Dr. Frank DiChiara, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Frank_DiChiaraDr. Frank DiChiara founded the practice in 1955.

He graduated from La Salle Academy and completed his pre-medical courses at Providence College and received his doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

In 1959 he became the director of the Low Vision Clinic at the Rhode Island Association for the Blind, now called In-Sight.  He headed the clinic for thirty years and wrote several articles on low vision.  He was admitted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and became the twenty-seventh Diplomate in Low Vision.

He was honored by his colleagues with the Optometrist of the Year award in 1980 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1987.  In 2004, the Rhode Island Optometric Association presented him with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was a member of the Board of Examiners in Optometry for several years serving as its chairman for four years.

He was named Alumnus of the Year by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1998.  That same year he was honored by Saving Sight R.I. for his many contributions to the community.

Dr. DiChiara has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Big Brothers of R.I. for twenty years and they honored him with the Humanitarian Award in 2002.

Dr. DiChiara retired in 2012.