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Koch Eye Associates started from scratch in 1981, in a small building on Tollgate Road. Back then there were only three people working in the office. Drs. Paul and Patricia Koch saw what few patients there were and Dr. Paul’s wife answered the phone and handled the front desk. Things were slow at the start and we averaged seeing only four patients a day. Sometimes we didn’t have a single patient to see for an entire day. This is a true story: shortly after the movie “E.T.” came out there was an afternoon when our schedule was completely empty. We didn’t have a single patient scheduled. We put the office on answering service, locked the door and we all went to see the movie at afternoon matinee.

Things got busier, and by 1983 we finally had to add an employee to help out, and in 1985 we were busy enough to add a third doctor.

Now Koch Eye Associates is one of New Englands largest practices, with twenty doctors treating patients at our eight office locations, one laser vision centers, and surgery center.

Koch Eye Associates is a regional training center for eye care professionals. We have trained post-graduate fellows from the United States, Colombia and China. We have hosted visiting doctors from Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. We are one of the clinical training sites for the New England College of Optometry. Our doctors have performed clinical research, and have written scientific articles, chapters and textbooks. They have been granted patents for their inventions in the field of eye care, and have garnered many awards including Honor Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

In 2005 we moved our surgery center from Tollgate Road to a new freestanding location on Quaker Lane. In the St. James Surgery Center we were able to develop a facility unmatched in its dedication to the most modern equipment and technology for modern cataract and laser surgery. At the same time we were able to house this facility in a warm and comfortable setting, influenced by our church in West Warwick. When the Diocese of Providence decided to close St. James Church in Arctic it broke our hearts, because that was the parish where the Koch family grew up. We approached the Diocese, got permission to salvage the interior of the church, and used photographs and furnishings throughout our surgery center. It reminds us that surgical results are not an earthly outcome, but a blessing from above.

Koch Eye Associates has grown from a tiny start-up office to a major regional Center of Excellence. We do many things, but we do them one at a time. We combine highly technical science with personal care and attention. That has been the basis of our past successes, and it continues to lead us into the future.

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Mr. Harry Kachadoorian comes to our practice with over 30 years of experience in ophthalmic imaging as a certified Retinal Angiographer. Mr. Kachadoorian is currently the Clinical Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Koch Eye Associates, and is a member of the Professional Diabetic Advisory Board through the Department of Health. He became the first certified Retinal Angiographer on the East Coast, and is presently the only one certified in the state of Rhode Island. Certification was obtained by the Ophthalmic Photographer’s Society, with members throughout the world. He has won over 30 awards for his Ophthalmic Imaging at National and International Meetings.

Mr. Kachadoorian trained to become a Retinal Angiographer at the following institutions: Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA), Manhattan Eye & Ear (NY, NY), and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is also a certified Clinical Research Coordinator with such studies as: Oculex, ETDRS, Foscarvir, Amiadarone, and Soca Ocular Complications of AIDS. In addition to his clinical research, he continually strives to educate himself through such courses as: Echography, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Indocyanine Green Angiography.

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Columbus Day 2011

Koch Eye Associates sponsored the 18th Annual Koch Eye Volleyball Tournament hosted by the Community College of R.I. in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

This year as well as providing lunch, commemorative tee-shirts and trophies for the athletes, Koch had staff on hand offering free eye-screenings and information on general eye-care and contact lenses.


Koch Eye Associates sponsored the 18th Annual Koch Eye Volleyball Tournament hosted by the Community College of R.I. in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Dr. Paul Koch, as Editor Emeritus of Ophthalmology Magazine, writes many editorials such as "A Defining Moment for Healthcare" and "Pharma and the Physician" from which he gets many responses from doctors all over North America.


KOCH EYE ASSOCIATES SPONSORS SAVE THE BAY ANNUAL SWIM EVENT - Koch Eye Associates is proud to be one of the sponsors for the 35th annual Citizens Bank/Save the Bay Swim from Newport to Jamestown on July 23, 2011. The Bay Swim has been a Rhode Island tradition since l977 and each year raises approximately $250,000 to support the non-profit organization's efforts to protect the Bay. Koch Eye Associates will also be donating a free Lasik surgery to further support efforts to protect the Bay by helping to create future stewards of the Bay through education programs and advocacy initiatives; ultimately allowing natural habitats to return to the shores of our coast through restoration efforts.


“I just want to say Thank You to Dr. Koch for the painless and perfect lasik eye surgury! I now have 20/20 vision from a -8.5 eyeglasses prescription. Thank You to Rita Uriati for making this procedure so easy. Only good things to say about the entire Koch Eye staff. Thank You !!!!”

Robert, March 2013