The Leading Optometrists in Montrose, CO
Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.
Our optometrists are proud to serve residents from Montrose and Delta. They take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our Montrose Eye Doctors:
Dr. Buck Buchanan is no ordinary optometrist. While Dr. Buchanan’s father was in the army causing them to move around a lot when he was a child, he calls Laurel, Mississippi home. It was here he attended high school and the undergraduate part of his college experience.
Career choices come to different people in different ways. As a child, Dr. Buchanan always loved science. In college, he got a job as an optical lab tech where he made the lenses and cut them out to put in glasses. There were eye doctors (optometrists) next door and he showed so much interest in their profession that they would pull Dr. Buchanan over when they were working on something really interesting.
After graduating from University of Southern Mississippi (GO EAGLES!), he went to pursue a career in optometry by attending the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee and has been in practice since 1998.
While treating the entire family, Dr. Buchanan specializes in pediatrics and being ‘on the kids’ level.’ Children and teens actually enjoy coming to see Dr. Buchanan because they are very much a part of the process and leave the practice seeing better and looking great. He recalls one such student of about 10 or 11 years of age. Her parents had brought her to see Dr. Buchanan because her grades were slipping, she had really bad headaches, and her doctors couldn’t figure out what was going on. The eye exam showed she was very far sighted and it was easy enough to fix. She returned to the practice a couple of days later with the biggest smile on her face. Her parents reported that their daughter had put up a fuss in order to come back and tell Dr. Buchanan, ‘thank you’. What an awesome day. Little did Dr. Buchanan know that the patient was also a Girl Scout and the office has overflowed with Girl Scout Cookies ever since.
Treating dry eyes is yet another specialty of Dr. Buchanan. In this case, bringing relief to people in pain and suffering from a very treatable eye condition. Dr. Buchanan does his job so well that in 2010 he was awarded “Doctor of the Year 2009”.
When Dr. Buck is not treating patients, you will find him scuba diving, snorkelling, playing rugby, bicycling, exploring back roads, camping, computers, reading, and most of all spending time with his wife and three children.
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In 8th grade, Dr. Daly tagged along to her mother’s eye exam. Much to her pleasant surprise, the doctor was a woman, a wife, and a mother. Dr. Daly thought, “This is really awesome!” She imagined being an important part of the community as an eye doctor, and still being able to have a family. With a little hard work and persistence, that dream became a reality.
Dr. Joanna “Jo” Daly is no ordinary optometrist. She grew up in Westerly, RI and was raised in the Pawcatuck /Mystic/Stonington area, setting for the movie Mystic Pizza starring Julia Roberts.
Dr. Daly attended college on Long Island, NY earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at Adelphi University and then went on to Optometry school earning her Doctorate of Optometry at SUNY State College of Optometry, June 2012. She was fortunate to have two clinical internships in Ocular Disease and Primary Care Clinical Externship at a VA Hospital in Boston, MA and a Vision Therapy and Primary Care Clinical Externship in San Carlos, CA. Before graduating she was named the 2011 Carl Zeiss Fellow by the American Optometric Foundation.
Dr. Daly specializes in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy, and Sports Vision. While in optometry school, Dr. Daly had an eight year old patient who was placed in special education classes because he wasn’t performing well in school. His parents finally decided to bring him to Dr. Daly to get his eyes examined. After a thorough exam, she prescribed him glasses and he just took off academically. His parents reported back to Dr. Daly that he starting speaking more at home, started enjoying reading (previously a chore), and that he had been taken out of the special education classes and placed into the mainstream classes at school. It’s amazing what a simple pair of glasses can do for a child.
“If you ask a child, ‘Are things blurry?’ they tend not to know any different from what they see. They may not know the difference between clear and blurry”, reported Dr. Daly. “This is why it’s always important to get your child’s eyes examined before they start school, even if you don’t think there is a problem.’
Dr. Daly is passionate about giving back to the local and global community. She has been on three medical missions to Central America to provide eye care for indigenous villages in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Salinas Grandes, Nicaragua. When not in the office, Dr. Daly is an avid outdoors person enjoying ultimate frisbee, archery hunting, photography (check her out at www.two20productions.com) and is a member of Montrose Christian Church. She loves her husband Shane and dogs Willy and Boomer.
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