What causes under eye bags?

Under eye bags can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, aging, high salt diets, and allergies. When you eat a lot of salty food, it can cause water to accumulate in your tissues, leading to swollen, puffy eyes with that under eye bag appearance. Similarly, allergies can cause histamine to be released from your tissue, resulting in swollen, red and itchy eyes. Lack of sleep, stress, and hormonal changes can also contribute to the appearance of under eye bags.

Schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Olympia

Under eye bags can be caused by a variety of factors, including high salt diets, allergies, and genetics. While there are natural remedies, creams, and surgical options available, it's important to consult with our optometrist to determine the best course of treatment for you. By taking a holistic approach, we will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. Remember that it's important to be patient and consistent with your treatment plan, as it may take time to see results. And if you have any concerns about your eyes or under eye bags, please schedule an appointment with our optometrist by calling (360) 491-2121. Patients searching for advanced medical eye care visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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Olympia Optometrist's Guide to Understanding Pink Eye: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
Bacterial conjunctivitis is a prevalent condition globally. In the US, it affects 135 out of every 10,000 people each year, making up about 1% of all primary care appointments. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is a common condition that causes the eye to appear pink and red. It can also cause discharge and discomfort. In this blog, we will go over the basics of pink eye, including the different types, symptoms, and treatment options.

What you need to know about different types of pink eye

There are three main types of pink eye: viral, bacterial, and allergic.
  • Viral pink eye - This is the most common type and is often referred to as "classic pink eye." It typically presents with red, watery eyes and minimal mucus discharge. It can be irritating or itchy, but is usually not painful. This type of pink eye is highly contagious, so it's important to keep your hands clean and avoid sharing towels, linens, or anything that comes into contact with the eye. It is recommended to schedule an eye exam and stay home for at least three to seven days after symptoms appear.
  • Bacterial pink eye - This type of pink eye is similar to viral pink eye in that it can cause red eyes and can easily spread from one eye to the other. However, it is characterized by more mucus discharge and can be more painful. It is important to see an eye doctor for treatment with antibiotics to control the infection. Like viral pink eye, it is recommended to stay home until symptoms have minimized or for 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotics.
  • Allergic pink eye - This type of pink eye is caused by an allergic reaction or irritation. It can cause red, watery eyes, swelling, and itching. Both eyes are usually affected at the same time. It is not contagious, so there is no need to limit close contact with others. Treatment options include over-the-counter allergy eyedrops or prescribed steroid drops to reduce inflammation.

Other causes of red eyes or pink eye 

One of the important reasons to see our eye doctor in Olympia for pink eye or red eye is because there are so many potential causes, and it is important to identify the cause of the symptoms in order to provide the best treatment and prevent any potential vision complications.  While some of the following may be uncommon, a longer list was included to show why symptoms of red eye may not always be what you think and should be evaluated by our optometrist. Some examples of why our eyes may be red include: 
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) - an infection of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or allergens and is characterized by red, swollen, and itchy eyes.
  • Allergies - an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens such as pollen, mold, or pet dander. It can cause red, itchy, and watery eyes.
  • Dry eyes - a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. It can cause redness, burning, and stinging sensations.
  • Blepharitis - an inflammation of the eyelids, which can be caused by bacterial or sebaceous gland dysfunction. It is characterized by red, swollen, and itchy eyelids, and can also cause crusting or flaking of the eyelashes.
  • Uveitis - an inflammation of the uvea, which is the middle layer of the eye. It can cause redness, pain, light sensitivity, and vision changes.
  • Glaucoma - a group of eye disorders that can cause increased pressure in the eye and damage to the optic nerve. It can cause redness, eye pain, and vision changes.
  • Trauma - an injury to the eye that can cause redness, swelling, and pain. This can include blunt trauma such as a black eye, or a penetrating injury from a foreign object.
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage - a small blood vessel in the eye that breaks and causes a red or pink spot on the white of the eye. It is usually benign and requires no treatment, but can be caused by trauma, high blood pressure, or other underlying health conditions.
  • Corneal abrasion - a scratch or scrape on the clear front surface of the eye (cornea). It can cause redness, pain, and sensitivity to light.
  • Foreign body in the eye - an object that gets trapped in the eye, causing redness, pain, and discomfort.
  • Herpes simplex virus - a viral infection that can cause redness, pain, and blisters on the eyelid and the eye.
  • Herpes zoster virus - a viral infection that can cause redness, pain, and blisters on the eyelid and the eye.
  • Adenovirus - a viral infection that can cause redness, pain, and blisters on the eyelid and the eye.
  • Chlamydia trachomatis - a bacterial infection that can cause redness, pain, and discharge in the eye.
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae - a bacterial infection that can cause redness, pain, and discharge in the eye.
  • Staphylococcus aureus - a bacterial infection that can cause redness, pain, and discharge in the eye.
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae - a bacterial infection that can cause redness, pain, and discharge in the eye
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae - a bacterial infection that can cause redness, pain, and discharge in the eye.
  • Haemophilus influenzae - a bacterial infection that can cause redness, pain, and discharge in the eye.
  • Moraxella catarrhalis - a bacterial infection that can cause redness, pain, and discharge in the eye.
  • Acute angle-closure glaucoma - a medical emergency in which the pressure inside the eye suddenly increases, leading to severe eye pain, redness, and vision changes. It requires immediate medical attention. It's important to keep in mind that red eyes or pink eye can have multiple causes, and it's crucial to visit an optometrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
It is important to note that some of the causes of red eyes can be serious and require medical attention, while others are minor and can be treated at home. It is important to visit an optometrist if you are experiencing red eyes, especially if it is frequent, or is accompanied by pain, vision changes or discharge.

Consulting an eye doctor in Olympia for pink eye: when to seek help

Pink eye can cause a range of symptoms, including redness, discharge, and discomfort. However, it is important to see an eye doctor to understand the cause of your symptoms and address them. If you experience any changes in vision or if the symptoms worsen, schedule an emergency eye exam right away. The most common type of pink eye, viral conjunctivitis, usually goes away on its own and does not require medication, but should still be seen by our optometrist.If you are unsure of what type of pink eye you have or if you are concerned about something, it is always best to get it checked out.

Visit our eye doctor in Olympia for pink eye

If you suspect you have symptoms of red eye or pink eye or are experiencing any changes in vision, it is important to see our eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. At our clinic, we have the knowledge and experience to help you manage your condition and help you return to your daily activities. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at (360) 491-2121 and schedule an appointment, we're here to help. Patients searching for emergency eye exams visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of emergency eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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How to tell if your pink eye is viral or bacterial
It is estimated that pink eye is one of the most common eye conditions in the United States, with an estimated 6 million cases occurring annually. It can affect people of all ages and bacterial or viral pink eye is highly contagious, especially in children.

What is pink eye?

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue that lines the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. The three main causes of pink eye are; viral infection, bacterial infection, or an allergic reaction. In addition to these main causes there are many other conditions that can cause our eyes to be red, painful, or inflamed, which is why it is always best to visit our optometrist for an eye exam in order to properly diagnose your symptoms.  Knowing the cause of pink eye is important for proper treatment and preventing the spread of infection.

How do I know if my pink eye is viral or bacterial?

Symptoms of viral and bacterial pink eye are similar and can include redness, itching, burning, watering, and discharge from the eye. However, there are some differences that can help differentiate between the two types of pink eye:
  • Viral pink eye often starts in one eye and spreads to the other, and is often accompanied by a cold or other respiratory infection. The discharge is usually watery and clear.
  • Bacterial pink eye usually affects both eyes at the same time, and the discharge is thicker and can be yellow or green.
It's important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other factors such as allergies or irritants, dry eye, eye diseases such as glaucoma, scratched eyes, blepharitis, and many other conditions. If you're experiencing symptoms of pink eye, it's best to see our eye doctor in Olympia for an eye exam.

How can I get diagnosed and treated for pink eye?

