Rebecca Iris Chen, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science

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Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Ophthalmology Clinic-Eye Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-6602

Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I strive to partner with patients and families in their unique eye health journey. Trust, empathy, and professionalism are my top priorities in each doctor-patient relationship. I approach every patient with a desire to understand his/her individual goals of care and to provide relevant clinical education, in order to empower patients to make informed decisions about their care. \

Clinical Interests

Dr. Chen is a glaucoma specialist with expertise in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma in adults and children. She has special clinical focus in primary open-angle glaucoma, narrow angles, and glaucoma subtypes including pseudoexfoliation, uveitic, and others. She specializes in glaucoma laser and incisional surgeries, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS), and cataract surgery.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Chen's research focuses on factors affecting surgical outcomes of various glaucoma procedures, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS) and traditional filtering surgery. She also has interest in optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging to understand anatomic mechanisms in glaucoma.



Undergraduate School

B.A., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 2012

Medical School

M.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland OH 2017


Internal Medicine, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland OH 2017-2018


Ophthalmology, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland OH 2018-2021


Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami FL 2021-2022

Heed Fellowship Award, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, 2021

Best Resident Paper Award, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, 2020

Honors with Distinction in Research, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2017

Scholarship, North American Taiwanese Medical Association, 2017

Irwin H. Lepow Memorial Research Prize, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2014

PubMed Bibliography:

Chen RI, Kuo BL, Kalur A, Muste JC, Deal C, Singh RP. Impact of an Electronic Decision Support Tool to Improve Ophthalmic Safety in Hydroxychloroquine Prescribing Practices. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2022 Jun;53(6):310-316. doi:10.3928/23258160-20220601-02. Epub 2022 Jun 1. PMID:35724373.

Chen RI, Chen AX, Greenlee TE, Conti TF, Deal C, Singh RP. Hydroxychloroquine Prescription Practices after 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology Recommendations. Ophthalmology. 2021 Jul;128(7):1112-1114. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2021.03.022. Epub 2021 Mar 16. PMID:33741377.

Chen RI, Deaner JD, Srivastava SK, Lowder CY. Acute retinal necrosis following recombinant subunit varicella-zoster virus vaccine. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2020 Oct 8;20:100962. doi:10.1016/j.ajoc.2020.100962. PMID:33163688.

Moghimi S, Fathollahzadeh N, Chen R, Lin SC, Weinreb RN. Comparison of Fellow Eyes of Acute Primary Angle Closure and Phacomorphic Angle Closure. J Glaucoma. 2019 Mar;28(3):194-200. doi:10.1097/IJG.0000000000001167. PMID:30585936.

Moghimi S, Bijani F, Chen R, Yasseri M, He M, Lin SC, Weinreb RN. Anterior Segment Dimensions Following Laser Iridotomy in Acute Primary Angle Closure and Fellow Eyes. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb;186:59-68. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2017.11.013. Epub 2017 Nov 27. PMID:29191661.

Masis M, Chen R, Porco T, Lin SC. Trabecular Meshwork Height in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Versus Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Nov;183:42-47. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2017.08.018. Epub 2017 Sep 6. PMID:28887118.

Moghimi S, Chen R, Hamzeh N, Khatibi N, Lin SC. Qualitative evaluation of anterior segment in angle closure disease using anterior segment optical coherence tomography. J Curr Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul 12;28(4):170-175. doi:10.1016/j.joco.2016.06.005. PMID:27830199.

Moghimi S, Chen R, Johari M, Bijani F, Mohammadi M, Khodabandeh A, He M, Lin SC. Changes in Anterior Segment Morphology After Laser Peripheral Iridotomy in Acute Primary Angle Closure. Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun;166:133-140. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2016.03.032. Epub 2016 Mar 31. PMID:27038894.

Lee RY, Chen RI, Kasuga T, Cui QN, Porco TC, Lin SC. The Effect of Cumulative Dissipated Energy on Changes in Intraocular Pressure After Uncomplicated Cataract Surgery by Phacoemulsification. J Glaucoma. 2016 Jul;25(7):565-70. doi:10.1097/IJG.0000000000000311. PMID:26317481.