Dr. Barbara coldiron, od Therapuetic optometric glaucoma specialist
Dr. Coldiron is the owner of Far West Optical. Far West Optical has been in practice for the past 32 years.
Dr. Susan Elizondo, OD MS Therapuetic Optometrist Glaucoma Specialist
Dr. Susan Elizondo was born and raised just southeast of Houston. Growing up she loved to read and is still a bookworm to this day. When not seeing patients, you’ll often find her head in a book though now instead of sci-fi, the books are usually on nutrition and health. Dr. Elizondo graduated 6th in her class in high school and went on a Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo scholarship to Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelors in Genetics. During undergrad Dr. Elizondo was introduced to one of the loves of her life…. Lindy Hop. Seventeen years later you’ll still find her cutting a rug on a weekly basis. After undergrad Dr. Elizondo relocated to the Rochester, New York and earned a Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During this time, she developed a love of traveling and after graduate school Dr. Elizondo spent 4 months living in South America teaching English in the local schools and learning Spanish.
After returning to the United States she attended optometry school in New York City at SUNY College of Optometry spending one externship abroad in China. After graduation Dr. Elizondo decided to return home to Texas to be closer to family. Here she became active in her local optometric society (Central Texas Optometric Society) and has served as Social Chair, Treasurer, Vice President, and President. In recent years Dr. Elizondo has developed a passion for nutrition as a method of healing diseases and practices a plant based approach to health and healing. She takes an active part in the local Whole Food Plant Based community and even organizing local events. When she’s not at her local pot-luck, an optometric society meeting, or reading a book you may find her doing yoga to unwind.
Dr. Garth Weaver, OD Therapeutic Optometrist
Associate Optometrist at Far West Optical
Our Doctors of Optometry, Barbara Coldiron, Garth Weaver, and Susan Elizondo will provide you with the most thorough eye care possible in Austin, whether you need an eye health check-up, a routine eye examination, a medical concern investigated, a second opinion, new contact lenses, a new pair of glasses, or a prescription updated. With over 30 years of experience, our doctors have ongoing relationships with all the best eye surgical specialists in Central Texas, so you know you can count on their advice and any referrals that might be needed. It's no wonder that our patients are extremely loyal to our doctors. Over the years, many doctors have developed a reputation for being hard to talk to, or for hurrying out of the examination room after an all-too-brief encounter! We have sometimes experienced this ourselves when we're someone else's patient, so we know how frustrating it can be. An accurate diagnosis depends on good listening skills, and taking the time to understand all of the issues a patient has with their vision. A large part of our mission is to listen to you as much as to talk to you. All of your questions and concerns are important to us and we endeavor to always answer all your questions during your visit. We personally return our patients' phone calls when they have a particular concern or question that is best discussed directly with the doctor. All of our staff members are instructed to refer your calls to our best experts to answer any questions or concerns. There is never a charge for a telephone consultation.
We want you to see clearly and we want you to look good, too! Our opticians are also professionals. They have combined over 70 years of experience. Their technical expertise is well complemented by their knowledge and interest in fashion. They will be happy to show you the latest fashion trend, a special purpose frame, a timeless beauty, a cutting-edge design, or a traditional standard. They understand that a forty-year-old professional has a different fashion interest than a college student or a retiree, so we stock frames for every taste. We have children's frames too! Our opticians also understand that each person will have certain colors or shapes that are best for them, regardless of fashion trends. If you aren't sure what colors or shapes you need, they will be happy to advise you. Remember, we want you to be as happy with your choice this time next year as you are today!
Drop by anytime for a complimentary adjustment and cleaning of your glasses (no tipping allowed), or if you just need some helpful advice. Our Opticians will be happy to help you anytime you drop in - no appointment is necessary!
Gloria began her career in the optical industry as an apprentice optician in New York in 1986. She became certified by the American Board of Opticianery & licensed by New York in 1989. Gloria moved to Austin in 1992 and soon after joined Far West Optical.
Eye wear is a combination of function and fashion. Whether you are looking for frames that are fashion forward or classically styled, Gloria will find the best fitting frame for you. She will then help you choose the best lens options for your prescription and specific visual needs.
When not helping our long time patients with their eye wear needs, Gloria enjoys spending her time outdoors, cooking, reading, and watching football. She is a motorcycle enthusiast and can often be found with the VFW Motorcycle Group supporting fundraising events benefiting people in need in our community.
Janice Insurance Administrator
Janice has been handling all insurance for Far West Optical for the past 5 years and has over 17 years experience in medical billing.
In her spare time she enjoys cooking new rexipes, learning about wine, and all things related to cats
Linda Receptionist/Optometric tech
I really like to play video games or surf Netflix in my spare time, when I'm not working as a tech. I'm a mom of an enthusiastic 3 year old, and I love to go see nerdy movies with my husband on the weekend. I've learned a lot about the optical sphere (get?) since I started in February.
Far West Optical 3908 Far West Blvd. Austin, TX 78731 (512)343-0432