If you suspect you have pink eye, it is best to see our eye doctor near you for an examination. They can diagnose pink eye and determine the cause. They may also perform a culture or other tests to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for viral pink eye typically involves self-care measures such as using over-the-counter lubricating drops and avoiding touching or rubbing the eyes. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections, and the condition usually clears up on its own within 7 to 14 days.  Bacterial pink eye, on the other hand, is treated with antibiotics, which can be prescribed in the form of eye drops or ointment. It's important to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by our optometrist. Since there are so many potential causes of pink eye, we recommend seeing our eye doctor to diagnose the cause of your symptoms in order to start the correct treatment and prevent potential complications. 

When should I seek medical attention for pink eye?

If you're experiencing any symptoms of pink eye, it's recommended to seek medical attention. In the event that you are experiencing severe symptoms such as vision loss, severe pain, or have a history of eye disease, call our office right away to schedule an emergency eye exam at (360) 491-2121. One way to find a trusted optometrist is to search for "eye doctor near me", “emergency eye exam near me”, or "eye exam near me". If you live in Olympia, consider visiting our optometry clinic for an examination. To schedule an appointment, you can call us at (360) 491-2121. Patients with pink eye visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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The impact of screen time on dry eye: tips for prevention
According to a recent study, people who spend more than 2 hours a day on digital devices are 2.5 times more likely to develop dry eye. This statistic is driving the increased incidence of dry eye since the average American spends over 6 hours a day on digital devices.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. This can cause discomfort, redness, and even vision problems. One of the most significant contributors to dry eye is prolonged screen time. With the increasing use of digital devices, more people are experiencing dry eye symptoms than ever before. In this article, we will discuss the impact of screen time on dry eye and tips for prevention.

What is the impact of screen time on dry eye?

Prolonged use of cellphones, tablets, computers, and TV’s can lead to increased discomfort and dry eye due to the following reasons: 

Digital devices cause us to blink less frequently

Prolonged use of digital devices can cause the eyes to blink less frequently, leading to a decrease in tear production. 

Digital devices decrease the fullness of our blinks 

When we use digital devices we tend to blink less fully, which then leads to our eyes not getting the required amount of tears lubricating the surface of our eyes. 

Blue light exposure may exacerbate dry eye symptoms

There is no scientific consensus on the long term impact of blue light on our eyes and dry eye. What we do know is that screens increase our exposure to High Energy blue light. In the visible spectrum, short-wave blue light with wavelength between 415 nm and 455 nm has been cited in studies as being closely related to eye light damage. This high energy blue light passes through the cornea and lens to the retina which may exacerbate symptoms of dry eye and inflammation. Due to the relative small amount of blue light exposure in digital devices it is hard to show a direct impact on eye health in the short term, however caution may be warranted as we currently lack long term studies on the impact of exposure. 

Digital eye strain and eye fatigue 

Staring at a screen for extended periods can lead to eye strain, fatigue, and headaches, which can exacerbate dry eye symptoms. Viewing a digital device for extended periods of time places an unusual amount of stress on our visual system, this can cause a variety of symptoms which the American Optometric Association labels as Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain.  Digital eye strain may be caused by a variety of factors including:  These symptoms may be caused by:
  • Poor lighting
  • Glare from a digital screen
  • Improper or irregular viewing distances.
  • Poor seating posture or poor angle of the digital device
  • Uncorrected vision problems which are stressed by the demands of a digital device

What can be done to prevent dry eyes caused by too much screen time?

  • One of the most effective ways to prevent digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome which exacerbates dry eye symptoms is to take frequent breaks. The "20-20-20" rule is a good guideline to follow. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This can help reduce eye strain and improve tear production.
  • It's also important to adjust the settings on your digital devices to reduce the amount of blue light they emit. Many devices have a "night mode" or "blue light filter" that can be activated. This can help reduce inflammation and improve sleep quality. If you are concerned about blue light we encourage you to speak with our optometrist about the options for filtering out blue light such as special lens coatings. 
  • Another tip is to make sure to blink frequently while using digital devices. Blinking not only helps to lubricate the eyes but also helps prevent the eyes from drying out.
  • Practice full blinks so that your eyes are getting the proper lubrication. 
  • It's important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help keep the eyes moist and reduce dryness.
  • Schedule a dry eye evaluation to assess the root causes of your dry eye symptoms and receive guidance on the steps that you can take to ensure eye health and comfort. 

