Maui Jim Showcase!

Vista Eye Care Proudly Presents:

Maui Jim Sunglass Showcase

Friday, June 9th, 2017

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

  • Entire Maui Jim sunglass line for men and women!
  • Maui Jim representative to help you find the perfect look!
  • Free smoothies!
  • Prizes!
  • Stop by Vista Eye Care to join in the fun!

Maui Jim Event Vista Eye Care

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Itchy Eye Relief!

Ocular allergy relief at Vista Eye CareSpring is here, and with Springtime comes allergies.  Many of us are familiar with the runny/stuffy nose and sinus pressure that allergies often bring.  Those systemic symptoms are often handled nicely by the fantastic over-the-counter antihistamine medications available.  But what about eye symptoms?  What about dry eye, red eye, watery eye, and itchy eye?  Identifying ocular allergies is key to treating it, and Vista Eye Care is here to help!

Ocular allergies consist of a variety of symptoms that often can mimic other eye issues.  Many times patients have arrived at our office complaining of pink eye, only to learn that their “infection” is actually an allergic eye reaction.  The watery, sticky tears of eye allergies are a common sight in our office this time of year.  The itchy sensation that is the key feature of allergies is only made worse when the patient itches their eyes.  The allergic reaction is triggered by histamine particles which act on eye tissues to cause the allergic reaction.  Cells that contain the histamine particles called “mast cells” burst open and the reaction then goes into overdrive.  Many patients that are using systemic medications for their allergies still have issues with their eyes which should be addressed with topical medications.

The topical medications at the disposal of our eye doctors are excellent.  Many prescribed antihistamine drops are used only once daily, and they even have the property of preventing mast cells from bursting and releasing the histamines they contain –this essentially stops an allergic reaction before it even starts.  For those patients with the worst allergies that are in need of relief quickly, a topical steroid medication may be appropriate to get the allergies under control.

If you have any symptoms of ocular allergies, know that our optometrists are here for you!  Medical eye visits can be billed to your medical insurance, so please visit us to get the relief you need.  Please call us today at (303) 450-2020 to schedule your eye allergy exam, or your annual comprehensive eye and vision exam, or feel free to use the link below to schedule!

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Bowling Night!

Dr. Deanna Pedroza arranged a fun bowling night for our staff at Fat Cats in Westminster. We had a great turnout and we all had a great time together.  Enjoy these pictures from the event:

Richard (AKA “Johnny Bravo”) hurls his bowling ball towards its targets.

We kick back and enjoy some pizza and wings. What a fun night together!

Dr. Melissa Vanray’s husband Wills (also Dr. Vanray!) brought some serious skills. The rumor was that he used to own his own shoes and bowling ball…intimidating!

Dr. Wills Vanray relaxes between turns with Sheila and Gabe.

Claudia, Madison, Richard, Kelly, and Dr. Pedroza pose for a fun pictures between their turns.

Dr. Pedroza poses before taking her turn. As usual, Dr. Pedroza brought some serious skills to her game (but was dragged down by her bowling-inept husband).

Kelly “Snowflake” prepares to decimate some pins.

Our great crew poses for a group picture. What an awesome night, team!

Tournament Winner Extraordinaire Eli poses with his prize: a bottle of win to enjoy with his wife, our talented optician Kathy.

Black lights were on as we entered Disco Bowling Mode!

Little Foot (Dr. Pedroza) poses alongside Big Foot (Dr. Abert).

Dr. Pedroza exhibits flawless form as she leads her team.

Thank you for checking out the pictures from our fun night of bowling!  Come see our team in action as they provide the best eye and vision care for you and your family.  Call us at (303) 450-2020 to schedule your annual check-up, or use the button below to schedule your appointment online.

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Prairie Hills Family Night!

For the second year in a row, Vista Eye Care promoted children’s eye care at Prairie Hills Elementary School’s Family Fun Night.  Dr. Brian Abert was accompanied by Vista Eye Care’s optical manager Kelly, and lab technician Madison.  We spoke with dozens of parents about children’s eye care, and had fun doing it!  Please enjoy these pictures from the event:

Dr. Abert won one of the raffle baskets, and it was filled with beer, BBQ classes, and beef jerky. Cool!

The BBQ at the event was catered by none other than Over-the-Fence BBQ! Over-the-Fence has been catering Vista Eye Care’s own open house events each Fall, and we look forward to seeing them this September for our third annual event!

Madison and Kelly did a fantastic job spreading the word about the importance of children’s eye care.

Dr. Deanna Pedroza, Nathan, Kelly, Madison, and a (grumpy) Sophia pose for a picture!

Dr. Abert poses with this 11-month old son Nathan who stopped by the booth (and his future elementary school!) to say hi.

Dr. Brian Abert tries on the crazy glasses that we used to demonstrate what it is like to try to live with a large refractive error.

We had a great time promoting early-life eye care to the students and parents of Prairie Hills Elementary School.  We look forward to attending the event again next year!  If you would like to schedule yours or your child’s annual eye and vision examination, feel free to call us at (303) 450-2020 or use the button below to schedule online.

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June LASIK Event!

Vista Eye Care is holding a LASIK Consultation Event on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Working alongside TLC Vision Center in Denver, patients will be able to meet with TLC’s Clinical Director to see if they are a candidate for LASIK or PRK, and will also be able to discuss financing the procedure.  See below for more information!

This event is a great opportunity for patients to look into the procedure, even if they are just thinking about the surgery.  TLC is reducing their procedure cost by $300 per eye for those patients that attend this event.  The appointment time is 20 minutes, and patients will not need to have their eyes dilated.  Many of our patients have further questions about LASIK, financing the procedure, or just want to see if they are a good candidate for refractive vision surgery.  Please call our office at (303) 450-2020 to schedule your FREE consultation.


