Refractive Services

​​The UW Medicine Eye Institute is committed to provide the best patient care, one patient at a time. We believe in upholding the highest standards of patient care and are committed to providing individual attention. We take time with each patient to decide the best surgical or nonsurgical option for their eyes. Our expertise and dedication foster our belief in compassionate, comprehensive patient care. We believe that vision has a profound impact in the quality of people’s lives, and with our steadfast commitment, we work to make a difference in our community.

The UW Medicine Eye Institute offers a full range of state-of-the-art vision correction services for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. We also provide comprehensive eye care that includes evaluation and treatment for cataracts.

We specialize in refractive correction, which includes:

  • ​Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
  • Laser-Assisted Supepithelial Keratectomy (LASEK)
  • Excimer Laser Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Excimer Laser Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK)
  • Clear lens exchange
  • Micro-incision cataract surgery

The UW Medicine Eye Institute has purchased the most advanced technology available for refractive eye surgery — a femtosecond laser. This remarkable laser, considered 100 times more accurate than conventional microtome-based refractive surgery, allows surgeons to plan and perform bladeless LASIK and cataract surgery to exacting individualized specifications. A corneal topography unit aids in the enhanced accuracy by creating precise, high-resolution, three-dimensional images of the cornea. These images — and the measurements and data they provide — enable the laser to correct irregularities with a degree of precision not attainable with traditional methods. The end result—new levels of safety, accuracy and predictability, faster recovery time and improved vision.​

We have the latest technology in lens implant options that include the Accommodating Lens Implants and Technis Lens, as well as the standard lenses.

Our medical facility is at the leading edge of medical technology and features advanced diagnostic instruments that include the VISX S4 Excimer Laser, VISX Wavescan, Hansatome automated microkeratome and computerized corneal topography. 

Dr. Tueng Shen

Dr. Tueng Shen, a renowned eye expert at UW Medicine, is passionate about curing blindness through the use of artificial corneas and enhancing vision through refractive surgery, bringing new hope to millions of people in Seattle and around the world.

She is the director of the Refractive Surgery Center at the UW Medicine Eye Institute based at Harborview Medical Center and a UW Medicine associate professor of ophthalmology.

Learn more about Dr. Shen

Consultation appointment

We encourage our patients to attend a complimentary consultation visit. This is a great opportunity to meet with our refractive surgery team to address your questions or concerns. To schedule a free screening appointment, call 206.897.2020 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except holidays). Please bring your eyeglasses or a written glasses prescription.

If you choose one of the vision correction procedures, you can make an appointment for a pre-operative evaluation. This is a comprehensive exam in which your eyes are dilated. Please bring sunglasses and plan on being in our clinic for three hours.

To ensure accurate measurements, we recommend you discontinue soft contact lenses for one week and gas permeable contact lenses for three weeks prior to this appointment.

Most refractive surgeries are considered optional procedures by health insurance companies, so your insurance policy probably will not cover optional refractive surgeries. You may, however, check with your insurance about using a flexible spending account. Full payment is collected at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, money orders, VISA and MasterCard.

Our clinic is located on the seventh floor of the Ninth & Jefferson Building, 908 Jefferson St., with parking available in the building. The parking entrance is located on Terry Avenue between James and Jefferson Streets. This is a modern medical office building located on the Harborview Medical Center campus.