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


Lipiflow treatment has successfully resolved a chronic dry eye condition I have been suffering from for several years. The procedure was painless, and the eye-care education I received, both before and after, has been extremely helpful. For example, based on the counseling session, I realized that I was a “partial or poor blinker.” I also learned about the benefits of using warm eye compresses to allow my eyelid oils to flow more easily.

As a Registered Dietitian and health counselor, I was already aware of the importance of including omega-3 fatty acids in my diet from flax seed oil, walnuts, and fatty fish like salmon.

As a result of the treatment as well as my new-found knowledge, I now do blinking exercises several times a day, especially after spending long hours reading or working on a computer. I use warm eyelid compresses − cotton pads soaked in warm water − every morning.

Practicing what I preach and to benefit both my vision and overall good health, I include one tablespoon of flax seed oil at breakfast, add walnuts to salads and other complimenting dishes, and include fish (mostly salmon) in my dinner menu at least twice a week.

--Timi Gustafson, RD, LDN, FAND

"After searching the internet for specific information on Cataracts, Surgery, and Lens Implants, your name appeared with a long list of qualifications. After carefully reading all the qualifications | made the initial phone call to set an appointment to meet with you, and your qualified assistant KD. With a boat load l of new information to study and make a qualified decision, I decided to make the appointment to begin all the necessary examinations. We had discussed and agreed, to use the Toric IOL for my astigmatism and continue with my monovision which I had become accustomed to for many years. At each step progressing to the first date of surgery, I met specialized staff members who were all knowledgeable in their particular field, very friendly, courteous, and easy to discuss their findings. l had elected to remain awake during the surgeries and Dr. Barnebey gave compliments for my patience and following directions. Pain was never an issue. A little discomfort immediately after surgery was quickly eliminated after an afternoon of rest.

Now that l have had both eye's done, my vision is better than I had expected. I'm able to read magazines, papers, and extremely fine print stamped into tools. Not only the ability to read Without glasses, but the clarity, and distance is terrific. The ability to have such great vision is important not only for the normal day to day needs, but especially when riding my motorcycle.

Would I recommend this procedure? Absolutely, especially when the surgeries are done by Dr. Barnebey, and his entire staff. I can honestly say, they worked with me, to accommodate what I needed to do to meet their requirements."

--Ron W.


 "I was very impressed with my treatment from Dr. Barnebey and his staff.  His state of the art diagnostic equipment, the use of this equipment by his highly trained staff, the efficiency of his office help amazed me as a physician.  The surgery I received (state of the art bilateral lens implants) was superior to anything I might have imagined...On a personal level, I enjoy seeing Dr. Barnebey-he actually listens to patients, has a no-nonsense approach to care and I enjoy his wry sense of humor.

I refer all my patients to him and tell them not to go anywhere else for eye care.  I am very thankful to no longer be blind, since reading is one of my greatest pleasures.  My vision is better then it has ever been since-well, I guess my whole life-even as a child (I am now 65 years old). 

If I could I would put up big neon signs everywhere saying "Only go to Dr. Barnebey if you have eye problems."  He is a credit to our medical profession." 

                                                                                                                                                                          -- Peggy E., M.D.

"By the time I went to Dr. Barnebey for my cataracts, I was having a great deal of trouble with my bifocal glasses.  I couldn't get a prescription that worked more than a month or two.  I could no longer read with my glasses on.  I couldn't see distances well, especially at night; and working on my computer had become a nightmare.  I was delighted when he told me I was ready for cataract surgery and especially intrigued when he suggested I consider getting a Restor lens with variable focus that permit me, without glasses, both to see distances and to read.  The $5,000 price tag took me back a bit, but I agreed to think about it.  As I continued to struggle with my glasses, I became more intrigued with the idea of a life without them.  I'm in my mid-sixties and I calculated that if I live for another 20 years, or 7,300 days, the cost of the Restor would be less than 70 cents a day or $4.80/week.  I asked myself if it would be worth it to me to give up a fancy latte a week to see without glasses--and the answer was a resounding yes!  In fact, the cost per day is even less if you subtract the future cost of reading glasses, etc. 

So I agreed to have the Restor implanted and I've been grateful I made the decision every day since then.  I see effortlessly and normally in my daily activities.  I've been able to buy fun sunglasses again.  As Dr. Barnebey predicted, the only time I even think of using a magnifying glass or reading glasses is when I'm in a dark restaurant trying to read the small print on a menu!"

--Karen L.

"When Doctor McIntyre retired, and the McIntyre Eye Clinic became Specialty Eyecarè Centre, I became a patient of Dr. Barnebey.  I believed the successor Dr. McIntyre would have to be a physician of exceptionally high caliber and that has proven very true. 

Cataract Surgery | Charles M.In 2009, Dr. Barnebey performed cataract surgery implanting multifocal lenses in both of my eyes during two operations separated by about two weeks.  After completing the second operation, which was on the right eye, I was sent home to recuperate in a sedentary manor.  The following day I chose to ignore these instructions and retreated to my wood shop to play.  Not long after, a one inch cube of scrap wood became trapped between the rip fence and saw blade and thus was propelled directly into the right eye.  At first, I thought that I had blinded myself but after regaining my composure, opened the eye and could see light but no objects.  A quick 911 call had me back in Dr. Barnebey's office where he confirmed the lens was no longer where he had placed it.  It had been torn away, folded over and displaced from center. 

Before the day was out, Dr. Barnebey had ensured there was no retina damage, recalled his operating staff and in an after hours surgery, attempted to correct the damage.  Upon completion, I could barely see shapes in bright light, but that was because of the hemorrhaging within the eye.  Little by little as the days and weeks passed, the eye cleared and I began to see images more clearly.  Today, my vision is 20/20 in both eyes and the pressures are normal, thanks to Dr. Barnebey and the skilled professional staff of the Specialty Eyecarè Centre."

 --Charles M.

" I had my first cataract surgery on my right eye in December ofCataract Surgery | Judith E. 2005.  I opted to have a Restor lens implanted.  The results of having a Restor lens was so dramatic and incredible, that I was most anxious to have the second one done, which I did in July, 2006.  Up until the time of my surgery I had worn contact lenses for about 20 years, and reading glasses prior to that.  Most of my correction was for reading as my vision for distance was quite good.

The surgery went very well.  I experienced no real pain.  The pre-surgery and post-surgery procedures went very well.  I felt there was much effort to make the patient as comfortable and relaxed as possible.  I felt Dr. Barnebey and his staff were competent, efficient, and compassionate.

Restor lens has enabled me to have no need for contacts or glasses.  I have not used glasses of any kind since my surgery even though I do quite a bit of reading, e.g., books, newspapers, and piano sheet music.  This has been so freeing, as I see so many people much younger than I reaching for their reading glasses constantly.  I could not be more pleased with the results of Restor lens. "

--Judith E.

"I was referred to Dr. Barnebey for complex eye care by my very capable optometrist that had kept my eyes 20/20 for many years. The glowing referral proved to be quite accurate.  Dr. Barnebey and his professional staff at Specialty Eyecarè Centre more than satisfied the renovation of my eyes affected by glaucoma and cataracts. The course of treatment was explained with patience, the tests were done with dispatch, the results a success.  Thank you, Doctor Barnebey."

 -- Richard W.