Eyecare Specialties of Northwest Colorado
Ronald J. Danner, O.D.
Dr. Ron Danner received his undergraduate education from the University of North Dakota. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois, in 1972 with a Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.). Dr. Danner established a private practice in Craig, Colorado, in 1974. In 1996, he and Dr. Eckroth joined forces and renamed the practice Eyecare Specialties of Northwest Colorado.
Dr. Danner provides patient care at both the Craig and Steamboat offices. In addition, he is an allied health care provider at both The Memorial Hospital, Craig, Colorado, and Pioneer Medical Center, Meeker, Colorado.
Dr. Danner has been a member of the Colorado Optometric Association since 1972 and has received numerous awards through that organization, including Optometrist of the Year (1988 and 1992) and the Distinguished Service Award (2003). He is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the Optometric Extension Program, Colorado Optometric Center, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Danner believes strongly in and actively participates in community service. He has been a member of the Board of Directors, First National Bank of the Rockies, since 2001. Outside the office, he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Dr. Danner is committed to ongoing training and has achieved advanced certification allowing him to fit Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) contact lenses and SynergEyes hybrid contact lenses. He provides general and medical eye care to patients of all ages.
Craig T. Eckroth, O.D.
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.
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. Danner and Dr. Eckroth.
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