Welcome Dr. Krishna Patel!

KPatel for WebsitePark Eye Center is excited to welcome Dr. Krishna Patel, OD!

Dr. Patel takes joy in knowing that she can make a difference by improving someone’s vision. Volunteering to assist with vision screenings as an undergraduate at Rutgers University solidified her interest in optometry and thereafter Dr. Patel received her degree from SUNY College of Optometry.

Her clinical experience includes an externship at Omni Eye Services working alongside ocular specialists and with pre and post-op cataract patients. Working with veterans during an externship at VA Lyons in New Jersey she helped to manage glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, and her internship at SUNY College of Optometry provided valuable exposure to pediatrics, vision therapy, contact lenses, and ocular diseases.

Dr. Patel loves giving back to the community and participated in many vision screenings as a volunteer—including working with the “Opening Eyes” program at the NJ Special Olympics.  During optometry school she was privileged to participate in the rewarding experience of a volunteer mission trip to Jamaica to help treat impoverished communities and provide children and adults with comprehensive eye exams.

She enjoys working with patients and building relationships. When she is not in the office, she loves traveling, cooking with her husband, and watching movies with her family.

Back To School – In July??

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I was wandering down the the aisles in Target the other day buying all those wonderful things I never knew I needed. After wasting a few minutes agonizing over the merits of Rolos vs. Milky Way mini bars I escaped the endless rows of food paradise to find myself getting in the way of about ten red-shirted workers feverishly putting up a new display. After doing a tiny self congratulatory dance in my head that my days of back to school shopping were over I felt a burst of moral outrage that summer was being prematurely hijacked by an overeager business model. Seriously folks, couldn’t you have waited until August? As I made my way towards the checkout counter I began to reconsider my hasty condemnation of the sweet and innocent school supplies. Allow me to share with you a classic scenario that occurs in every eye doctor’s office the second to last week of August. Front desk staff picks up phone. “Um, hi, this is Mrs. OopsIforgot, my son is going back to college in three days and needs an appointment and a years worth of contact lens, and oh, he lost his glasses when he went kayaking down the Delaware, can you squeeze him into the schedule and get him everything he needs?” Experienced front desk staff calmly tells Mrs. OopsIforgot that Dr. Superduperbusy has been fully booked for August since June and she would put Master OopsIforgot on the waiting list. I will spare you the back and forth phone shenanigans that ensued between irate mom and calm staff member, but you get the picture. Summer is a great time for those back to school eye exams for your kids – so when those shiny, glittery school supplies start popping up on your radar make that call to our office to ensure that your kids are all set up for their annual checkups. Oh, and Target? I am sorry I ever doubted you….