Alumni Focus on Daniel Koch (OD’84)

DR. KOCH'S STORY

Hometown

Tallmadge, Ohio

Which degree(s), related to optometry, did you earn at Ohio State?

Doctor of Optometry, 1984

Who were your mentors at the College of Optometry? Who had a positive effect on your education?

Dr. Carl Dodson, one of my clinic instructors at the College of Optometry. He was polished and professional. Dr. Dodson’s rapport with patients was unsurpassed.

DR. KOCH'S CAREER IN OPTOMETRY

Name of your employer(s) and title, including location.

Owner, Columbus Eyeworks in the Short North Arts District, 25 W. Hubbard Ave, Columbus, OH 43215.

Give us a glimpse of your typical day as an optometrist.

Beyond the “rinse, lather, repeat” of daily practice routine, I love serving patients by solving their vision needs.

Which optometric issues concern you the most?

Consolidation and vertical integration of frame, lens manufacturers, and insurance providers within eye care.

Why did you choose a career in optometry?

I decided as a junior in high school to pursue a career in optometry after careful consideration of alternate professions in healthcare. I have to admit the need for glasses from third grade and beyond also contributed to the decision.

Where do you hope to see your optometric career in five years?

As I approach retirement after 33 years loving optometry, I think about how best to impart the “street smarts” of establishing and running a successful urban-focused practice.

What is one piece of advice you can give OPT IV students as they prepare to graduate and begin their optometric careers?

You can be successful in private practice with aim, purpose, and perseverance.

DR. KOCH'S OHIO STATE EXPERIENCE

What were your most memorable moments at Ohio State?

Touring the campus with my mom and dad while I was a junior in high school.

What do Ohio State and the College of Optometry mean to you and your family?

Ohio State, specifically the College of Optometry, is the vehicle or catalyst that has allowed me to be a part of the profession that I love.

How do you stay connected with the College of Optometry as an alumnus?

I attend continuing education events hosted by the College of Optometry at unique venues on campus.

DR. KOCH'S FUN FACTS

What are your current hobbies, volunteer work, interests?

We partner with a local gallery in the Short North Arts Distict. Sherri Hawk of “Sherrie Gallerie” curates the art at Columbus Eyeworks. We call it “Artworks at Eyeworks by Sherrie Gallerie.” I also enjoy kayaking, snow skiing, biking, the arts, and travel. I support Pilot Dogs, Columbus Museum of the Arts, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and Sunday at Central.

Tell us the best eye pun or joke you have ever heard .... 

How many optometrists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? I don’t know, you tell me … one or two?!

What was the first concert that you attended / most recent? 

Cleveland Symphony Orchestra was the first when I was very young. Most recent was a concert at the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus Eyeworks sponsors Sunday at Central).

What is your favorite summer time activity?

Kayaking.

If not an optometrist, I would be ...

A chemical engineer or an architect.