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Vail Valley ophthalmologist to use new surgical suites

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Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – Shortly after the Vail Valley Surgery Center’s opening this summer, Dr. Matt Ehrlich of the Eye Center of the Rockies became one of the first independent doctors to take advantage of the new host state-of-the-art surgical suites.

With the opening of the new surgery center, located on the Vail Valley Medical Center campus in Edwards, Ehrlich, who is the only full time ophthalmologist in Eagle and Garfield counties, has begun performing Lasik, cataract and a variety of other advanced surgical ophthalmology procedures.

When Ehrlich first arrived in Eagle County just three years ago, most ophthalmology patients were required to travel to Denver or Grand Junction for any advanced procedures. Since then, Ehrlich has been able to utilize surgical facilities in Glenwood Springs and Rifle which, while closer, still required a bit of travel for Vail Valley residents on the days of their procedures.

Now, says Ehrlich, patients will be able to schedule their surgeries much closer to home, requiring far less logistical planning and time commitment.

“This is really what we’ve needed and been waiting for,” he said. “It’s a win-win for the patients who can now get the quality treatment they need right in their own back yard, enabling them to save time and the expense of travel on a day that is already stressful enough.

For Ehrlich, this also means the ability to be closer to his patients for follow up at his Eagle office.

Ehrlich, who did his residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship at the renowned Jules Stein Eye institute at UCLA, brings over 20 years of experience to the operating room. With over 12,000 cataract surgeries and as many Lasik procedures under his belt, he has worked in some of the finest facilities in the country and is impressed with what he sees.

For more information on Ehrlich, his services or to set up an appointment, call 970-926-7773 or go to

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