Clinic has added second location in St. Michael and a new doctor
The “Cheers” of eye care has added a second location and it has a new doctor.
A smiling and friendly staff continues to welcome clients and make them feel right at home at EyeWest Vision Clinic and Optical in Rogers at 13900 Northdale Boulevard on Highway 101.
And now they do it at a second office, too, located at 1 Central Ave. W., St. Michael. This allows some of the clinic’s 9,000 patients to have their routine or medical eye appointments at the new facility.
Dr. Gina Stokes-Johnson and Dr. Leah Colby started seeing patients in St. Michael when it opened its doors in September 2001. The location was previously occupied by an eye clinic, so the transition into the new space has been pretty seamless. The are excited to bring their same level of legendary customer service and professionalism to the St. Michael/Albertville communities as they continue to expand.
As a result of their growth, they have added a new doctor with nine years of experience in the eye care field. Dr. Kevin Kirlin joined the EyeWest Vision Clinic team in August of 2011.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University and graduated from Illinois College of Optometry.
After obtaining his board certification, he practiced in Burlington, Vt. for eight years. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association.
“I enjoy meeting new people and examining patients of all ages, with special interest in contact lenses and ocular disease,” he stated.
Dr. Kirlin enjoys volunteering on mission trips and last year he travelled to Haiti to provide eye care and glasses to the less fortunate.
“It was truly a life-changing experience, and I’m looking forward to going back,” he said.
He grew up in Okoboji, Iowa and moved back to the Midwest to be closer to family.
“I am excited to be here and look forward to providing comprehensive eye care in the northwest metro,” he said, noting he is accepting new patients.
He enjoys running, snowboarding, biking, and traveling. He also enjoys food (he will try just about anything) and playing the guitar in his spare time.
EyeWest continues to provide more than twenty-five years of combined experience in the eye-care industry.
They are led by Dr. Leah Colby, the owner of the clinic, who from Day 1 chose to offer the highest quality products with good value while continuing to provide cutting-edge services to meet your eye-care needs.
“People really do take their eyes for granted,” Dr. Colby says. “People take better care of their teeth and you can replace them.”
Eyes are not so forgiving.
EyeWest’s newest technology epitomizes the level of care they are seeking to provide their patients in this area. It’s an O.C.T. machine, otherwise known as an optical coherence tomographer. It’s like an MRI machine for the eye. This technology can sometimes detect the progression of eye disease before the doctor can see it in the examination and before it causes permanent damage to the patient’s vision.
“It’s an incredible tool for managing eye disease,” Dr. Colby said.
The O.C.T. technology has proven so valuable, the clinic has purchased one to have on site at all times.
“It has revolutionized the way we can detect and treat disease,” Colby said.
EyeWest has also added iZon HD lenses to its list of eyeglass lenses that it prescribes. It’s one of only 20 practices in the state offering this remarkable technological advancement.
iZon high resolution lenses are clinically proven to address many common vision challenges, including:
Patients find they never realized how much of their vision they were missing.
EyeWest doctors pride themselves on explaining to patients what they are doing. Sometimes it’s what they do in the first five minutes of a first-time patient’s visit that makes a difference.
“We want to educate our patients so that they can make the best decisions about their eye care,” Dr. Colby said.
They also work to get to know their patients — and their families. It’s not uncommon for them to take care of the eye-care needs for generations of entire families.
Its hours of operation are:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
First and third Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Rogers
Second and fourth Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. St. Michael
The past year EyeWest won the Rogers Community Spirit Award from the Rogers Lions.
“We were truly humbled,” Dr. Colby said of the honor and the experience leading the Rockin’ Rogers Days Parade.