Optometrist and Eye Care Center in Bellingham Washington

Northwest Vision Development Center is an eye and vision care center in Bellingham which provides Eye Exams, Vision Therapy, Contact Lenses, Eyeglasses and Adult/Pediatric Eye Care.  Our Optometrist, Dr. Peter Charron has earned his Fellowship through COVD, and is skilled at treating people with vision problems that interfere with child development, school, behavior, and work.

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E REPORTS WRITTEN BY OUR OPTOMETRIST

E Reports on visual problems written by Optometrist in Bellingham WA Dr. Peter Charron

These E Reports correct some of the myths that are hardwired into our culture. They present NEW ideas, and treatments you may have never heard of, which are safe and effective.

 

Find out why vision problems – the ones that can steal your child's self-confidence and success - can be so easily overlooked. Our goal with these reports is simply to help you get clarity on how some of the things you or your child go through could be from eye problems. The information you get from these reports will help you make the best decision you possibly can on the help that we can provide.

Discover small steps you could be making on your own to start addressing these problems.

Click on the E Reports below to download your FREE copy right now.

free report on adhd and visual problems written by Optometrist in Bellingham WA Dr. Peter Charron

Download the EYE CAN FOCUS E Report if you have a child who...

  • Is not reading, writing or performing to their potential in school

  • Is acting up/fighting you or the teachers because of school work

  • Comes homes drained/exhausted at the end of the school day

  • Needs to touch everything in sight 

  • Seems to have "ants in the pants" 

  • Can't seem to get through more than 5-10 minutes of near work (i.e. reading, writing, paper work) without either getting tired or fed up.

  • Focus well on the things that interest them but "the ADHD shows up when it's time for school work."

  • Doesn't read, write, spell much better even with medication.

  • If you don't want to put your child on medication yet. 

  • Has a hard time with throwing, kicking or catching a ball flying through the air. 

  • Bumps into objects, misses objects, or injures him/herself easily.

free report on reading problems due to visual dysfunction written by Optometrist in Bellingham WA Dr. Peter Charron

Download the EYE CAN READ E Report if you have a child who...

  • Is not reading, writing or performing to their potential in school

  • Can't seem to get through more than 5-10 minutes of near work (i.e. reading, writing, paper work) without either getting tired or fed up

  • Has to read a page several times before they comprehend 

  • Reads okay if the sentence is by itself on the page but gets overwhelmed by a paragraph or more

  • Skips over words, lines or reads the same lines twice

  • Gets lost or needs to use their finger to lead their eyes through the text

  • Complains of headaches, blurry vision, double vision or sleepiness with reading

  • Tells you they see the words on the page move or swim around

  • Assumes strange postures when reading like turning/tilting the head and moving too close to the page

free report on traumatic brain injury / concussions and visual problems written by Optometrist in Bellingham WA Dr. Peter Charron

Download the EYE CAN RECOVER E Report if you have had...

  • Had a concussion, whiplash or other brain injury and you are are suffering with...

    • ​Headaches and/or strain around the eyes

    • Dizziness or instability in gait

    • Mental or physical exhaustion with simple tasks like going to the grocery store or reading

    • Nausea from movement or other things moving around you that catch your eye

    • Brain fog

    • Blurry vision

    • Driving is now overwhelming and doesn't feel safe

    • Light and/or motion sensitive

    • You know something's wrong but haven't got an explanation

free report on lazy eye written by Optometrist in Bellingham WA Dr. Peter Charron

Download the EYE CAN UNITE E Report if you or your child...

  • Have an eye that crosses, or drifts/separates from the other eye

  • Have an eye that doesn't work as well as the other eye and you...

    • Are thinking about patching, or surgery to correct it

    • Are interested in safe, natural methods to address it

    • Are wondering how it might affect your child's life in terms of self confidence, behavior or coordination

    • Are starting to think that it affects how you look and talk with people.  

    • Feel like you might be avoiding eye contact because of it

    • Want to improve with sports

OPTOMETRIC VISION THERAPY:

 TESTING & TREATMENT

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...Patients & Parents Speak Out About Vision Therapy!

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We do vision therapy to help improve lives.

 

Over the years, we've seen many transformations, but here are some special ones we'd like to share...

A struggling student, fed up with reading transforms into someone who can't put a book down. 

A patient with a wandering eye who learns to straighten it and see in 3D.

