Many options are available today for the prosthetic lens that replaces the crystalline lens with its cataract. Some lenses, called multifocal lenses or accommodating lenses, allow for correction of both near and distance vision.
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Matthew Ehrlich, M.D. was raised in New York and completed his undergraduate education at Union College in Schenectady, NY., graduating summa cum laude with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He then graduated from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY completing both his B.S. and M.D. degrees in six years compared to the usual eight. In his junior year of medical school he was awarded membership in Alpha Omega Alpha.
After serving an internal medicine internship in San Francisco in 1984, Dr. Ehrlich returned to Philadelphia to complete his ophthalmology residency at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital (1984-1987). Next, he served a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine. (1987-88). Each year US News and World Report surveys physicians and asks them to rank the best hospitals in their specialties. For more than twenty years both Wills Eye Hospital and the Jules Stein Eye Institute have ranked in the top 5 eye hospitals in the nation.
The outdoor Colorado lifestyle is a natural fit for Dr. Ehrlich, who is an avid runner, skier, and fly-fisherman. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Diane, and has elementary age boy-girl twins, Jordan and Alexis.
Dr. Ehrlich has performed over 12,000 cataract surgeries. He was an FDA investigator for the Crystalens that was approved for use in the United States. Today he uses many speciality lenses (Toric and Multifocal) to improve near and distance vision for his cataract patients. He also performs many other surgeries such as blepharoplasty, entropian and pterygium.
He performs LASIK surgery as well and enjoys the freedom it offers personally, having had the procedure in 2001.He wrote a book on LASIK in 1999, How to See Like a Hawk When You’re Blind as a Bat, which was favorably reviewed in the Los Angeles Times in 2000.
A caring professional, therapeutic optometrist Dr. Jason Larsen provides patients complete primary eye care, including comprehensive eye exams with diagnosis and treatment of most medical eye problems as well as eyeglasses and contact lens prescriptions and consultations. A rigid gas permeable contact lens wearer himself, he specializes in gas permeable/rigid and soft contact lenses. With careful assessment, he helps patients determine which type of lens is best for their medical condition, lifestyle and individual needs.
Dr. Larsen received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University and went on to earn his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston. He honed his medical and optical skills in Houston following graduation, providing primary eye care and consultation. For the past 15 years Dr. Larsen has been providing comprehensive eye care in a medical ophthalmology practice in Yreka, CA.
Dr. Larsen joined the Eye Center of the Rockies in March of 2014. In the community he is active involved with Rotary International and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An Eagle Scout himself, he is also actively involved with Boy Scouts of America. He has 2 sons that are Eagle scouts and 3 others that are just beginning their scouting experience. Most important to Dr. Larsen is his family. Dr. Larsen and his wife are the proud parents of 5 sons and one daughter.
Dr. Larsen is an avid photographer, this passion for photography was what initially peeked his interest in the Eagle and Glenwood Springs areas. In 2010 he came to southwest Colorado for a photography workshop in the San Juan mountains and fell in love with the beautiful scenery here. His photographic interests include mainly landscapes and wildlife, but he also enjoys portrait work for families and seniors in high school. His photography can be seen on his website at http://www.JasonLarsenPhotography.com Dr. Larsen also enjoys cycling both road and mountain, putting around 2000 miles on his bike each year. Music plays an important part in his life as well. He plays the piano and in Yreka was involved with the barbershop acapella chorus the Siskiyous Serenaders, singing both lead and tenor. One of his newest endeavors has been bamboo fly rod building and fly fishing.
Dr. Larsen looks forward to getting to know the wonderful people of the area and to providing them with quality eye care.