Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
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Dr. Kurt Hofeldt is an optometrist who has been providing quality eye care in Kent, Washington for over five years. After completing his optometry degree at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, he has focused his career on helping patients who suffer from dry eyes and irregular corneas. Through extensive training, he is now considered to be an expert in specialty contact lenses, helping those with keratoconus, astigmatism, presbyopia, blepharitis, and much more.
In 2008, Dr. Hofeldt had the unique opportunity to travel to Australia and work side-by-side with one of the creators in Orthokeratology; a safe and effective process by which myopia (nearsightedness) can be controlled by a custom-made contact. With increasing computer and phone use, Dr. Hofeldt is seeing a much greater need to control the progression of kids myopia. Dr. Hofeldt is especially interested in working with children to help them achieve their maximum visual potential. Growing up, Dr. Hofeldt suffered from colorblindness and reading dyslexia. He personally understands the importance of having an adequate sight for proper learning and development.
Dr. Hofeldt participates in the InfantSEE program. This program offers a free eye exam to those between six and twelve months of age. Our eyes are constantly developing until our twenties and it’s very important to check them once a year to make sure they’re healthy and seeing their best. He recommends a comprehensive eye exam once a year starting at age three; even for children showing no signs or symptoms.
In his free time, you can find Dr. Hofeldt outside exploring the Great Pacific Northwest and traveling elsewhere around the world. He loves backcountry skiing and sailing, but can also be found mountain biking, kayaking, or rock climbing. Of course, Dr. Hofeldt has all the right gear for his eyes, including ski goggles, floatable sunglasses, and sports sunglasses specially made for mountain biking. Ask him about them at your next visit.
Dr. Thoreby became passionate about optometry in college after observing how happy his own optometrist was at work everyday. He is passionate about taking care of all his patients’ eyecare needs and helping patients understand how their eyes work.
Dr. Thoreby has lived in the Seattle area nearly his whole life. After growing up in Bellevue, he went on to University of Washington where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He then when on to obtain his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Dr. Thoreby’s training includes experience seeing patients at Salt Lake VA Medical Center and Madigan Army Hospital at Ft. Lewis, WA.
Since he started seeing patients over three years ago, Dr. Thoreby has always had a strong interest in glaucoma care and has invested a large number of hours into receiving top-notch continuing education from the nation’s leading glaucoma experts. He is incredibly excited that the practice has recently added state of the art technology that will assist him in managing suspected and current glaucoma patients.
As a lifelong Seattlite, the doctor is a die-hard Mariners, Seahawks, and Huskies football and basketball fan. In addition to following his favorite teams, he also enjoys playing basketball and softball, playing board games, and spending time with his wife and their Golden Retriever, Butters.
Dr. Ryan Beck is our newest addition to the Kent Eye Clinic team. He was raised in Federal Way and developed an enthusiasm for eye care after having so many positive experiences with his own Optometrist as a child.
He studied at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon for both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees.
Dr. Beck has had the opportunity to receive a widespread in experience from the Spokane VA, Madigan Hospital in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, LASIK centers in Salt Lake City, and a specialty contact lens clinic in Bellevue. He has a pointed interest in specialty contact lenses and diseases but is equally happy to spend time with patients for routine vision exams or pediatric exams.
Dr. Beck was fortunate enough to marry his high school sweetheart, and have two young boys together.
In his free time, Dr. Beck loves to spend quality time with his family, hike the breathtaking views the Pacific Northwest has to offer and passionately cheer on the Seattle Seahawks.
Kent Eye Clinic is a member of Puget Sound Eye Doctors, a network of eye care professionals dedicated to providing focused, innovative, and trusted care to our communities. Learn more at pugetsoundeyes.com