Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates

Family Eye Care Services in Ravalli County

Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates offers exceptional, reliable, and convenient family eye care services. The team is proud to offer years of experience, a friendly atmosphere and the only full-time ophthalmologist in Ravalli County! Dr. Mark Calderwood is a board certified Ophthalmologist who keeps up with the latest medical research to offer patients the most up-to-date and least invasive treatments possible.

Services offered at Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates include:

  • Complete Eye Examinations
  • Diabetic Examinations
  • Treatments
  • Contact Lenses
  • Laser Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma Screenings

Cataract Surgery: What to Expect

More than half of Americans in their senior years have been diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are an eye condition that cause the lens of your eye to cloud and blur vision. This condition is very different from nearsightedness or farsightedness, and cannot be treated with glasses, contacts, or LASIK surgery. Most people develop cataracts after age 80.

In cataract surgery, your eye’s natural, damaged lens is replaced with an artificial one. Due in part to the prevalence of cataracts, cataract surgery has undergone rapid advancements in recent years. The operation is extremely safe and the success rates are higher than ever. The operation usually takes less than an hour and most patients will feel very little pain, if any.

Stages of cataract surgery:

  • The eye is numbed with an anesthetic. Only the eye is sedated, you will remain conscious through the procedure.
  • A small, painless incision is made in the eye.
  • A special tool is used to break up the damaged lens and suction it out of the eye.
  • An artificial lens is inserted in the eye.
  • Stiches may be required.

Many patients are anxious at the idea of someone operating on their eye, but any medical professional will assure you that this is an easy process that should not cause discomfort. Our team will be happy to answer any of your questions to put you more at ease.

Bitterroot Valley Eye Associations is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. We are located at 300 North 10th Street, Suite A in Hamilton. Contact us at (406) 363-5434.

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Primary Office
Bitterroot Valley Eye Associates
300 North 10th Street
Suite A
Hamilton, MT 59840

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What Our Patients Say About Us

  • "Corvallis Family Practice- is the most amazing clinic! I am so very thankful for all the amazing people that make CFP possible-I have the most complete and total confidence in all of you-thanks so much."
    - Anonymous
  • "I have had very good Lab tests for over a year-nurse call to inform me the results and directions for change (if any) in meds and when to return for my next test. The lab tech does painless blood draw-always efficient (and) professional."
    - Anonymous
  • "Overall, I felt well cared for as a patient of Dr. Calderwood. This includes the entire staff. I have and always will recommend him to anyone who is looking for an ophthalmologist."
    - Anonymous