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Dr. Carl Ekman, OD

Optometrist

Professional statement

Dr. Carl Ekman is a Washington native, growing up in Snohomish and Bremerton. He received his B.A. from BYU-Idaho in communications and his doctorate in Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA. But he is glad to be back in the Pacific Northwest so he can take his two young sons hiking in the mountains that were such a part of his childhood.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • ACE
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Optometrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1174837579

Office locations

Northwest Vision Institute

11800 N.E. 128th St, Suite 110

Kirkland, WA 98034

Northwest Vision Institute

12301 NE 10th Pl, 2nd Floor

Bellevue, WA 98005

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Dr. Ekman is wonderful. So glad I found his practice. I continue to return yearly and have a great experience every time.
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Have always enjoyed working with Dr Carl.
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Dr. Ekman was very nice and friendly. I have serious anxiety issues, but Dr. Ekman's demeanor completely put me at ease. The exam was thorough; he explained everything as he was doing the tests. He also didn't try to sell me glasses that I didn't really need.
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Overall, it was a great visit! It was my first time meeting Dr. Ekman, and I was very pleased with how knowledgeable and professional he was while still being quite genuine and easy to talk to. You can tell he reallycares about his patient's well-being, as he took the time to explain a minor issue we found as well as arrange for some follow up appointments with specialists! Sylvia was excellent at helping me pick out my new glasses (she found the winner on the first try!), and the rest of the staff was super as well. Thank you NWVI!
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Very pleasant experience. Clean office, nice staff and Dr. Ekman was incredibly friendly and professional. I would highly recommend using their services!
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Dr. Ekman was very attentive to my needs and opinions in regards to how comfortable I was at changing my vision prescription. He took into consideration other physical issues that may have effected my comfort zone and after weighing the pros and cons adjusted accordingly.
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He is very thorough in explaining my condition and answers all my questions.
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Dr. Ekman is the most nicest personable doctor I ever met. He was patient with my limitations and very easy to talk to. Thank you very much for my pleasant visit.
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I appreciate the Dr. Ekman treats me as an intelligent adult who understands physiology and anatomy and can make informed decisions about my treatment. He never talks down to me, and provides what I need to know, while doing it in a friendly manner.
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Eye exams have always been stressful for me because it's been hard to decide between all the test choices. This time it was so easy! Carl made the entire experience so nice. Thank you so much!! Penny O
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He was super friendly, easy to talk to and he took his time! He was running a little late and apologized. Very respectful!
More than 1 year ago
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Informative care!
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The entire staff was friendly and professional. Virtually no wait time and everything was great throughout the visit.
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My visit to see Dr. Carl Ekman, OD for an annual eye exam went very well. I found Dr. Edman to be kind, knowledgeable and willing to answer all my questions. He appeared to be very thorough and accurate in histesting and assessment. I appreciate that! Would certainly return for any follow-ups and would NOT hesitate in referring other folks to him / his Kirkland office. Thank you! Barbara L. July 21, 2017
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Knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Takes the time to find a solution for your eye care needs.
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I did not have to wait before being seen. Dr. Ekman was very thorough and answered all my questions.
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Wonderful and professional experience!
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I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Ekman -- he's knowledgeable, thorough, and personable. We're so happy we found him!
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Dr Ekman is awesome. He provided the most thorough eye examination I have ever had. He was very comfortable to talk to and made sure he addressed all my concerns and questions.
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I met this Dr for the first for my annual checkup. What I liked was that he took to explain what he was doing and what the results meant. I felt I did not go through the many tests - forexample, with Dr Kitamura at the same institute, she makes read and reread those letters and shapes on the board. With Dr Carl, these tests were very few. Overall, I am happy with meeting him. The whole annual exam too about 40 minutes inclusive of the dilation time.
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Nice guy. Cares about his patients.
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He's very professional, but kind and gentle as well. I felt well cared for and a follow-up appointment was recommended in order to keep track of my dry eye issue.
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He is Amazing
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Excellent, very impressive.
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Dr. Ekman is very caring in how he treats his patients. He was running late and gave us a short explanation why. I like his bedside manner.
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He is very professional and very personable. He answered every question I had and did not get so heavily detailed that I could not follow him. He knows his trade!
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Dr. Ekman, while young, is very knowledgeable and personable. He took a lot of time with my entire family and was very thorough. Thank you!
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cares about his paients tries to help in any way he can
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Dr. Ekman was very thorough going my exam results with me and discussing future actions.I felt very comfortable during my appointment and will be happy for future visits. Durward G
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Carl is my favorite optometrist. He was friendly and smart. Highly recommended!
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He answered all my questions, gave me some different pieces of advice for night vision and reading.
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Very efficient. Full exam, new prescription in/out very quickly. In a previous visit it took a while to get my new prescription just right, and Dr. Ekman took the time to keep at it until it was just right. Very happy patient.
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Thorough exam and advice. On time and I appreciated the smooth online appointment scheduling and check in.
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It was a great visit. He's very personable and knowledgeable. He listens well and is willing to try different things for my comfort.
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Pleasant with a great sense of humor. Kept me informed of what he was doing and what to expect
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Dr Ekman cares about me and my vision. We have worked through several potential solutions over many appointments to get the best possible vision for me. Today we both "cheered" at arriving at a very good solution. Thank you, Dr Ekman!
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Good, but pretty late for an eye appt. was there early and had to wait another 20 minutes...
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Dr. Ekman is pleasant, courteous and thorough. I didn't feel rushed and he took the time to address all my concerns.
More than 1 year ago
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I loved the optometrist, he was more than willing to go above and beyond. I did not like the male receptionist though. He was not helpful and did not make the visit easier. I had to do all the work whenordering my contacts and had to keep asking insurance questions he should just know with my file being opened. I may not return for that reason alone.
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Highly appreciate Carl Ekman's friendly nature when talking to patients.
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First time seeing Dr. Ekman. Very kind and patient. I am 78. He was knowledge and took a real interest in a condition I've had for some time. We have to remember that our new doctors may not have all theexperience of the ones who have been in practice for a long time but they do know all the latest information and teaching. I would recommend him
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Hubby found him very knowledgeable, affable and considerate. Would recommend him easily!
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Dr. Eckman is very thorough and knowledgeable. He is professional yet friendly and comfortable to talk with. Great office!
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Carl is the best!
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It was a great overall experience. As you can imagine, for those who are not regulars to the eye doctors, all those gadgets and thingamajigs they poke eyes with are kinda scary, but Dr. Ekman was very good at explaining everything and easing you into it. Check-up went smoothly!
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I'm not fond of getting my eyes checked, but I might have to start being more attentive to the need. Dr. Ekman was extremely personable and friendly, interested in what I had to say, very knowledgeable, and willing to explain everythinghe was doing. I had a wonderful appointment with him and he definitely knows what he's doing. Looking forward to going back for another eye exam next year. The office was very clean and welcoming, and the staff was extremely polite. Great place.
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Beautiful office, friendly staff and great doctor. So glad my friend recommended Dr. Carl.
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Excellent discussion of my eye and overall health. Friendly staff all around.
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Very knowledgeable and professional while still being friendly. He understood and addressed my issue quickly and answered my questions. Highly recommend.
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Dr. Eckman is a very thorough, patient experienced optometrist with the ability to keep you at ease and communicate every aspect of the exam, process, and path forward. The 2 ladies at the front desk were more than pleasant. They werevery efficient, knowledgeable, and accommodating to all questions and requests. All above are traits not found consistently in today's service businesses.
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