Welcome to bellingham bay ophthalmology, pllc
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The Ophthalmologists (eye specialists) in our practice offer the full spectrum of medical and surgical eye care for our patients.  Our physicians specialize in the management and treatment of eye diseases and disorders. Our highly-regarded surgeons treat many medical conditions and perform cataract surgery, glaucoma management and surgery, laser procedures, cosmetic upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid "lift"), functional (also known as medically-necessary) upper blepharoplasty, brow lifts and Botox cosmetic.  We also provide routine eye exams for glasses prescriptions and contact lens prescription updates. Our professional staff strives to provide friendly and efficient service to all our patients. We are committed to providing the very best eye care possible in a compassionate manner.

We are opening our new Optical Shop in August of 2019! We are fortunate to bring Brad Bowles, a WA State Licensed Optician with over 33 years of experience, onto our Bellingham Bay Ophthalmology staff! This is an exciting time for Bellingham Bay Ophthalmology, and we hope that you'll stop by to welcome Brad! (Photos coming soon!)

 Stop by our beautiful new office - we moved to the Barkley area in March of 2019!


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Meet our doctors:

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  • James M. Kim
    M.D., Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

    Dr. James M. Kim attended medical school at the University of Southern California, completed his internship in internal medicine at the UCLA- VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Southern California-Doheny Eye Institute in 2004.  He has been in practice since 2004. Dr. Kim is our cataract surgeon; he performs standard cataract surgery, as well as cataract surgery utilizing presbyopia and astigmatism-correcting upgraded intraocular lens implants. Review the detailed information regarding cataract surgery options under the 'Services' tab. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have - call us at (360) 647-7750.

  • Steven S. Ma

    Dr. Steven S. Ma graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto in 1990 and completed his residency at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C.  He has been in practice since 1991, previously in California and currently in Richmond, B.C. as well as here at Bellingham Bay Ophthalmology. Dr. Ma treats a wide range of ophthalmic conditions, including glaucoma, dry eyes, and macular degeneration, and Botox injections. Dr. Ma is accepting new patients!

  • Timothy Ekhlassi

    Dr. Timothy Ekhlassi is a board-certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery.  He graduated from medical school at the University of Miami and completed his residency in ophthalmology at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County.  He completed sub-specialty training in an ASOPRS-accredited ocuplastics fellowship program in Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Ekhlassi is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Surgeons.  He is interested in a broad range of ophthalmology and ocuplastic surgery, including upper and lower blepharoplasty (lid 'lift'), brow lifts, Botox injections as well as other cosmetic surgery. Dr. Ekhlassi is now accepting new patients!

  • Emmeline Sheu
    O.D., Doctor of Optometry

    Dr. Sheu attended University of Houston College of Optometry and earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Houston in 2009. She specializes in contact lens fittings and comprehensive eye exams. She has been in practice since 2010.  Pictured with her is her puppy, Bella.

    Note: Dr. Sheu is on maternity leave; at this time we are not scheduling exams for her.


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