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Craig T. Eckroth, O.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Dr. Craig Eckroth received his undergraduate education from the University of North Dakota. At the Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton, California, he received numerous awards for scholastic and clinical achievement and graduated with a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree in 1993. Dr. Eckroth began practicing with Dr. Danner in 1993. In 1996, the two doctors became partners and renamed their practice Eyecare Specialties of Northwest Colorado.

Dr. Eckroth provides patient care at both the Craig and Steamboat Springs locations. He is currently on staff as an allied health care provider at both The Memorial Hospital in Craig and Pioneer Medical Center in Meeker.

Dr. Eckroth is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Colorado Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program. He served as the district trustee for the Colorado Optometric Association from 2002 to 2004. He presently serves as a consulting member on the Colorado Optometric Association's Children/InfantSEE Committee and on the Low Vision Committee.

Outside the office, he spends most of his time trying to keep up with his busy, young family. In addition, he actively supports wetlands conservation and enjoys competitive team sports, hunting, fishing and helping out at his family's ranch.

Dr. Eckroth has received specialized training in the field of Vision Therapy and devotes a part of his practice to helping patients develop, improve and enhance their visual performance. (For more information about Vision Therapy, click on our General Information tab, left.) He is thoroughly committed to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art eye health care to patients of all ages.

 
 Dr. Melissa Vides

Melissa A. Vides, O.D.

 
Dr. Melissa Vides received her undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. She went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah Oklahoma. She was awarded most outstanding student award for her class in 2018, The public service award for her research project in 2019, and clinical skills in 2019. She was very active throughout her time in optometry school. She held positions on the board for the American Optometric Student Association and National Optometric Student Association. She is very passionate about serving others and spent time volunteering in the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity where she served on an optometric mission trip in Roatan Honduras, and volunteered in other programs like the Hispanic Health Fair and the Special Olympics yearly.
 
Dr. Vides provides patient care at both the Craig and Steamboat Springs locations.
 
Dr. Vides is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.
 
Outside the office, she enjoys her time in her kitchen and time spent with her husband Luis and dog, Vinny. She is a native of SW Kansas where her family still resides. She loves spending time with her family and loved ones including her 20 nieces and nephews. She looks forward to growing in and finding ways to serve her new community.
 
 

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Timothy L. Byers, M.D.

Dr. Byers, a board-certified ophthalmologist, earned both a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. Upon moving west in 1997, he trained extensively at the renowned John Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, UT. His surgical practice focuses on cataract and glaucoma surgery, as well as functional ophthalmic plastic surgery.

When asked why he chose to settle and practice in the rural west, Dr. Byers chuckles and answers, "I am a small town boy who loves the outdoors, and my goal is to provide quality eye care in rural areas. I figure I can enjoy the western lifestyle and work with folks who make up the backbone of the true west."

Dr. Byers' decision to set up practice here has been a bonus for many rural westerners. Thousands of patients have realized the sight-saving and restoring results of cataract surgery performed close to home without having to travel to Denver, Grand Junction or Salt Lake City.

Dr. Byers offers consultations and surgical services on a monthly basis through the offices of Eyecare Specialties and The Memorial Hospital. Pre- and post-operative care is provided by Dr. Eckroth and Dr. Hansen.

Craig, CO

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460 Pershing St.
Craig, CO 81625
Phone: (970) 824-3488 | Fax: (970) 824-8132

Mon. - Fri. 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat. - Sun. Closed

Steamboat Springs, CO

optometrist, eye doctor, Craig CO

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365 Anglers Drive, Suite A
Steamboat Springs, CO 80488
Phone: (970) 879-2020 | Fax: (970) 879-4909

Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tues - Thurs. 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat. - Sun. Closed