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Your eyes are the most important part of your body. When you visit Kind Optical Inc for an eye test, you can be sure that you're in good hands. Call us at 414-543-2900 to schedule an appointment for eye tests.
Dr. Karen Merkle

About Dr. Karen F. Merkle

Dr. Karen F. Merkle graduated Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1977. She was then employed in private practice in Kenosha prior to moving to Milwaukee in 1980. Until the conversion of a previous Kindy Optical to Kind Optical in 1996, she was employed by various optical offices throughout the Milwaukee area. She is proud to own Kind Optical Inc and practices as an independent optometrist.

She served on the Wisconsin Optometry Examining Board from 1983 to 1987 and as the chairperson in 1987. This board ensures that new licensees are qualified to practice in Wisconsin, writes regulatory rules, and disciplines licensed optometrists, if necessary. During her tenure on the board, the standards for contact lens care were updated and strengthened.

Dr. Merkle enjoys seeing patients of all ages with an emphasis on ocular health. She is skilled at providing excellent eyeglass prescriptions and fits state-of-the-art contact lenses.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ed, and playing the flute in the Golden Eagles Band. This band provides free entertainment to nursing home residents throughout the Milwaukee area. She and Ed have two daughters and four grandchildren.  
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