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Ophthalmology Services at Gunnison Valley Health.

We provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our Ophthalmologists, who are medical doctors, can diagnose, treat and perform surgical procedures on a range of eye related conditions including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Dry eye
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts

Our doctors can even diagnose eye melanoma and brain tumors before they become an issue.

Regular medical eye exams are an invaluable in maintaining your eyes’ health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options.

Our services include:

  • Complete eye medical exams weekly on a Thursday, except the fourth week of the month is on a Tuesday
  • Cataract surgery once a month

What we're doing to keep you safe:

  • Symptom Screening: All individuals who enter the South entrance of the hospital will be screened for symptoms, must wear a mask, sanitize their hands and temperature is taken.
  • Infection Control: After each patient visit, the exam room and all of the equipment is thoroughly cleaned.
  • Patient Scheduling: One-on-one patient scheduling to ensure each patients exam is completely finished before a new exam begins.
  • Protection: Personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn by Dr. Leslie Moskowitz-Elfenbein and our healthcare staff to ensure you are protected.

Meet our Ophthalmologists:

Dr. Leslie Moskowitz - Elfenbein, MD

Dr. Leslie Moskowitz -Elfenbein is a Board Certified General Ophthalmologist with 17 years of experience treating patients for a variety of conditions. Her clinical interests include anterior segment, medical retina, ophthalmic lasers, and medical diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Moskowitz-Elfenbein also performed cataract surgery for 15 years, but currently practices medical Ophthalmology.

Dr. Moskowitz – Elfenbein graduated with a Major in Biological Sciences, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts. She earned her Medical Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York and then completed a one year medical internship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Moskowitz-Elfenbein completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Moskowitz-Elfenbein was in private practice at Hudson Valley Eye Surgeons in Fishkill, New York for 16 years before relocating to Colorado. She is excited to bring her experience to the Gunnison Valley and looks forward to bringing Ophthalmology to Gunnison Valley Health.

Dr. James Burden MD

Dr. James Burden specializes in medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology. He served for 23 years in the military including a tour as a Squadron Commander at the Unisted States Air Force Academy. He completed his military service as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Director of the Glaucoma Service at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Burden graduated from Erskine College in Due West, SC. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and completed his ophthalmology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. At the University of Iowa, Dr. Burden conducted his glaucoma fellowship training.

Dr. Burden is married and has two children. He has lived or worked in five states and five countries. Originally from Anderson, South Carolina, he is happy to call Colorado Springs his home where he and his family can enjoy outdoor activities including cycling, hiking and skiing.

Call 970-642-4816 to make an appointment with Dr. Moskowitz-Elfenbein for a complete eye medical exam and Dr. Burden for cataract surgery.

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