By the time Dr. Kim Nguyen was in high school, she knew she wanted to be an optometrist. “Going into college, I didn’t have a plan B,” she said. “I loved the idea of improving patients’ quality of life through eye care.” By 17 she obtained a job working for an optometrist and was able to learn many aspects of the profession.
“I loved the work but saw things I wanted to do differently,” she said. “I didn’t like walking into a cold and sterile waiting room with rows of chairs, or having to wait for hours to see the doctor for just a few minutes. So, when I opened my practice, I wanted my patients to enjoy their time in my office. I wanted to offer quality eyecare that’s personable.”
Dr. Nguyen (pronounced win) schedules ten to fifteen appointments a day, not the thirty or more that most doctors see. This gives her time to focus on each patient, really get to know them, and cater treatment plans to each of their needs. Treat others the way you want to be treated is her belief. “I’m lucky to have a great team that helps me convey this concept,” she said.
The Perception Eyecare & Eyewear office is casual, homey, and comfortable—a fun place to visit. And Dr. Nguyen carries unique eyewear, not the ubiquitous designer products you see coming and going. “I work with independently-owned companies who only specializes in eyewear, to provide patients with quality, handcrafted, and innovated one-of-a-kind eyewear.”
Custom Contacts and Innovative Treatments
Dr. Nguyen also offers custom contacts. “Many people have trouble wearing contacts because of eye problems or surgeries they’ve had in the past,” she said. “A lot of optometrists don’t offer custom contacts because, to be honest, they’re very time consuming. But it’s rewarding for me to see how I can improve the patient’s vision when they thought they couldn’t see any better.”
Dr. Nguyen takes pride in staying abreast of the latest technology and treatment options. At her clinic, she recently introduced an exciting new method of improving “lazy eyes,” for even adults!
Meet Dr. Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen grew up in Houston where she graduated with honors from the University of Houston. She went on to the prestigious University of Houston College of Optometry in 2007. As a therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist, she is licensed to treat, manage, and prescribe medications for most eye injuries, infections, and diseases. Dr. Nguyen is an active member of the community. Her life’s motto: Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
“Dr. Nguyen was great! My 14-month-old son was having vision issues, and I was nervous about how he would do in the exam. Dr. Nguyen was very patient and sweet with him. You could tell she’s worked with little kids before. She was able to help us identify his vision issues and find a good solution for him.” – Elijah M.
4150 East Renner Road, Suite 300
Richardson, Texas 75082
By Meredith Knight
Photography by David Thompson