Health insurance accepted
All health plans
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I have an emergency?
A: Call 509.966.2253 for instructions. If you are unable to reach the on call physician, go to the hospital emergency room.
Q: How long will my appointment be?
A: Most appointments require 15-30 minutes. This includes technician testing followed by evaluation and discussion with the doctor. You will also likely have some waiting time during your appointment. The average patient visit to The Eye Center will last about one hour.
Q: Will I be dilated?
A: The need to have your eyes dilated depends on your age and symptoms. We only dilate the eyes if it is necessary.
Q: Do I need a referral?
A: There are some insurances that do require referrals to our office. Please contact us and we will be glad to assist you.
Q: Do you offer LASIK surgery?
A: No one in our office is currently performing LASIK. We can test and examine your eyes to determine if you would be a good candidate for LASIK. If your testing concludes that LASIK is a safe option, you would then receive a referral to a qualified and trusted LASIK surgeon.
Q: Do you see children?
Q: Will my surgery be on the same day as my preop/consult?
A: No. You will have a pre-op evaluation prior to scheduling surgery. This is done for several reasons. First, insurance authorization takes some time. You may receive a prescription for eye drops that will be started a few days before the surgery. Additionally, some surgeries may require the temporary discontinuation of certain medications.
Q: Where will the surgery take place?
A: The Eye Center can accommodate most surgeries in our on-site surgical suite. However, surgeries performed under general anesthesia will be done at the outpatient surgery center on the campus of Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital.