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Qualifications and Experience
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.
Verified Patient Reviews
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.
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
He was super friendly, easy to talk to and he took his time! He was running a little late and apologized. Very respectful!
The entire staff was friendly and professional. Virtually no wait time and everything was great throughout the visit.
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 his testing 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
Knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Takes the time to find a solution for your eye care needs.
I did not have to wait before being seen. Dr. Ekman was very thorough and answered all my questions.
Wonderful and professional experience!
I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Ekman -- he's knowledgeable, thorough, and personable. We're so happy we found him!
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.
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 - for example, 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.
Nice guy. Cares about his patients.
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.
He is Amazing
Excellent, very impressive.
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.
cares about his paients tries to help in any way he can
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
Carl is my favorite optometrist. He was friendly and smart. Highly recommended!
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!
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!
He answered all my questions, gave me some different pieces of advice for night vision and reading.
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.
Thorough exam and advice. On time and I appreciated the smooth online appointment scheduling and check in.
It was a great visit. He's very personable and knowledgeable. He listens well and is willing to try different things for my comfort.
Pleasant with a great sense of humor. Kept me informed of what he was doing and what to expect
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!
Good, but pretty late for an eye appt. was there early and had to wait another 20 minutes...
Dr. Ekman is pleasant, courteous and thorough. I didn't feel rushed and he took the time to address all my concerns.
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 when ordering 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.
Highly appreciate Carl Ekman's friendly nature when talking to patients.
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 the experience 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
Dr. Eckman is very thorough and knowledgeable. He is professional yet friendly and comfortable to talk with. Great office!
Hubby found him very knowledgeable, affable and considerate. Would recommend him easily!
Carl is the best!
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 everything he 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.
Beautiful office, friendly staff and great doctor. So glad my friend recommended Dr. Carl.
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!
Excellent discussion of my eye and overall health. Friendly staff all around.
Very knowledgeable and professional while still being friendly. He understood and addressed my issue quickly and answered my questions. Highly recommend.
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 were very efficient, knowledgeable, and accommodating to all questions and requests. All above are traits not found consistently in today's service businesses.
Dr Ekman was thorough and patient. I had a concern that developed right before the appointment (day before a routine exam) and it was addressed immediately and he was able to alleviate my anxiety (an eye problem developing before going oversees is not fun). I felt his recommendations were sound while taking my concerns into account (especially the overseas trip). All in all a terrific Dr to work with.
Really focuses on you as individual and your needs and situation. Warm,kind,good explanations.Overall fine professional service.
This is my second time seeing Dr. Ekman. Great sense humor! He listens and trusts my opinion of caring for my eyes. I don't feel bad about asking questions or asking if suggestions I think of are worthy of being considered. He is a great guy! See him as soon as you can.
I was seen Dr Ekman as a follow up to a prior visit to adjust medications and discuss related problems it now being allergy season. I was pleased with his suggestions for other medications that might help with my eye problems and a brief examination regarding the same as well as his suggestion for a return visit to see how the medications were working.
Dr. Ekman, while being very professional, was friendly, he answered all my questions . Asked me if I had any questions, I felt that he gave me the best information I needed to take care of my eyes. I'm glad my next appointmen is with him.
Professionally performed. He answered all my questions. I did not feel rushed.... he was very personal which I liked. He was highly recommended by another female surgeon at another clinic. I'm appreciative that she gave me such good advice on where to have a routine eye exam.
He was very friendly and informative
Very personable and easy to have a discussion with. I felt like he listened to my input.
I love working with Dr. Ekman, as he takes the time to answer any questions, informs you of all options and help, makes you feel like a person and not a number.
Dr. Ekman has what I believe is important: the 3 P's! Professional Polite yet Personal Dr. Ekman takes the time to explains things in detail so one has no doubt of what is happening to your eyes. He is a gentleman and has a great sense of humor that immediately places the patient as ease. He even saw my husband on short notice, just to be certain he did not have a more severe issue with his eyes. We both appreciate his expertise.
Very good. He was thorough and his manner kind and considerate. I liked him very much and have confidence in him as a physician.
I look forward to my visits with Dr Ekman. .He is courteous, friendly, informative, and humorous.
Friendly, personable and knowledgeable.
Very informative and a professional visit. Dr Carl has a very nice personality and is easy to relate to. Great Job!
I had a great experience! All the staff were very friendly and Dr. Eckman was terrific. All my questions were answered to my satisfaction. I will refer my friends and family without hesitation.
He was awesome. If my insurance still covers this office, I would definitely go back.
I have a complicated issue with my eyeglass prescription and Dr. Ekman took the extra time to make sure I have the right lenses. I am very confident that he will make it all right.
He is not only very professional, but a really great guy. He took plenty of time with me, answered all my questions and recommended the perfect strength of readers for me to use both with my computer, and to read with. If I prefer, of course, he gave me a prescription for glasses to fill. I highly recommend him and will see him again for my exam in a year's time.
Friendly, convivial, professional, honest and seemed to work very cooperatively with the office staff on a very very busy Friday.
