Personalized Eye Care
for Your Needs
from Kennebec Eye Care Beginning in 1955
Kennebec Eye Care was opened in 1955 by Dr. Robert Moody and has continued providing expert and quality optometric care ever since. We now employ four optometrists who are committed to providing patients with personalized care. Contact us anytime online, or call us at (207) 872-2797.
Here at Kennebec Eye Care, we offer a variety of optometric services to give patients 100% customer satisfaction.
ON-SITE LAB FOR LENSES
MACULAR DEGENERATION CARE
LASIK SURGERY CONSULTATIONS
Licensed for Patient Care
Our four optometrists are ready to schedule an appointment to meet with you and give you expert eye care. All our doctors come from different backgrounds and are all highly qualified to care for all our patients. They all hold the Advanced Therapeutic State License, which allows them to treat external ocular diseases and glaucoma.
Dr. Frank J. Myska, O.D.
Dr. Myska graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, and graduated from The New England College of Optometry. He has been involved with Kennebec Eye Care since 1995. Dr. Myska is the holder of many academic awards and achievements, such as number one in his class at The New England College of Optometry, the Bausch & Lomb Award, and elected into the Outstanding Young Men of America. He also has been mentioned in “Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities” three times.
Dr. Peter Paradis, O.D.
Dr. Paradis graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington and received his optometry doctorate from The New England College of Optometry. He joined the Kennebec Eye Care family in 2009 and has continued to provide his expert optometry services since then.
Dr. Kerry Kaplan, O.D.
Dr. Kaplan graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. She took two years off before returning to finish her degree in optometry from The New England College of Optometry. Her expertise in optometry allows her to provide all the services included at Kennebec Eye Care. She joined the Kennebec Eye Care family in 2014.
Dr. Lesley Sobeck, O.D.
Dr. Sobeck received her degree from Ferris University in Michigan. She moved on to the Michigan College of Optometry to finish her degree. She joined the Kennebec Eye Care team in 2017 and provides her professional service to all her patients.
Meet The Staff
at Kennebec Eye Care
Our doctors are not the only ones who care for our patients every day. Meet our highly skilled optometric and optical staff!
Carrie P. - Office Manager. Joined the team in 1992.
Britney T. - Optician since 2009. Front desk reception; billing; employed in 2010.
Melissa G. - Optometric Technician. Performs specialty testing, including visual fields, ocular coherence tomography (OCT), and digital fundus photography; employed in 2010.
Jessica W. - Front desk reception; board-certified optician; optometric technician since 2015; employed in 2011.
Celeste L. - Front desk reception; billing; employed in 2011.
Ash H. - Optician; Lab Technician; employed in 2013.
Erica S. - Optician; Optometric Technician. Performs specialty testing, including visual fields, ocular coherence tomography (OCT), and digital fundus photography; employed in 2014.
Kevin L. - Lab Technician; Optician; employed in 2016.
Stephanie R. - Contact Lens Technician; Optometric Technician; employed in 2016.
Micah S. - Front Desk Receptionist; employed in 2017.
Danielle D. - Optician; employed in 2017.
Darcy L. - Optometric technician; employed in 2017.
- What is the best way to clean my glasses?
- How should I handle my glasses?
- How should I store my glasses?
- What is a Transitions lens?
- What is a progressive lens?
- Will wearing glasses make my eyes get worse?
- If I borrow glasses from someone else, will that damage my eyes?
- How much will my glasses cost?
- What is the difference between ordering my glasses online or going to the office to pick them out?
- What is the benefit to wearing sunglasses or having UV protection?
- Why do I have to pay extra for a contact lenses exam?
- Do I need a prescription to purchase contacts?
- When does my contact lens prescription expire?
- What if I want to switch contact brands or wear colored contacts now?
- What is the difference between soft contacts and gas permeable contacts?
- What happens at a contact lens fitting?
- Why should I remove my contacts nightly?
- What should I bring to my eye exam?
- Can I use my flex-spending or health savings card to pay for my visit, my glasses, or my contacts?
- At what age should I bring my child in for an eye exam?
- What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist?
- What is the difference between nearsighted and farsighted?
- What is Presbyopia?
- What is color blindness?
- What does 20/20 vision mean?
- What is the purpose of having my eyes dilated?
- Are there any side effects to pupil dilation?
- What is uveitis?
- What are Cataracts?
- What is Glaucoma?
- Can I have cataracts and glaucoma at the same time?
- What is Macular Degeneration?
- What is Dry Eye?
- What is a Visual Field test?
- What is an OCT?
What is the best way to clean my glasses?
