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Our Eye Doctors

Three Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:


Dr. Barbara Marcussen

Dr. Barbara Marcussen graduated from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. She then completed a residency in Ocular disease at the Columbus VA Hospital. She has an avid interest in improving her patient’s lives by treating dry eyes. She is also one of only a few select optometrists in the state of North Carolina which are certified wave designers in the treatment of myopia. She has been doing the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) on hundreds of her patients for well over 10 years. She enjoys giving her patients great vision without daytime use of glasses or contacts without refractive surgery.Dr. Marcussen is also the only optometrist in the Charlotte Metro area fitting scleral contacts with the Wave Design System to treat eye conditions such as Keratoconus, post corneal transplant surgery, severe dry eyes and other eye diseases. She is very excited about how well scleral contacts she fits correct astigmatism and how good her patient’s vision is with scleral bifocal contacts.

Dr. Barbara Marcussen is the mother of two precious girls Kristina and Katelin. She enjoys running, tennis, and traveling.

She is involved in Gaston County on several local boards and is a member of the American Optometric Association, The Orthokeratology Academy of America and The American Academy of Orthokeratology & Myopia Control.


Dr. Harald Vaher

Dr. Harald Vaher attended the Ohio State University College of Optometry. After graduating he completed a residency at The University of Alabama Birmingham College of Optometry.

Dr. Harald Vaher started Complete Eye Care over 20 years ago and has been delivering high quality vision exams in a friendly manner ever since. His goal is to provide personalized service with high quality products and be a good value to his patients. Dr. Vaher has an avid interest in fitting bifocal contact lenses to treat Presbyopia. He enjoys time with his patients to get them great comfort and vision. Dr. Vaher is known for the kind patient care he provides each patient, taking the time to learn each patient’s individual needs. As an avid golfer, he enjoys sharing with fellow golfers special lenses made just for the sport. These provide the precise vison needed for the golf course environment. Dr. Vaher appreciates the hundreds of referrals his many loyal patients have sent him over the years and the trust they have placed in him.

He also enjoys being an active father to his two daughters. He can be seen regularly at swim meets, volley ball games, dance recitals and piano lessons. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and his golf game.


Dr. Hilary Gesford

Hilary Gesford has completed a residency in pediatrics and vision therapy at Southern College of Optometry. She has a special interest in helping to ensure children use their eyes to process information as quickly and easily as possible to prevent any developmental delays and to maximize their learning and performance in school. Many children can have “20/20” vision but still struggle in school.

Dr. Gesford has the additional training to diagnose and treat visual information processing problems which can result in children not performing at their best during school. These difficulties often manifest themselves as problems in reading, writing, mathematics, or sports.

Drs. Vaher and Marcussen have always been interested in the needs of our community and that is why we wanted to bring a residency trained Vision Therapy specialist into our practice. In fact, Complete Eye Care is the ONLY eye care practice in the county where all the doctors are residency trained. We are totally committed to offering our patients the best quality eye care experience from the most highly trained doctors in the area. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in us and will continue to work hard to earn your trust every day.