Downtown Denver

Optometrist, Optician & Eye Doctor in Downtown Denver

Phone : (303) 298-9410
Hours :
Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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.

Experience the difference.  Call 303-991-9600 or request an appointment online

Professional Eye Care Services in Denver, CO

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE AT OUR DOWNTOWN DENVER LOCATION

Awesome experience

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The best and most thorough eye exam I've ever had. I absolutely loved Dr. Ridder and his team!

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5 5 1
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

The doctors are very attentive and explain thin...

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The doctors are very attentive and explain things well.

Long time customer, always great service.

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Long time customer, always great service.

Ellen, Julie and the team were amazing and very..

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Ellen, Julie and the team were amazing and very helpful in the recommendations!

I always get great service from everyone there....

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I always get great service from everyone there. Adrian is always a delight to work with.

Great selection. Awesome staff. Very happy and ...

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Great selection. Awesome staff. Very happy and satisfied overall.

Professional and friendly..

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A beautiful facility with friendly, caring and competent people. My exam was thorough and very professional. I would recommend Vision Care to other people with the utmost confidence.

Dr. and staff knowledgeable, very good customer...

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Dr. and staff knowledgeable, very good customer service and products really good.

Always a great event. Everyone is friendly and...

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Always a great event. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I drive 3 hours to come to this office. Keep up the good work.

Exceptional staff, who care

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Exceptional staff, who care

Very attentive and friendly staff. Shopping exp...

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Very attentive and friendly staff. Shopping experience was superior - help with choosing the right glasses was excellent!

I had an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Ridder an..

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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.

Excellent, friendly service!

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5 5 1
I was warmly greeted and treated with care throughout my visit. Easy, thorough and thoughtful! Shipped my contacts directly to my home within a week. I highly recommend VCS for your optical needs!

I've referred my husband, daughter-in-law to Vi...

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I've referred my husband, daughter-in-law to Vision Care Specialists. They are happy an now making referrals to VCS too!

Great office, nice people!

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5 5 1
All front desk staff are friendly, & Dr Glick is personable. I feel like I'm getting great, unbiased care.

Everyone is always very nice, prompt and profes...

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5 5 1
Everyone is always very nice, prompt and professional.

Adrian was especially helpful in finding glasse...

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5 5 1
Adrian was especially helpful in finding glasses frames. It was my first time seeing Dr. Petrilla, and she was great.

Everyone was very friendly and efficient. Dr. ...

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5 5 1
Everyone was very friendly and efficient. Dr. Ridder is great!

Dr. Ridder is the best eye doctor I've ever had...

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Dr. Ridder is the best eye doctor I've ever had, and we appreciate this attention to detail and great communication.

Dr. Ridder is personable and smart

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Dr. Ridder is personable and smart

Dr. Petrilla is my favorite!

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5 5 1
Dr. Petrilla is my favorite! She is like talking to a friend and is always so kind. I recommend her to everyone!

Your office always does a great job. I feel we...

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5 5 1
Your office always does a great job. I feel well-cared for, and your selection of contacts and glasses is extensive.

The entire staff were high class.

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5 5 1
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.

I always enjoy going to Vision Care Specialists...

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5 5 1
I always enjoy going to Vision Care Specialists in the downtown office, the staff is always very nice and helpful.

Love Dr. Ellen and Adrian (also Nicole?). I get...

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5 5 1
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!

friendly, efficient & knowledgeable

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5 5 1
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!

I have been to two of their locations, and I do...

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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!

Staff was very friendly upon entering and ran t...

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Staff was very friendly upon entering and ran through the new client paperwork quickly but thoroughly. Dr. Petrilla was very efficient, friendly, and helpful!

Great place for eye care. Dr. Ridder is spectac...

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5 5 1
Great place for eye care. Dr. Ridder is spectacular.

I had an emergency due to a contact lens that d..

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5 5 1
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

Love Dr. Petrilla! She's very thorough and help...

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5 5 1
Love Dr. Petrilla! She's very thorough and helpful, wouldn't go to anyone else and I live out of state.

great experience - beginning to end!

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5 5 1
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!

Friendly, competent and patient staff. I felt g...

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Friendly, competent and patient staff. I felt genuinely cared about and definitely the vision help I needed.

Your a great office the staff is very informati...

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Your a great office the staff is very informative and goes above and beyond to schedule and answer all questions ..

Everyone was so helpful and efficient!

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5 5 1
Everyone was so helpful and efficient!

So profestional! The service was very thorough ...

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5 5 1
So professional! The service was very thorough but efficient and the Dr. was incredible explaining everything!

Great people working here. All staff that I enc...

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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

Had a great appointment. Very informative!

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Had a great appointment. Very informative!

I have been seeing Dr. Ridder for 5 years now a...

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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. Ridder explained things very well.

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Dr. Ridder explained things very well.

Dr. Perilla is outstanding! She is patient, cal..

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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.

I was extremely grateful that Vision Care Speci...

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5 5 1
I was extremely grateful that Vision Care Specialists were able to get me in quickly since this was not for a routine eye care visit, it really helped my piece of mind!

Fast, quality service

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5 5 1
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.

Nice folks. Able to get in fast

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4 5 1
Nice folks. Able to get in fast. They pay attention and listen - as well as explain any detail you want to know