Urgent Care

We offer an immediate response for any and all emergencies. Our doctors can be reached 24 hours a day by pager service. Eye emergencies are best cared for promptly and expertly by our eye specialists. It is always better to see us whether the problem is relatively minor or are very acute and severe, such as a metal foreign body in the eye. We hope you don’t need these services often, but when you do you can be assured of prompt expert care. Please visit our Eye Emergency page for more information.

Pediatric and Children’s Vision

The Ophthalmic examination often varies from office to office and is designed or based largely on the patient’s age and chief complaint. Our doctors and staff immensely enjoy working with young children. We combine state-of-the art equipment with vast experience that allows objective analysis, even when the child is less than enthused about getting his or her eyes examined. We follow the American Optometric philosophy that children should be examined by an eye care professional at their first and third birthdays. Much of vision is developmental in nature. In many instances environmental factors significantly impact a child’s development of vision, eyesight and his or her ability to learn and thrive in the learning environment.

As behavioral optometrists, we feel that in many instances, we are able to make a major impact in the course of the child’s development. The tools we use include lenses, prisms, home, office and computer therapy, when indicated. It is our passion for influencing the relationship between learning and vision that fuels our commitment to all of our pediatric patients. Our Vision Therapy section, including Orthoptics (Vision Rehabilitation) and visual perceptual development are scheduled weekly through most of the school year. Our therapists include staff trained as teachers, who are experienced in education and analysis of vision and perceptual problems.

We readily and regularly communicate with school officials, pediatricians and other health professionals associated with each child patient. For those children requiring eyeglasses, our eyewear department for children is extensive with a great selection of both inexpensive and pediatric designer eyewear. A pediatric examination can take anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes at our office. In an attempt to make our office more child-friendly on Monday afternoons, additional staff is available to assist parents who bring many small children to the examination. Our doctors are warm, patient and interact exceptionally well with each child.

Refractive Surgery

We generally encourage patients to explore all options when considering refractive surgery. Our doctors have managed many patients who have undergone Lasik, PRK, Intacs, RK, and Corneal Reshaping Technology. If you are over age 20, have a stable prescription, are in good health, you may be a candidate for Refractive Surgery. We are technologically equipped to provide the pre and post operative care for each of these conditions. During your evaluation we can discuss expected visual outcomes and the reasonableness of each procedure for your unique visual and eye health needs.

Generally, patients are referred to a Lasix Center for consultation. Although centers exist in Providence, some patients elect to visit Boston or Canada for the procedure. The cost currently is between $1,000 to $5,000 for the two eyes. This number is dropping rapidly in other parts of the country and in Canada for as little as $2,000. We are the Rhode Island affiliate for Lasik M.D. in Montreal, Canada. If you would like additional information prior to your next eye examination, please feel free to call for a complementary consultation or attend one of our Lasix seminars.

Dry Eye Syndrome

This is a very common affliction. Ocular lubricants have been the mainstay for years. New non-preserved delivery systems are very helpful. The use of punctal occlusion, a painless simple procedure, has become the overwhelming treatment of choice for dry eye or ocular surface disease.  We’d be happy to discuss this in more detail at your next visit.  To read more about this condition go to our Eye Conditions page.