Hermiston-area residents with cataracts, glaucoma and other eye problems have a new option for treatment with the opening of Lifestyle Eye Center.
The Walla Walla-based business opened a Hermiston location at 1070 E Elm Avenue Suite A, formerly occupied by Inland Eye & Cosmetic Institute.
Lifestyle Eye Center offers treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, corneal conditions, dry eye and other eye problems. Office manager Benjamin Higgenbotham said they offer several new, state-of-the-art treatments including a minimally invasive glaucoma surgery that reduces the chance of complications. The providers have access to a surgery center in the suite next door.
“We’re excited to bring this to Hermiston,” he said.
Hours are currently Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.to noon, but Higgenbotham said they will likely expand their hours in the near future.
Providers are Dr. Arthur Giebel, MD; Dr. Tara Evanger, OD; and Dr. Jonathan Haley, OD.
Haley, who served in the Air Force and is currently a captain in the Air Force Reserves, said he has a contract to provide VA services and military entrance eye exams so that Hermiston veterans and prospective military recruits will no longer have to travel to Walla Walla.
Haley specializes in glaucoma care and said since Lifestyle Eye Center opened he has been seeing a lot of patients who have waited months longer than recommended to go in for a check-up.
Giebel, who specializes in cataract surgery and cornea repair, said he has “the best profession ever.”
“I get to help people see better,” he said.
Giebel said one of his focuses with patients is educating them to help improve their eye health and overall health. Things like diet and exercise have a big effect on the eyes, he said. For example, eating a lot of red meat increases the risk of developing cataracts.
“Ask your doctor, what can I do to make a difference in my life?” he said. “A doctor can only work with what you give them to work with. If you’re saying, ‘I’m going to eat what I want, I’m going to smoke anyway,’ we will still love you anyway and we will do what we can, but you can make a difference.”
For more information or to make an appointment, call 541-656-2211 or visit www.lifestyleeye.com.