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Dr. Richard Bensinger

Dr. Richard Bensinger

Richard Bensinger, MD, is a comprehensive ophthalmologist practicing in Seattle. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University in St. Louis prior to a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bensinger has served as ophthalmologist in chief at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is the author and co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, abstracts, book chapters and presentations. He is a media spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a recipient of the Honor Award from the Academy.

Will high blood pressure affect the size of the pupils in the eye?
 
Are FML eye allergy drops safe if I've had herpes simplex, but never had it in my eye?
 
What are some eye diseases and conditions commonly found in more economically developed countries such as the UK and USA?
 
What would be the benefits of silicone-based hydrogel contact lenses over other kinds?
 
What is a typical exam to test for amblyopia in a child?
 
What tests are given to detect Vogt–Koyanagi–Harada Syndrome (or VKH, a complex autoimmune disease that can affect the eyes)?
 
My 1-year-old daughter has red spots on the white of her eye. Is this something to be worried about and what causes it?
 
Are there any eye procedures that can be performed to change my eye color?
 
I had an injury to my eye recently and it now itches. Does that mean it's healing?
 
Can novocaine (painkiller) used during dental surgery temporarily worsen my glaucoma?
 
Can any ophthalmologist perform surgery or is additional certification/training required?
 
What is iris hypoplasia?
 
Can retinal cysts be removed without removing the vitreous humor?
 
Is it possible that too much time spent with a handheld device can harm your eyes?
 
Can my primary care doctor refer me to a retina eye doctor or should I see a comprehensive ophthalmologist?
 
When I took out my contact lenses I experienced severe burning and pain. When I put the contacts back in, the pain and burning stops.
 
Does the Lipiflow treatment for dry eyes work?
 
What might yellowing of the eye lens at age 25 mean?
 
My niece has a bad astigmatism in her right eye and she refuses to wear her glasses. Does this cause further eye problems?
 
I have two very different eye prescriptions (-8 and -4) which makes me very dizzy to switch between glasses and contacts. Is there any way to fix this? Also, what is this condition called?
 
Can multiple sclerosis (MS) cause blurred vision?
 
My grandson lets his hair fall over one eye keeping it constantly covered.
 
What type of ophthalmologist should I see for night blindness?
 
Is Tobrex a good first line antibiotic for conjunctivitis?
 
I was having a shower and liquid soap entered my eyes. It was a burning sensation for 10 minutes.
 
Can over-the-counter eye drops (used approx. 3 times a day for over 10 years) cause high eye pressure?
 
I am taking Halaven chemo and it has given me very watery eyes. What can I take to stop tearing and dripping?
 
I think I am color blind but am not sure. Are there tests to verify color blindness?
 
When a boxer gets knocked out in a fight, why do the pupils always roll to the back of their head?
 
My husband uses rigid (extended use) contact lenses and has been experiencing "burning" pain almost every day after several hours of usage (one eye at a time, on both eyes).
 
What is the rate of failure of vitrectomy due to non-compliance?
 
Does watching TV and/or using a computer about one or two hours after having your eyes dilated cause any problems to your eyesight?
 
My astigmatism changed from .50 to 3.5 within four years. Is this a bad sign or normal?
 
What causes an overactive tear duct and how is it treated?
 
My 4-year-old girl often closes her right eye and complains of pain on the left eyebrow.
 
My 1-year-old granddaughter has normal blue eyes but when looked at closely the blue is circled by a thin black ring. Is this something to be concerned about? The ring is in both eyes.
 
Because of an accident I had eye surgery (vitrectomy, IOL). Due to this accident I now have low eye pressure (9 mmHg). Is there any way to increase eye pressure naturally or through surgery? Due to this low pressure I have blurred vision.
 
One of my mom's eyes has been lacrimating for months.
 
How much would it cost to have a nevus removed?
 
Is there another drug besides prednisone for scleritis?
 
Would the Epstein-Barre virus cause eye infections or bother the eyes at all?
 
What is the length of time an Avastin injection is effective (or, is working)?
 
Will vitamins help my macular pucker?
 
My eyelid suddenly became itchy, then painful and swollen. Do you know what may have caused this?
 
What would cause raised white tissue on the whites of the eye, near and around the iris?
 
What are the symptoms of an eye aneurysm and how is it repaired?
 
I am curious as to why I have recurring corneal ulcers in both my eyes.
 
I had a retinal reattachment operation three weeks ago. Is it OK if I drink alcohol?
 