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Unsurpassed Eye Care For Your Entire Family!

Dr. Brian Abert, O.D. FAAO and Dr. Deanna Pedroza, O.D. founded Vista Eye Care in 2010 right here in Thornton, Colorado.  From the beginning, they made it their goal to be family eye care practitioners.  But what does it mean to be a family eye doctor?  What sets our practice apart is the wide range of conditions and ages that we care for.  From 6 months on up, we see a variety of patients with a variety of needs.

Babies depend on their eyes to experience the world and to learn.  Without a perfectly functioning visual system, children might have issues that are difficult to correct later in life.  Our eye doctors, like the American Optometric Association, believe that early-life eye check-ups are crucial to the development of not only a child’s sense of vision, but also to their ability to learn and read.  We recommend a child’s first eye exam at 6-12 months of age to test vision, check for congenital disorders, and to check for findings that may lead to amblyopia.

School-aged children deserve special attention because they are learning the subjects that will help them succeed later in life.  Most kids that need glasses end up needing them in their elementary school years to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.  This age may also develop a binocular or focusing issue that might impair coordination, or the ability to comfortably read.  It’s hard to learn to read if you have trouble seeing the words on the page!  For this reason, we recommend that children be seen yearly.

Teenage children are often taking more involved classes that require more reading and concentration.  With this increased coursework also comes participation in sports on a more serious level.  Vision is particularly important in basketball, baseball, volleyball, and football, and as a student’s competitive abilities increase, so does the need for more optimal vision.  Often times this is the ideal age to start wearing contact lenses!

Working-aged adults have often settled into life at work, and it is crucial that they see comfortably and clearly to function at their best.  Sometimes occupation-specific vision correction is utilized to provide optimal vision and comfort.  Some patients in this age group are good candidates for LASIK or PRK, corneal refractive procedures that can reduce a patient’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses.  We provide all the pre-operative measurements and post-surgical health assessments necessary to be sure that LASIK is a safe and ideal option for your vision needs.

Older adults need specific care relative to their eyes.  Glaucoma tends to be more of a concern in older patients, and Vista Eye Care utilizes state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and manage this potentially blinding eye disease. Older adults are the most common age group to have their vision be affected by cataracts.  Vista Eye Care provides pre and post-operative care for cataract surgery patients.


Of course, all ages can suffer eye injury, infection, dry eye, and allergies, and we are here to help.  The advantage of annual eye check-ups is that we can usually diagnose these issues before they worsen and become more difficult to treat.  We fit specialty contact lenses on all patients that need them, including patients with post-operative corneas, keratoconus, and pellucid.

People often consider glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration as being diseases of only older patients, though every patient should be concerned about eye health.  We utilize the latest techniques and technologies to determine your risk for getting macular degeneration for example, and show our patients how to prevent it.  Keeping your eyes healthy doesn’t mean waiting for disease, it should also mean doing what you can to prevent it, and that’s what Vista Eye Care is all about.

When we say that we are family eye care office, we refer to the wide range of ages we examine and conditions we treat.  Of course, having children of our own gives new meaning to family eye care, and our patients are often treated to pictures of our own wonderful family.  Mention Sophia or Nathaniel, and Dr. Abert and Dr. Pedroza are quick to show you their kids’ latest pictures!  Please call us today at (303) 450-2020, or click the button below to schedule annual eye exams for your family, or schedule your child’s first eye exam with us!  We would be honored to be your family’s eye doctors!

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Prevent Eye Disease Before it Affects Vision

Dr. Deanna Pedroza, O.D. demonstrates an eye condition to a patient.  Dr. Pedroza works tirelessly to educate her patients on how they can keep their eyes healthy and their vision sharp.

Vista Eye Care was founded on the principle of preventative eye care.  A wide variety of eye diseases including macular degeneration, corneal disease, retinal disease, glaucoma, and cataracts can sometimes affect the health of the eye even before they are noticed visually by the patient.  Regular eye care allows us to diagnose these issues early, preventing unnecessary loss of vision.  Our doctors and care team are dedicated to preventing eye disease before it starts.

Macular degeneration is a terrible disease that robs the patient of the ability to use their central vision.  Our central vision is the part of our visual field that allows for recognition of faces, reading, and the ability to see 20/20 on the letter chart.  Macular degeneration can be prevented by limiting the amount of ultraviolet and blue light that reach the retina.  Modern lens coatings, such as Crizal Prevencia, can help reduce the amount of blue light that reaches the macula.  Our office uses state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure our patients’ macular pigment density (MPOD).  A lower MPOD score is associated with a greater occurrence of the disease, and if your score is low, it is important to modify your diet to raise your MPOD and reduce your chances of getting macular degeneration.

Also of concern for patients is glaucoma, a blinding eye disease that affects the patient’s peripheral vision.  Early detection of glaucoma is also necessary to prevent vision loss.  Often times, glaucoma is managed relatively easily with topical medications.  Glaucoma doesn’t always have symptoms, and because it can occur in patients of any age, we recommend all patients be seen yearly.

Early life eye care is crucial to prevent eye disease such as amblyopia (“lazy eye”).  We recommend that kids be seen for their first eye exam at 6-12 months of age.  This early life eye exam is easy on the child, and is a great way to make sure that the child’s visual system is well-positioned to develop normally.  With an early-life eye exam for your child, there is no need to wait until a problem develops, and starts affecting your child’s vision, before it is addressed.

Our eye doctors are dedicated to preventing eye disease, and use the latest technologies to determine your long-term risks.  Why wait until an eye disease is affecting your comfort or vision?  Please call us today at (303) 450-2020 to schedule your yearly eye check-up, or to schedule your family’s eye exams.  Feel free to use the link below to schedule online:

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