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Meet Your Doctors
Dr. James Russell Burcham specializes in medical and surgical treatment of the eye . He is a member of the American Medical Association, Colorado Medical Society, Colorado Society of Eye Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In 1975, he earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri Medical School. Dr. Burcham received both academic and clinical honors upon his graduation.
In the years since, he has dedicated himself to remaining up-to-date with the latest techniques and advancements through postgraduate courses.
Dr. Stephen Kesselman is one of the expert ophthalmologists serving patients at Burcham Eyecare Center.
He earned his medical degree from the New Jersey School of Medicine in 1975 — the same place where he completed his internship and residency.
His areas of focus include conjunctivitis, ocular tumors, and astigmatism.
Dr. Justin Coco has performed comprehensive ophthalmology services including subspecialty rotations in retina, glaucoma, oculoplastics, pediatrics, neuro-ophthalmology, and cornea. His emphasis is on cataract surgery and refractive surgery.
Dr. Coco received his undergraduate degree in 2000 at the University of Iowa and his medical degree at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006.
He also earned board certification in osteopathic ophthalmology.
Dr. Cecelia Koetting is an optometrist specializing in topics like diabetic eye exams, dry eye disease, and glaucoma. She's not just an expert — as a fourth-generation optometrist, she comes from a long line of experts passionate about eye care.
That dedication took her to the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati, where she conducted Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease/Primary Care, as well as the Southern College of Optometry, where she graduated with a Doctor of Optometry, or OD. She also earned the VOA Young OD of the Year award in 2019.
"Everything one could hope for in an eye doctor." Our Aurora Area Doctors Put Patients First
I’ve been going to see Dr. Burcham for several years now and I would highly recommend him and his staff if you need any kind of eye care. My mother also went to him for many years. Everyone is friendly and professional as well as helpful in answering any questions I may have. Please keep up the great work you’re doing! Thank you very much!View On Google
Dr. Burcham comprises everything one could hope for in an eye doctor. He is compassionate, kind, professional and obviously has a passion for his profession. When it came time for cataract surgery, he skillfully provided me with the best vision I have ever had. Needless to say, I have the highest possible praise for Dr. James Russell Burcham, M.D. and his staff.View On Google
Attention New and Returning Patients!
We Accept Multiple Forms of Financing
Burcham Eyecare Center wants to improve how you see the world. So, it makes sense that we accept multiple forms of payment, such as:
- Medical and vision insurance
- CareCredit® financing
- Major credit cards
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds
We can help you figure out your financing and verify if we accept your insurance! Got questions?
What Services Does Burcham Eye Care Offer?
Our Aurora eye care facility offers a wide variety of services. Treatments and conditions we can address include:
- Eye injuries
- Emergency eye care
- Contact lenses
- Contact lenses for dry eyes
- Contact lens exams
- Clear lens extractions
- Eye and vision exams
- LASIK eye surgery
- Eye surgery
- Lazy eye
- Macular degeneration
- Dry eye treatment
- Family eye care
- Sports vision
- Prescription glasses
- Computer vision treatment
"Very satisfied with my visit." Hear From Our Happy Aurora Area Patients
Dr. Burcham is always very thorough and explains exam and surgery results in a way that's understandable to the layperson. His staff is knowledgeable and efficient. I trust they are caring for my eyes as they would their own — that means a lot!View On Google
Went in for an eye exam and to get an eyeglass prescription. Staff was very nice and professional. Both my doctor and the technician explained everything that was done. Very satisfied with my visit.View On Google
Ophthalmologists and Optometrists
What's the Difference?
What Is an Optometrist?
An optometrist is an eye care professional specializing in non-invasive procedures.
Optometrists have earned both an undergraduate degree and a four-year degree from optometry school.
They're trained to diagnose eye problems, conduct routine eye exams, and provide patients with vision prescriptions for their glasses and contact lenses.
What Is an Ophthalmologist?
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor, or MD. They've pursued 12 years of school: four for an undergraduate degree and eight for a medical degree, as well as an ophthalmology residency.
They practice the duties of an optometrist but as medical doctors, can also conduct eye surgery and practice medicine. From cataract or glaucoma surgery to LASIK, they can treat you every step of the way.
You Don't Need to Pick an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist When You Visit Us
We are a comprehensive practice, which means that we provide our patients with the services they need to thrive.
With both ophthalmologists and an optometrist on our team, we offer a wider variety of care. That way, you can rely on one trustworthy place for your eye-related needs.
From routine vision exams, to eye disease screenings, to eye surgery, consider Burcham Eyecare Center in the Aurora, CO, area. Contact us using our simple form or call us at
Fax: (303) 367-8300
What's the best way
to maintain your vision
and catch eye diseases early?
Attending your yearly eye exam at Burcham Eyecare Center!
Conditions We Treat
At Burcham Eyecare Center, our Aurora ophthalmologists are trained to treat a wide range of eye problems and conditions. These include:
Whether you're nearsighted or farsighted, you may have astigmatism. It appears when your lens or cornea curve incorrectly, creating a refractive error. It leads to headaches, eye strain, and worsening vision. Fortunately, it's correctable with special contacts or glasses, or surgery in more advanced cases.
Cataracts are a cloudy, white covering within the lens of your eye. While painless, they can reduce your vision or cause double vision. As you age, the chance of developing cataracts rises. If you attend regular appointments, we can monitor your eyes and offset the early effects of cataracts with glasses. Eventually, most patients will require surgery to restore their vision. We offer several premium intraocular lenses (IOLs).
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, occurs when the veins in your eye's membrane become inflamed due to a virus or bacteria. Symptoms range from itchiness to crusty discharge, to red or pink eyes. If you think you have pink eye, wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, as it's highly contagious. We can decrease your contagion period with antibiotic eye drops or antivirals, depending on your type of pink eye. If your dry eyes need relief, we can recommend options like artificial tears.
Dry eyes can cause discomfort and light sensitivity. They may also make it difficult to wear contacts.
If you experience this common eye problem, we can help you find the cause — and some well-deserved relief too.
Macular degeneration is a specific type of vision loss. It can lead to dark or blurry spots in your vision, change how you see colors, and more. Smoking, heart disease, and high blood pressure can increase your risk of macular degeneration. Early detection provides the best outcomes for this irreversible condition.
Retinopathy results from a damaged retina. Hypertensive retinopathy develops due to high blood pressure, while diabetic retinopathy is from high blood sugar. Both can lead to blindness, so it's important that you attend your yearly visits and diabetic eye exams. We can also treat diabetic retinopathy with surgery.