Dr. was very easy to converse with and professional at the same time. High marks. Wait time was 40 minutes after appt. time. Would be nice if front desk would come to customer/patient after 10-15 minutes of overage and give an update and reason why the longer wait. After 30 minutes and no explanation, one is led to believe that the doctor's time is the only valuable time, and one begins to become not patient, but impatient. Patient's time means something to the patient no matter how much he/she might like the clinic and the dr. - but staff does not seem to be aware of this. If prior patients need more time, that's fine - that's good medicine and good care -- just let clients who are waiting know there is an extended wait.
Fun, informational, respectful, knowledgeable! I look forward to seeing him again at my next appointment. What a refreshing change!
Dr. Ekman was wonderful and able to diagnose eye problems I've been having for months with no relief. I'm so glad I made the appointment and that my eyes are back on track to being healthy. Thank you!
He is excellent Dr really take care on patients. Listen to patient I like to recommend every pati8
What a great eye exam! He's fun to talk to! He provides good explanations I could understand and he has a friendly and fun personality. I recommend him.
It was so fun and easy going. Professional, thorough and informative.
Best doctor I've ever had . So impressed by care and customer service and professionallity. Will recommend family and friends.
Looooong wait times both appointments in a row now.
Excellent service and excellent Dr. He is extremely thorough and skilled! I appreciate a job well done.
Excellent care provided
My first visit with Dr. Ekman was great! He's friendly, highly knowledgeable, and he listens. New patients will love him!
He was very friendly and engaged me in conversation non-related to my cataract surgeries. His information was concise and informative.
My first apptm. with Dr. Eckman was very satisfactory. He was thorough and professional and has a very pleasant personality. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
I'd go here again, the customer service was prompt, the people are friendly, and I got in and out quickly!
Was very professional. Was able to see him for something that came up at the last minute.
I will visit him again. Does a good job of listening and taking time with the patient.
First visit....definitely would feel comfortable seeing him again. Very thorough, knowledgeable, listens, professional kindness. Great to see him working with Dr. Gilbert, a longtime favorite doc of mine.
Very thorough, informative and knowledgeable.
It was a good visit and he was very easy to talk to. He did a good job. But we had to wait too long when my daughter had her eyes dialated. We had to wait about 20 mins to be seen and we were on time for our appt. I thought the appt was too long. 2:15 until 4:00. But overall Dr. Ekman did a good job.
This is my first visit with Dr Ekman. I liked him from the get go, he exudes a lot of energy and enthusiasm and seems to really care about the patient.
He quickly diagnosed my eye problem and came up with a treatment plan. He encouraged me to call him if my symptoms didn't improve. I was pleased with the level of care I received.
Dr. Ekman was excellent. My only negative was that the length of time I spent there was over 90 minutes.
Carl Ekman is excellent. Wait time was a bit long and I noticed several patients who were becoming a bit agitated.
It was good over all. After I had the initial conversation w/ I guess the nurse, I waited over 20 minutes. The consultation was short, and then when my appointment was over, it was really awkward. The techs didn't know if I needed to talk to the dr. further or not, so they just told me to leave but I felt like I didn't really get all the information I should have. I felt like there was no really summary consultation. It was just strange and felt left unfinished.
The assistant who took my information was not familiar with medications (standard high blood pressure meds.) Also, she kept asking questions that had been answered on the health history sheet. Irritating!
I was quite impressed with Dr. Ekman. His exam was thorough, both in terms of the questions he asked and the physical examination of my eyes. He was very responsive, explaining everything that I had questions about. He was personable and made me feel quite comfortable with the entire process.
I was very happy with my appointment. I was pleased he did all the vision testing instead of an assistant and he explained things as he went along. In addition, I was in and out in an hour which is MUCH quicker than in previous appointments where I was there at least 2 hours. I will recommend and ask for him for my next appointment! Thank you! Arlene
Great doctor! Explains everything really well! Helpful!!!'
Dr Ekman was very professional and thorough. However, the wait time was a bit long and time is very important to people on a schedule. They should be more aware of scheduling appointments so close together. There were about five other people waiting as well. Thank you
Carl Ekman was very friendly and informative. He provided explanations regarding changes to the eyes as we age. It took some worry away.
After 43 years of annual eye exams in various US cities, Dr. Ekman is one of the best. He had a consultative manner with a dash of humor! Suggested a holistic approach to solving dry eye rather than an unnecessary/ineffective medication. His staff was great too! Very helpful! Trevor did a majority of my annual exam testing and was through and explained every step.
Demonstrates technical skill and knowledge. Good listener and attentive to patient's needs.
Dr. Ekman took the time to really listen to my concerns and calm me when I was quite upset with the symptoms I was experiencing. Knowing how concerned I was, he even called me later in the day to follow up. I would highly recommend Dr. Ekman to anyone. Thank you Dr. Ekman!
Great doctor - listened to what I had to say, very attentive, and was very knowledgeable. Would definitely see him again!
I shared my apprehension about seeing an optometrist on this visit and Dr. Ekman answered all my questions and concerns fully and to my satisfaction!
Excellent! And very good with children.
Excellent experience. The doctor was very informative and helpful
Nice man and great Dr. who was thorough, took the time to explain things, and answer my questions. I'm definitely referring my friends to him!
Carl took the time to ask questions and go through all the regular procedures to make sure my vision health is the best possible.
Very knowledgeable, friendly open and honest