Our ophthalmology and optometry practice proudly serves Northwest Montana with a decades-long tradition of innovative, high-quality care and a friendly staff. Our ophthalmologists Aaron Alme, Roger Barth, Mark Remington, and Gus Stein, as well as optometrists Shawn Lebsock and Jon Olsen, take great pride in offering every patient the absolute best in vision care.
Our services include fitting for eyeglasses or contact lenses, diagnosing and treating cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration among many other eye diseases, or assessing eligibility for LASIK and other eye surgeries. Our diverse practice includes subspecialists with expertise in glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics, strabismus, and pediatric eye care.
Our expert ophthalmologists and optometrists along with our experienced staff will take the time to answer all of your questions, explain treatment options, and provide the highest quality eye health treatments available.
Built on the foundation of patient-first service, convenience and satisfaction, Glacier Eye Clinic serves all of your family eye care needs under one roof. Come visit our new facility!
Glacier Eye Clinic Kalispell location
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR MAXIMUM EYE HEALTH
Glacier Eye Clinic Services
Glacier Eye Clinic provides a full range of contact lenses for all needs and lifestyles. If you need to re-order new contact lenses or have any questions regarding contact lenses, please contact our office and we will be happy to help you. Contact lenses are among the safest forms of vision correction when patients follow the proper care and wearing instructions.
Low vision services are for those with a permanent loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks very difficult. When vision cannot be improved with eyeglasses, medicine, or surgery, we can help you learn how to best maintain your existing vision and best utilize the vision you still have through a variety of devices, aids, and practical strategies.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration - AMD
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common causes of poor vision after age 60. AMD is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula. The macula is a small area at the center of the retina in the back of the eye that allows us to see fine details clearly and perform activities such as reading and driving.
Your eye works a lot like a camera. Light rays focus through your lens onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. Similar to photographic film, the retina allows the image to be “seen” by the brain.
Over time, the lens of our eye can become cloudy, preventing light rays from passing clearly through the lens. The loss of transparency may be so mild that vision is barely affected, or it can be so severe that no shapes or movements are seen–only light and dark. When the lens becomes cloudy enough to obstruct vision to any significant degree, it is called a cataract. Eyeglasses or contact lenses can usually correct slight refractive errors caused by early cataracts, but they cannot sharpen your vision if a severe cataract is present.
The most common cause of cataract is aging. Other causes include trauma, medications such as steroids, systemic diseases such as diabetes, and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. Occasionally, babies are born with a cataract.
Complete Eye Examination
A complete eye examination does more than determine how clearly you see from a distance and which lens prescription, if necessary, will give you the best possible vision. Your doctor will also run a number of tests to check the health and function of your entire eye.
Treatment Of Eye Diseases
Glacier Eye Clinic is a comprehensive ophthalmologic practice. We have 4 ophthalmologists and 2 optometrists who diagnose and treat nearly all eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, dry eye, eyelid diseases, double vision, and “lazy eye.” Please see the FAQ section below for more details and helpful links!
Unfortunately, injuries often occur to the eye or surrounding structures. At Glacier Eye clinic we see and treat many different types of injuries. Some injuries require surgery while others can be managed with a thorough evaluation, medications, and time.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which transmits the images you see from the eye to the brain. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers (like an electric cable with its numerous wires). Glaucoma damages nerve fibers, which can cause blind spots and vision loss.
Glaucoma has to do with the pressure inside the eye, known as intraocular pressure (IOP). When the aqueous humor (a clear liquid that normally flows in and out of the eye) cannot drain properly, pressure builds up in the eye. The resulting increase in IOP can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss.
Pediatric Eye Care
Children and Vision
Many people are confused about the importance of eyeglasses for children. Some believe that if children wear glasses when they are young, they will not need them later. Others think that wearing glasses as a child makes one dependent on them later. Neither is true. Some children need glasses because they are genetically nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic. These conditions generally do not go away nor do they get worse because they are not corrected. For people with refractive errors, eyeglasses or contacts are necessary throughout life for good vision.
Eyelid Surgery and Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery is a common method of treatment for entropion (inward turning of the eyelid), ectropion (outward turning of the eyelid), ptosis (drooping of the eyelid), and some eyelid tumors.
Eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. Risks of surgery are rare but can include bleeding, infection, and eyelid asymmetry due to uneven wound healing. Differences in healing between the eyes may cause some unevenness after surgery.
