About Dr. Chen

Benson Chen, MD MS
board certified Ophthalmologist
physician and surgeon


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 cutting on cow eyes to harvest retinal pericytes.  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 recent 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 travelling, skiing, inline skating, figure drawing, and dragon boating. Lately, he has been enjoying that time with his new young family.

Medical Specialty/Special Interest

Comprehensive medical and surgical care of ocular and periocular disorders, including cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes, to ocular surface disease and eyelid plastic and reconstructive surgery.


Tufts University, Medford, MA,
Bachelor of Science ~ 1992

Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL,
Master of Science ~ 1997

Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL,
Doctorate in Medicine ~ 2001

Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA
Internship, Internal Medicine ~ 2002

Louisiana State University/Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA
Residency, Ophthalmology ~ 2004

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Residency, Ophthalmology ~ 2005

Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Observership, Oculoplastic Surgery ~ 2006

Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Shanghai No. 9 Hospital, China
International Clinical Externship ~ 2006


American Board of Ophthalmology
State of Washington Medical License


King County Medical Society
Washington State Medical Association
Washington Association of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Hospital Privileges

Swedish Medical Center, First Hill, Seattle, WA

Swedish Medical Center, Issaquah, WA


One response to “About Dr. Chen

  1. Hi there Dr Chen, I’m in need of advice from eyelid specialist pls.

    I’m Asian and had double eyelid surgery done, now one of my eye seem to be not able to move freely ever since surgery. I had tried to have it removed but surgeons tend to redo the surgery however not taking off the double eyelid.

    I would like to know if you can tell me can the double eyelid be removed? It is not related to fat grafting I believe the issue is totally as a result of the 3 point of fixation or where there is a ‘pinch’ attaching the eye to make the crease. So if that can be just detached or released is what I’m asking.

    Thank you it would be great if you could provide professional advice.

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