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Dr. Rhonda Riles, O.D.

Dr. Rhonda RilesDr. Riles received her Dr. of Optometry degree from Ohio State University in 1982, and has been practicing Optometry for 33 years. Dr. Riles is a member of the Energeyes Optometry Association Optometry Association. She specializes in Pediatric Optometry, and in fitting all manner of Contact Lenses.

Dr. Riles grew up in Springfield, Ohio, which reminds her of Mansfield, as both cities are great for raising a family. She first became interested in Optometry when she was a cheerleader in middle school. Her eye doctor fitted her with contact lenses so she could turn cartwheels and see at the same time. Her experience with her eye doctor, and her love of science, made her decide Optometry was the right choice for her.

Dr. Riles is an avid flower gardener and loves nature and bird watching. She dreams of turning her property into a nature preserve someday.

Community and family are important to Dr. Riles, and she has served as the Community Outreach Team Leader at her church, where she’s had the opportunity to partner with many of Richland county’s service organizations, like Habitat for Humanity. She has been married to her husband, Dr. Holbrook Riles, for 32 years and has 3 grown children and one grandson.

Dr. Riles loves to share the lighter side of Optometry. One of her favorite stories is about the patient who walked in wearing two pairs of glasses, one on top of the other. One pair was for reading and the other for distance. Dr. Riles was thrilled to tell him that she had a lens for him called a bifocal that would solve his dilemma, and she was totally flabbergasted when he said, “No thanks, Doc. I’ll stick to this! I’m used to it.” He walked out wearing two pairs of glasses, one on top of the other!

Dr. Riles is thrilled to be able to combine her love of family, with her Optometry practice. She has been practicing in the same community for so long that patients she saw as children now bring their children in for exams. She comments that seeing generations of patients from the same family is “Very cool! – Getting to know patients is one of the most rewarding facets of being an Optometrist.”