Dr. Mark Hovander, O.D.

Dr. Mark Hovander was born and raised in the Seattle area. He attended Western Washington University and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in 1989.

After graduation, Dr. Hovander was honored with the Irvin M. Borish Award for Excellence from the American Optometric Foundation. Returning to Seattle he established his professional practice in conjunction with his father, Charles Hovander, a well respected contact lens specialist.

Dr. Hovander is a member of The American Optometric Association and the Washington Association of Optometric Physicians. He is strongly committed to quality comprehensive patient care. Having performed over 40,000 eye exams during the past 23 years Dr. Hovander's thoroughness and attention to detail has remained unchanged.


Richard Ackman, Contact Lens Specialist

Richard Ackman has been fitting contact lenses for over 30 years. He grew up in Southern California and began his professional career by working at his father's contact lens laboratory, learning how to make hard contact lenses.

Richard has been with University Vision Clinic since 1992, fitting all types of contact lenses. He is diligent in finding solutions to challenging contact lens problems. Richard specializes in "hard to fit" contact lenses for keratoconus and bifocal/multifocal contact lenses.

Richard is a member of the Contact Lens Society of America and has been certified by the National Contact Lens Examination.


Paul Smith, LDO

Paul Smith was born and raised in the Seattle area, he has been a licensed dispensing optician since 1998. Prior to joining our staff, Paul was a faculty member of the school of opticianry, at Seattle Central Community College.

Paul graduated with honors from Seattle Central Community College School of Opticianary.

He will help you select the perfect frame and the best lens for all of your vision needs.


 Jeffery Chase, LDO

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Jeffery has lived in Seattle since being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1981. Jeffery graduated from The School of Opticianry at Seattle Community College in 1993 and has been working in the optical field since then. he is very knowledgeable in the latest advances in lens technology.

In his spare time Jeffery plays stand-up bass with a group of local musicians.