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Schedule a dry eye exam in Olympia

Don't let dry eye caused by screen time affect your daily life any longer. Take control of your eye health by scheduling a dry eye evaluation with our optometrist today. With our in depth diagnosis and personalized treatment options, you can say goodbye to dry eye symptoms and hello to clear, comfortable vision. Don't wait, call us now at (360) 491-2121 or visit /appointment-request-form/ to book your appointment. Your eyes deserve the best, trust our team to provide the care you need. Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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The importance of sunglasses with UV protection
Sunglasses are a must-have accessory for many people, especially during the summer months. They provide a stylish and practical way to protect your eyes and the surrounding skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. However, not all sunglasses offer the same level of protection. In this blog, we'll go over some basics to do with sunglasses and what to look for when choosing a pair.

How can UV rays affect your vision?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, UV radiation from the sun is the leading cause of cataracts, which are the clouding of the eye's natural lens. In the United States, cataracts are the most common cause of blindness and visual impairment. In addition to cataracts, UV radiation can also cause other eye problems such as macular degeneration, pterygium, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea). Furthermore, the American Academy of Dermatology states that the sun's harmful UV rays can also cause skin cancer on the eyelids and around the eyes. The incidence of eyelid and periocular skin cancer has been increasing in recent years. It is important to protect your eyes from the sun's UV rays by wearing sunglasses.

What should I look for when choosing sunglasses to ensure they protect my eyes from UV rays?

When choosing sunglasses, it's essential to look for lenses that offer 99-100% UV protection or UV 400. This ensures that the lens will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays getting through. Keep in mind that the tint of the lens does not necessarily indicate how much UV protection it offers. A darker lens may be more comfortable to the eye, but it may not provide the same level of protection as a lighter lens.

How do polarized lenses differ from regular lenses in terms of UV protection?

Polarized sunglasses are a popular choice for many people as they reduce glare, especially when you're on the water or in the snow. However, just because a lens is polarized, it doesn't mean that it offers UV protection. It's essential to look for lenses that are labeled with the same UV protection labels mentioned above. Speak with our optician to learn more about the different lens options available. 

What are the benefits of children wearing sunglasses and how can I find a pair that fits them well?

Wearing sunglasses is important throughout your whole life, but it's particularly crucial for children. Studies show that by the time you're 18, you will have received almost 80% of your sun exposure throughout your lifetime. Children are often outside more, and their eyes are more susceptible to UV rays, so it's essential to protect them. Choosing sunglasses that fit children's faces and are comfortable for them to wear can be a bit challenging, but it's worth the effort to protect their eyes. We recommend bringing your child into our optical in Olympia so that they can try on different frames and find a style that matches their style and comfort. 

How can people who wear prescription glasses protect their eyes from UV rays?

If you wear prescription glasses, you can still protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. There are several options available, including prescription lenses that provide UV protection, prescription sunglasses, clip-on sunglasses, and cocoons that fit over your prescription glasses.

Visit our optical in Olympia to protect your eyes and explore UV protection options in sunglasses and glasses

Don't wait to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays! Schedule your appointment with us or drop in to check out our optical to ensure your vision is in top shape and to explore the best options for UV protection in sunglasses. Whether you need prescription glasses with UV protection, prescription sunglasses, polarized lenses, or sunglasses for children, we have you covered. Call us today at (360) 491-2121 to make an appointment and take the first step in protecting your eyes! Patients searching for eyewear and sunglasses visit our optical from all over Washington, and we are proud to have a wide selection of lenses, frames, and sunglasses at our optical for our patients and customers who visit us from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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Understanding binocular vision and how to detect issues
Are you experiencing double vision or blurry vision and not sure why? You may be experiencing issues with your binocular vision, which is the ability to use both eyes together as a team. In this blog, we will discuss common issues related to binocular vision problems and how they can be detected.

