High Blood Pressure and Eye Disease

Along with causing heart and kidney problems, untreated high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. Hypertension can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the area at the back of the eye where images focus. This eye disease is known as hypertensive retinopathy. The damage can be […]

Why Do I Need My Eyes Dilated?

Dilation is part of a thorough eye exam. You may think it’s a hassle. But it gives your doctor a good look inside your eye. It’s especially important if you’re having eye pain or vision problems, or if you’re more likely to get certain eye diseases. Normally, your pupil gets smaller when light shines into […]

What Does 20/20 Vision Mean?

If you have an eye exam and are told you have 20/20 vision, does this mean you have perfect eyesight? Is it possible to achieve even better than 20/20 vision? And what is “perfect vision” anyway? To answer these questions, let’s take a closer look at vision-related terminology to fully understand how eye doctors measure the quality of your […]

Are Colored Contact Lenses for Halloween Costumes Safe?

What are costume contact lenses? Costume contact lenses – also known as cosmetic or decorative contact lenses – are contact lenses that change how your eyes look. These contact lenses can make your eyes look different in many ways, from changing your eye’s color or pupil shape to giving cartoon or film character effects. Common examples are […]

$1000 Off LASIK With A Free Consultation

Are you tired of your glasses and/or contacts? Schedule a free LASIK evaluation today and receive $1000 off your procedure, until the end of the year! Imagine what it would be like to wake up in the morning and see the alarm clock…..without your glasses.  Or, to drive a car, go swimming, or even watch a […]

VHI Flathead Reservation 2019

Northwest Eye Center and Vision Health International Changing Lives on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana Dr. Melinda and Paul O’Rourke and Alex Mosley put in a long but immensely gratifying week (September 7-15, 2019) at the Flathead Indian Reservation and at the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo, Montana as members of a […]


Eat Right to Improve Your Sight We only get one pair of eyes, so it’s important to take good care of them. New research shows what you eat can affect your vision as you age. The eyes are vascular, so a heart-healthy diet that’s low in trans and saturated fat is important to keep the […]

Alleviate Dry Eyes During The Fall

As the leaves change colors and fall quickly approaches, the air gets drier causing the eyes to dry out. Dry eye’s is a common condition that is suffered by many people around the world. One of the main causes of Dry Eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Meibomian gland dysfunction causes a blockage of your meibomian […]

An Eye Exam Can Detect Diabetes in its Early Stages

Did you know that an eye exam can be the first clue to detecting diabetes and other hidden health concerns? Finding health issues early can give patients a better chance at preventing damage through early treatment and management. A routine eye exam can show so many things. Some can be downright life changing – and […]