Our Optometrists & Eye Health

The Importance of an Annual Eye Exam

Did you know there is more to an eye exam than vision correction? The eyes can reflect your overall heath, and early signs of many illnesses can sometimes appear in the eye. People often think they don’t need an eye exam until they start squinting or experiencing blurry vision. Yet some diseases, such as glaucoma, are not symptomatic and can only be diagnosed through an exam.

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Care

Our eye doctors use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure a thorough and accurate ocular assessment. Your eye examination includes an anterior and posterior ocular health evaluation, subjective refraction, and glaucoma testing. Our optometrists always maintain the highest standard of care. Your eye evaluation includes an Optomap® assessment of the retina. The Optomap, a state-of-the-art digital imaging tool, captures a detailed picture of the retina in seconds, without dilation. It allows the doctors to observe a larger portion of the retina than they can with traditional eye examination techniques. Optomap images are also available for the patient to see, and they can be stored in our system for future comparisons. The Optomap evaluation is a screening tool, and the doctor may still need to dilate your eyes for further examination. A thorough retinal assessment is important because it can lead to early detection of many diseases, including glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Contact Lenses

Our optometrists also have expertise in contact lenses. With modern technological advances, almost anyone can wear contact lenses today. During your eye examination, the doctor can discuss your contact lens options. Contacts can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (the progressively diminishing ability to focus on near objects that comes with age). They are also available in a range of flattering colors for cosmetic purposes.

Refractive Surgery and Lasik Consultation

In collaboration with TLC Laser Eye Centers and other world renown local opthalmologists, our eye doctors work with the top ophthalmologists in Boston for laser vision co-management. Call our office to arrange an appointment for your free laser vision consultation.

Our Optometrists

Dr. Michelle Rahimian received her degrees from the University of California at Irvine and the New England College of Optometry. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and California. Her resume includes rotations at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA, and the Cataract and Laser Institute in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Doug Rett graduated from the University of Michigan and the New England College of Optometry and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Michigan. He completed a residency in ocular disease at Boston VA Medical Center and works as an attending doctor there.

Dr. Kristen K. Griebel graduated from Pennsylvania State University and the New England College of Optometry, where she was class salutatorian. She was a resident in primary care optometry and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

Dr. Lara Farah graduated from The Ohio State University and the New England College of Optometry. Her past experience includes rotations specializing in pediatrics, contact lenses and ocular disease. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

Dr. Lena Desjardins is a California native and attended the University of California at Davis where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Dr. Desjardins’s professional education was at the New England College of Optometry in Boston where her clinical training included primary eye care, pediatrics, contact lenses, low vision, and surgery co-management for cataract and LASIK surgery. Dr. Desjardins is a member of the American Optometric Association, and Massachusetts Society of Optometrists. She is currently Licensed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.