A patient with concussion symptoms that have never been addressed finally gets answers.

2 year warranty on eyeglasses frames at Northwest Vision Development Center in Bellingham WA
45 day money back guarantee for eyeglasses sold at 2 year warranty on eyeglasses frames at Northwest Vision Development Center in Bellingham WA

EYEGLASSES & OPTICAL STORE

EYE CARE, EYEGLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES ALL UNDER ONE ROOF

We want to keep you as a long term patient by being the best place to buy glasses in Bellingham.

We think that's a good thing for us and a good thing for you. Why?

Otherwise it's kind of a pain don't you think? Switching eye doctors from year to year, getting an eye exam here and shopping for your glasses there?  What if there's a problem with the glasses - who do you go to first - the doctor's office?  The other place? The "glasses online place?"

 

It's almost always easier if you get your eye care services and your eye care products all under one roof. 

 

Then there's only one place you need to hold accountable. 

Accountability.  That's important to us.  

If we want to keep you as a long term patient, our goal is not to just make a big sale and forget about you. 

So how do we prove that?

Two ways...

2 year warranty on eyeglasses frames

1) TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON FRAMES.  Don't know if you should invest in a higher quality pair of eyeglasses?  Well, all that risk is now on our shoulders.  You will not have to worry about "what if these don't hold up?"  

45 day money back guarantee for eyeglasses

2) 45 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: What if you buy glasses from us and you don't feel satisfied?

Decide within 45 days, and if you are not happy, then just come back to us for a No Questions Asked FREE Prescription Check by our team or by our Eye Doctor to see what we need to do to fix the problem.  

What if you still aren't satisfied?   

Then just return the glasses back to us and get your money back.  It's that simple.

MEET OUR FRIENDLY, TALENTED TEAM OF OPTOMETRIC EXPERTS

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Our clinic accepts cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, and Care Credit.  

Care Credit is a lender we partner with which offers 0% term financing for almost everything at our office including:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Service Questions

How long does it take to become an Optometrist?


To become an Optometrist, you have complete undergraduate studies, then 4 more years of Optometry school.





Office Questions

What are your hours of operation?


Northwest Vision Development Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm but closed from lunch each day from 1-2 pm.




What is your business address?


The address of our optometry clinich is at 1616 Cornwall Ave. #105 Bellingham WA 98225 We are on the first floor of a fairly big office building shared with Unity Care, Opportunity Council, Performance Physical Therapy and the Bellingham Athletic Club. The Banner Bank on Cornwall and York is on the other side of our parking lot.




Do I need an appointment to get my eye exam or to get glasses?


No, but we cannot guarantee we'll be able to help you right away if there's no appointment. Because we don't want you to have to wait, it is best to schedule in by calling or using our online scheduler. You can even schedule an appointment for one on one help with eyeglasses shopping, and eye glasses dispensing.









Product Questions

What do Optometrists do?


Optometrists are health care specialists according to Medicare. They perform comprehensive eye examinations, diagnose and treat acute and chronic medical eye problems like Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Conjunctivitis, Dry Eye Syndrome etc. and test for eyeglass prescriptions. They also fit contact lenses, and treat Binocular Vision Problems like Convergence Insufficiency, Strabismus and Amblyopia through Vision Therapy.




Are Optometrists doctors?


Yes. Optometrists have earned a Doctors of Optometry (O.D.) by going to an accredited Optometry school for four years after their undergraduate studies. They have a different training from an Ophthalmologist who is a physician (M.D.) and a graduate of a Medical school.




Which is better to go to, Optometrist or Ophthalmologist?


Every patient has varying needs, but in general, if you need general eye or vision care, or vision therapy, you will probably go see an Optometrist. If you need surgery outside the scope of an Optometrist license (i.e. corneal transplants, LASIK, Cataract, Strabismus, Retinal surgeries) then you have to see an Ophthalmologist.




Why do Optometrists dilate pupils?


Optometrists dilate pupils primarily for two reasons. Reason number one is that when the pupil is larger and opened, your optometrist can view the middle and the back structures of the eye more thoroughly. Without dilating the eyes, we get an incomplete viewing of the retina, the lens, the vitreous and choroid of the eye - all portions of the eye which are home to many common ocular diseases. The second reason for dilation is to measure a more accurate eyeglasses prescription - especially with children who are farsighted.