Dr. Royce Fonken, MD

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Dr. Royce Fonken, MD
Royce L. Fonken, MD is a board certified comprehensive ophthalmologist with a focus on cataract surgery. He has a special interest and commitment to employing the safest and best technology available for his patients. "I love being at the cutting edge of improvements." For many years, Dr. Fonken has been invited to participate in focus groups by leading implant lens manufacturers. As a result, he is able to use the newest technologies in a controlled setting four of five years earlier than most doctors. Dr. Fonken has been recognized as a leader in his profession because of his excellent academic credentials. He has had the privilege of serving as an Associate Examiner for the American Ophthalmology Association since 1996. This is an honor bestowed upon select doctors who scored highest on their ophthalmology boards to become Board Certified. Having grown up all around the world, Dr. Fonken was exposed to many fascinating cultures. Pakistan was one of the countries he lived in for a significant period. The poverty was extreme and overwhelming, and he was forever changed by his experience there. This compelled him to dedicate his life to helping underserved people. He chose ophthalmology because he knew that it was an area of medicine that could make dramatic improvements in people's lives from a one-time procedure like cataract surgery. Since 1989, Dr. Fonken has been devoted to helping those in developing countries who do not have access to cataract surgery. On his annual trips, he has traveled to Mexico, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and India. In 2008, he made four separate surgical trips. He has helped innumerable patients by performing surgery and teaching local doctors specialized surgical techniques. What is most remarkable about his work oversees is the pioneering effort he has made in partnership with SEE International. In 2008, they created the world's first training program in a specialized surgical technique. It teaches doctors how to perform cataract surgery with basic equipment that is available in developing countries. The surgery only requires a car battery and a microscope that folds up into a piece of carry-on luggage. Instead of relying on sophisticated technology, the doctors need advanced skills with supplemental training. Because of the simplicity and hardiness of the equipment, doctors have been able to travel on canoes and camels to previously inaccessible places. Dr. Fonken finds this work deeply satisfying.

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"I love ophthalmology because of the significant improvement I can make in a person?s life by improving their vision painlessly and with rapid and predictable results." Dr. Fonken combines compassionate care with high quality service. He is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with a focus on cataract surgery. He has a special interest and commitment to employing the safest and best technology available for his patients.

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Royce L. Fonken, MD is a board certified comprehensive ophthalmologist with a focus on cataract surgery.  He has a special interest and commitment to employing the safest and best technology available for his patients.

"I love being at the cutting edge of improvements." For many years, Dr. Fonken has been invited to participate in focus groups by leading implant lens manufacturers. As a result, he is able to use the newest technologies in a controlled setting four of five years earlier than most doctors.

Dr. Fonken has been recognized as a leader in his profession because of his excellent academic credentials. He has had the privilege of serving as an Associate Examiner for the American Ophthalmology Association since 1996. This is an honor bestowed upon select doctors who scored highest on their ophthalmology boards to become Board Certified.

Having grown up all around the world, Dr. Fonken was exposed to many fascinating cultures. Pakistan was one of the countries he lived in for a significant period. The poverty was extreme and overwhelming, and he was forever changed by his experience there. This compelled him to dedicate his life to helping underserved people. He chose ophthalmology because he knew that it was an area of medicine that could make dramatic improvements in people's lives from a one-time procedure like cataract surgery.

Since 1989, Dr. Fonken has been devoted to helping those in developing countries who do not have access to cataract surgery. On his annual trips, he has traveled to Mexico, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and India. In 2008, he made four separate surgical trips. He has helped innumerable patients by performing surgery and teaching local doctors specialized surgical techniques.

What is most remarkable about his work oversees is the pioneering effort he has made in partnership with SEE International. In 2008, they created the world's first training program in a specialized surgical technique. It teaches doctors how to perform cataract surgery with basic equipment that is available in developing countries. The surgery only requires a car battery and a microscope that folds up into a piece of carry-on luggage. Instead of relying on sophisticated technology, the doctors need advanced skills with supplemental training. Because of the simplicity and hardiness of the equipment, doctors have been able to travel on canoes and camels to previously inaccessible places. Dr. Fonken finds this work deeply satisfying.

Dr. Fonken's Care Philosophy

"I love ophthalmology because of the significant improvement I can make in a person?s life by improving their vision painlessly and with rapid and predictable results." Dr. Fonken combines compassionate care with high quality service. He is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with a focus on cataract surgery. He has a special interest and commitment to employing the safest and best technology available for his patients.

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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Acquired Coloboma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parasitic Endophthalmitis
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trichiasis
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Arizona

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    Tucson Hosps

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Oregon Health and Science University

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Arizona

    Graduated in 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye