Southwestern Eye Center is expanding its services across New Mexico with the acquisition of a well-established eye care business. The Mesa-based eye care center acquired Southwest Eye Clinics in Las Cruces and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Southwestern Eye Center currently has one location in Deming which opened in June 2011.

Just as the names Southwestern Eye Center and Southwest Eye Clinic are very similar, changes in the day to day operations will also be very subtle. Southwest Eye Clinic is owned by Robert Villalobos, M.D. who has been helping patients for more than 20 years. Doctor Villalobos and Paul Gomez, O.D., will both stay with the practice and join L. Lothaire Bluth, M.D., a leading cataract surgeon in the Southwest, in providing medical eye care across New Mexico.

As the founder of Southwestern Eye Center, Dr. Bluth has developed one of the largest and most respected ophthalmology practices in the United States, celebrating 30 years in business. He has performed over 20 thousand cataract surgeries and is a strong believer that the best patient care occurs when the patient’s doctors are involved in every aspect of their health. Dr. Bluth accompanies Dr. Villalobos in being fluent in Spanish, which will help individuals of those areas that only speak that language.

With offices in Las Cruces, Santa Teresa and Deming, Southwestern Eye Center will provide more convenience for patients in need of cataract surgery and other areas of medical eye care in New Mexico. The Las Cruces office is located at 2030 South Solano Drive and the Santa Teresa location is at 1245 Country Club Road. Southwestern Eye Center has 23 additional locations in Arizona and is continuing to grow statewide with new practices and physicians. For more information about Southwestern Eye Center and its new practices, visit or call (480) 892-8400.