comprehensive ophthalmologyWhen you visit the Moran Eye Center's Comprehensive Ophthalmology Services, our board-certified ophthalmologists provide you with primary eye care and comprehensive evaluations for all types of conditions of the eye and surrounding structures—both routine and urgent. Our comprehensive ophthalmologists meet a range of eye care needs including injury to your eyes, unexpected vision changes, glasses or contact lenses, and treatment for the majority of visual conditions and eye diseases.

If your initial evaluation and diagnosis determines a medical condition that requires a specific subspecialist, we will refer you for advanced care with one of our many top-tier specialists at the Moran Eye Center. If you need ophthalmic surgery, we can refer you to one of our highly skilled ophthalmic surgical specialists.

Eye Exams

Eye examinations by our comprehensive ophthalmologists cover evaluation of vision and testing for general eye health, including the following:

  • Glaucoma
  • Dry eye
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal disease
  • Retinal disease including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
  • Issues with the eyelids and areas around the eye including pink eye
  • Burns and injuries
  • Tumors
  • Vision correction needs and options
  • All other areas of vision and eye conditions

A Note About Insurance: Check with your insurance provider before scheduling a routine exam. Many insurance plans will cover your visit if there is a medical eye problem, but not pay for the exam if it is a routine eye exam. If you have a medical problem (infection, corneal disorders, diabetes, lazy eye, cataracts, glaucoma suspect, dry eye, double vision, and the like), the visit is considered a medical problem and can be billed to the medical plan. If you only need eyeglasses or contacts due to astigmatism or myopia and are not being seen for a medical reason, the visit is considered routine and will only be billed to your insurance if your medical plan includes a vision benefit.

Office visits to an eye care professional are usually categorized as either "routine" or "medical". This terminology has nothing to do with the steps it takes to perform a comprehensive eye exam or the type of doctor who performs the exam. A comprehensive routine vision exam often contains the same elements as a comprehensive medical eye exam.

Balamurali K. Ambati, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bala Ambati specializes in cataract extraction, lifestyle lens implants, LASIK, cornea transplants, keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea), PRK, and other complex procedures of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He joined the Moran faculty as a physician and researcher i... Read More

William R. Barlow, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Barlow is an experienced comprehensive ophthalmologist and ocular surgeon with a specific interest in cataract and refractive surgery. He has experience performing complex cataract surgery, femtosecond laser cataract surgery, and refractive surgeries, such as LASIK, PRK, ICL, and clear lens extraction using premium intraocular lens technologi... Read More

Craig J. Chaya, M.D.

Craig J. Chaya, MD, practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on the medical and surgical management of routine/complex cataracts and glaucoma at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He also practices at Moran’s clinics at the Redwood Health Center and Midvalley Health Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Profes... Read More

Susan Chortkoff, M.D.

Susan Chortkoff, M.D. graduated from residency in 1994 and focuses on the management and treatment of glaucoma as well as on comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Chortkoff also has a special interest in the management of dry eye syndrome.... Read More


Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Ophthalmology


John A. Moran Eye Center (801) 581-2352
Midvalley Health Center (801) 585-3937
Redwood Health Center (801) 213-9900

David C. Dries, M.D.

David Dries, MD, specializes in pediatric eye diseases and in adults with double vision and eye misalignments. He practices at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Illnesses in children include tear duct obstruction, retinoblastoma (eye cancer), cataract, glaucoma, amblyopia (lazy eye), and eye misalignments such as cro... Read More


Adult Strabismus, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Pediatric


Moran Eye Center - Station Park (801) 213-3405
Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Ophthalmology
(801) 581-2352

Joseph L. Hatch, M.D.

Joseph L. Hatch provides expertise and experience in all areas of ophthalmology and has extensive experience in contact lens fitting. He was recently named to the prestigious Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Foundation.... Read More

Nick Mamalis, M.D.

Nick Mamalis, MD, specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology including cataract and other anterior ocular surgeries at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Dr. Mamalis also practices at the Moran’s Midvalley Eye Center in Murray, and Redwood Health Center in West Valley. As Director of the Ophthalmic Pathology Laborat... Read More

Jeff Pettey, M.D.

Jeff Pettey is the John Moran Eye Center's Residency Program Director and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Pettey specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology, complex cataracts and anterior segment surgery. Additionally, he coordinates the teaching and training of medica... Read More

Kim Y. Taylor, M.D.

Kim Y. Taylor provides general ophthalmology, with wide-ranging experience in cataract surgery and intra-ocular implants. He also has extensive experience in contact lens fitting.... Read More

Barbara M. Wirostko, M.D.

Dr. Wirostko’s clinical expertise is in clinical research and drug development for glaucoma pharmaceutical therapies. Her research interest is in sustained delivery of therapeutics for ocular pathologies and approaching glaucoma through non-intraocular pressure mediated approaches. She is offering comprehensive ophthalmology care as well as glaucom... Read More

John A. Moran Eye Center 65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 581-2352
Midvalley Health Center 243 E 6100 S
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 585-3937
Redstone Health Center 1743 W. Redstone Center Dr.
Park City, UT 84098
(435) 658-9262
Redwood Health Center 1525 West 2100 South
Salt Lake City UT 84119
(801) 213-8841
South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
(801) 213-4500