About 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.”