EAGLE — It was the sheer number of Vail Valley residents traveling east to his Boulder office that indicated to Dr. Matt Ehrlich that Eagle County needed its own full-time eye specialist. While several optometrists provide eye care, eyeglasses and contact lenses, there were no medical doctors in the area specializing in all aspects of eye care, including detection and prevention as well as medical and surgical treatments.
It has now been five years since Ehrlich opened his Eye Center of the Rockies office in Eagle, making it more convenient for patients, eliminating the need to seek services as far away as Denver and Grand Junction. Demand was so great, that he soon opened a second office in Glenwood Springs.
After several years of working out of the Eagle Medical Center, Ehrlich moved Eye Center of the Rockies to its current location at 232 Broadway to address the growth of the practice as well as expand his services to include a full service optical shop.
Eye Center of the Rockies offers a full complement of medical services, including eye exams and screenings, eyeglass prescriptions, LASIK laser and cataract surgery, eye cancer diagnosis and cosmetic eyelid procedures.
In July of 2012, Ehrlich became one of the first independent surgeons to take advantage of the new Edwards Surgery Center, enabling him to perform all of his surgical procedures locally.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been five years. Our goal is, and always has been, to provide valley residents with local access to the best medical care available” Ehrlich said. “Being here full time and having access to a world-class surgical facility like the Edwards Surgical Center gives them an option that never existed. We feel this is a great benefit to our patients.”