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Cataract Surgery Day – A Journal III

Surgery Day. Must admit, I’m a bit anxious. Tossed and turned all night.

No coffee or breakfast this morning. Just a couple meds with a sip of water. Brushed my teeth and rinsed my mouth out, being careful to not swallow any of that tasty toothpaste!

My co-workers learned I’m not as perky when I am caffeine deprived! But I took a couple Tylenol with my meds to keep the headache minimized and made it through to admission time.

The staff are fantastic! I don’t think I was ever alone. Super supportive, keeping me informed of what was happening along the way. There were a bunch of eye drops that got easier each batch because there was always a numbing drop first. IV, monitors placed for heart rhythm, SAT and a blood pressure cuff. You know, surgery stuff! I was a bit chilly and a hand warmer and the heated chair were perfect. Even got a bit of a massage from the chair.

Seemed like no time at all and I was fitted with O2 tubing and being escorted into the Operating Room. Normally there are 4 folks in the OR with a patient: the Surgeon, Anesthesia, Scrub Tech and Circulator. As I said, never alone.

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There was a little shuffling around to get comfortable in the chair and after that I really don’t remember much! I do remember seeing a really cool pattern (like a beautiful wallpaper), some colored lights, the surgeon saying we were going to do a final test, doing that and then being told the lens was in. Then the slight sensation of the medication being placed in my eye and we’re done!

Out to the post op area with another great staff member who recorded vitals while I had a cup of coffee and a “continental breakfast.” With strong vitals and me feeling good, time to disconnect the IV and head home.

Now this dropless medicine manifests differently for everyone. For me it’s like oil on top of a bowl of water being swirled around. At first it looked like mountain ranges, later it was bubbles, and even later just a patch of black dots! I was told to go home and rest in an upright position for a couple hours so that the medicine could settle to the bottom of the eye.

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Headed home, noticing my eye felt a bit scratchy as the numbing wore off. Laid down with a bunch of pillows to keep my head elevated and took a short nap, woke up feeling great. My husband and I picked up our grandson and went to Taekwondo; back to normal except no driving today.

What a great experience! From checking in to checking out, the staff are very caring, friendly and professional. Yes, I work with them every day, and from a patient perspective, I’m proud to say GREAT JOB!

Tomorrow, back to work and I’ll see the doctor for my first follow up visit and I’ll keep you posted as I continue this journey and the second surgery next week.

My biggest WOW right now it how bright white is with my new eye! The old eye looks like someone turned the dimmer switch down. This is exciting!

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Patient Portal Made Easy

More and more medical offices are offering an on-line connection with private medical charting.   At The Harman Eye Clinic in Arlington WA, we encourage patients to login to a secure online website to access personal health information from anywhere with an internet connection, and at any time of the day or night.  Our staff will help you set this up during a phone call.

Even more important is the ability to supply your doctor with information PRIOR to your visit.  Patients can register any time; most patients register when they schedule their appointment.  You are able to enter information such as:

  1. Your medications with dosage and strength
  2. Your past medical history
  3. Insurance information and any recent changes in your patient demographics.

At The Harman Eye Clinic in Arlington WA, the Patient Portal records are your medical records  This means that when you want your medical records, you no longer need to request them.  They are always within reach.

Providing  patient information updates,  past medical histories and medication updates, certainly helps create a more satisfying visit.

What about cataract consultations?

As you may know, every medical surgery comes with a list of risks and benefits and it becomes the patient’s responsibility to become sufficiently informed in order to give their consent.  If you first learn at your appointment that you are a candidate for cataract surgery, it can be stressful.

A way patients can make their consultation more meaningful is to watch the Informed Consent Video before they see their surgeon.  At The Harman Eye Clinic in Arlington, WA, patients are encouraged to watch the video and learn about the different options in lens implants.  Patients print out the quiz for their visit.  They cut off about 15 minutes of their exam by watching this at home.

Best though, is the fact that when you finally meet up with your surgeon after numerous diagnostic measurements and testing, you will better understand your surgeon’s recommendation.  It makes for a much more satisfying encounter.  We recommend that if you are considering cataract surgery, you watch this video prior to coming to your consultation.  You will be glad you did.watch-informed-consent-001

The Harman Eye Clinic

903 Medical Center Drive, Arlington WA 98223

360-474-2561  360-435-8595  FAX 360-435-5233

http://www.20Better.com

 

Grand Opening of New Responsive Website!