When cleaning your glasses, make sure to use a microfiber cloth. Avoid using the corner of your shirt, napkins, paper towels, or tissues, as these can damage your lenses and may leave scratches. Rinse lenses under lukewarm water if you do not have access to lens cleaner (specifically designed for this purpose).
How Should I Handle My Glasses?
How Should I Store My Glasses?
You will want to purchase a case for your glasses. They are an investment that you do not want to damage. Make sure that you do not place your glasses down on the lenses. Try to keep them away from small children, animals, or extreme temperatures (such as leaving them in the car). Extreme temperatures can warp your frame or cause damage to the lenses.
What is a Progressive Lens?
Many know or refer to these lenses as no-line bifocals. You can look up to see clearly across the room and in the distance. You also can look ahead to view your computer in the intermediate zone and drop your gaze downward to read and do fine work comfortably through the near zone of the lenses. They are a seamless progression, unlike a lined bifocal or trifocal.
Will Wearing Glasses Make My Eyes Get Worse?
No. Wearing glasses helps you see more clearly with less eye strain and squinting. The eyes will naturally change over time whether glasses are worn or not. Each person’s eyes are unique and will change at their own rate.
How much will my glasses cost?
When ordering glasses there are many variables that can and will affect the cost of your glasses; i.e., type of lens, lens material, lens coating, and frame style. To accurately answer this, you will need to visit with one of our opticians.
What is the difference between ordering my glasses online or going to the office to pick them out?
Although ordering glasses online may seem more economical, they may be made of lesser quality materials and may not carry a warranty. Good quality lenses help give you your best possible vision. With an office fitting, you will receive customized measurements from our qualified opticians and necessary fitting adjustments. Many websites do not take or use your personalized measurements to craft your lenses.
What is the benefit to wearing sunglasses or having UV protection?
It is a proven fact that UV rays can damage the eye and can cause anything from blindness to cataracts to macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses or UV protection helps block those rays from entering your eye.
Why do I have to pay extra for my contact lens exam?
Fitting a patient with contacts requires the doctor to perform additional procedures and utilize their training and expertise. These take This takes additional time beyond those of a patient that does not wear contacts. The doctor will check your fitting style and vision to determine that contacts are a good fit for your visual needs.
When does my contact lens prescription expire?
Contact lens prescriptions expire one year from the date they are written. When your prescription expires you will no longer be able to purchase contacts in office or online until you have an exam.
What is the difference between soft contacts and gas permeable contacts?
Contacts can be made of different materials. Soft contacts are made of a soft, flexible plastic which allows a more breathable feel, allowing oxygen to flow more freely. GP lenses are made of a more rigid plastic which is more resistant to deposit buildup. Each lens type can correct certain issues that the other may not.
What happens at a contact lens fitting?
You will visit the office for your contact lens instruction, where you will sit with a contact lens technician and be instructed on proper techniques of insertion, removal, and care for your contacts. Your vision and placement of the new lenses will be checked by the doctor.
Why Should I remove my contacts nightly?
When you are sleeping with your contacts, you are depriving your corneas of oxygen. Because your eyes are not able to lubricate themselves properly, you risk possibility of infection as well.
Can I use my flex-spending or health savings card to pay for my visit, my glasses, or my contacts?
Yes, your flex-spending or health savings card can be used to pay for any of these things. Please make sure that you know the balance on your card before you try to pay as we cannot find that out for you and would hate for you to have to pay a different way and lose your benefit. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your Human Resource Department for clarification.
What should I bring to my eye exam?
You should bring the following items:
Insurance card(s), and know what is covered ...if you are unsure contact the customer service number on the back of your card or your Human Resource Department for help. If you do not have this with you, you will be asked to reschedule.
Form of payment... (cash, check, credit card, and or flex-spending card) A list of medications, vitamins and supplements.
A list of allergies, both medications and general.
Any family history of ocular and medical diagnosis.
Current glasses and/or contacts
All past eye exam records
What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?
An Ophthalmologist (MD) has a medical degree and is licensed to perform eye surgery. An Optometrist (OD) has a degree in optometry and is qualified to screen for eye conditions along with determining the need for glasses and/or contacts.
What is the difference between nearsighted and farsighted?
What does 20/20 vision mean?
This term stands for “normal vision.” It is vision measured at 20 feet, meaning that you see images clearly at 20 feet that you should see at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be 20 feet away to see what someone with perfect eyesight is able to see clearly at 100 feet.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye's optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. The extra fluid increases the pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration, is a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the center of the visual field. Early on there are often no symptoms. Over time, however, some people experience a gradual worsening of vision that may affect one or both eyes. While it does not result in complete blindness, loss of central vision can make it hard to recognize faces, drive, read, or perform other daily activities.
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