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Benson Chen, M.D.


Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Accepting New Patients


Professional Statement

Dr. Chen decided to go to medical school after volunteering as an operating room translator for Operation Smile on one of their missions to China. Prior to that, his interests were primarily in becoming a gene therapist; researching retinal pericyte genes at Tufts, and studying cancer genes in mice while transfecting genes into cells at Cornell. Eye surgery came naturally after spending so many evenings in a Boston lab harvesting retinal pericytes from cow eyes. The opportunity to perform reconstructive eyelid surgery brings him that same satisfaction he dreamed about on that one-week facial plastic surgery mission with Operation Smile. ​ Although born in the United States to Shanghainese speaking parents, Dr. Chen was brought up multicultural, living in Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to New England for boarding school. His research and medical training then brought him slowly across the country starting in Boston, then New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Columbus and finally Cleveland. He and his wife then relocated in 2006 to Seattle where his wife treats breast cancer at the University of Washington. With the birth of their second son, they made the decision to permanently settle down in the Puget Sound, and Washington Eye Care was formed. ​ In the past, Dr Chen spent much of his free time traveling, skiing, inline skating, figure drawing, and dragon boating. Lately, he has been enjoying that time with his family.

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Accepts 12 Insurance Plans

Please contact the practice directly to confirm your health plan is accepted
  • AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) (all programs accepted)
  • Aetna (all programs accepted)
  • Cigna (all plans accepted)
  • Group Health Cooperative (by referral)
  • Humana (all programs accepted)
  • LifeWise Health Plan of Washington (all programs accepted)
  • Premera Blue Cross (all programs accepted)
  • Regence Blue Shield (all programs accepted)
  • Soundpath Health
  • TRICARE (all programs accepted)
  • Uniform Medical Plan
  • United Healthcare (all programs accepted)
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Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
medical school
Louisiana State University Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology

Clinical Interests

  • Absence Of Eye
  • Accommodation
  • Acute Inflammation Of Orbit
  • Agenesis Of Eye
  • Alternating Hyperphoria
  • Aniridia
  • Aniseikonia
  • Anisocoria
  • Anisometropia
  • Biopsy Of Eye Muscle
  • Blurred Vision
  • Buphthalmos
  • Cataract Removal
  • Chloroquine Retinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Coloboma
  • Ciliary Body Degeneration
  • Color Blindness
  • Contact And Allergic Dermatitis Of Eyelid
  • Contact Lens Infections
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Lens-Induced Corneal Edema
  • Contusion Of Eye
  • Cyst Of Eyelid
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Diplopia
  • Ectopia Lentis
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Enophthalmos
  • Enucleation
  • Esotropia
  • Examination Of Eyes
  • Exophthalmos
  • Eye
  • Eye Abnormalities
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Pain
  • Eye Strain
  • Eyelid Bump
  • Eyelid Diseases
  • Eyelid Repair
  • Farsightedness
  • Flashing Lights
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body In Eye
  • Fracture Of Orbital Floor
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Suspects
  • Growth On Eye
  • Herpes Simplex With Ophthalmic Complication
  • Hiv Eye Conditions
  • Hypertelorism
  • Idiopathic Orbital Inflammatory Disease
  • Inflammation Of The Eyelid
  • Iridoschisis
  • Iris Atrophy
  • Laceration Of Eye
  • Lasik
  • Legal Blindness
  • Lisch Nodule
  • Lupus Eye Conditions
  • Melanoma Of Eye
  • Microphthalmos
  • Miosis
  • Myopia
  • Night Blindness
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Ocular Tumor
  • Open Wound Of Eye
  • Ophthalmic Disorders
  • Ophthalmic Trauma
  • Orbit Cancer
  • Orbital Cyst
  • Orbitotomy
  • Papilledema
  • Parasitic Eyelid Infestation
  • Partial Sight
  • Penetrating Eye Injury
  • Presbyopia
  • Proptosis
  • Pseudophakia
  • Ptosis Repair
  • Refractive Amblyopia
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Replacement Of Contact Lens
  • Scotoma
  • Sensitivity To Light
  • Sports Injuries - Eye
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Sudden Vision Loss
  • Thyrotoxic Exophthalmos
  • Transient Monocular Vision Loss
  • Traumatic Enucleation
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Discomfort
  • Visual Disturbance
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Visual Impairment
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Personal Interests

Family, skiing, dragon boating and figure drawing.
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Professional Associations

King County Medical Society; Washington State Medical Association; Washington Association of Eye Physicians and Surgeons; American Academy of Ophthalmology
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  • English
  • Chinese - Cantonese
  • Chinese - Mandarin

Practice Locations

Benson Chen practices at one location

Washington Eye Care
12600 Southeast 38th Street
Bellevue, WA 98006
Affiliated Facilities
  • Swedish Cherry Hill
  • Swedish First Hill
  • Swedish Issaquah