At King Family Eye Care, all of our optometrists hold advanced optometric degrees and practice using the most current eye disease treatments. We strive to provide exceptional customer service to all of our patients and take pride in our personalized care and our commitment to spending the necessary time with each patient to ensure a comfortable experience.
Dr. Matthew King earned his Doctorate in Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Gordon College. He completed clinical rotations at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital in Los Angeles, CA; the Ambulatory Clinic on the Naval Sub-base in New London, CT; the Las Vegas Low Vision Clinic in Las Vegas, NV; and the Southern California Eye Clinic in Fullerton, CA. He co-founded King Family Eye Care, LLC, which initially opened in Old Saybrook, CT in 2004 and later expanded to Rocky Hill, CT in 2006.
Dr. King is an active member of the Connecticut Optometric Association and has previously served on their Board of Directors. He is also a member of the ALLDocs Association, the doctor’s association affiliated with LensCrafters. Additionally, he volunteers with OneSight, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing no cost eye-exams, glasses, and permanent vision centers to individuals and places that need eye care the most. With OneSight, he has spent a number of weeks aiding communities in Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
In his free time, Dr. King enjoys kayaking, downhill skiing, piloting small airplanes, and hiking with his family and dog.
Dr. Eric Cropper received his Doctorate in Optometry from the Arizona College of Optometry and two Bachelors of Science from the University of Hartford: one in Health Studies and one in Business Administration. He completed clinical training rotations at the VA in Newington, CT; Horizon Laser Eye Center in AZ; IHS Chickasaw Nation Hospital in Ardmore, OK; and private practice in Phoenix, AZ. Before becoming an optometrist, Dr. Cropper served in the United States Marine Corps as a tactical data network specialist.
In his free time, Dr. Cropper enjoys traveling and spending time with his large extended family.
Dr. Kiera A. Hagan received her Doctorate in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, where she served as president of the Pennsylvania Student Optometric Association, executive treasurer for the student council of Salus University, and a member of the Gold Key Honor Society. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and completed her clinical rotations at Braverman Eye Center in Florida; Resler-Kerber Optometry, Inc. in Missouri; and the Jack C. Montgomery VA hospital in Oklahoma. She is also residency trained in Ocular Disease from the Newington VA hospital in Connecticut.
Outside of the office, Dr. Hagan enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling to new and exciting places.
Dr. William Lavoie earned his Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Lavoie specializes in contact lens fitting but is passionate about the broader field of health sciences as well. He chose optometry primarily for the one-on-one patient experience and the work-life balance.
Outside of the office, Dr. Lavoie can be found gardening, horseback riding, and carpentering.
Dr. Leora A. Berns received her Doctorate in Optometry from Indiana University and attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate. She relocated to Connecticut in 1986 and opened a private practice in Avon, CT. After selling her practice in 2015, Dr. Berns brought her years of experience and knowledge to the King Family Eye Care team.
In her leisure time, Dr. Berns enjoys gardening, knitting, walking, doing crosswords, and serving on the Board of the West Hartford Women’s Chorale.