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Dr. Richard Bensinger

Ophthalmology
Seattle, WA
53 years experience male

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

1221 Madison Street, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

2066245114

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

Medicaid

Uniform medical plan

United healthcare

Regence Blue Shield of Washington

Community Health Plan of Washington

About

Bio

American Academy of Ophthalmology public spokesman, Residency at Washington University St. Louis, Has served as Eye Department Chairman, and as President of Medical Society. Known for general eye knowledge, glaucoma, cataracts, oculoplastic surgery, effects of cancer on the eye including cancer treatment. Also known for ethical aspects and political aspects of medical care.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: Washington

Doctor Q&A

8.0K Answers
149 Agrees
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Shouldn't be: If done properly, there is a sudden fall on the rope and the neck breaks with rapid death. If not done properly, the death might be by asphyxiation w... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
No: This antihistamine will not be harmful if you take two although there is no evidence of an additive effect.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Tear flow: In susceptible individuals, ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo can alter the tear flow, usually lowering it, which can make cont... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Depends: A condom is primarily for the prevention of spread of disease and if one of you is infected, you will need the condom until the disease is conquered. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Probably not: Did you knock yourself out? Is there just a bump or did you open the skin and there is bleeding? Are you fully conscious and aware of things and i... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
No cure needed: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no sym... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Shaking of retina: The retina only has nerves of vision and if something shakes it, you will notice a light streak. This can happen occasionally spontaneously. And also... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Too little: QNS (quantity not sufficient) means the sample is too small for proper analysis.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
None known: Uveitis is a serious condition when untreated and can be visually threatening. No "natural"product can influence this condition . Do not put your ey... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Should be OK: If your eye glasses are not comfortable, assuming that the correction is correct, then go back to the optical shop for adjustment of the temple pieces... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Not a problem: A small amount of this salt will cause no harm.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Discuss with surgeon: Cataract removal is highly effective and safe using modern ultrasound technology (phaco). Lense replacement can correct your basic visual power and y... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Bad idea: I am guessing that you are thinking this might be an effective way to lose weight. It is a dangerous practice and not a good alternative to intellige... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Depends: Was this a unilateral cataract so the vision is permanently down in that eye (amblyopia)? Or is this a polar cataract with generally good vision? Or... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Over concern: You took in a few extra calories from the chocolate but that should not interfere with your normal diet as long as it is well balanced. Everyone dese... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
No crossover: There is no relationship between these two sensitivities so you need not fear tarantulas excessively. You could of course be allergic to both indepen... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Local law: Depends upon the legal proscriptions in your state and the policies of the stores selling such an item.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Stay away: There are many alternatives to mall use; I am aware of several friends who have not been to one in years. Otherwise you will have to expose yourself ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
early warning: Lattice is a protective reaction gluing the retina down when it is stretched in eye development. It is an area of weakness and the site of retinal de... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
yes but . .: Allergic inflammation is common although it usually affects both eyes. You may have a different issue such as episcleritis. Blepharitis is a sort of... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Briefly: The residual brain parts would allow life for a day or two but death would be inevitable if such a fetus was alive at birth. It does occur and is cal... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Good thoughts: Obesity is a function of ingestion, frequently of fast food and sugary drinks, and lack of activity. The modern lifestyle encourages these types of m... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes: Potatoes are a plant which does not make gluten. So they are gluten-free. Gluten free of course is only an issue if you have the inherited inability... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Ask your doctor: Always wise to get the advice of your doctor. You could try phoning him for this question but he/she might want to examine you to see what has happen... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes but: An optometrist is not a real doctor like an ophthalmologist. They can effectively treat eyeglass and contact lens needs but only an ophthalmolgist ca... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes: If the loss in the one eye is central, eliminating or severely compromising that portion of the vision, then depth perception with be disturbed and ma... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Probably not: Until there is a direct relationship between a patient and the doctor involving record review, personal examination, testing, etc. - there is no rela... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Refraction: The standard way to improve most vision is for the eye doctor to refract (determine the best corrective lens powers) the eyes and prescribe corrective... