New state-of-the art eye facility opens in Auburn

Evergreen Eye Center has a new home, an 8,100-square-foot facility in Auburn. The new clinic features 12 exam rooms, a retina lab and a laser room. - Courtesy photo
Evergreen Eye Center has a new home, an 8,100-square-foot facility in Auburn. The new clinic features 12 exam rooms, a retina lab and a laser room.
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After decades of providing advanced medical eye care to residents in and around the Green River Valley, a specialty surgical practice, has moved out of its small, leased Auburn location – and into its own 8,100-square-foot building within sight of the old front door.

The larger facility, 700 M St. NE, offers expanded services, such as retinal laser treatments and injections for macular degeneration, said Dr. Robert Tester, who also specializes in microincisional cataract surgery.

In addition to offering the latest technologies in diagnostic imaging and photography equipment for medical eye care, the new site is designed with patient comfort in mind, said Richard Boudreau, practice manager for Evergreen Eye Center's four clinics and surgery center.

"We've taken what we've learned in decades of patient care and incorporated that into the layout, design and services of this clinic," he said.

From the single-level entry, wide hallways, beautifully appointed reception areas and comfortable seating with a fireplace and refreshment service to the advanced equipment and patient education technology, the new clinic merges the best of medicine with the spa-like comfort of an elegant lodge.

The Auburn clinic, born of a partnership with a physician who established a practice there in 1974, is one of four Evergreen Eye Center locations in the South Sound area. The first was founded in Federal Way in 1989 by John S. Jarstad, M.D. He envisioned the facility as a recognized center-of-excellence, with a highly advanced surgery center and a knowledgeable and compassionate medical team that would provide a superior level of eye and patient care.

Today, that vision has become a reality, with a diverse group of surgeons and specially-trained medical optometrists providing care in locations from Burien to Enumclaw and surgical care at four hospitals and at the Evergreen Eye Surgery Center in Federal Way. The new location is now open.

The public is invited to celebrate the open house from 5:30-8 p.m. May 31.

More information is available at 800-340-3595, or online at

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