Our Doctors


Dr. John Teahan

Having had refractive surgery performed on his own eyes, Dr. Teahan believes strongly in the benefits. He specializes in refractive and cataract surgery. Dr. Teahan is a board certified ophthalmologist and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is the past President of the New Mexico Ophthalmologic Society.

After attending Boston College, Dr. Teahan completed his medical school at Tufts University. He served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon for eight years, and was Chief of Ophthalmology at Kirtland AFB before going into private practice in 1991.


– Boston College
– Tufts University

Specialties & Certifications

– Refractive surgery
– Cataract surgery
– General clinical and surgical ophthalmology
– VISX® – laser technology for vision correction

Dr. Paul Sanchez

Dr. Sanchez graduated from the University of New Mexico, Summa Cum Laude. He received a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Improvement at the Dartmouth Institute and his Doctorate of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.

He did an internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where he was selected Intern of the Year across all medical specialties. He then completed an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

He was born and raised in Albuquerque and joined Southwest Eyecare Specialists in 2007. He is passionate about the future of healthcare and has served as President of the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology and the President Elect of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.

Dr. Sanchez has publications in leading medical journals and has engaged in both basic science and clinical research for over 25 years. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Sanchez enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, world travel and most of all spending time with his wife and three daughters.


– University of New Mexico
– Dartmouth Institute
– Dartmouth Medical School

Specialties & Certifications

– Cataract surgery
– Diabetic eye evaluations
– Medical, laser and minimally invasive surgery for glaucoma treatment
– Comprehensive ophthalmology

Dr. Kenneth Downes

Dr. Ken Downes, a native of New Mexico, joins Southwest Eyecare!

Dr Downes graduated from Tulane University, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then returned to Albuquerque to obtain his medical degree at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine.

Dr. Downes completed his Internship in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident. During this time, he traveled to the world-renowned Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India to complete specialized surgical training.

Upon completing Residency, Dr. Downes spent a year working as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. He then completed a subspecialty Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the Oregon Health Sciences University Casey Eye Institute.

He is published across several medical journals and has given several talks and presentations of his research at national medical conferences. Dr. Downes is fully licensed in several states and board certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Ken Downes speaks English and Spanish and in his free time enjoys the outdoors, beer brewing and spending time with his family and two dogs, Emma and Nero.

We welcome Dr. Downes to our practice to provide Cornea subspecialty services to our patients!


– Tulane University
– University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine

Specialties & Certifications

– Cornea and external disease
– Refractive surgery
– Cataract surgery
– Comprehensive ophthalmology

Dr. Kurt W. Andreason

Dr. Andreason is a reputable board-certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologist.

With extensive surgical experience and expertise, the doctor specializes in advanced cataract surgeries, including astigmatism and presbyopia-correcting lenses, LASIK and laser surface ablation, dry eye disease, pterygium, as well as comprehensive ophthalmology, treating patients with corneal disease, diabetes, glaucoma, and a wide variety of eye conditions.

Growing up in Western Montana, it was there that Dr. Andreason came to appreciate wide, open spaces and hard-working people. After two years of volunteer service in South America, he graduated cum laude with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Physics from Brigham Young University, where his coursework included studies with renowned poet, Gonzalo Rojas.

From there, he went on to earn his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in 1998. He completed his residency in ophthalmology in San Antonio, Texas, in 2004, while serving in the United States Air Force. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship training in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at UC San Diego.

His years in the Service included care of active duty servicemen and women, their families, and retirees, joint assignments with the Army and Navy, years at the trauma hospital in Landstuhl Germany, caring for many injured soldiers transported there directly from the Middle East, deployments to East Asia and Iraq, and many humanitarian missions from Latin America to Eastern Europe.

For his hard work and dedication, Dr. Andreason has earned board certification in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology, an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States of America.


– Brigham Young University
– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland

Specialties & Certifications

– Cataract Surgeries
– LASIK and Laser Surface Ablation
– Dry Eye Disease
– Pterygium
– American Board of Ophthalmology

Our Location

7110 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109