Eye Exams in Seattle, WA

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Simple vision tests are routine to most people. Children are given these tests at school, and employees are often required to take them for work purposes. Acuity tests are also required when applying for a driver's license. Nevertheless, passing a vision assessment doesn't guarantee your eyes are free of any eye disease. A visual acuity test doesn't offer a complete look at your overall ocular health. For this reason, receiving a thorough eye exam regularly is extremely important.

At SPEX, comprehensive eye evaluations include multiple important testing methods that enable our optometrist, Dr. Scott Campbell, to examine your complete eye health. This is particularly important since many dangerous, vision-threatening issues, like macular degeneration, won't produce any early symptoms.

It is extremely important to visit an eye doctor if it has been longer than 24 months since your last comprehensive eye assessment or if you have had any problems with your eyes or acuity. Stay on top of your ocular health by scheduling biennial appointments at our Seattle, WA office.

On the day of your exam, please bring your contact lenses and eyeglasses, along with an accurate list of any prescription and OTC medications you are using. The majority of eye assessments at SPEX take about 30 – 90 minutes. Your evaluation will begin with a routine visual acuity test to find out how sharp your vision is. If the eye chart test indicates that you need corrective lenses, the optometrist will usually follow it with refraction testing to measure what your refractive prescription should be. For refraction testing, we use a view-finder type device to let us know which images you see as clear or hazy.

After this, we will do a visual field test, sometimes called a Goldmann visual field exam, which tells us the extent of your peripheral vision and helps in finding certain other eye conditions. Next, we might look at how well your eyes work together with a cover test. As the name indicates, we cover your eyes separately and have you stare at a specific area, which allows us to see the way your eyes focus. We might also ask you to hold your head still and follow a small light using only your eyes. Next, we will usually perform a test that spots color vision limitations and aids in identifying other eye conditions. Lastly, we will do a slit lamp exam to obtain a magnified, full-aspect 3D view of the observable parts of your eyes, including the upper and lower lids, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, and lenses.

It is especially beneficial to widen the pupils with eye drops to completely assess the health of the retina, retinal blood vessels, optic nerve, and the macula, as well as to test for glaucoma. Your doctor may dilate your pupils for more tests, depending on your age and the primary reason for your exam.


Dr Campbell rocks! He cares and takes the extra time. His team is Awesome! Thank you!

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I don't live around this area. I was in need of urgent eyecare and staff went above and beyond to help me out. If I ever moved to this area, without a doubt this will be my go to optometrist/ophthalmologist. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend them.

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Dr. Scott Campbell is the best. He does the most thorough exams and truly cares. SPEX has great frames and service. I’ve seen him for decades and even though we moved 100 miles away I still go back to have my eyes examined and have glasses made.

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I've been a patient of Dr. Campbell's for a couple of decades now and there simply is no reason to go elsewhere. It is downtown but is simple enough to get there and park if driving. You'll find a multipurpose storefront with a salon, eyewear and exam room. They carry beautiful and unique frames and it's a treat to explore and find my next great pair of glasses. I receive compliments without fail each time I head out in my latest new look and yet continue to receive compliments on my older frames as well. Dr. Campbell's staff are the best at offering objective critiques and advice. For years now it's felt like visiting family when it's time to make another trip in. On the physician side, Dr. Campbell is a scientist and physician and truly loves and is passionate about eye health and advances in care, technology and treatment. I'm a retired engineer and there's always been time allotted to the latest projects on my side and the latest areas of interest for Dr. Campbell. His exam is thorough but comfortable throughout. His findings, diagnosis and referrals are 100% trustworthy.

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People often neglect their ocular health until a vision problem occurs, but the health of the eyes goes beyond having clear vision. We invite you to schedule comprehensive eye exams for yourself and your family with our team in Seattle, WA. SPEX uses innovative technologies and techniques to thoroughly examine your eyes and catch any issues before they become a larger issue.

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