About Eye Exams:

How long will my eye exam take?
The average eye exam takes around 45 minutes to an hour. This includes tests of your vision, glasses prescription and eye health. Allow additional time if your interested in shopping for new glasses.

Will you dilate my eyes?
Dilation is a very important part of a comprehensive eye exam and it can help detect early changes related to diabetes, high blood pressure and macular degeneration. Without dilation it is very difficult to fully check the health of the back of your eye, the retina. When the eye is undilated your pupil constricts or gets smaller as light hits. This makes area of your retina the doctor can see much smaller, like just looking through the keyhole of a door. When your eye is dilated your pupil no longer constricts and it is like we’ve opened the door to the back or your eye, giving a far more complete view of your ocular health. Dilation generally lasts 3 to 6 hours and you may be light sensitive during this time so feel free to bring your sunglasses or you can always get a temporary pair from us. Please be prepared to have your eyes dilated, if you do not feel comfortable driving after dilation please bring a driver with you. Dilation may not be necessary for all patients every year; your doctor will make this decision during your exam.

What should I bring to my eye exam?
Please bring your most recent pair of glasses or prescription to your exam. Make sure you have a copy of your insurance card if you plan to use your vision or medical insurance for your exam. Additionally if you printed and filled out your paperwork in advance please bring all your paperwork so you don’t have to fill it out again when you arrive. These forms can be found here (link).
If you wear contact lenses please wear your contact lenses to your exam and bring your glasses or most recent glasses prescription. You will also need to bring your most recent contact lens prescription (which will include the power, brand name, base curve, diameter) or the boxes your contact lenses came in.
If you are taking any prescription or over the counter medications please bring a list including dosages.

About Glasses and Contact Lenses:

How long does it take to get my glasses?
For the best quality lenses we use an offsite lab that specializes in glasses to makes our lenses. Most lenses take 7 to 10 business days to manufacture your for customized eye wear. Rush orders can be placed when necessary. This can decrease turn around to approximately 7 days.

How do I find glasses that will look amazing on me?
There are many factors to consider when choosing a glasses frame and lenses and we have a wide selection of frames and lenses for everyone from children to adults. Our trained optical staff are experts in this area and they are there to help you choose. However there are some general factors you can consider before your appointment including your face shape, personal style, and frame colors. These are great starting points for choosing a frame. For more information on matching your face shape and frame shape check out these general trends (link).

Are contact lens and eyeglasses prescriptions the same?
Eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions are significantly different because contact lenses sit directly on your eyes and your eyeglasses are around 12 millimeters in front of your eyes. Additionally contact lens prescriptions require information not present on your glasses prescription such as lens brand or material, base curve, and diameter. In order to get a contact lens prescription a special contact lens examination is required. If you are interested in being fit in contact lenses please let us know when you make your appointment. These helpful guides will give you more information on what your glasses (link) and contact lens (link) prescriptions mean.

About Us:

Where are you located?
We’ve recently moved to a new temporary location at:

359 East Colorado Avenue

Unit A

Telluride CO 81435

When are you open?
Our business hours are 9:30am – 6pm, Monday – Thursday.
We are currently unable to offer medical or professional doctor services, as our previous location suffered a catastrophic flood; however, we offer full retail services at our temporary location.
Please call our 24-hour answering service at 970.797.4995 if you are experiencing acute eye symptoms such as eye pain, eye injury, sudden vision loss, flashes of light or a foreign body in or around the eye.

How do I make an appointment?
We are currently unable to accept new patients at this time.

What insurances do you take?
We are participating providers for Medicare, Rocky Mountain Health Plan, and VSP. We will also bill directly to CNIC through Telski, Town of Telluride, and Town of Mountain Village. Please see our section on Insurance and Payment Information for more info.

Do you LASIK surgery at your office?
We do not do perform any surgical eye procedures in Telluride, but we have longstanding relationships with many surgeons in the region. We would be glad to help coordinate care for any of your surgical needs and refer you to one of these excellent providers.


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