About Contacts and Eyeglasses
A visit to Koch Eye Associates begins with a thorough eye examination to determine whether any eye health or vision problems exist. If our experts diagnose you with a vision problem, it is ideal, not to mention convenient, to obtain your corrective lenses at the same facility with the same team. That is why each of our locations in Wakefield, Woonsocket, North Kingstown, Warwick, Providence, and Johnston, RI feature on-site optical stores. We have a vast supply of eyeglasses and contact lenses, and our optometrists and ophthalmologists work side by side with our opticians to make sure your process runs smoothly. We use advanced digital surfacing equipment for lenses that are much more precise than those made with traditional tools, and we have a remarkable inventory of fashionable frames. Our primary goal is to surpass your expectations for eye healthcare, so schedule your exam at one of our Rhode Island facilities today.
"I first went to Koch Eye many years ago after being referred there for a follow up appointment after being treated at the emergency room for an eye injury, That was the only time I actually saw Dr. Koch himself (who was very nice by the way) It is only in the last few years (since my old lady eyes have begun to need reading glasses) that I have come in regularly for my eye exam and glasses prescription. I never have any problem with wait time because there are several optometrists. Really the only thing I am not crazy about is their hours. I wish it was possible to get an evening appointment or that there was an occasional Saturday. The office staff is pleasant and courteous"- I.C. / Yelp / May 09, 2019
"Kathy and Zach at Koch Vision Store are just terrific; very knowledgeable about selections and have great recommendations when one is considering lenses/frames."- J.M. / Google / Nov 22, 2019
"I had been going to Vision World/ Works for the last 20 years for eye exams, glasses, contacts. When I was last seen a few years ago I was told my eyes had weakened and I needed -6.0 in my left eye and -5.0 in my right, a substantial increase from -4.75 left and -3.75 right two years before. Needless to say I experienced hyperopia and needed readers for the first time. I wasn't able to read labels, see my phone, or use a laptop without readers of at least +2.5. I was recentl...y seen by Dr Besen at Koch Eye who prescribed contacts of -5.25 left and -4.25 right. I'm absolutely certain that Vision World had me in lenses that were too strong because now I can see my laptop without readers, and I can see my phone if I hold it at arms length. Not only can I see better (for distance as well as close up), but the entire experience of walking into Koch, being greeted by reception, having a preliminary exam by the optician assistants, receiving a full eye exam by the optometrist, being properly fitted for glasses by the optician, and checking out with reception, is exponentially superior with Koch. Clearly the entire staff enjoy their careers, and are friendly, professional, and completely competent. Thank you, Koch Eye Associates! I will recommend you to everyone I know. Sincerely, Kate Carroll"- K.C. / Facebook / Nov 13, 2019
"Everyone is always completely professional and so friendly and accommodating. Thank you Danielle, Nancy, Janine, Catherine, Jess and Dr. Fantoni! Highly recommend!"- J.M. / Google / Sep 13, 2019
"Koch Eye Associates saved my vacation. I was here from out of town and ripped my last contact lens. I was lucky I had my prescription with me and they had my lens in stock. In less than 20 minutes, I had a brand new lens and was on my way! Thank you Koch Associates for saving me from a very long ride home with only1 contact lens in my eyes. Very courteous friendly staff who were willing to listen and help and save my day!"- L.M. / Google / Aug 16, 2019
Whether you end up with glasses or contacts will depend largely on your lifestyle, and many patients end up choosing to have both on hand. One of our experienced team members will help you with your choice, but there are a couple rules of thumb. For example, if you might not be vigilant about the proper care necessary for contacts, or if you only need glasses sometimes, glasses might be a better idea. However, if you are athletic or especially active, contacts might be better for your lifestyle. Finally, if you have corneal issues or dry eye, you may not be an ideal candidate for contacts.
What to Expect
After your exam and consultation are complete, an expert on our team will go over all the options with you and recommend specific eyewear for your lifestyle. We are very experienced in helping our patients find the best solutions so they can obtain their best vision while feeling confident and fashionable. At Koch Eye Associates, we encourage our patients to see eye health and eyewear as an investment in their quality of life. We also provide contact lens training for all of our patients to ensure that once you are home, you are confident in putting them in and keeping them safe and clean.
Patients who opt for eyeglasses typically are not required to come back to our office for a follow-up visit about your prescription. However, patients who decide to go with contacts are asked to return after about 45 days to ensure that the contacts are working well for their eyes and health. At this follow-up appointment, we will discuss the comfort of the lenses or any discomfort they might be causing, as well as how the prescription is working for you. All of our patients, whether they choose glasses or contacts, do need to have regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exams to assess their overall eye health.
At Koch Eye Associates, each patient we see receives a customized vision plan that ensures their most precise vision correction. If you have glasses but are considering contacts, or if you think you may have some vision impairment but don’t have corrective lenses yet, contact one of our state-of-the-art Rhode Island locations for an eye exam. We are here to guide you through the process and make sure you understand the advantages of each option.