After eyelid surgery, bruising or a black eye is common but resolves quickly. It may be difficult to close your eyelids completely, making the eyes feel dry. This irritation generally disappears as you heal. Serious complications are rare but can include vision loss, scarring, and infection. To most people, the improvement in vision, comfort, and appearance after eyelid surgery is very gratifying.
As we mature, the delicate skin around the eyes can appear puffy, saggy, or droopy. Eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and the normal deposits of protective fat around the eye settle and become more prominent. The surgical procedure to remove excess eyelid tissues (skin, muscle, or fat) is called blepharoplasty.
Glacier Opticians is a state-of-the-art optical shop located next to the lobby of Glacier Eye Clinic. Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, and other devices to correct eyesight. Our excellent opticians are always present and happy to help with any questions you may have. We boast a wide range of brands for both eyeglasses and sunglasses. Make sure to stop by after your visit
Meet The Team
Glacier Eye Clinic Ophthalmologists
Aaron Alme, MD
Dr. Alme graduated Maxima Cum Laude from Carroll College and attended University of Washington School of Medicine. He did an Internship at the Boise VA Medical Center followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Nebraska. He also completed a fellowship in VitreoRetinal Surgery at the same university.
Dr. Alme is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the Nebraska Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Alme is Board Certified.
Dr. Alme joined Glacier Eye Clinic in July 2008.
Roger Barth, MD
Dr. Barth was raised in Eastern Washington and first came to the Flathead Valley on family ski trips as a child. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington and continued there for medical school. After medical school he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Barth culminated his training with a fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Iowa.
In 1991 Dr. Barth joined Glacier Eye Clinic. His primary professional interests are cataract surgery, glaucoma and macular degeneration. He is Board Certified in ophthalmology. He has served as president of the Montana Academy of Ophthalmology, The Flathead Medical Society and has been a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Patient Education Committee. He has been Chief of Staff at Kalispell Regional Hospital and continues to serve on several hospital committees.
Dr. Barth enjoys traveling with his wife to visit their three grown children. They have participated in many mission trips providing eye care in South America. For fun Dr. Barth enjoys hiking, skiing, golfing and yard work.
Mark Remington, MD
Dr. Remington attended the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He did his internship at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, and his residency in Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati. He completed additional training in oculoplastic surgery.
Dr. Remington joined Glacier Eye Clinic as an owner/physician in 1998. He is board certified in Ophthalmology and is a member of Montana Medical Association and American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Gus Stein, MD
Dr. Stein grew up in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He earned his undergraduate degree from Carroll College in Helena, MT, where he graduated with honors with a major in biology as well as chemistry and theology minors. It was during a summer as a counselor at Legendary Lodge that he made his first visit to Kalispell and fell in love with the Flathead Valley. Dr. Stein completed his medical school, internship, and residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He then was awarded a Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus fellowship through Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Stein joined Glacier Eye Clinic in August 2013. His professional interests include cataract surgery, pediatric eye disease, and strabismus. He is board certified in Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Montana Academy of Ophthalmology, Montana Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
Previously Dr. Stein has done medical mission work in Ecuador and worked as a habilitation trainer with autistic children. He and his wife, Jen, have two children. For fun he enjoys hiking, skiing, boating, following his favorite sports teams, and attempting to golf.
Glacier Eye Clinic Optometrists
Shawn Lebsock, OD
After completing his undergraduate degree and football career at the University of Montana, Dr. Lebsock earned his doctorate of optometry from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. He has training in ocular disease through Bowden Eye Associates in Jacksonville, FL, as well as specialty contact lens training at Phoenix’s Accent Eyes and The Vision Center of West Phoenix. He is a current member of the Montana Optometric Association and is National Board of Optometry certified. Dr. Lebsock grew up in Billings, MT, and enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He also coaches the St. Matthew’s middle school football team each fall.
Jonathan Olsen, OD
Positive, outgoing and full of energy, Jonathan Olsen’s cheerful disposition helps him connect with people. Jonathan grew up in a small town in Alberta, Canada. Jonathan and his wife, Amber, have resided in Kalispell since 2004. They have three sons and a daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family. Some of his hobbies include hiking, mountain biking and water activities. He is active in Boy Scouts and church. He also enjoys coaching his sons’ basketball teams.
Jonathan graduated from Indiana University as a Doctor of Optometry in 2001. He pursued specialty training in refractive surgery at the Salt Lake Eye Institute, medical co-management and contact lens training from the Indianapolis Eye Care Center. He enjoys the variety of patients and challenges that are presented on a daily basis. Co-management on a variety of surgical patients are a significant part of his day to day clinic. He particularly enjoys working with younger patients.