ELITE VISION is committed to providing the highest quality vision care, ocular disease management and the treatment of eye conditions associated with systemic pathology. We feature the most advanced and innovative optical products to best serve our patients. Our practice is equipped with the latest medical technology. Our office was built with green building products and features a 32.7kW PV system that is producing more than twice the energy we are using. It is our goal to provide our patients an exceptional experience in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.
ELITE VISION is proud to be one of the most technologically advanced eye clinics in Colorado. Our practice is completely electronic, with all your medical records electronically produced, encrypted, and stored to protect your privacy. Our state of the art equipment is fully integrated into your medical record to ensure the highest level of care and to facilitate the comparison of health changes from year to year. We are only one of the few practices in Colorado to utilize the Reichert VRx refraction system which results in the most accurate determination of your glasses prescription and enables us to prescribe digital, high-definition lenses that optimize your vision.
ELITE VISION has an optical lab and utilizes advanced lens materials to provide the best lenses and lens treatments to our patients in a timely manner. There has been significant innovation in the development of progressive or no-line bofocal lenses. We have partnered with the most technologically advanced labs ion the US to provide our patients with progressive lenses that provide more comfortable vision, improved adaptation, and significantly less peripheral distortion than progressive lenses produced only a few years ago. The new digitally produced progressive lenses are manufacturered with 1/100 of a diopter, which results in incredible clarity at all distances. We also offer task specific progressive lenses designed specifically for computer work and other hobbies with unique vision demands.
Dr. LeRoy Popowski, M.S., O.D., M.B.A
Dr. Popowski completed his BA at St. John's University (MN) and earned his MS degree in physiology at the University of Iowa prior to graduating from Pacific University (OR) with a Doctor of Optometry degree. While training at Pacific University, he completed thesis studies in advanced contact lens design and worked with Nike in the development of sports vision eyewear. He completed extensive training in refractive surgery, ocular disease management and earned his Therapeutic & Diagnostic Licensure. Dr. Popowski's extensive training enabled him to obtain hospital privileges, where he served as a consultant for disease management, caring for patients with primary ocular disease and secondary eye pathology related to systemic disease. Dr. Popowski earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Dr. Popowski served in the US Army as an optometrist for three years, including a one year deployment to Iraq, where he practiced hospital based eye care. He specializes in the treatment of dry eye, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. Dr. Popowski is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Colorado Optometric Association, and the Southern Colorado Optometric Society.
Dr. Popowski is an early adopter of the latest technological advances in eye care and enjoys implementing the most advanced instrumentation into patient care to provide his patients the best vision and ocular health. He is dedicated to ensuring his patients receive the best care available and are informed of the latest ophthalmic products to prevent loss of vision due to pathology, and optimization of vision through advanced ophthalmic and therapeutic products.
He is married to Dr. Felicia Popowski and they have four boys. He enjoys cycling and has competed as a professional duathlete for the US National Team in several World Cup Events and World Championships. Dr. Popowski is a three-time Colorado State Hillclimb Champion in the Pro/Open category and was the 2016 US Cycling Pro/Open Hill Climb National Champion.
Dr. Allison Ruehlen, O.D.
Dr. Ruehlen grew up in Colorado and completed her BS in Merchandising at Colorado State University- Fort Collins. She pursued a career in Retail Management for six years prior to graduating from Pacific University (OR) with a Doctor of Optometry degree. While studying at Pacific University, she completed training in dry eye and ocular surface disease, diabetic eye disease, specialty contact lenses, glaucoma, and other ocular disease management.
Dr. Ruehlen is an advisory board founder of Colorado’s Dry Eye Society (CODES) for Southern Colorado. CODES is a society of passionate providers from various complementary disciplines, including but not limited to optometrists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nutritionists, endocrinologists, rheumatologists, pediatricians, cardiologists, and brain injury specialists. She works closely with a group of representatives across the state to organize local events in which to share best practices and education. CODES is dedicated to finding root causes of dry eye, promoting prevention strategies, and developing individual treatment plans to improve patient outcomes. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the Colorado Optometric Association, and the Southern Colorado Optometric Society.
She is married to her wonderful husband, Jon. They enjoy spending time with their two kitties (Cash and Mae), traveling, hiking, and attending sporting events to cheer on the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos.