Choosing A Great Eye Doctor

Did you know that there are as many as 46,000 optometrists in the US? That’s a lot of choices to ‘look’ at! Your eyes are crucial to your lifestyle, health, and well-being—and for many of you, your work and driving ability. Choosing the right one is very important! A Mercer Island, WA eye doctor offers some advice on this below.

Know the Different Professions

Optometrists, opticians, and ophthalmologists are the three main pillars of the eye care industry. We all work in different niches. Optometrists perform eye examinations, and can screen you for vision and/or health issues. They can also prescribe eyewear. Ophthalmologists can do all of those things, but can also perform surgery. Opticians fit and sell glasses and contacts. Some vision care centers will have all three in one building. Others are more specific. Look for a team that fits your needs.

Get Recommendations

This is always a good rule of thumb when seeking out any new service or care provider. Ask your friends and family for recommendations, and read reviews online.

Check Technology

Every year, there are new innovations in the eye health industry. A doctor that is still ‘focused’ on older technology may be fine for someone who just needs a fairly standard pair of glasses, but not be the best fit for everyone. Our advice? Look for an eye care center with cutting edge, up-to-date options.


Credentials are another thing to consider. You only get one set of eyes, so it’s important to make sure that you’re entrusting yours to the right person. Ideally, you want someone with both great credentials and a lot of experience.


If you have young children, and/or are helping aging parents with things like appointments, choose an eye care center that works with people of all ages. Having your whole family go to the same place is just easier, even if you all have different needs.


Eyeglasses can have a huge effect on your appearance! It’s important to choose a pair that is comfortable and helps you see clearly, but also looks great on you. You really have to try glasses on to know what works for you. This is one area where one-stop shopping is definitely your best bet.

Do you have questions or concerns about your eyewear? Contact us, your Mercer Island, WA eye care center, today!