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Latest Edition of A Patient Guide to Cataract Surgery

Our latest edition of

A Patient Guide to Cataract Surgery

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Clinic schedule redesigned to see more patients!

Clinic schedules have been redesigned to include routine and medical exams.  A common favorite focuses on symptoms of dry eye.  We provide advanced TearLab Osmolarity to measure the level of tear film.  It may not sound like an important feature to your eyesight, but adequate tear film will aid in great vision.

We have found the TearLab to be an important asset in helping find solutions and create a treatment plan for allergies, watery eyes, itchy and irritated eyelids.  This is the type of exam that has been set aside in addition to eye surgical evaluations.  It turns out many pre-surgery patients need to take care of their dry eye prior to LASIK or cataract surgery.

With our new schedule design, doctors can now accommodate patients within two weeks of their appointment request. For more information, please call our office  360-435-8595 or 800-755-3937, or schedule an appointment on-line, www.20Better.com (right side column)

See You Soon,

Dr. Ballon, Dr. Wietharn and Dr. Bajenova




LASIK for Summer!

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Eye Surgeon, Dr. Bajenova

Eye Surgeon and Ophthalmologist, Dr. Bajenova has arranged to see patients in Edmonds on Wednesdays.

Eye Surgeon and Ophthalmologist, Dr. Bajenova has arranged to see patients in Edmonds on Wednesdays.

Dr. Bajenova sees patients in our Arlington Clinic and Surgery Center and also in our Edmonds office See Directions

Dr. Bajenova brings a fresh and professional love for ophthalmology to The Harman Eye Clinic. Her ability to speak fluent Russian and English is a wonderful asset for the Northwest community!

Dr. Bajenova performs refractive surgery including Bladeless CustomVue iLASIK, PRK, medical laser surgery, Refractive Lens Exchange, Cataract Surgery with standard or premium upgrade multifocal lenses and works very closely with our co-managing doctors throughout the northwest to bring about the best in eye surgery and the convenience of local postoperative care. She also provides Avastin and Lucentis injections for macular degeneration patients.

Dr. Bajenova welcomes new patients for refractive surgeryLASIK, PRK and Mutlifocal Premium Lens Implants.Dr. Bajenova is recognized for her unbending desire to give 100% of her attention and energy to any given activity. Dr. Bajenova believes, along with her partners, Dr. Ballon and Dr. Wietharn, that the relationship between doctor and patient is the most important element to successful eye surgery.She holds impressive credentials.

Dr. Bajenova came to the United States from Russia, 1999. She attended Khabarovsk Medical University, Khabarovsk, Russia, 1994-1999. From the University of Washington, she received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Biology with minor in Music, 2003. She earned her Doctorate in Medicine, with honors, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2008. Her Ophthalmology Residency was completed in Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012.

Dr. Bajenova’s philosophy is one that connects closely with her patients. She gets involved in their needs and concerns. She enjoys being a part of her patient’s happiness when they improve their vision.

Committed to Excellence! Dr. Ballon, Dr. Wietharn and Dr. Bajenova are partners and plan to work here at The Harman Eye Clinic until the day they retire. This fact is comforting to patients who seek a commitment and wish to develop a rapport with their eye doctor and surgeon.

LASIK: Nearsighted? Farsighted? Astigmatism?

The first step to understanding what LASIK can do for you is to understand vision disorders.  Eyes are amazing. There are mechanical, biological, anatomical aspects of vision. And, we continue to appreciate how specifically different we each interpret what we see. It is true there are people who have surgery and see explicitly clear by the end of their surgery day, yet we know that patients realize their new surgical vision each within their own time frame.  Much depends on overall health of body and emotions. With this knowledge, the Surgeons and Staff act as “training wheels” during the early postoperative days, and are available until support is no longer needed. It is our honor to work with patients at The Harman Eye Clinic.

To review the differences in vision disorders read more.  Be sure to take advantage of the graphic videos that will help demonstrate each vision condition.

Patients Are The Reason For Our Existence!

Our Patients Lead The Way!

Over the past twenty years we have listened closely to the needs of our patients and responded accordingly. We daily raise our service IQ to improve on service based on patient recommendations.

Recently we found that by utilizing emails and texting and a company called Demandforce, we can communicate at a faster and more realistic rate. Our patients have been empowered to tell us, both in a private survey and in a public review, how we can improve, and they are now advocates for excellence.  Our patients lead the way to bringing the best in eye surgery to future patients.

Our doctors and staff are grateful for all those who have taken time to review their experience each time they are here. Thank you!

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Thank you for your continued confidence. We appreciate your kind words of encouragement. When you think of LASIK or Cataract Surgery, think of The Harman Eye Clinic!

Available Ophthalmology Services with Education Links

iLASIK Refractive Vision Correction: IntraLase bladeless flap maker; VISX S4 Excimer laser with iris recognition and tracking technology:  PRK (penetrating refractive keratoplasty); CustomVue and WavePrint LASIK.

Cataract surgery:  Crystalens AO lens implant; Tecnis multifocal lens implant; Tecnis monofocal aspheric standard lens; Toric lens implant to correct astigmatism;  in addition to cataracts; Bioptics (LASIK after cataract surgery) to refine vision correction and is included in multifocal lens package; LRI (lamellar radial incisions) to correct astigmatism in addition to cataracts

Comprehensive Eye Exams including glasses prescription: Glaucoma, Diabetic,  Macular Degeneration, RetinaDry Eye Syndrome, Cataract, Refractive Evaluations, Functional Eyelid Repair

Intravitreal Injection: Avastin (to treat wet macular degeneration), Lucentis (to treat wet macular degeneration), Triesence, a steroid, (to treat and prevent chronic inflammation), Kenalog, a steroid, ( to treat and prevent chronic inflammaton

Pterygium surgery

Ptosis Repair of eyelids

Therapeutic PTK (PRK) for recurrent erosion of cornea

LASERS:  SLT (Selecta laser trabeculoplasty) for glaucoma; YAG YLI (YAG Laser Iridotomy) for glaucoma; YAG Capsolotomy for posterior capsular opacity PCO (after cataract); YAG Vitreolysis (vitreous has come forward into anterior chamber; this procedure helps it to retract); ARGON focal (specific area of blood vessels is cauterized) stops progression of blood vessels in the peripheral retina (diabetics);  ARGON PRP (diffused area of blood vessels is cauterized) stops progression of blood vessels in retina (diabetes);  ARGON — treating a retina tear (tach welding) creating a little scar so that the retina cannot pull away from that area prophylasis; ARGON retinopexy — creates border around detachment that has started to detach to prevent a full detachment.

Always present for your eye surgery needs,

Dr. Ballon, Dr. Wietharn and Dr. Bajenova!

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Bruce Jay Ballon, MD, New President/CEO

You may have felt the lively, enthused energy rising from the city of Arlington.  We have been celebrating the well-deserved retirement of Dr. Lee Harman who has turned over the reigns to Dr. Bruce Ballon. now President/CEO of The Harman Eye Clinic, and Dr. Bruce Wietharn, now Vice President.

Dr. Ballon and Dr. Wietharn are getting ready to welcome  Dr. Bajenova’s arrival on July 18th.  Diligent planning has led to a confident outcome.  Our surgeons are ready to serve patients for:

    • Cataract surgery with standard lens implants. multifocal lens implants and toric astigmatic lens implants
    • iLASIK refractive surgery, with Intralase and VISX S4 technology
    • PRK
    • Ptyerigium repair
    • SLT glaucoma laser
    • YAG laser
    • Retina laser
    • Lucentis and Avastin injection treatment for macular degeneration
    • FA angiography
    • OCT diagnostics

We are providers for most all insurance plans, including the following:

    • Group Health
    • Community Health
    • Medicare and Medicaid/DSHS
    • Molina
    • SoundPath Health

Our website, www.20Better.com, now has a patient portal.  Patients can register directly from our website and request their appointment.  And, each Referring Doctor can have a portion of the “cloud” on our server to safely exchange pre- and post-operative patient information.  A quick phone call to our office and we’ll set it up for you.

