CASPER, Wyo.– On Thursday, a fourth-generation Wyomingite vision clinic is holding its grand opening in Casper with an eye on Western heritage.
Powder Horn Eye Care previously operated out of the Casper Walmart on the east side before moving to its new 4621 Wyoming Blvd. location between Blue Ridge Coffee and Medicap Pharmacy. Dr. Jason Whitman, OD, and his wife Hannah wanted the interior of the new clinic to honor the aesthetics of the American West.
“I came to Casper in 2012,” Jason Whitman said Thursday. “Before that, I had been practicing at Cody since 2004 and I am fourth generation. We were inside Walmart on the east side for a decade, and then after COVID and everything, I decided I really wanted to do my own thing.
“I wanted to have a clinic we could be proud of. I wanted something that really honored our western heritage and Wyoming. When we designed the clinic and everything, I wanted it to be kind of a western lodge aesthetic.
There are still some finishing touches to be done inside the new clinic, but the Western theme is apparent in things like a cowhide hanging on the wall behind reception, horns above a selection of frames from glasses and a chandelier carriage wheel style hanging from the ceiling.
“We tried to make it as cowboy as possible here and still fit into a medical setting,” Hannah Whitman said. “We’re not done decorating yet, but we’ve come a long way.”
The couple practice photography and plan to hang some pictures of cowboys on the walls of the clinic.
When it comes to eye care, Jason Whitman says Powder Horn Eye Care is able to offer some of the best technology available.
“We wanted to use the highest level technology here, all the latest and greatest of everything,” he said. “We wanted a wide selection of frames with lines no one else offered and we really wanted to offer the best service we could here at Casper.”
An example of the technology offered is an optical coherence tomography system capable of imaging the retina to check for different types of eye diseases. The system also offers angiography to check blood vessels in the eyes, which can also help detect other health conditions such as diabetes, Jason Whitman said. The clinic is sometimes able to detect diseases affecting parts of the body other than the eyes, and although it specializes in vision care, it is often the entry point into other areas of the healthcare system. because some patients have not seen a primary care physician. in years.
“We manage the vast majority of medical eye issues and vision issues here, but we also have a large network of doctors that we work with for various things,” Whitman said. “We work with our primary care physicians for our diabetes patients and that’s one of my special interests in this business is diabetes patients – caring for them because they have unique needs.”
The eye clinic sometimes helps detect other problems that patients are facing, such as hypertension and autoimmune diseases.
“A lot of times we’re the entry point into the healthcare system for patients who otherwise really don’t like going to the doctor,” Whitman said. “It’s a real common problem.”
“But we see all kinds of problems here. Whether it’s a performer who has trouble seeing through their camera lens or someone who has trouble practicing at the shooting range, we can do all kinds of things.
People’s frequent use of digital devices has a definite impact on vision, Whitman said.
“We’re seeing a lot more patients going myopic, and of course there are concerns about blue light,” he said. “We find blue light blocking products really helpful for patients who use devices all the time, which is pretty much everyone at this point.”
Unlike her husband, Hannah Whitman didn’t grow up in Wyoming, but she says she fell in love with the area.
“The second I set foot in Casper, I felt like it would be my forever home,” she said. “To actually be small business owners in this community is so wonderful and I think Jason would say the same – it’s just an amazing place to live.”
Jason Whitman worried about the wind in Casper before moving here.
“I thought, ‘I’m not sure with the wind and all that in Casper,’ but I love Wyoming,” he said. “My family has been here since way before this was a state, so it’s really cool to have a business here where we can live in Casper and enjoy all the outdoor activities. We’re really big outdoors people. air.
Some of the couple’s favorite places to visit in the area are Casper Mountain and Pathfinder Reservoir for fishing and boating.
Many of the Powder Horn Eye Care staff who worked at the clinic when she was at Walmart are still at the clinic in its new location. The clinic also has medical records and insurance information for its existing patients, and Jason Whitman said the goal is to make the transition to the new location as seamless as possible for people.
“We have the same friendly and professional staff,” he said. “We wanted it to be comfortable for when they come here. … We are very excited to move forward on this journey and support our community and really care for people.