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Life in 2015 is amazing with daily delights making our lives more productive and fun! Along these lines, The Harman Eye Clinic has unveiled our new website, www.20Better.com.

With the common use of iPhones, iPads, Smart Phones, Smart Pads, Laptops, computer tv and, oh yes, standalone computers, it’s time to offer a site that will translate sizes to all computer devices.  We first learned about responsive  site programming from wordpress.com where we house this blog, HarmanEyeClinic.com.  The layout and content magically adjusts to any device used.

Glacial Multimedia and WordPress.org have completely overhauled our old site and we think you will love the ease of communication between you and our doctors.  Let us know what you think.

Thank you for your continued confidence and willingness to let us participate in your eye care.  We love what we

Guide To Successful iLASIK

Transform Your ThinkingOur staff have been hard-at-work creating in fun, new ways!  One of their projects was to record remarks within a recent presentation.  We discovered prezi.com and fell in love with a software that views presentation slides as a personal canvases with paths from one to another.  Such fun.  The staff decided to place some conversation, videos and will probably come up with more surprises in the future.  For now, however, it is located here.  Or, you can view it on Youtube.

Since it’s a first attempt, we’d love to hear from you.  What would you like included in this Guide?  What would you like us to spend more time on?  Thanks in advance for helping us improve our newest ways to communicate!  Or you can visit our iLASIK website.

Best to you!

Addendum:  If you would prefer, we also have a Guide To Successful iLASIK pdf format that may enhance your background on iLASIK.  Let us know what you think.

The Harman Eye Clinic

903 Medical Center Drive, Arlington WA 98223

360-474-2561  360-435-8595  FAX 360-435-5233

http://www.20Better.com

ORA – Optiwave Refractive Analysis System

Today The Harman Eye Clinic invested in new technology that can improve surgical outcomes!  See new release below.
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NO MORE “WAIT & SEE” CATARACT SURGERY: 

The Harman Eye Clinic Now Offers the ORA System® with VerifEyefor LASIK-Like Cataract Surgery Results   –  ORA-Guided Cataract Surgery is a ‘Truly Remarkable’ Advancement Now Available to Local Patients 

Arlington WA– (2013) – The Harman Eye Clinic is the first in the area to offer a breakthrough cataract procedure technology that enables surgeons to provide LASIK-like visual quality to area patients. The ORA System® with VerifEye™ is a revolutionary new way to analyze the eye during premium cataract surgery, enabling our doctors to tailor treatment specifically to each patient’s eye.

“We’re extremely pleased to offer ORA-guided surgery with VerifEye to treat cataracts, because this takes the procedure to new heights,” said Dr. Ballon. “When you add VerifEye to ORA-guided surgery the result is a more precise, more refined visual outcome – and more satisfied cataract surgery patients who literally see the results themselves.”

ORA-guided cataract surgery enables our doctors to measure the eye and refine visual outcomes during the procedure, rather than having to ‘wait and see’ weeks or even months afterward, as with traditional cataract surgery.  Dr. Ballon, Dr. Wietharn and Dr. Bajenova use ORA System measurements to guide the procedure and help ensure patients get the best possible vision. ORA measurements are taken after the clouded cataract is removed, when our surgeons have a clear view of the eye.

ORA-Guided cataract surgery is compatible with all premium lens implants and technologies. Patients can feel confident they’ll receive the best possible result, no matter what premium cataract procedure they select.

This advancement marks a real turning point in the field of cataract surgery,” said Dr. Wietharn.  “The ORA System with VerifEye offers advanced guidance that results in increased confidence for me and optimized outcomes for my patients. It’s the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for in our effort to help patients achieve better vision for life.”

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 12.57.35 PM Whether the patient has had LASIK or has astigmatism, an ORA-guided cataract procedure provides the security of knowing they can have the best possible outcome, and reduce the chance of needing an additional procedure.

 

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!

What’s the latest in testing for dry eye?

Red, stinging, irritated eyes are often endured rather than treated.  It’s hard to realize that the condition of your tear film directly affects the clarity of your vision.

When you decide to have LASIK, PRK, or  a mutlifocal lens implant,  your Dry Eye Condition can get in the way of achieving the wonderful, clear outcome you desire.

If you wish to learn more about our TearLab read on.  Choosing  LASIK this year is a life-changing decision.  Taking care of your dry eye disease beforehand can be one of the most important things you do for yourself to assure the visual outcome you desire.  Let us know how we can help!