Will I be dilated for my exam?

A comprehensive eye exam usually involves dilation.  Dilation is essential because it enables Dr. Johnson to observe the inside of your eyes. Special drops are placed in each eye that widen your pupil, which is the opening in the center of the iris (the colored part of the eye).  Once your eyes are dilated, Dr. Johnson will use a special magnifying lens to exam them.  This magnifying lens provides a clear view of the important tissues at the back of the eye, which include: the retina, the macula, and the optic nerve.

How long does dilation last?

Dilation periods vary from patient to patient.  On average, dilation lasts anywhere from four to six hours.

Can I drive after being dilated?

In general, yes, you can.  Driving after being dilated is definitely a matter of comfort levels per each individual, and we ask that our patients make their best judgment when determining whether or not they should drive. Dilation does not affect your distance vision, however, light tends to be brighter after dilation and glare tends to be more severe.  We encourage our patients to bring sunglasses for the ride home, and we also provide disposable shades for their convenience.

Can surgery be done on Whidbey Island?

Any surgery requiring local or general sedation can be done at Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville.  For your convenience, laser procedures are done in the office.

What insurances do you accept?

If your insurance requires a prior authorization or referral to see us, please obtain one from your Primary Care Provider prior to your appointment at Island Eye Care.  Accepted insurances include, but are not limited to:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Group Health
  • Healthcomp
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • NBN Vision
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Regence
  • South Health & Wellness
  • Tricare
  • United HealthCare
  • Windsor Sterling

Please contact us to see if we’re a covered provider if your insurance is not listed.

What should I bring to my appointment?

When preparing for your appointment, please remember to bring the following:

      • An updated copy of your current insurance card(s)
      • An updated medications list
      • Any applicable co-payments
      • Island Eye Care health forms

Do you prescribe glasses?

Absolutely!  We will do a refraction to determine your best attainable vision, and give you a prescription for glasses upon your request. Please be advised that there is a $35.00 refraction fee that some insurance companies do not cover.