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.
Contact Lenses and Eyeglasses Reviews
"I had Lasik done with Koch, the experience was painless! the staff was comforting and made you feel like you were well taken care of. My vision has never been better even though I have worn contact lenses for years I felt I could never get real clarity like I have now. I would recommend this practice to anyone who wants to have the procedure done. It is well worth it!"- N.D. / Google / Jun 30, 2018
"Had LASIK on 8/14/2020, great experience, I was well informed of what to expect. No surprises. Dr. Gerber was very professional and has good bed side manners. For my follow up the next day I saw Dr. Bae and she was very nice, friendly and sweet. The entire staff at all the locations I have visited for eye exams, purchase glasses and/or contacts have been very nice. Very nice and clean locations, everyone wears a mask and practice social distancing as much as possible. I am glad I had this team for my surgery and my family eye care needs."- S.R. / Yelp / Aug 25, 2020
"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. <br /> I was recently 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.<br /> 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. <br /> Thank you, Koch Eye Associates! I will recommend you to everyone I know.<br /> Sincerely, <br /> Kate Carroll"- K.C. / Facebook / Nov 13, 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.