What is binocular vision and why is it important?

Binocular vision is the ability to use both eyes together as a team. It allows us to perceive depth, see in 3D, and have better peripheral vision. When our binocular vision is functioning properly, our eyes work together seamlessly, allowing us to perceive the world around us clearly and accurately. However, when there are issues with binocular vision, it can cause problems with vision, such as double vision, blurred vision, and headaches.

Common issues related to binocular vision

  • Closing or covering one eye - This is often a sign that your binocular vision is interfering with your ability to perform a task.
  • Tilting or turning the head - Some people may find it easier to use both eyes together by tilting or turning their head.
  • Suppression - This is when the brain actively ignores or filters out some of the vision in one eye. This is often done unconsciously and is most common when reading or doing close tasks.
  • Convergence insufficiency - This occurs when both eyes have difficulty pulling inward towards an object when looking at something close, especially for extended periods of time.
  • Convergence excess  - This occurs when the eyes cross in too far.

Detecting binocular vision issues with a Brock Posture Board

One way to detect binocular vision issues is by using a Brock Posture Board. This is a quick and revealing way to probe for issues. The test is done by wearing red/green 3D glasses and placing a light behind a paper. If your eyes are working together as a team, you will be able to put the light precisely in the middle of a star. However, if you have convergence excess or insufficiency or other binocular vision problems, the light will be to the right or left of the star. This test can also help detect suppression, where the light may disappear in your vision.

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Is blurry, fuzzy, or double vision impacting your quality of life and vision? Take our online double vision assessment to help identify if you may have an underlying vision problem that is causing diplopia (double vision) https://amplifyeyecareolympia.com/neuro/double-vision-quiz/ 

Schedule a binocular vision evaluation at American Family Vision Clinic located in Olympia

Regular eye exams and vision screenings may not detect binocular vision issues Unfortunately, most regular eye exams include very little, if any, binocular vision testing. A standard vision screening at a school or doctor's office does not typically test for binocular vision problems. Therefore, if you notice any behavior such as closing or covering one eye, tilting or turning your head, it is worth having a thorough binocular vision evaluation by our optometrist who specializes in this area. Many of these issues can be addressed with vision therapy, which is a program of eye exercises to improve your skills or ability to use both eyes together.  If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist, you might begin your search online by entering “eye doctor near me” or “functional optometrist near me”, or you can call our office and schedule with our functional optometrist who is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Call us at (360) 491-2121 today to schedule a functional eye exam with Dr. Zurcher FCOVD. Patients with binocular vision issues visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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Glaucoma: The importance of regular eye exams
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. In the United States, 3 million people suffer from glaucoma, but less than half are aware that they have it. The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age, with people over the age of 60 being at the highest risk. African Americans are also at a higher risk of developing glaucoma, and are 15 times more likely to be blind from the disease than white Americans.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a common eye condition that affects a significant portion of the older population. It is often caused by increased pressure within the eye, but can also be due to other factors such as optic nerve damage or blood flow problems. In severe cases, it can lead to vision loss and even blindness.  There are several types of glaucoma and it can be caused by various factors, but the most common is increased pressure in the eye. This is why it is important to have your eye pressure checked during regular eye exams.

Symptoms of glaucoma

One of the main challenges with glaucoma is that it often has no symptoms in the early stages. This is why it is so important to schedule comprehensive eye exams regularly, especially if you have a family history of glaucoma or are over the age of 50. As the condition progresses, symptoms may include:
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Tunnel vision (where only the central vision remains)
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Seeing halos around lights
It is important to note that these symptoms may not appear until the disease is in its advanced stages, which is why it is important to get regularly checked for glaucoma. Early detection and treatment can help preserve vision. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an eye exam by calling (360) 491-2121.

Who is at higher risk for Glaucoma? 

  • Glaucoma can impact people at any age, however the risk increases for those aged 50 and over. 
  • African Americans over the age of 40 are at a higher risk for glaucoma
  • Diabetics are at a higher risk for glaucoma
  • Having a family history of glaucoma puts you in a higher risk category for glaucoma

What does an eye exam for glaucoma involve?

