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Howard Barnebey, MD

Ophthalmologist in Bellevue

Howard Barnebey, MD brought his expertise to the northwest over two decades ago and has been expanding his commitment to the protection and preservation of the precious gift of sight. Treating thousands of glaucoma as well as cataract patients each year, he never forgets the importance of treating each patient with complete individual focus.

Dr. Barnebey is one of only a few ophthalmologists in the northwest who is a cataract surgeon trained in the subspecialty of interventional ophthalmology. Like interventional cardiologists who are trained to use catheter technology to open clogged arteries with angioplasty and stents in the heart, interventional ophthalmologists are eye specialists trained in performing canaloplasty using similar micro-catheter technology to open and stent the natural filtration canal in the eye (Schlemm’s Canal).

Specialty Eyecarè Centre was founded on the principles of Dr. Howard S. Barnebey. For over twenty years he served as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington teaching residents.

Dr. Barnebey has been a leading contributor to ophthalmology since the early 1980’s publishing articles in major medical journals. Throughout the years he has remained consistent in his mission to educate and advance medical innovation and expand biomedical eye research, implementing the finest care possible to improve the quality of life in his patients.

“I believe that our eyes are the windows to the world and they deserve special attention. Glaucoma is a specialty where details make all the difference. The difference between perfect vision and poor vision is often measured in microns or millimeters of mercury. Having a complement of the most advanced and sophisticated equipment is important in providing a high level of premier care. However, it is the ability to interpret and apply this wonderful technology that makes all the difference in the world.”

Professional Profile


1977 – Doctor of Medicine
Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio

1974 – Bachelor of Arts-Honors
College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio

Post-Graduate Training

1983-1984 – Fellowship: Glaucoma
Department of Ophthalmology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

1980-1983 – Residency: Ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Ohio
Toledo, Ohio

1978-1980 – Residency: Internal Medicine
Akron General Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
Akron, Ohio

1977-1978 – Internship: Internal Medicine
Akron General Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
Akron, Ohio

Professional Certification and Licensure

1996 – Oregon State License
1985 – Washington State License
1984 – American Board of Ophthalmology
1983 – Missouri State License
1977 – Ohio State License

Academic Awards and Distinctions

1994 – American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award
2004-2005 – America’s Top Ophthalmologists

Teaching Appointments

1989 to Present – Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Ophthalmology,
University of Washington,Seattle, WA

1985 to Present – Glaucoma Consultant
Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital, Seattle, WA

1994 to Present – Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove,OR

1985 to 1989 – Clinical Instructor
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1984 – Instructor in Ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Research Experience

Since 1990 Dr. Howard S Barnebey has been the principal investigator for numerous studies. Companies such as Merck, Alcon Laboratories Inc. Ciba Vision, Inc., Allergan and InSite have benefited from the expertise and dedication his knowledge has provided. Dr. Barnebey believes that research will aid in the treatment and care of patients with glaucoma everywhere.

Lecture Presentations

Dr. Barnebey frequently lectures around the United States and in Europe. He is considered a leading authority on glaucoma and cataract surgery. Since 2006 he has pioneered the new surgical technique of canaloplasty. He is frequently called upon to lend his expertise to Doctors adding this surgery to their practices. Dr. Barnebey lectures on glaucoma, trabeculectomy and imaging.


Dr. Barnebey has authored over 150 articles in both trade magazines and consumer publications. He has also written chapters in text books for ophthalmology residents. Recently he was published in the August Eurotimes Magizine. This was an article on how cataract surgery affects glaucoma. Dr. Barnebey has been quoted often on local television and newspapers in Washington State.


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Bellevue, WA 98004
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