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OPTIK CELEBRATES ONE YEAR SERVING COMMUNITY

 

November 30, 2018

DR. KIRSTE IS RIGHTFULLY PROUD OF OPTIK'S REMODELED SPACE WHICH CAREFULLY PRESERVES THE CHARACTER OF THIS HISTORIC BULDING, WHILE UPDATING TO MODERN CONVENIENCES.

By TALON Staff

You are not seeing things! Aztec really does have a full-service optometrist office offering the services of Dr. Kirste. Kirste is assisted in the practice by his wife Stephanie. While they purchased the location in 2006, the newly renovated business recently celebrated their first full year in business at the 121 S. Main Street location. If you have not yet visited Optik icare iwear you are in for a treat! The Kirstes renovated the location with amazing attention to vintage details.

The vintage vibe does not end there. They offer a full line of retro frames, buying solely from American companies. Kirste explains, " We're striving to carry high quality frames that are American made and have decent warranties" Pointing out that, "The frame world is kind of interesting- one company owns about 80% of frame companies in the world", and "Three to four facilities in China make 99% of the glasses in the world". Unfortunately, people purchase American brands thinking they are buying American but that is not necessarily accurate.

The Kirstes note that long time residents appreciate being able to visit an optometrist in Aztec. Customers often reminisce about simpler times when they could get their shopping and service needs met at Aztec businesses. The Kirstes, Aztec residents since 1994, are community minded and hope that others will take advantage of Aztec's growing business district, and that more businesses will join them on Main.

Optik icare iwear offer exams and take most insurances. The office also offers eye glass repair, sunglasses, supplements to support vision and low vision technology. There is currently a retinal specialist from Durango available at the Aztec Optik icare iwear location on a regular basis. More specialists will be rotating into the location as the community's needs are assessed. The office does plan to incorporate low vision services and address dry eye issues.

One of the screenings that the Kirste office offers is an Ophthalmic Co-Axial Tomography (OCT). While it is not usually covered by insurance it can prove to be an effective diagnostic and/or monitoring tool. This Zeiss diagnostic equipment is known to recognize indicators of conditions such as Macular Degeneration and possibly Alzheimer's before onset of symptoms.

 

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