Vision Care Specialists wants to welcome you to our office in Downtown Denver. Our experienced staff of seasoned professionals is available to assist you with your glasses, contact lenses and specialty eyewear needs. We offer comprehensive vision care with optometrists who will answer all of your vision questions and conduct a thorough eye exam to identify any issues that need to be resolved.
We also handle family eye care and we are prepared to diagnose and treat vision irregularities caused by medical conditions. We have long been a top choice for laser eye surgery and emergency treatments in the Denver metro area.
Ultimately, Vision Care Specialists is interested in getting to know you and your lifestyle so we can personalize solutions to fit your unique vision needs, whether that includes glasses, contacts, sunglasses or even custom sports goggles.
We will evaluate your vision health and determine which solutions fit you best. Patients of all ages can feel confident that they will leave our office with answers to all of their questions, a correct vision prescription and looking great.
Our Downtown Denver office is located at 1050 17th St. between Arapahoe St. and Curtis St. We are located in Independence Plaza on the 16th Street Mall. Our office is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday for your convenience.
We at Vision Care Specialists design vision solutions around the individual. Our exclusive LifeFit™ Approach begins with a complete understanding of your vision needs and then incorporates your unique personal brand and sense of style. This provides the best eye care solutions for you.
Parking Information: Underground parking is available at the Independence Plaza location. The parking entrance is located on the west side of Curtis Street. The Online Commuter Special allows you to pre-purchase daily parking prior to your arrival for $12.00, rather than the minimum of $18.00 – $20.00. If there is a problem with parking, it is not the responsibility of Vision Care Specialists. Please contact SP Plus Parking by visiting their website here.
“Entire staff was completely friendly and helpful in all aspects of the appointment. I was able to joke around with everyone which is great to be able to do after a serious day of work. I am moving jobs out of downtown but will still go to Vision Care Specialist downtown”
- Joseph G.
The doctors are very attentive and explain thin...
“I had an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Ridder and for the first time in over 6 years felt like he took the time to read my charts prior to our appointment and treated me as an individual. I lost vision in my R eye about 6.5 years ago and underwent extensive appointments with neurologists, eye specialists, etc. Typically when I have an eye apt the first thing I'm asked to do is read a chart with my R eye...my blind eye. I'm then taken down the path of having to explain my situation over and over again and eye appointments have become something I dread. For the first time with Dr Ridder I did not feel like a lab rat, and trusted his opinions. He treated me as though he really cared about my health and put that first, rather than using my as a learning experiment.”
“The entire staff were high class. Dr. Stephanie Thompson is so knowledgeable. She would be hard to replace if she ever left. Nicole was especially helpful in preparing me before I saw Dr. Thompson. I actually enjoy going to my eye doctor appointments.”
- Michael D.
I always enjoy going to Vision Care Specialists...
“Love Dr. Ellen and Adrian (also Nicole?). I get glasses/ sunglasses from here every year and always request Adrian's help to pick them out. Dr. Ellen takes her time and remembers me from year to year, always makes me more inclined to come back! These dudes know what they're doing!”
“Everyone I interacted with at VCS was friendly, efficient & knowledgeable. Nicole, Dr. Petrilla and Adrian were the superstars who took care of me. I really appreciated how they took my lifestyle into account when making recommendations. It was quite a fun visit!”
- Amy M.
I have been to two of their locations, and I do...
“I have been to two of their locations, and I don't have anything bad to say about staff, or over all presence of the Aurora office or Downtown office. Anyone I have worked with has been very helpful, kind, and knowledgeable. I would definitely refer them!”
- Alyssa B.
Staff was very friendly upon entering and ran t...
“I had an emergency due to a contact lens that disintegrated in my left eye. I could not get the pieces our of my eye and was in pain. They got me in immediately and were able to remove the remaining pieces of the lens from my eye . I appreciated the quick response and results. Great work Dr Ridder”
- John K.
Love Dr. Petrilla! She's very thorough and help...
“what a great experience - beginning to end! i was greeted enthusiastically the moment I arrived before being turned over the the friendly & efficient, Nicole, who prepped me for meeting Dr. Ellen Petrilla, who is my new spirit animal - or at least my very favorite doctor of optometry! and then the cherry on the cupcake was meeting Adrian, the optician, who, in addition to having a brilliant sense of style, he is very thoughtful & thorough. thanks everyone! you rock!”
- Amy M.
Friendly, competent and patient staff. I felt g...
“Great people working here. All staff that I encountered were friendly and helpful. Had a little wait time, so my appointment began late. I feel that if I have an appointment, and they expect me to be there on time, I should expect them to be on time. My insurance didn't cover all the tests that done, but that's not necessarily their fault. I guess you can elect out of some of them”
“I have been seeing Dr. Ridder for 5 years now and I cannot say enough about how great he is and how great this office is. They really focus on patients and have some of the most up to date technology of any other ophthalmologist's office I have seen.”
“Dr. Perilla is outstanding! She is patient, calm, and explains everything so that I can understand what she is saying about my eyes. The medical assistant, I think her name is Rachel or Megan, was very nice, friendly and ran me through the tests like a pro.”
- David G.
I was extremely grateful that Vision Care Speci...
“I recently had my first appointment at Vision Care Specialists and was quite happy with my experience. Its convenient downtown location is great for those with jobs in the city, and the appointment was quick enough to take care of over my lunch break. The staff is friendly and willing to help and the experience was pain free.”