An eye exam for glaucoma typically involves several tests to assess the health of your eyes and check for signs of the disease. Some of the tests that may be performed during an eye exam for glaucoma include:
  • Visual acuity test: This measures your ability to see clearly at different distances.
  • Eye pressure test: This measures the pressure inside your eye, which is one of the main risk factors for glaucoma.
  • Dilated eye exam: Drops are used to widen your pupils, allowing the doctor to examine the inside of your eye and look for signs of glaucoma.
  • Visual field test: This measures your peripheral vision to check for signs of glaucoma.
  • Optic nerve exam: The doctor will examine the optic nerve, looking for signs of damage that may be caused by glaucoma.
  • OCT imaging: An OCT test may be recommended during a glaucoma exam, an OCT uses light waves to create a detailed image of the layers of the retina and optic nerve. This test can help detect early signs of glaucoma, as well as monitor the progression of the condition.
It is important to get regularly checked for glaucoma, especially if you have risk factors such as high eye pressure or a family history of the disease. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121.

What are the different treatment options for glaucoma?

The main goal of treatment for glaucoma is to lower the pressure within the eye and preserve the remaining vision. This is typically done with the use of eye drops, which are used daily to lower the pressure. In cases where the drops are not effective, more invasive procedures such as laser surgery may be used. It is important to note that once the optic nerve has been damaged, it cannot be repaired. Therefore, the goal of treatment is to slow the progression of the disease and preserve the remaining vision.

Schedule a medical eye exam for glaucoma in Olympia

If you are at risk for glaucoma, it is important to take proactive steps to preserve your vision. One of the best ways to do this is by getting regularly checked by our optometrist. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help preserve your vision. Don't wait – schedule an eye exam today and take control of your eye health. To schedule an eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121. Patients searching for advanced treatment for glaucoma visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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Olympia Eye Doctor Talks About Alternatives to Reading Glasses: Contact lenses for presbyopia
Presbyopia affects 83.0% to 88.9% of adults aged 45 years and older in the United States. As we age, our eyes naturally lose the ability to focus on close objects, a condition known as presbyopia. If you're over 40 and experiencing blurry vision when reading or doing close work, reading glasses are not the only option. Contact lenses can be a great option to help correct your vision. In this blog, we'll go over the different contact lens options available for presbyopia and what you can expect during the fitting process.

What are the different contact lens options for presbyopia?

Reading glasses with your regular distance contact lens prescription

The simplest solution for presbyopia is to use contact lenses to correct your distance vision and then wear reading glasses over them when you need to focus on close objects. This option is easy to adapt to and doesn't require any special fitting. It's important to note that reading glasses are not the same as bifocals or progressive lenses, as they only correct near vision. This option is great if you're mostly looking at things that are farther away and occasionally need to read or use your phone.

Monovision contact lenses

Monovision is another option for presbyopia, where one eye (usually the dominant eye) is corrected for distance vision and the other for near vision. This requires some testing in the office to determine which eye is best suited for each type of lens. While monovision is generally well-tolerated, it can take some time to get used to, as your brain needs to adjust to your two eyes focusing on different things. This can lead to some changes in depth perception and require extra caution when driving or performing other activities that rely on this sense. Monovision may be a good option if you're equally engaged in tasks that require both near and far vision and you don't mind the trade-off of having one eye for distance and one for near. 

Bifocal or multifocals lenses

For patients who cannot adapt to monovision or prefer not to have one eye for distance and one for near, multifocal contact lenses may be the best option. These lenses have different prescriptions in different parts of the lens, allowing you to see both near and far. However, multifocal lenses require a higher degree of fitting and adjustment, and some patients may experience ghosting or shadowing when first using them. These lenses are ideal if you're mostly engaged in tasks that require both near and far vision and don't want to wear reading glasses.

