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Have diabetes? Time for a retinal eye exam

If you have diabetes, getting a retinal eye exam is an easy—and important—way to check for nerve damage to your eyes called diabetic retinopathy. The condition, which can go unnoticed until patients experience vision loss, can lead to blindness.

A retinal eye exam is needed once a year if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, and usually every other year if you haven’t. Many Kaiser Permanente medical offices offer retinal screenings without an appointment. The exam uses a high-quality digital camera. It’s fast and easy, and you don’t need to have your eyes dilated.

Medical offices where this service is available include Bellevue, Bellevue-Factoria, Bothell-Northshore, Burien, Kent, Lynnwood, Puyallup, Seattle-Capitol Hill, Seattle-Downtown, Seattle-Northgate, Seattle-Rainier, Silverdale, Spokane-Lidgerwood, Spokane-Veradale, Tacoma, and Tacoma South. Find these locations. Retinal exams are also available in Optometry at all of our Eye Care locations.

You can also get a screening as part of a complete eye exam from your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Your eyes will be dilated for this exam. Make an appointment.

We are Kaiser Permanente Eye Care

March 2017—Kaiser Permanente's acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final last month. This means that Group Health is now a part of Kaiser Permanente. And, Group Health Eye Care’s name has changed to Kaiser Permanente Eye Care.

  • Becoming part of Kaiser Permanente does not change the 2017 plan or benefits Group Health members selected during 2016 Open Enrollment, including your optical benefits.
  • The acquisition does not affect 2017 premiums, benefits or cost shares.
  • You can continue to see your same Eye Care doctors at the same locations you did before the acquisition.
  • Make eye appointments by phone or online just as you did before.
  • Continue to use your optical hardware benefits to purchase prescription glasses and contacts at an Eye Care location, or order contact lens refills by phone
  • If you recently ordered glasses or contact lenses, you can expect no interruption in your order.
  • There’s no change to our eyeglass warranty.
  • Reach us at the same phone number 1-800-664-9225.
  • As you can see, our web site has all the same features, like our frame gallery search, frame try-on, savings offers, location information, and more.

Good news: Kaiser Permanente is investing in our member experience, including upgrades to our clinics, technology, access, and more. We look forward to sharing more about these changes.

If you have an Eye Care related question, email us at KPWA.eyecare@kp.org.

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