Dr. Jonathan Crews is a board certified ophthalmologist who treats the entire scope of comprehensive eye conditions and is also fellowship trained in cornea, complex anterior segment and laser refractive surgery. He sees patients with cataracts, dry eye disease, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma along with many other conditions. Some of the corneal conditions that he manages include Fuch’s dystrophy, keratoconus, corneal scars, herpes keratitis, ulcers, degenerations and other corneal dystrophies, such as ABMD. He performs the most cutting-edge corneal transplants, such as DMEK, DSEK, PKP and DALK. He also manages patients with dislocated IOLs with the Yamane technique, among others, and complicated eyes such as secondary to trauma or congenital malformations with anterior segment reconstruction, iris repair and complicated cataract surgery. Dr. Crews is also well-versed in the refractive side of ophthalmology and has experience working with some of the most advanced refractive surgeons in the country. In this way, he offers a breadth of procedures that allows patients to gain independence from their glasses. This includes LASIK, PRK, refractive/clear lens exchange, multifocal and extended depth of focus lenses, toric lenses, light adjustable lens and monovision. Dr. Crews has also worked on mission trips with the Himalayan Cataract Project alongside other surgeons from around the world who perform hundreds of cataract surgeries using a small-incision technique and hopes to continue this volunteering effort in the future, whether locally in health professional shortage areas or abroad.
Dr. Crews has a particular passion for dry eye disease and specifically how this relates to wellness. As medicine has evolved, we are realizing more and more, that some of the simplest ways to maintain our health include a meaningful reconnection back to the earth through healthy soil and healthy relationships with our bodies. Thus, education surrounding the patient’s lifestyle is critical in the treatment of not only dry eye, but diabetes and other conditions of the eye. In addition, there is a plethora of treatments that are now available for dry eye disease. Dr. Crews hopes to bring this expertise to the patients of Bellingham and the greater Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Dr. Crews joins Northwest Eye Clinic in June 2021. He is making a cross country journey from St. Louis, MO and bringing his lovely wife, Scarlett and their three beautiful children, Everlie, Magnolia and Arthur in order to set new roots here in Bellingham. Scarlett hopes to continue her career in photography and with a background in dietetics, shares his same passion for wellness. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, birding, hiking, bread making, running, cycling, foraging, gardening and most of all, playing with his 3 children.
Education and Training
Board Certification September 2019 to present
American Board of Ophthalmology Board-Certified Diplomate
Work Experience 2017-2021
Refractive Cataract and Laser Surgery, Cornea and External Disease, Associate, Pepose Vision Institute, Chesterfield, Missouri
Residency 2013 – 2016
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Internship 2012 – 2013
Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
Medical School 2008 – 2012
Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate 2002 – 2007
Bachelor of Arts (Biology and Art History), University of Missouri-Columbia