When you schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist, or eye doctor, it’s likely to update your glasses or contact lens prescription. Yet ophthalmologists do so much more, including diagnosing and treating eye problems before they set in, and catching other diseases, like diabetes. If you find yourself in need of an eye doctor, it’s nice to know that Prowers Medical Center’s Specialty Clinic has two visiting ophthalmologists who come to Lamar nearly weekly to see patients right here in town.
Common eye conditions treated by an ophthalmologist include cornea problems, glaucoma, cataracts, eye muscle issues, macular degeneration, diabetes, and comprehensive eye care, including vision correction. You’ve likely heard of two of the most common age-related conditions, glaucoma and cataracts. Glaucoma occurs when the fluid pressure inside the eye increases. Left untreated, it affects vision or causes blindness. Cataracts are changes to the lens, causing cloudy vision.
Meet Prowers Medical Center’s two eye doctors, Dr. William Clifford and Dr. John Roberts, Jr. Dr. Clifford comes to Lamar from Garden City, Kansas where he is a co-owner of Fry Eye Associates. A 1976 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Dr. Clifford flew the F- 15 jet fighter in the Air Force for 6 years. He attended the University of Southern California Medical School from 1985-1989, and then completed an Eye Surgery Residency and Fellowship training in Glaucoma and Cornea at the University of Oklahoma. After a year at the prestigious King Khaled Eye Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Clifford moved to Garden City to join Dr. Luther Fry in practice. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is very active within the Kansas Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Roberts is a native of Colorado. Providing eye care is a family tradition as his father was an optometrist serving the Littleton area. Dr. Roberts graduated from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where he earned his degree in 2008. He performed his internship at Resurrection Medical Center finishing in 2009; he was recognized by the hospital staff and patients with the Resident of the Quarter award for providing outstanding patient care. Following this, he completed his training in ophthalmology from Stroger Hospital of Cook County in 2012. He is currently a surgeon for Colorado Eye Institute in Colorado Springs. Dr. Roberts has been recognized for his commitment to improving the field of ophthalmology through medical research with the Resident Project of the Year award.
Dr. Clifford and Dr. Roberts visit the Prowers Medical Center Specialty Clinic on varying days, together available nearly weekly. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Clifford who comes on various days, call 1-800-526-3937; to schedule with Dr. Roberts on the second or fourth Thursday of each month, call 719-258-1240.