Eyes on James

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Eyes On James Optical Shop​

Eyes on James is a full-service optical shop that provides care for all of your vision needs – from a complete eye exam to contact lenses fittings to help selecting frames that add the perfect flourish to your smile.

Eyes on James is conveniently located close to downtown Seattle in the First Hill neighborhood. As our name suggests, our shop’s floor-to-ceiling windows look onto James Street at its intersection with Terry Avenue in the Ninth and Jefferson Building on the Harborview Medical Center campus.


A full-service optical shop

  • Our lenses take advantage of the most up-to-date technology available.
  • We sell many specialty lenses and frames, and are particularly attuned to individuals needing glasses with additional safeguards or for computer work. We also carry regular and prescription sunglasses, as well as reading glasses.
  • Your eyeglasses will be ready in seven to ten business days after your prescription is complete and you have chosen frames. We will fit you for prescriptions up to two years old from any provider.
  • Children ages five and older are welcome at Eyes on James. We perform pediatric eye exams and fittings, and we carry a wide variety of frames designed for children. 
  • For many people, eyeglasses are a necessity and a fashion statement. We sell designer frame lines, as well as small, stylish purses and contacts cases, eyeglasses chains and necklaces, and magnifiers.
  • We work with many vision insurance plans and will ensure that you take advantage of applicable coverage. Please call your insurance to v​erify Eyes On James is a preferred provider for vision and vision hardware.​
  • If you need additional eye care, we will schedule an appointment for you at the UW Medicine Eye Institute​, located in the same building.

Our staff

Improving your sight is our mission and our passion. Our professional staff are members of the UW Medicine Eye Institute, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most respected ophthalmology groups.

Dr. James Toop, our staff optometrist, performs complete eye exams, refractions and contact lens fittings. He has practiced in Seattle since 1989, prescribing corrective lenses for thousands of people. Dr. Toop was one of just three optometrists recognized by Seattle Metropolitan magazine in its “Top Doctors 2009” issue.

Dr. Toop specializes in fitting contact lenses for all refractive errors, including large degrees of astigmatism. He is also expert at fitting contact lenses for unusual eye diseases.

Dr. Claire Angel believes compassion and individual attention are critical in providing patients with highest standards of comprehensive optometric eye care. Dr. Angel believes in giving patients a thorough explanation and providing them with the tools to be proactive in their care. She feels fortunate to work with an outstanding team at the UW that synchronizes care to provide patients with a seamless experience.

Dr. Tiffany Hollenbeck​ is a UW teaching associate and optometrist who pra​ctices at Eyes on James Optical Shop and the UW Neighborhood Clinics. Prior to joining UW Medicine as a teaching associate in 2013, Dr. Hollenbeck worked in private optometry and ophthalmology practices for 10 years. After working in a group practice, Dr. Hollenbeck built a private clinic in Redmond, Washington, working largely with primary care and contact lenses. She then sold her clinic and relocated to Hawaii, finally returning to her home state of Minnesota. She has worked closely with cataract surgeons while in each state focusing on the health of the anterior portion of the eye and general ocular examinations.

Lisa, our licensed optician, will help you find frames that match your desires and fit you well. She educates customers about available options such as transitional lenses – we offer the most up-to-date technology available – and UV protection. For eyeglasses or contact lenses, if something isn’t quite right, they will make the adjustments you need to be comfortable and to see your best.

Amor is our ophthalmic technician. She works with our providers, taking patient histories and initial refractive measurements, and teaching patients how to wear contact lenses. She is eager to ensure that wearers of contact lenses, particularly children and first-timer adults, have a good experience.

Tim and Lina, our Licensed Opticians, will help you find frames that match your desires and fit you well. There are many new eyeglass lens designs and technologies that our Opticians can discuss with you to help eliminate glare and sharpen vision for computer screens.

​Ramona, our patient-services representative, will check you in and help you understand your insurance coverage.

Please ask us how we can improve vision with lenses specifically designed for many sport activities such as running and biking.

Let Eyes on James Optical improve your vision to improve your life.

​Great deals

  • We offer a two-year, unlimited warranty with the purchase of any pair of anti-reflective coating lenses. We will replace your eyeglass lenses at no charge if they scratch, chip or break in that time. 

Directions

Eyes On James Map and Directions

From Interstate 5 Southbound

Take exit 165A, the James Street exit and proceed south to James Street. Turn left on James Street and proceed up the hill. Turn right onto Terry Avenue. From Terry Avenue, turn right into the parking garage.

From Interstate 5 Northbound

Take exit 164A, the James Street exit and proceed north to James Street. Turn right on James Street and proceed up the hill. Turn right onto Terry Avenue. From Terry Avenue, turn right into the parking garage.


Parking

Parking is available underneath the building. Enter the parking garage from Terry Avenue and take the elevator to the lobby. Exit the parking elevators and exit the Ninth and Jefferson Building. Walk North on Ninth Avenue, then walk East on James Street. Eyes on James Optical Shop is at the corner of James Street and Terry Avenue.


Store information

Location: Corner of James Avenue and Terry Street in Seattle - Directions & Parking
Parking: Available in the building. Enter from Terry Avenue, between James and Jefferson Streets.
Hours: ​Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ​
Phone: 206.897.4774
Mailing address:
908 Jefferson St., Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98104