Kim Raharja - OptometristAbout Dr. Kim Raharja, OD

 

A Vision For Good Eye Health
Dr. Kim Raharja is a talented, caring, and innovative eyecare professional and the driving force behind the Atlanta Eye Center. The Center was launched in October of 2006 and is a tangible expression of Dr. Kim Raharja’s dedication to superior visual health for adults and children in the Atlanta area. Her practice quickly grew to 4 locations inside Wal-mart Vision Center, and she became the clinical director for Howell Mill (Midtown), Gresham Rd (East Atlanta), Avondale (Decatur) and Terrell Mill (Marietta). Dr. Raharja earned her B.S. in Biology at Kennesaw State University. She spent an additional four years and graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

In addition to her educational credentials, Dr. Raharja’s professional affiliations include American Optometry Association (AOA), the Georgia Optometric Association, the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the AOA, InfantSEE, and the Sports Vision Section of the AOA.

Good Vision At Every Age
Dr. Raharja is a primary eye care provider, but has many special interests including difficult contact lens fittings, ocular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, and pediatric eyecare. Some of her patients are as young as six months old.

“My philosophy on pediatric vision is to assess the right path for each child so that they will not depend so much on glasses when they become adults,” says Dr. Raharja. To achieve this goal, her doctors assess distance and near vision, focusing ability, and turned eyes.

Continuing Education and Philanthropy
Dr. Raharja is committed to expanding her knowledge base so that she may provide the most current, up-to-date options to her patients. She keeps current on diverse subjects from ocular disease to contact lenses and glasses, and is dedicated to learning about modern technology and its application to the world of eyecare.

“When you improve someone’s vision, you improve their life,” says Dr. Raharja. In addition to her work in the U.S., she travels internationally as an eye health volunteer. Dr. Raharja visits such countries as Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico where she provides free eye exams and distributes free glasses. The work is as life altering for the doctor as it is for her patients.

Especially rewarding, she says, are “women who had to give up their jobs as seamstresses due to poor eyesight can support themselves again once they have their vision corrected.” She is also deeply moved by children who suffer from amblyopia and gratified “to be able to provide critical treatment while they are young and their vision still developing.”

While abroad, Dr. Raharja also shares her knowledge with younger optometry students while at the same time adding to her own store of information. “I'm exposed to rare ocular diseases that are not normally seen in the American population,” she explains. “This provides me with a unique perspective on eye health that few professionals have.”

 

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