Prescribing contact lenses for presbyopic patients

The choice of contact lens option for presbyopia patients will vary based on individual preferences and needs. At our Olympia optometry clinic, we typically begin with trying monovision and if that is not successful, we proceed to multifocal lenses. However, if the patient has specific needs or goals, we may start with multifocals from the start.  Therefore, it is important to have a discussion with our optometrist to determine what will work best for you, and the fitting process may involve trying different lenses and making adjustments to the prescription for optimal results. There are options available for patients over 40 years old, it just takes more time and considerations for fitting and vision results. If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist, you might begin your search online by entering “eye doctor for presbyopia near me”.

Schedule a comprehensive eye exam in Olympia

If you're experiencing blur when reading or doing close work, schedule an appointment with our optometrist to find out if contact lenses are a good option for you. There are a wide variety of options available to suit your needs. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121. Patients searching for advanced treatment for presbyopia and alternatives to reading glasses visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
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Treatment options for presbyopia
It is estimated that in 2020, around 123 million Americans had presbyopia. Presbyopia is common in adults aged 45 and older, with an estimated prevalence of 83-88.9%. Presbyopia occurs typically after the age of 40 and causes near objects to appear blurry. As we age, our eye's lens becomes less flexible, making it harder for us to focus on close objects.  Symptoms of presbyopia may include the need to hold objects further away in order to see them clearly, eye strain when reading or doing other close-up work, and difficulty seeing small print. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and is not a disease. It can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or vision correction surgery.

What are the different treatment options for presbyopia?

Reading glasses

Reading glasses are a common solution for presbyopia. They work by magnifying the image of the object being viewed, making it appear larger and easier to focus on. Reading glasses can be through a prescription from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The strength of the prescription will depend on the severity of the presbyopia. Some people may only need a mild prescription, while others may require a stronger one. Reading glasses are typically worn only when needed for close-up tasks, such as reading or working on the computer. It is important to note that reading glasses are not a cure for presbyopia and do not stop the condition from progressing. However, they can help improve near vision and make it easier to perform close-up tasks. If you are experiencing difficulty seeing up close and think you may have presbyopia, it is a good idea to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam. They can determine the best treatment option for your needs. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121.

Bifocal or multifocal lenses

If you already wear glasses for distance, you have a few options for addressing your near vision. You can wear two pairs of glasses, one for distance and one for reading, or you can opt for multifocal lenses. These lenses come in two types: bifocal and progressive. Bifocal lenses have a visible line separating the distance prescription from the reading prescription, while progressive lenses have a gradient that allows for intermediate distances as well. Contact lens wearers also have options when it comes to presbyopia. You can wear reading glasses over your distance prescription contacts, or you can try mono vision or multifocal contact lenses. Mono vision means that one lens is focusing for distance and the other is focusing for near, which can take some getting used to as it can impact your depth perception. Multifocal contact lenses allow both eyes to see both distance and near, though some people may experience ghosting or shadowing with these lenses.

Intraocular lens (IOL)

Intraocular lenses are done in a surgical procedure to replace the eye's natural lens with a new lens in order to correct for a refractive error. IOLs are used to treat presbyopia because they can improve the focusing power of the eye. In particular, multifocal IOLs are designed to divide the light that enters the eye into two or more focal points, allowing the patient to see clearly at multiple distances. This can be a particularly effective treatment option for patients who are experiencing presbyopia and want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on reading glasses or bifocal lenses. Most patients experience a significant improvement in their vision following IOL implantation and are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. It is important to note that IOLs are not suitable for all patients and that the best treatment option will depend on the individual patient's needs and goals. To learn more about IOL or other treatment options for presbyopia, schedule an appointment with our eye doctor, please call (360) 491-2121.

Don't let presbyopia hold you back from seeing clearly! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find the treatment option that's right for you.

It's important to note that the best treatment option for presbyopia will depend on your individual needs and how you use your eyes throughout the day. If you are experiencing difficulties with your near vision, make sure to discuss it with our optometrist during an eye exam so that they can recommend the best solution for you. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121. Patients searching for advanced treatment for presbyopia and alternatives to reading glasses visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey. 
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Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.


Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.


June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.


Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.


Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.


Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.


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