Let us know if there are any other ways we can better serve you.  We appreciate the trust you place in our surgeons and staff.

Achievement of a Lifetime!

Arlington, Washington, USA – July 1, 2012 — R. Lee Harman, MD, FACS — There is nothing quite so satisfying than watching the practice you have founded continue to serve the community well after you are retired.  This is Dr. Harman’s legacy offered to the city of Arlington as he takes his shingle down and rides out into the sunset.    After a neck injury in 2005, Dr. Harman was unable to continue to work as a surgeon and clinician.  He has remained President/CEO since that time, however, and laid a firm foundation for the future.

Dr. Harman’s plans for his retirement began numerous years ago.  He wished to ensure the ongoing excellent care of patients while maintaining community esteem for the practice. He desired to ensure the health and vitality of his practice by leaving it in capable, caring hands.  He wished to ensure financial well-being for his staff who have helped him achieve his goals.  In 2002 he recruited Bruce Jay Ballon, MD, as his partner.  He wished to ensure financial well-being for himself and his family while reducing his participation in the practice.  Two years after Dr. Ballon’s arrival, Bruce E. . Wietharn, MD, joined the partnership.  Dr. Harman remained as President/CEO until now to support their efforts.  The practice has grown beyond his expectations.

Dr. Ballon is now President/CEO of The Harman Eye Clinic.  Dr. Wietharn is Vice President.  This month, they are joined by a new partner, Natalia Bajenova, MD who has completed her Residency at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor. The practice employs registered nurses, certified nurses assistants, surgical technologists, certified ophthalmic assistants, certified billing specialists, college graduates and service-skilled people who complement the team of partners.  Patients make the trip to Arlington from all corners of the state.

 A little background … In the beginning … In 1984, Dr. and Mrs. Lee Harman, convinced that the city of Arlington held the opportunities for service, set up his clinic alongside of the Cascade Valley Hospital. Dr. Harman’s goal was to be the best ophthalmology practice north of Seattle. Over the years, patients have come from all corners of the state and not infrequently, they have traveled from outside the state to find this remarkable combination: high technology, professional skill, sense of humor and home-town hospitality.

Dr. Harman overcame the substandard, rural doctor image by becoming Board Certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He quickly advanced his image, becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. For those who are not familiar with this term, it means that after Dr. Harman was in practice for several years, he asked that his surgeries be scrutinized. His surgery outcomes were deemed excellent. He went before the College Board of Surgeons for examination and found to be worthy of the title, FACS.  Only approximately 10% of ophthalmologists are so designated. He has been a leader, a pioneer in every phase of his practice. The Harman Eye Clinic continues to be the “first” in bringing the best in technology and surgical skill to the people of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Harman’s legacy continues to be a laser and cataract surgery center where all people are treated with extraordinary care. This is a clinic with a heart. Dr. Harman has always referred to his surgical outcomes as 90% skill and 10% art. It’s that 10% magic that happens in between words, in between actions that create the great results. So it is that Dr. Harman is an artist as a surgeon, he is an artist as a medical doctor, he is an artist as a founder of a medical practice. Those who have come to know him agree Dr. Harman is an artist who transforms the uneventful into the extraordinary. Today, Dr. Harman, we honor you for who you are and how you have served.

In lieu of a retirement party, Dr. Harman has requested a donation to the Rotary Sponsored Polio Plus Project.  Polio Plus is a 27-year struggle to eradicate polio from the world.  When Rotary began its mission to eradicate polio in 1985, more than 350,000 children were stricken with polio every year and nearly 1,000 people were affected by the crippling disease every day.  Since then, polio cases have been reduced by 99%.  Due to the efforts of Rotary and its partners, the world is on the threshold of ending polio forever — making it only the second disease after smallpox to be eradicated.  Donations can be made to the Everett Rotary Foundation, c/o R. Lee Harman, MD, 635 N. Sunset Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282

For more information about The Harman Eye Clinic, please visit www.20Better.com or call its office at 360.435.8595/