Here at Western Rockies Eye Center. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service so you can have the vision you deserve.

We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.

To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:

General Eye Exams

Everyone needs regular eye exams. It’s important for adults to schedule eye exams to monitor their eye health and check for problems. Conditions that are often detected during eye exams include glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection of these conditions allows for the widest range of treatment options and the best chance of slowing or reversing any symptoms.

While children often get their scheduled exams during pediatrician visits, adults have to remember to make time for check ups. This is especially important for adults who have a family history of eye problems or have higher risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, work conditions or medications.

Contact us today at (970) 243-9000 to schedule your eye exam.

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A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged­ up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or the need for brighter light for other activates.

Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision.

At first, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts. But if impaired vision interferes with your usual activities, you might need cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure.

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Cataract Surgery

Here at Western Rockies Eye Center, we are proud to offer cataract surgery to patients who may be a candidate.

Cataract surgery is a simple and safe procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis and involves the use of a local anesthesia applied to the eye area before the procedure. During the procedure your doctor will make a small incision in your cornea. Using ultrasonic waves to break up the cloudy lens, the doctor then is able to suction the cloudy lens out and replace it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). There are different types of IOL’s available that often eliminate or reduce your dependency on glasses you may still require a prescription for glasses for best vision.

Cataract surgery can improve a patient’s lifestyle, allowing them to enjoy activities they previously avoided due to poor vision.

Our doctors and staff are proficient with the latest advances in cataract surgery so that we can continue to give our patients the care they deserve.
If you have any questions about cataract surgery or would like your cataracts examined contact us today at (970) 243-9000.

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Glaucoma  Grand Junction, CO


Glaucoma occurs from damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can often lead to loss of vision and blindness. To detect glaucoma, our highly trained doctors will perform a proper screening to determine severity, examine the damage, and help you manage your glaucoma.

Early detection of glaucoma is crucial in preventing vision loss and blindness; the earlier the better. However, there is no official cure for glaucoma. There are several treatment methods that manage, slow down, or halt the process. Treatment for glaucoma will vary depending on the stage and severity for each individual patient.

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Macular Degeneration  Grand Junction, CO

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is the loss of central vision due to damage to the retina. The macula is a part of the retina located on the back layer of the eye that affects the center of the visual field. Macular degeneration is often related to age and can be atrophic (dry) or exudative (wet).

Unchanged: The dry form of macular degeneration is most common and there is no medical or surgical treatment. The dry form occurs when debris collects between the retina and the choroid, which can cause scarring of the retina. The wet form is less common, but more dangerous. It occurs when blood vessels grow from behind the choroid, which can leak. This form of macular degeneration can be treated with laser coagulation and medication if diagnosed early.

Unchanged: Macular degeneration is one of the biggest causes of vision loss in adults over 50. Common symptoms include gradually blurred vision, seeing less vivid colors, and obstruction in the center of vision. Peripheral vision can remain intact, but macular degeneration can make daily activities difficult, such as reading or recognizing people’s faces.
Unchanged: If you are experiencing signs of macular degeneration, call us at (970) 243-9000 today to schedule an eye exam and consultation. Early detection and treatment are vital to managing vision loss.
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Here at Western Rockies Eye Center, we are proud to help our patients who develop diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetes comes with a lot of other problems that affect your whole body. Even your eyes can be affected by the disease. In fact, this is so common that it actually has a name: diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the retina. Your retina is necessary to transfer everything that your eyes see to your brain.

Diabetic retinopathy usually continues to get worse, especially if your diabetes is not under control. Still though, it can get worse even with controlled diabetes. For this reason, we recommend having regular checkups so that we can monitor your eyes. During the progression of the disease, you may not even notice any symptoms, which makes coming in regularly even more important.

The first stage of the disease involves the blood vessels in your eyes. They get really weak and leak blood into your eyes. If the leaking continues and leaks into the center of your eye, you will have blurry vision. Your body will try to compensate by making new blood vessels, but they will also be weak and leak more blood into your eye. Your body might also try to form scar tissue, which causes the retina to move away from your eyes and can lead to legal blindness.

If you have diabetes and would like to have your eyes examined, feel free to contact us today at (970) 243-9000.

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Dermatochalasis evaluation and lid surgery

Dermatochalasis evaluation and lid surgery involve a thorough assessment of the excessive, sagging skin on the upper eyelids to address functional impairments and cosmetic concerns. An ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon will carefully examine the severity of dermatochalasis, overall eye health, and individual expectations. When conservative treatments prove ineffective, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, may be recommended to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle, improving both functionality and appearance. This outpatient procedure offers relatively short recovery times, and the specialist will guide patients through the process, ensuring a successful outcome.

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