Eye Exams

“Doctor, doctor! I need glasses!”
“You certainly do, ma’am. This is a barber shop.”
Dr. Annette Butler
Dr. Annette Butler

Greenwood Village

I have worn glasses since I was 6 years old and when I put my glasses on for the first time, I never wanted to take them off! I loved my new found vision! I had always wanted to be in the medical profession as well, and felt becoming an Optometrist was a good way to marry those two. I love helping people and helping solve their visual issues whatever they may be. I like giving them “new vision” with their new prescription, new glasses, and new contact lenses.


Not long ago I did an exam on a young girl who was very shy and doing poorly in school. Her parents felt she was pulling their leg about not seeing well as she always pointed out eyeglasses on celebrity photos in magazines or on TV and they thought she just wanted to wear them to look cool. She turned out to be very very farsighted. We put her glasses on her and she lifted her head, giving us all the biggest smile ever seen as she danced around the store! Right there and then she became a new person and her parents broke down in tears. They have since come back with a report card most any parent would be proud of. I truly love making a difference with my patients eyes and their lives as well.

Dr. Cristin Elia
Dr. Cristin Elia

Cherry Creek North
Flatiron Marketplace

Being a doctor was something I dreamed about ever since I was a little girl.  Becoming an optometrist has allowed me to accomplish that dream and that of becoming a wife and mother too. I work hard to not just meet the expectations of my patients, but exceed them. That reward is met when they put their new glasses or contacts on for the first time. It’s always nice to hear people tell you how amazing they can see after getting a new prescription and what a good experience they had.  I don’t think that will ever get old for me.


Today and every day I love being able to help people see the world better.  It’s personally rewarding to spend quality time with every patient, find out what they need, learn a little about their lives, and leave them with an understanding as well as an expectation as to how their eyes are working. I love that I get to go to work where I enjoy what I do, like the people I work with and the patients I get to treat, and then I get to return home to end my day with the people I love the most.

Dr. Shelly Toltz

Cherry Creek North

Not unlike each Europtics frame, I find that each of my patients brings a unique story, a colorful character and a compelling personality. So while I provide eye exams, my patients provide me with much in return – insights into life, a little laughter and enduring moments of genuine humanity. Lifelong patients and their families become my friends; we grow together, and that’s most gratifying. Gratifying, as well, are moments at industry meetings when I learn new technologies and processes that can improve the eye health of my valued patients. From the classroom to the clinical setting, I enjoy nothing more than leveraging what I learn to provide the highest quality, most convenient eye care.

My abiding passion for patients and profession is shaped by the many special people and places I’ve come to know during my own life journey. An honors graduate of the New England College of Optometry in Boston, I completed internships at Hadassah Hospital in Israel and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. As an educator for Bausch & Lomb, I’ve taught optometrists across the country and in Canada, and conferred on scientific advisory boards in both the United States and United Kingdom. I am an active member of the Colorado Optometric Association , having served as a trustee and children’s vision advocate. My varied experience has made for a rewarding career.

Dr. Laurie Nicholson

Aspen Grove

I became an Optometrist so I could be involved with a medical field that still allowed me to spend time with a family and other interests outside of a career. I truly love what I do. I come to work each day with a smile on my face knowing I work with a great group of opticians at Europtics and I get the chance with every patient to make their lives a little better by seeing better.

Every day is a different with each patient presenting a different and unique optical challenge for me. I have detected early signs of diabetes, sickle cell anemia, hypertension and even Multiple Sclerosis through a thorough eye exam.

Probably the biggest joy I get is helping school aged children with a comprehensive exam, often resulting in them getting their first pair of eyeglasses and hearing back a month or so later how their grades and outlook on life have dramatically improved as a result of the hour I spent with them. That is the smile I bring home to my family each night.

Dr. Jocelyn Galang, OD - Europtics Colorado Springs
Dr. Jocelyn Galang

Colorado Springs

In high school, I attended a lecture given by an ophthalmologist, who taught us that you are able to learn a lot about a person’s health via a routine eye exam.  After graduating from college, I began to realize that I really enjoyed working with patients on a daily basis.  I made the decision to further my education and apply to optometry school.  that I can help them see clearly, as well as make sure their eyes are healthy.   

As an optometrist, I am often the first health care provider a person goes to for an evaluation.  I love that through an eye exam, I can detect signs that can lead to the diagnosis of other health problems, and that I can then refer them to the appropriate health care provider. I am always honored when patients allow me to participate in their eye care.  My goal as an optometrist is to give my patients quality eye care and to educate them on the importance of regular eye exams