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News Release: Cascade Regional Eye Center, Inc., PS., Under New Ownership

(July 2, 2014 — Arlington, WA)  DSC_0272 Cascade Regional Eye Center, Inc., PS, dba The Harman Eye Clinic, located at 903 Medical Center Drive, the premier eye surgery center in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years, has acquired a new owner.  Bruce J. Ballon, MD has sold 50 percent of the practice to Bruce E. Wietharn, MD.  The two doctors will alternately share the role of President and CEO annually in addition to their services as ophthalmologists and eye surgeons since 2002 and 2004 respectively.

The purchase of this practice reflects a long-term relationship built over the past decade.  Each holds the gold-standard of excellence, confidence, depth and continuity in personal service.  Their partner, Natalia V. Bajenova, MD, joined the practice in 2012 and is slated to purchase one-third of the practice in 2022.

Serving patients of the Pacific Northwest since 1984, The Harman Eye Clinic primarily provides advanced customized LASIK surgery as well as Refractive  Multifocal Lens and Standard cataract surgery.   Patients are customarily referred and co-managed through area eye doctors for surgery; however, patients may seek surgical solutions for their eye challenges through appointments.

For more information about The Harman Eye Clinic and its services, visit www.20Better.com or All About LASIK, or call 360.435.8595.DSC_0273

 

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.

 

Artist Robert Ruth to Display His Work at The Harman Eye Clinic

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Robert Ruth

This September and October we are excited to welcome back artist Robert Ruth.

Robert Ruth’s pen and ink drawings are primarily a style called pointillism.  Combining this style with a few delicate lines, Robert renders his subjects with precision and loving care.

Once an original is completed, Robert creates black and white limited edition prints on 100% rag, neutral PH balanced paper.  The quality of this stock is meant to give a lifetime of viewing enjoyment with no worries of the life expectancy of the  print.

To make a black and white print come alive with color, Robert then hand colors it with watercolor.  The print then becomes a unique piece of art, an “ORIGINAL PRINT” that is signed and numbered – a valuable addition to any art collection.

Family and friends are welcome from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the entrance to The Harman Eye Clinic.

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For more information, please visit www.artistRobertRuth.com

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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Is Cataract Surgery Considered Successful If You Have To Wear Glasses Afterwards

A 70-year-old friend recently asked me why I thought her friend needed glasses after cataract surgery.  She asked me, did something go wrong?  This is a great question and one that will be the subject of this day’s blog.

First of all, let’s review what the term ‘cataract’ means.  From my desktop dictionary:  cataract |ˈkatəˌrakt|noun1 a large waterfall.• a sudden rush of water; a downpour: the rain enveloped us in a deafening cataract.   2 a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision: she had cataracts in both eyes. ORIGIN late Middle English: from Latincataracta ‘waterfall, floodgate,’ also‘portcullis’ (medical sense 2 probably being a figurative use of this), from Greek kataraktēs‘down-rushing,’ from katarassein, from kata-‘down’ + arassein ‘strike, smash.’

So where is the lens?  There’s solid description on our website, along with videos that will show you where the lens sits in the eye.  Once the opaque lens is removed by your surgeon, there is now opportunity to replace it with a variety of lenses.  Before cataract surgery, an intraocular lens implant measurement is made to determine  the lens power.  This measurement will incorporate your glasses prescription.  Now to answer your question.

1) A standard lens is designed to give you vision at one focal point.  Most patients who choose a standard lens will have great vision for distance, but will require glasses for reading up close or even on a computer.

Monovision. A few patients ask their surgeon to choose a standard lens correction set in one eye for reading and the other for distance.  This is called “mono-vision”: One eye sees in the distance and one eye sees up close.  When both eyes work together the brain decides which eye to pay attention to.  This option is not for everyone.  So those who have used contact lenses successfully with mono vision might be a happy candidate for this option, and those who have never heard of mono-vision would probably pass on this plan.

Some patients have astigmatism, and they will require glasses after surgery to correct the astigmatism  and to be able to read up close.

2)  Toric lens implant. Some patients with astigmatism, ask their surgeon to consider implanting a toric lens implant .  This implant is designed to refocus vision so that a patient may see clearer after cataract surgery for distance.  This patient would still require reading glasses and might opt for glasses with no correction on the top of their glasses and only a correction on the bottom (reading portion).  Sometimes patients choose this because they do not like to take their glasses on and off.

3) Multifocal premium lens implant.  The happiest patients in our practice are those who opt for a multifocal lens implant.  There are several lenses available and your surgeon may match your lifestyle to the performance of each lens.  Patients expect be less dependent on any glasses, near, intermediate or far.  And, these are the people you may see spectacle-free after cataract surgery.  They have opted for a lens implant upgrade.  While most insurance companies will pay for the standard lens and will pay this portion for all patients no matter what lens is chosen, the multifocal patient will pay an additional fee for the presbyopia correcting function of the premium lens.

Cataract surgery’s purpose is to provide a clear lens.  The answer is, yes, cataract surgery is considered successful even if patients are dependent on some type of glasses after surgery.  It can be even more successful for those patients who are good candidates for multifocal premium lens implants.

Please feel free to comment with your questions.  We are a refractive cataract and iLASIK eye surgery where people are treated with extraordinary care.

Barbara Aliaga, Practice Administrator, The Harman Eye Clinic