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Corridor Family Eyecare keeps an eye on the neighborhood: My Biz

Robert Kingus (out of frame), a doctor of optometry, checks the ocular health of Mary Jo Thurn of Chelsea during her appointment at Corridor Family Eyecare in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Kingus has been in practice for twelve years, and he opened his own business in fall of 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Robert Kingus (out of frame), a doctor of optometry, checks the ocular health of Mary Jo Thurn of Chelsea during her appointment at Corridor Family Eyecare in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Kingus has been in practice for twelve years, and he opened his own business in fall of 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — When Robert Kingus finished optometry school in the Chicago area in 2006, he knew he wanted to move back to the Cedar Rapids area to begin working and put down roots with his family.

Dr. Kingus then spent the next 12 years working in a variety of optometry practices, both small privately owned and larger national retailers. It was through those years of experience that he determined he wanted to open his own office someday.

“I like to have a voice,” he said. “After doing things at other places for a while, I developed a take on how I wanted my practice to run..”

Kingus looked for a location for his practice around town for about six months before his wife spotted a space for lease near Kirkwood Community College, which he was drawn to for its prime location right off Highway 30.

“There are a lot of optometrists in Cedar Rapids, but the College Community area has never had optometry practice located out here,” he said. “I wanted to be in an area that had a patient base to build from and still have room for things to grow around me. I really appreciate that this area is still developing.”

“There are people in this neighborhood, those living in the apartments and some college students, who don’t always have reliable transportation, so to have easy access to this as some place you can walk to is helpful,” said Kingus, who opened Corridor Family Eyecare in October 2016.

“This is what you would call a cold start because we opened our doors with no established patients and sometimes it can be a challenge to get the word out.”

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“We offer the full scope of services, from glasses and contacts to dealing with infections, glaucoma and foreign object removal,” he said, noting that they do not offer optical surgery.

Kingus said he handles making about 70 percent of the glasses which results in a quicker turnaround time for patients.

Corridor Family Eyecare takes appointments as well as walk-in appointments.

“We accept any patient with any circumstances. “We are here to help anyone who needs it.”

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At a glance

• Owner and optometrist: Robert Kingus

• Business: Corridor Family Eyecare

• Address: 5350 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids

• Phone: (319) 365-2946

• Website: http://corridorfamilyeyecare.com

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