Is my husband helping or hurting his eyes by "shaking" them for exercise?
 
My eyeball hurts and I was wondering if I should I see an ophthalmologist, an optometrist or a general practitioner? I have not sustained an injury to my eye.
 
I have Fuchs’ dystrophy. Are there any special contacts that can help minimize glare?
 
For about a year now my vision blurs and gets distorted as though I'm looking through water droplets or tears. It does not clear up with blinking. I've had floaters for years but this is different.
 
Can a stye in one eye infect the other eye?
 
My 14-year-old daughter had trouble tracking during a routine eye exam. Her eyes jump ahead before the object is there and then she corrects.
 
My 6-year-old son tells me he sees red and orange spots—what might be causing this?
 
I have anatomically narrow angles and my doctor suggested I have iridectomies on both eyes. I do not have glaucoma. Is the surgery necessary?
 
I had LASIK eye surgery in March 2012, and a retouch in October. I need another retouch and my eye doctor prescribed dilating eye drops to use every night for two weeks. Why would I need to dilate my eyes every night?
 
I have worn glasses since grade school and I am now 62. I went to have my eyes examined and now have 20/20. How is this possible?
 
Can map dot dystrophy cause blindness?
 
After having my eyes dilated for the first time ever I was diagnosed with a raised red lesion behind one of my eyes. How concerned should I be?
 
I had cataracts removed a few years back but when I try to look in a mirror to put eye make-up on it’s impossible.
 
Will ptosis brought on by Combigan resolve when its use is discontinued?
 
Is it OK to apply my antihistamine eye drops in my eye when I have a scratched eyeball?
 
I was hit in the eye with a football and I was diagnosed with a bruised retina.
 
Do Eye M.D.s recommend surgical cosmetic eye whitening for a discolored or vein-streaked sclera?
 
Is it safe to fly when you have keratitis diagnosed?
 
I scratched my eyelid with my finger, the eyelid swelled, and seven days later, the swelling has gone, but the eyelid has drooped by half. Have I damaged a nerve? Is this curable, temporary or permanent?
 
My 2-month-old nephew rarely makes eye contact when I talk to him. He seems to hear but he is looking in a different direction. Should I be concerned?
 
If you were to blow too hard when using the Valsalva maneuver method to pop your ears (closing nostrils and blowing), could it damage the eyes?
 
My father was born with a white covering on one eye which never went away.
 
I was wondering what they use to make the glasses with transition adaptive lenses work? Is it a type of glass or a tint that is installed in the lenses?
 
My eyes hurt once I've taken out my contacts. Like something is in it, but nothing is. It hurts until I wake up in the morning. Is it something to worry about?
 
What problems can result from a smoker using contact lenses?
 
My husband's doctor said that he had two freckles in his left eye and it can be cancerous. Can you clarify this for me?
 
One of my eyes visibly swells and I get headaches which include light sensitivity when this happens.
 
My grandson is able to move one eye in a different direction to the other at will. Is this a problem?
 
What is a VEP test? (Visual Evoked Potential)
 
I'm currently taking latanoprost eye drops for high pressure in my eyes, but the pressure is still high. I also have high blood pressure that I'm trying to control with exercise and medicine.
 
What are the risks and side effects of using Avastin treatment for retinal vein occlusion with macular edema?
 
I have a gas bubble in my eye from macular hole surgery. Is there anything I can do to make the bubble go away faster—like drinking lots of water?
 
Can corneal edema get better with vitamins?
 
Is it true that the eye always stays open with Bell’s palsy or could it close also?
 
Is my macular pucker or secondary cataract causing my double vision?
 
Can astigmatism be corrected with surgery if you have cornea transplants?
 
Can astigmatism go away?
 
Do you have information on multifocal choroiditis or know where I can find more information? I have had this for over two years. Since it is also a rare disorder, I am also trying to find out how many people in the United States have been diagnosed
 
As a 31-year-old with amblyopia, is it possible to gain complete vision again?
 
I took my granddaughter to have her eyes examined today.
 
Do numerous camera flashes have a negative impact on a baby's eyes?
 
I think I have a contact lens-induced eye infection. What are these eye infections called medically and are there medications I can take prior to my appointment?
 
Is it bad for my 7-year-old daughter to wear clear, plastic, fashionable eyeglasses for fun without a prescription when she does not need them?
 
What is staphyloma?
 
I was diagnosed with degeneration of the cornea at age 14. I have not seen an eye doctor in 20 years. How is it treated today?

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