LASIK Seattle – Serving patients seeking LASIK surgery in Seattle and the surrounding area
Bruce J. Ballon, MD, Bruce E. Wietharn, MD, and Natalia V. Bajenova, MD, are leading ophthalmologists at the Harman Eye Clinic, offering patients in Seattle LASIK vision correction surgery. Each of them is certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. At the state-of-the-art Harman Eye Clinic, situated slightly north of Seattle, Drs. Ballon, Wietharn and Bajenova represent the gold standard in all-laser CustomVue LASIK surgery. These surgeons are unparalleled in their field thanks to their dedication to delivering genuine, attentive patient care as well as outstanding vision correction outcomes. They understand that excellence in vision correction is not achieved simply by good fortune but through a strict adherence to the utmost standards of surgical skill and personalized patient care. The Harman Eye Clinic stays true to its promise of excellence as it seeks innovative methods to provide their patients with exceptional eye care services and surgical results.
The ophthalmologists at the Harman Eye Clinic provide a variety of vision correction procedures, including blade-free customized iLASIK, PRK, cataract surgery with advanced-technology intraocular lens (IOL) options, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and more. They also offer treatment for chronic dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic eye diseases and a number of other conditions affecting the eye.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ballon, Dr. Wietharn or Dr. Bajenova and find out more about your vision correction treatment options, please contact the Harman Eye Clinic by calling (360) 972-3578 today.
What Do Patients Say About Their Experiences with the Harman Eye Clinic?
“Awesome … as always. Everyone is so professional & kind.” —Teresa S.
“I have never had a better experience! Everyone there is absolutely awesome and compassionate as well! I am so glad I was referred to them!” —Anna F.
“Fabulous experience. Friendly, smart, personable staff. Just an all around easy visit and I usually have anxiety in these situations. Thanks Harman Eye Clinic!” —anonymous
“Well organized. Surgical team was outstanding.” —Don B.
More About LASIK Vision Correction With the Harman Eye Clinic
At the Harman Eye Clinic, patients find that the surgeons use only the most sophisticated technology available, for personally tailored vision correction treatment. The Seattle LASIK surgeons use IntraLase femtosecond and VISX CustomVue wavefront-guided laser technology to provide customized, extremely precise visual outcomes.
Before beginning LASIK surgery, Drs. Ballon, Wietharn and Bajenova utilize wavefront diagnostic technology to create a map of the eye’s topography, including “higher order aberrations” (nearly imperceptible vision errors). Using the gathered information, the laser eye surgeons calibrate the excimer laser used to re-contour the curvature of the cornea during LASIK.
The ophthalmologist begins the laser vision correction surgical treatment by making a miniscule flap in the cornea. (During bladeless, all-laser LASIK, the surgeon uses the IntraLase femtosecond laser for this step.) After the corneal flap has been gently lifted back to reveal the corneal tissue below, the surgeon uses the excimer laser to remove microscopic particles of corneal tissue, thus re-shaping the curvature of the cornea. This action corrects the refractive error causing nearsightedness, farsightedness and / or astigmatism. Once the laser eye surgeon is content with the newly shaped cornea, the corneal flap is placed back in its initial position, where it naturally re-seals itself to the eye, without the need for stitches.
The Harman Eye Clinic patients generally remark that the LASIK procedure was painless. Most patients notice an improvement in their vision within one or two days of surgery. Most of the time, individuals who have undergone LASIK can greatly reduce or completely forgo their daily dependence on prescription eyewear. In addition, over 99 percent of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision.
More About the Laser Eye Surgeons at the Harman Eye Clinic
Bruce J. Ballon, MD, obtained his undergraduate degree in East Asian studies. He speaks and writes Mandarin fluently. Dr. Ballon received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia before completing an internal medicine internship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He then completed his residency in ophthalmology at the renowned Duke University Eye Center.
Bruce E. Wietharn, MD, attended Johns Hopkins University where he earned his undergraduate degree in biology. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree. He completed a transitional internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., before undergoing advanced fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. As a lieutenant in the United States Navy, Dr. Wietharn served as head of the medical department, senior medical officer and a radiation health officer. He was also a primary care physician at the Everett Naval Branch Medical Clinic. During his time in the Navy, Dr. Wietharn was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
Natalia V. Bajenova, MD, is originally from Russia, where she attended Khabarovsk Medical University before moving to the United States. Once she settled in the U.S., she obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, majoring in biology and minoring in music; she graduated cum laude. Dr. Bajenova received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she again graduated with honors. She fulfilled a residency in ophthalmology at the Kellogg Eye Center.