Tumwater Eye Center: State-of-the-art digital and infra-red retinal imagining

Taking care of your eyes may not be at the top of your priority list. However, foresight will do you much better than hindsight. “Be preventative,” recommends Dr. Finch of the Tumwater Eye Center. Your eyes are precious. The Center uses state-of-the-art digital and infra-red retinal imagining for comprehensive care, disease diagnosis and deals with all concerns about your eyes.

“We focus on primary care,” says Dr. Finch, which includes exams for adults and children and being fitted with glasses as needed. He is also enthusiastic about his profession. “I really like the disease aspect,” he adds and helps people with solutions for their dry eyes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

We might think eye care is related only to those of older ages. To the contrary, Dr. Finch recommends that children come in by the time they are five years old and earlier if there are issues such as a lazy eye. “We want to see your child before first grade,” says Dr. Finch. That is so any issues can be diagnosed, treated as necessary, and resolved, when possible, by the time they are eight. For children in the age range from eight to twelve, the Tumwater Eye Center is using dual treatments for children with myopia and having excellent results. “We like working with kids,” says Dr. Finch.

Dry eyes are increasingly common with all the time spent on computer and phone screens. “I wish more people knew about it,” says Dr. Finch. It happens slowly and becomes chronic so that people don’t realize their levels of discomfort. Eyes become fatigued and strained which can lead to headaches. There are prescription glasses specific to computer use. The Tumwater Eye Center now routinely does a LipiScan to check on the health of the oil glands under the eyelids. Various treatments are available. People use OTC (over-the-counter) drops, which give some relief but only mask the problem.

Remember that even in cloudy Olympia, sunglasses are important to protect your eyes from UV light. Sunscreen is not always applied near the eyes, so be aware of protecting the delicate skin around the eyes too.

Contact the helpful team at Tumwater Eye Clinic to make appointments for you and your family. Telemedicine options may be available. It makes sense to value your vision.

Tumwater Eye Center
6510 Capitol Way Blvd SE, Tumwater
tumwatereye.com

BY MARY ELLEN PSALTIS

Celebrating 40 Years: Family Eyecare Associates

How you treat your customers sets you apart from others in your field. Dr. Spencer Garlick and his Family EyeCare Associates practice embraces that philosophy with his motto Do What is Best for Your Patient.

“When you treat people, including your staff, like family, you can’t help having success,” said Dr. Spencer Garlick, owner of Family EyeCare Associates in Fircrest.

Celebrating 40 years in business, Family EyeCare Associates was started in 1981 by Dr. Erick Hartman. While Dr. Hartman retired in 2016, he still fills in to stay connected with old friends and perform a service he loves.

Specializing in low vision cases, or persons legally blind but with some range of sight, brought Dr. Hartman and Dr. Garlick together in 2013. With the same specialization and more importantly, the same vision for quality eye care through caring customer service and a family friendly atmosphere, the two Doctors of Optometry created a succession plan to keep the practice in place.

A new logo for the practice was introduced this year to celebrate the 40 year anniversary. Designed by a patient, the logo features the nearby Tacoma Narrows Bridge. According to Dr. Garlick, “The logo exemplifies a bridge to future success as well as the communities we serve.”

The pandemic year of 2020 was supposed to be a great year for eyes, but that didn’t work out so well. So, in an attempt to capture some of the special significance, Dr. Garlick discovered some inadvertent hidden meaning in his new logo. A careful inspection shows the bridge has the Roman numeral XX over XX. That also adds up to 40, symbolic of the practice’s 40th year. Clearly, he was happy with his new logo design. It also goes perfectly with the last four digits of their phone number: 2020.

The entire team at Family EyeCare Associates cares about vision and eye health, stressing the importance of annual comprehensive exams. The clinic provides the full scope of optometry services as well glasses, contacts, and medical eye exams.

Family Eyecare Associates
6314 19th Street West, Suite 1, Fircrest
familyeyecare2020.net

BY LYNN CASTLE