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Synchesis: It is possible that you have deposits in your vitreous from birth entitled synchesis scintillans which can be seen in certain light angles such as the... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Unlikely: First of all, opticians make eyeglasses and do not do eye examinations. You probably saw an optometrist. Best to see an ophthalmologist. A look at ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Blepharoplasty?: I am guessing you had eyelid surgery. The following refers to that (as incisions on the eye generally cannot be seen). If so you had some skin remov... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Not likely: There are a number of possibilities, mostly benign at your age. An optometrist is skilled at fitting glasses and contacts but is not a medical doctor... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes: The second and further pregnancies are usually carried lower mostly due to stretching of support ligaments rather than weaker muscles strength. This ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Usually not possible: Depth perception dysfunction is usually due to childhood strabismus, or poor vision in one eye. These things are usually permanent and cannot be trea... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Topical lubricants: Most chronic red eyes are due to eye dryness. Try using lubricant eyedrops and plain eye ointment at night. Some chronic redness is due to excess ve... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Unlikely: This is an organic chemical which might cause some degree of inflammation of the eye surface but shouldn't penetrate from one spray to the eyes. Depe... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Occur together: Ulcerative colitis (and other colonic inflammations) cause joint pain and inflammation of the eyes in some patients. It is not normal, but neither is... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Not true: While bird flu has a reservoir in birds, once it gets into humans, it will be spread from personal contact.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Logic: Most viral infections have no effective antiviral and most antibiotics are anti bacterial but not antiviral. There are a few viruses with specific co... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Depends: Is your eye sight not good from uncorrected vision that would be clear with proper glasses or contacts? Or because of some disease process which need... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Amblyopia: You probably see poorly out of the "lazy" eye. The surgery is being done to realign the eyes although good vision is required in each eye for exact a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Varies: The speed of recovery depends mostly upon the degree of refractive error need to be corrected. Most lasik surgeons see good vision in one week or les... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Depends: If you just got the detachment there is good surgical means to correct it. If you had failed surgery or a neglected detachment, then the retinal will... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Stye: This sounds like a stye. Treat it with very warm (not hot) washcloths held over the closed lid for 4 minutes at a time every two hours. This usually... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Possibly: Pregnancy alters the fluid balance in the body which includes the cornea (the window at the front of the eye) which can swell a little in early pregn... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes: the most common is candida which creates an itchy, reddish rash. Other fungi that can infect the skin in other parts of the body can land on the skin... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Shouldn't: Properly fitted contact lenses will not damage the eyes nor contribute to a change in the eye power. Myopia tends to progress at a rate which slows t... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Something external: Your body is not going to make something which will block this orifice. Did you forget that there was a tampon in there? Or some type of sanitary na... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
See doctor first: Your blood pressure is too high and needs to be controlled. Your family doctor should be the starting point. A nutritionist might be consulted if yo... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Yes: The surgery is on he inside of the lid and the make-up on the outside. There should be no problem and no interaction.
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Testimonials
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Aug 29, 2013
Dr Besinger is the ophthalmologist on Healthtap that other ophthalmologists should attempt to emulate when they answer questions. He provides careful and thoughtful answers that are both accurate a...Read More
May 7, 2017
Excellent intelligent answers to a wide range of questions. I especially enjoy his tireless opposition to those that would use pseudoscience or scams to steal patients' dollars and their trust. Re...Read More
Nov 7, 2012
Consistently thoughtful, accurate , and compassionate responses to our healthtap patients. I highly recommend him, and nominate him as a top doctor on healthtap.
HealthTap member
Thank you for the advice and knowledge, you've made me feel better. I think I am over reacting, because they aren't that noticeable at all and people aren't going to hold a magnifying glass over my ey...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you. I don't have RA but lived in Congo until about 4 yr ago. I'm myopic, have OA glaucoma, had retinal det.in 03 in bush and went to SoAf for treatment. Losing some sight in good eye caused by ...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate your reply and knowledge. I'll be following up at The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami as a second opinion to my present ophthalmolgist. I know drusen a...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1969MD

Residency

Washington University St. Louis

Residency

Washington University St. Louis

Residency

Washington University Barnes Hospital

Awards

Honor awared from Amer Acad of Ophthalmologyy
Top Doctor, Third Place, Seattle, WA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Seattle, WA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Swedish Medical Center
PIMA training institute
Pacific Eye Foundation

Publications

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