Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet Our La Junta & Lamar Eye Doctors:
Dr. Ballantyne grew up in Littleton, CO. He received a bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics, with a minor in Spanish, from Brigham Young University, Provo in 2006. He then received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 2010. He has also served a two-year mission in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from 2000-2002, during which time he learned the Spanish language and grew to love Mexican food and culture. Dr. Ballantyne also went on a week long eye care mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2009.
Dr. Ballantyne enjoys helping anyone see better. His favorite part of patient care is listening to a patient’s visual problem and carefully crafting a solution through prescribing glasses, contact lenses, and/or vision training. He is well versed in ocular disease, surgical co-management, dry eye therapy, and pediatric eye care.
He married Michelle Mooney in 2004, and they now have four wonderful and energetic children. The Ballantynes have decided to call La Junta their home. In his free time, Dr. Ballantyne enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, waterskiing, hunting, basketball, but most of all family time.
Dr. McConkie grew up in Southern California and Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University in 2005 and his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 2016. He graduated Cum Laude and is a member of the International Optometric Honor Society, Beta Sigma Kappa. He was honored in 2015 as a Student Fellow by the American Academy of Optometry and is a proud member of the American Optometric Association.
He served a two year LDS mission to Central Mexico and is a fluent Spanish speaker. He loves spending time each year providing vision care in underserved areas, both locally and abroad—having traveled to Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica in the past few years.
Dr. McConkie is married to Emily Sue McConkie (Traverse City, Michigan) and they are the parents of 4 children—Mary, Emma, Hyrum, and Eliza Jane. He enjoys DIY projects, sports, hiking, camping, traveling to/seeing new places, and just about any activity with his family.