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Royce L. Fonken, M.D.

About me:

Royce L. Fonken, M.D.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Advanced Cataract Surgery
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology


  • Oregon City | (503) 656-4221
  • Milwaukie | (503) 656-4221

Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Advanced Cataract Surgery

 June 30, 2017

 Dear Patients and Friends,

 After 29 years of providing eye care in the Clackamas County/Portland area, due to medical reasons, I will be discontinuing my practice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for trusting me with your eye care over these many years.

I have had the privilege of participating in the many technical and exciting developments we have seen in ophthalmology, but most of all, I am most grateful for the many warm memories of you and your families that I will hold in my heart.

I have the highest regard for the competence and skill of the ophthalmologists and optometrists at EyeHealth Northwest.  Our Clackamas County and Oregon City group has added several highly trained ophthalmologists any one of whom will provide excellent continuing care for you.  Most recently, Dr. Alan Bengtzen, MD and Dr. William Flanary, MD have joined the practice. I would highly recommend both of these ophthalmologists and would encourage you to trust your eye care to either one of them. You can reach our office at 503-557-4818 to schedule your appointment at our Oregon City, Milwaukie or Sunnyside offices. 

 Thank you for years of confidence, loyalty and friendship.  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you.


 Royce L. Fonken, MD

Royce L. Fonken, MD combines compassionate care with high quality service. He is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with a focus on cataract surgery. Over the years, cataract surgery has been continually improved by technological advances. 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 is a devoted father of four children: David, Dale, Daniel and Delaney. The family loves the outdoors, and the Northwest offers them many places to hike and backpack. Dr. Fonken finds these outings help him recharge. Another restorative activity for him is fly-fishing because it provides a nice combination of relaxation and intellectual engagement.


1985 - 1988

Residency in Ophthalmology
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

1984 - 1985

Rotating Internship
Tucson Hospital Medical Education Program, Tucson, AZ

Medical School
1980 - 1984

Doctor of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ

1976 - 1980

Bachelor of Science, Cellular & Developmental Biology
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


1990 American Board of Ophthalmology
1985 Oregon Board of Medical Examiners MD 14414
  National Board of Medical Examiners 1984


Willamette Falls Hospital, Oregon City, OR
Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Milwaukie, OR
Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, Tualatin, OR
Legacy Portland Hospitals, Portland, OR
Adventist Medical Center, Portland, OR
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR


July 1988 - Present Private Practice, EyeHealth Northwest (formerly Oregon Eye Care)


1990 - Present Assistant Clinical Professor
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR
  Surgery Instructor
Veterans Administration Hospital Portland, OR


American Academy of Ophthalmology
Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
Christian Medical Society Alpha Omega Alpha
Phi Beta Kappa


December 1985 Pust, Ronald, MD; Fonken, Royce, MD; Nap, Tjerk, MD; Brown, Kerry, RN:"Efficacy of BCG Vaccination in Children in the Gorka District" JOURNAL OF THE NEPAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, December 1985
1980 Fonken, Royce, MD:"Repair of Cross linked DNA in E. coli K-12" Undergraduate Honors Thesis, University of Arizona, 1980

Practice Locations:

Oregon City Office
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone : (506) 656-4221

Milwaukie Office
11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Phone : (503) 656-4221


Preparing for your Visit:

Prior to Your Appointment: Please complete and print the Patient history, HIPPA and payment policy forms even if you are an established patient. Once you have completed the forms, please bring them with you on the day of your appointment. Due to privacy issues, please do not attempt to send these forms to our office via e-mail.

Please check with your insurance company(s) to verify your “vision care” coverage for routine eye examinations by calling the customer service phone number listed on your insurance card. You may also call this same number to verify “medical” benefits for medically necessary visits and procedures.

The Day of Your Appointment:
Bring your current medical insurance card(s) with you.

  • The co-pay amount listed on your insurance card will be collected at the time of your visit.
  • For charges not covered by your individual insurance plan, payment is due at the time of service. Prompt pay discounts are available on certain services. Please ask at the front desk.

As part of your examination with us today, your pupils may be dilated. With dilation, most people experience light sensitivity and difficulty with near vision (such as reading). Some individuals also have difficulty seeing in the distance. The effects of the dilation can last several hours.

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Milwaukie: 503-656-4221  


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