Our Focus
is your child's vision

Office Visits

We encourage you to use the following links to help you prepare for your child's eye exam.

Our office was created
with children in mind

Welcome to our Office!

Inside Northwest Pediatric Eye Care

Our Services

We specialize exclusively in the care of pediatric and special needs patients. As a result, we are experienced in managing the spectrum of pediatric vision anomalies as well as primary care. The following is a summary of our specialty services:

  • Management of strabismus (crossed eye) and amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Second opinion on refractive and surgical recommendations for children
  • Care for patients with behavioral difficulties or special needs
  • Contact lens fitting and training for children
  • Home-based vision therapy for vision-related reading difficulty
  • Management and monitoring of ocular abnormalities such as congenital cataracts, juvenile glaucoma, optic nerve hypoplasia, and cortical visual impairment
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Planning Your Visit

Scheduling
Examining children and special needs patients can be tricky and unpredictable, so we encourage you to plan conservatively for up to 2 hours for a comprehensive exam. Follow-up appointments, if needed, typically run 45-60 minutes.

For infants and toddlers, try to avoid planning your visit during their regular naptime so we can see them when they are alert and happy. It may also be a good idea to bring along some snacks or a favorite toy.

If your child has behavioral difficulties or special needs, we welcome the opportunity to serve you! If you anticipate an extended exam duration due to reduced cooperation, comprehension, responsiveness, or mobility, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate you.

You will receive an automated reminder call two days before your appointment. Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule. Missing an appointment without notice may result in a $35 fee.

Preparing for Dilation
Dilation of the eyes is necessary for two purposes: first, it enables us to check for abnormalities inside the eye; second, and more importantly for kids, it relaxes the focusing muscle in the eye which helps us determine the most appropriate glasses prescription.

After dilation, your child will temporarily be more sensitive to bright sunlight. We will provide paper sunglasses, but it may be beneficial to bring a hat or sunglasses from home. In addition, your child will experience blurry vision that is more noticeable up close than far away. The effects will last for the rest of the day and can rarely persist up to 36 hours. Your child will be able to return to school and participate in most activities but should be exempt from reading tasks and homework during this time.

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New Patients

Registration Forms
Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete our registration and intake forms. For your convenience, you may print these forms from the links below and complete them at home.

Adult Registration Form
Child Registration Form
Medical History Questionnaire

If you would like to transfer your child's records to or from our office, print and sign the form below.
Records Release Form


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Insurance and Payment

Verifying your Insurance
Please bring your current insurance card to each appointment. Be sure to verify your vision-specific coverage before your exam, as it may differ from your medical insurance. If you have any questions regarding your vision coverage or if you do not see your insurance listed below, you may contact our biller who can help you determine your options. Please keep in mind that it is ultimately your responsibility to know the full extent of your insurance coverage.

We accept insurance from the following providers:

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Community Health Plan (CHPW)
  • Cigna Medical (Dr. Preston only)
  • Coordinated Care
  • DSHS
  • First Choice
  • First Health (Dr. Preston only)
  • Healthcare Management Administrators (HMA)
  • Medicare
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Regence BlueShield
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

Billing to your Medical Insurance
If you do not have vision insurance or if we do not take your vision plan, you may be eligible to have the exam covered under your medical insurance depending on the diagnoses found in the exam. You may contact our biller to determine how your exam could potentially be billed. Please note that if your exam is billed medically, the refraction (prescription measurement) portion may not be covered.

Qualifying "medical" and "vision" designations are determined by your insurance company, to which we are contractually bound. In other words, we as participating providers must bill to the appropirate insurance carrier based on the patient's diagnosis.

If your insurance requires a referral from your primary care provider, please verify that a referral authorization has been faxed or sent to our office prior to your appointment.

Payment
If we are not billing the exam through your insurance provider, payment is due at the time of service. Copayments are collected at check-in. If you need to make alternative arrangements or set up a payment plan, please contact our biller.

To avoid accruing late-payment fees, prompt payment is greatly appreciated within 30 days of receiving your billing statement.

For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • MasterCard
  • VISA
  • American Express
  • Discover

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Emergencies

If you have an ocular emergency when the office is closed, call 425.732.6056 and our answering service will forward you to the on-call doctor.


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Referring Doctors

Referring physicians and therapists are welcome to print the form below and fax to 425.732.6059 to begin the referral process.

Referral Form

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Northwest Pediatric Eye Care
Forest Office Park
14645 Bel-Red Road
Building E, Suite 102
Bellevue, WA 98007

Phone: 425.732.6056
Fax:     425.732.6059
Email:   info@nwpediatriceyecare.com

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