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904 Dexter Ave N
Seattle WA 98109

Eye Care Review provides an objective rating of Eye Care providers based on value. The factors included in determining value include consumer reviews, price, web accessability and more.


Quality Eye Glasses start with a quality exam. Use our map to find a practice in your area that provides high quality services.

In general, Optometrist will conduct a comprehensive eye exam and refraction (vision test), while an Optician will help with eye glass selection and fitting. Many locations have both Optometrist and Opticians on sight. Ophthalmologists usually treat eye disease or injury and perform Lasik and other procedures.

Looking at eye care providers in general, we see that independent eye doctors tend to provide better services than do large retail chains, however, with the advent of new diagnostic technology, this is not always the case. If you select a retail chain, make sure you look at the ratings of the retail location that you will be visiting. The quality of service can vary within the retail chain.


Vision Insurance is often provided by your employer in addition to other health insurance coverage. Additionally, many people purchase vision insurance on their own.

Check with your doctor to verify your insurance is accepted before you make an appointment and make sure you understand exactly what is covered by your insurance, some plans only cover exams while others may only pay for a portion of your eye glasses.

VSP is the largest provider of Vision Insurance in the United States. VSP also owns Optical Laboratories that produce finished eye glasses. Often, VSP often provides discounts on their branded lenses to VSP members, further reducing the cost of your eyewear. Example: (Save up to 50% on UNITY® Lenses in High Definition!)

Talk to your optician about your insurance options and how they compare to any other practice promotions. The optician will consider your prescription and your lifestyle and will be in the best position to recommend you the best value for your needs.

Below is a list of the larger Vision Insurance Providers:

AlwaysCare Benefits
Davis Vision
EyeMed Vision Care
HumanaVision Vision Care Plan (VCP)
National Vision Administrators (NVA)
Superior Vision
UnitedHealthcare Vision

Buy Online

We always recommend that you buy your eye glasses from the same practice that provides your eye exam.

Sometimes this is not possible because of the high prices and lack of frame selection often associated with brick and mortar locations. If you elect to purchase eye glasses on line there are a few things you should know:

Federal law requires that the Optometrist provide you with a prescription after your eye exam so be sure to obtain a physical or electronic copy of you prescription BEFORE leaving the office. You must have this prescription to order RX eye glasses online.

Make sure you get your PD measurement before you leave the practice. The PD is the distance between the pupils measured from the center of your nose. If the PD is not on your prescription, the Optician should be able to take the measurement. You MUST have an accurate PD measurement to order eye glasses online or you may be disappointed with the quality of sight once you receive your glasses.

Don't expect to buy high quality eye glasses for only a few dollars. Each pair of RX Eye Glasses is custom built for each patient. The eye glasses are built in an optical laboratory and should be made of quality Fames and Lenses by highly trained professionals. You should expect significant savings when buying online, but you still need to pay for quality.

Once you receive your glasses, they may need to be adjusted by a local Optician. You may be charged for adjustments if you bought the eye glasses from an online retailer.

MOST current online retailers do not provide good quality products. Please check each online retailer‘s reviews before you order any eye glasses from their web site.

There are only two online retailers that we can recommend:
Visit EyeConic.com, and save and Extra 20% off frames for VSP Members.
If you are not a VSP member, visit EyeGlassesUSA.com. They always provide good quality products at reasonable prices.

In addition, we recommend that you look at online retailers Frame selection and pricing prior to going to your local eye doctor. This will let you know if your local practice has reasonable pricing or if they are over charging for products.

Rebates and Coupons

Lens manufacturers and Labs sometimes offer valuable rebates to consumers.

Essilor is currently offering rebates up to $90.00 for many of their products. Please talk to the doctor or optician to find the best products for you. If you choose Essilor, their rebate form is available at https://essilorusa.com/rebates.html

Below is a list of near by eye care providers. Please check the list to see if any offer coupons or other discounts.

Your Eyes LLC
1918 3rd Ave
Seattle WA 98101

Optical Illusions
1523 6th Ave
Seattle WA 98101

Seattle Eye M.D.s
523 Pine St
Seattle WA 98101

Dr. Kathleen M. Kinney OD
1511 3rd Ave
Seattle WA 98101

Periman Laura M MD
523 Pine St
Seattle WA 98101

Seattle Vision Care Center
311 Union St
Seattle WA 98101

Eyes On You
1121 1st Ave
Seattle WA 98101

Hour Eyes Optical
534 Broadway E
Seattle WA 98102

4 Your Eyes Only Optical
4417 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle WA 98103

Columbia Vision Center
701 5th Ave
Seattle WA 98104

Paris Miki Optical
600 5th Ave S
Seattle WA 98104

Blink Optical at The Polyclinic
904 7th Ave
Seattle WA 98104

Cowen Sheldon J MD
515 Minor Ave
Seattle WA 98104

Sameer Khan M.D.
904 7th Ave
Seattle WA 98104

Specialty Eyecare Centre
901 Boren Ave
Seattle WA 98104

Ophthalmic Consultants NW: Rotkis Walter M MD
1221 Madison St
Seattle WA 98104

J. Timothy Heffernan MD
1101 Madison St
Seattle WA 98104

Sound Eye And Laser PS
1229 Madison St
Seattle WA 98104

University Village Optical
5114 25th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98105

City Eyeworks
5101 25th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98105

Davis Optical X-Press
4323 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98105

University Vision Clinic
4115 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98105

Market Optical at University Village
2602 NE University Village St
Seattle WA 98105

Eye Clinic of University Village
5116 25th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98105

Wallingford Eye Care
400 NE 45th St
Seattle WA 98105

Dr. Aaron P. Weingeist MD
2515 SW Trenton St
Seattle WA 98106

I Care Vision Center
9650 15th Ave SW
Seattle WA 98106

Ballard Optical
1719 NW Market St
Seattle WA 98107

Northwest Vision Clinic
2201 NW Market St
Seattle WA 98107

Rain City Eyewear
6005 5th Avenue Nw
Seattle WA 98107

Zowee Wow Distinctive Eyewear
6005 5th Avenue Nw
Seattle WA 98107

Colaizzo Opticians
1623 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle WA 98109

904 Dexter Ave N
Seattle WA 98109

Belltown Vision Source
100 4th Ave N
Seattle WA 98109

Queen Anne Eye Clinic
20 Boston St
Seattle WA 98109

Cool Technology Below

Pinhole Glasses

Pinhole Example

Lenses have been used since ancient times as magnifiers and other tools. Because of this, most people assume that lenses are required to focus images. In fact, one of the best ways to focus light is through the use of a tiny pinhole. Light passing through a pinhole can mirror the effect of a convex lens with additional benefit of unlimited depth of field. In other words a pinhole does not limit an image to one focal plane. It contains focused information about all objects near, far and in between.

How do Pinhole glasses work?

Pinhole glasses work because of the way pinholes filter information passing through the hole and because of the way the human brain interacts with your eyes.

Pinhole glasses generate images by limiting the light waves from a real object to only the light waves that pass though the pinhole. The resultant flipped image is formed by the light waves that pass along lines through the pinhole. The larger the pinhole the more blurry the resultant image will become.

Pinhole Example

The human brain is always trying to focus on objects it is interested in. People with myopia cannot focus on distant objects because the lenses in their eyes cannot properly focus the light from distant objects on their retinas. When pinhole glasses are used, the light passing through the individual pinholes is automatically focused. The brain no longer tries to focus the light with your eyes because the image is already focused.

We recommend that people experience the effect of pinhole glasses. The pinhole effect is more than a novel physics phenomena. With advances in CCD imagers, computer technology and specifically AI technology, pinhole technologies will soon replace many lens based technologies we use today. All lenses cost money and have some inherent defects. Removing lenses from the equation can ultimately reduce costs and improve image quality.

Electrochromic Eye Wear

CTRL ONE lenses

Photochromic lenses turn dark when exposed to sun light and lighten indoors. They allow one pair of eye glasses to be used under indoor lighting and as sun glasses. Unfortunately, Photochromic technology is limited.

  • Changing from light to dark takes a significant amount of time.
  • Photochromic lenses don’t always work well inside automobiles.
  • The colors (tints) associated with photochromic lenses are not aesthetically pleasing.
  • It is an old technology developed before the advent of micro-electronic components.

Electrochromic technology eliminates the problems found with Photochromic lenses.

With Electrochromic Lenses, darkness is controlled by passing an electrical current through the lens. When the current is on, the lens will darken when it is off it will immediately lighten. The speed of the changes is measured in seconds to even mille-seconds.

Electrochromic eyewear works as well in an automobile as it does outside.

Electrochromic tints have a broader range than Photochromic tints making for pleasing look.

Over time, Electrochromic eye wear will offer more and more electronic controls. Eventually, you may be able to control your sun glasses with your smart phone.

Cool Links to Electrochromic Manufacturers: