Optometrist Rachel Achenbach knows eyes. As of January first, Achenbach and Maine Optometry took over the practice of Dr. Colin Robinson, bringing the power of a multi-office practice with new equipment to Windham.
Achenbach has been working with Robinson since April getting to know the patients before the buyout. She strives to have a better relationship with her patients and keep them coming back to her with all of their eye care needs.
Maine Optometry, a privately owned practice, operates offices in eight locations in southern Maine. Gorham and Standish are the closest branches to Windham. Each one has its own personality and offerings. One of the advantages to having a group of eye care professionals under one umbrella is the availability to see another doctor if one is away or sick, or to have the option to look at a different variety of frames in another location.
Achenbach specializes in primary eye care prescribing glasses, contact lenses and specialty lenses. She performs comprehensive health screenings and regular checks for diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, and helps with the co-management of Lasik eye surgery.
Achenbach has been practicing for three years and is up to date on the latest in eye care and screening methods. She decided to become an optometrist because of her experiences growing up with her eye doctor, who was the first female eye doctor in the State of Maine. “I loved my eye doctor. She’s still practicing,” Achenbach said.
Maine Optometry sees patients from birth to advanced aged. Children from birth to 12 months receive free eye exams. It is recommended that everyone get an eye exam every one to two years. For children it is recommended that they receive their first check up at six months, then 3 years old and again at 5 before they start school.
For school aged children who love to read, Achenbach said to watch to see if they suddenly don’t want to read or are not enjoying it. Perhaps they are labeled or put in a specialty group. Often it is not their reading skills at all. It could just be that they might need glasses.
“We are a privately owned practice. Anything you need we can make it happen. We’re a private practice with a family feel,” Achenbach said.
She prides the office on having the latest and newest equipment and access to anything she might need to help her patients. She boasts about her staff and said that patients often complement her on their friendliness and organization.
“I feel like I go above and beyond for everybody. I will make it right because I don’t give up quickly,” Achenbach said.
The staff consists of Dottie Millett the optician, Corrine Knight, receptionist, and Katie Sawyer the technician assistant. Dr. Robinson has stayed on in the practice working with neuro-rehabilitation only on a pay per visit rate.
The office carries a full selection of glasses from 9 West and Coach to Ray Bans and Oakley. They offer an assortment of frames at all price points. Glasses can be made with a variety of lenses from Transitions to progressives.
Maine Optometry also carries contact lenses with multi-focal, daily lenses and specialty lenses. Achenbach lives in Windham with her husband, who also works at Maine Optometry. The Windham office, located at 584 Roosevelt Trail #4, is open Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturdays once a month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. by appointment. The practice now accepts the majority of insurances and has their own eye care advantage plan for those without insurance.