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Southwestern Eye Center was established in 1982 in Mesa, Arizona, by Dr. Lothaire Bluth. For more than 35 years, the practice has grown and continues to offer world-class technology and down-to-earth values.

Dr. Bluth pioneered the concept of bringing the doctor to the patient and bringing comprehensive eye care to rural and underserved areas throughout Arizona. On a given morning, three to four airplanes take Southwestern Eye Center ophthalmologists and their crews to outlying offices and ambulatory surgery centers where operations for cataracts, retinal disease, glaucoma, and oculoplastics are performed on those who are unable to travel to or afford care in larger metropolitan centers. Offering outpatient surgical procedures locally allows patients to receive superior and more convenient care at a fraction of the cost the same procedures required in a metropolitan or hospital setting.

More recently, Southwestern Eye Center partnered with Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center as a founding practice in the American Vision Partners network. We will continue to operate all of our centers with the same level of quality you expect, and you will work with the same doctors and staff you have always trusted for your ophthalmology needs. 

Patients will realize a variety of benefits through our affiliation with American Vision Partners and Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center:

Benefits for our patients:

  • Enhanced Services. We will continue to introduce new treatment options to always provide the best, most innovative eye care options.
  • Convenience of an Expanded Geographic Footprint. With 40+ locations, patients can access the best possible provider for their needs closer to home and with less wait time.
  • Greater Process Efficiency. We will introduce new systems and tools to ensure our patients receive care promptly while spending less time on scheduling and billing issues.

This combination brings unprecedented value to our patients, our doctors, our staff and the communities we serve.