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09/27/2012
By: maggie.macklin
Rainier Valley Optometric
I went in today for an eye exam so I could order some new glasses using an online deal. I was slightly early and the really friendly front desk ladies were able to get me through the paperwork and I was seen promptly at the scheduled time by Dr. Dan. He was courteous, professional and meticulous. I felt very comfortable and appreciated as a customer. It was well worth the drive from West Seattle-the couple of shops I called in my neighborhood were booked a month out and Rainier Valley was able to schedule me SAME WEEK! When I mentioned ordering glasses online I was not made to feel guilty or pressured into purchasing them in the office. Dr. Dan checked and double checked my prescription and was particularly careful to examine me for eye problems that run in my family. Highly recommended, well worth the trip! I will be a repeat customer as long as they're in business!
12/05/2011
By: yellowpagecrow
Viola OD Gay Optometrist
I've been going to Dr. Gay for over 15 years, and I can say that if you want a cr*p prescription, the Lenscrapters/mall experience, or the bum's rush out the door, go somewhere else--it'll free up appointments for us returning loyal clients.On request she took my base prescription and modified it for both far-away driving glasses and for close-up computer-screen glasses. She fills contact-lens orders too.NB I've had awful experiences from other optometrists who had far glitzier offices, computerized records, bla, bla, bla: but--prescriptions filled wrongly or with indefinite waits, condescending jerks hustling me for extras and addons, higher fees due to excessive staffing.If some of the crank reviewers one-starring Dr. Gay actually got out a little they might conclude that their criticisms were off-base when it comes to end results.
Tips & Advices
To find a professional that fits your needs and wants, look for an optometrist with the proper licensing and compliance with state-specific legalities as well as these qualities: attentiveness, ability to listen, ethics, compassion, ability to communicate effectively and willingness to spend time with patients.
Vision, like dental, is often an additional voluntary cost for employers who provide health care coverage. As a result, it may not be included in basic company-sponsored insurance. Those who do have access to this type of coverage - or Medicare - often only pay for a portion of their eye exam services.
The cost of an appointment with an optometrist varies based on the services required. While a typical eye exam can range from $50 to $250, depending on location. If if glasses or contact lenses are prescribed, or tests are needed, the overall expense of an optometrist visit can increase.
The American Optometric Association recommended that patients have their first eye exam at six months of age, followed by another at 3 years old, and again at school age. At that point, Regular annual exams are recommended.
Ophthalmologists are eye doctors that have received higher levels of training than both opticians and optometrists, and can also perform eye surgery when necessary. Opticians design and fit eyeglasses, frames, and lenses that are prescribed by optometrists and ophthalmologists. They do not perform vision tests or write prescriptions for visual aids. Optometrists fall between ophthalmologists and opticians. Optometrists can detect and treat eye abnormalities, prescribe lenses, and complete eye exams, but cannot perform eye surgery.

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