Specialty Eye Carè

1920 116th Avenue North East
Bellevue, WA, 98004
Phone: (425) 454-3937
Fax: (425) 453-6646

Did You Know?

Did you know that you could be going blind and not even know it? That's what glaucoma does. It sneaks up on you very slowly over time. It's a leading cause of blindness in all adults over 60. But some people are especially at risk. If you're Black and over 40, you're up to five times more likely to get glaucoma. Or if you have a family history of glaucoma, you're also at high risk. Glaucoma can't be cured, but it can be controlled and the risk of blindness reduced-if glaucoma is detected and treated in time. That's why it's so important for people with an increased risk to have regular eye exams. Seattle glaucoma specialist, Howard Barnebey, MD is one of a very small group of local eye doctors dedicated to glaucoma and helping patients with this terrible eye disease.

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3D Eye Online

Visit our eye education section! At Specialty Eyecarè Centre we believe better patient education leads to superior patient experiences. Regardless if you are visiting us for a general eye exam, looking at treatment options, seeking surgery or just looking to review your pre and post surgical instructions, we have an extensive selection of diverse educational videos just for you!

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See Better After Cataract Surgery!

Cataract patients now have an option to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a mono-focal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multi-focal IOL technology can now decrease dependence on glasses after surgery. Our Seattle cataract surgeons welcome you to come into our office for a consultation regarding Advanced Technology Lens cataract surgery.

See Better After Cataract Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

If you are experiencing sagging eyelids and eyelids that are obstructing your vision please contact us for an eye exam. Depending on your specific condition there is a possibility that insurance may cover a surgery that can improve your vision dramatically. If you are seeking an Oculoplastic surgeon in Seattle for eyelid surgery we are Seattles Eyelid Surgery experts. Call us us today! For more information on eyelid surgery please visit our web page dedicated to this topic.

Eyelid Surgery

Howard Barnebey, MD

Dr. Howard Barnebey, MD 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



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


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

Post-Graduate Training


Fellowship: Glaucoma
Department of Ophthalmology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri


Residency: Ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Ohio
Toledo, Ohio


Residency: Internal Medicine
Akron General Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
Akron, Ohio


Internship: Internal Medicine
Akron General Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine
Akron, Ohio

Professional Certification and Licensure


Oregon State License
Washington State License
American Board of Ophthalmology
Missouri State License
Ohio State License

Academic Awards and Distinctions


American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award


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
SeattleVeterans Administration Hospital, Seattle, WA

1994 to Present

Adjunct Clinical Faculty
PacificUniversityCollege of Optometry, Forest Grove,OR

1985 to 1989

Clinical Instructor
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


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.