Our Team

Dr. William F. Varr III

Dr. William F. Varr III was born and raised in Kent County, where he attended Moses Brown School and went on to graduate from Columbia University with his B.A. in 1979. He continued his education at New York Medical College where he graduated with his M.D. in 1984. After completing his residency in Ophthalmology at The University of Cincinnati Medical center in 1988, Dr. Varr joined the United States Army as a Flight Surgeon.

Dr. Varr served in the United States Army, at Fort Rucker, Alabama, until 1992. During his service as a flight surgeon he was a clinical instructor at the U.S. Flight Surgeon School, was first in his class and a Distinguished Honor Graduate and was an advisor for aviation ophthalmology to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. Major Varr also implemented the contact lens program during Desert Storm and received a Meritorious Service Medal for his service in that conflict.

Dr. Varr returned to Rhode Island after his service where he began seeing a private practice in July, 1992. In 1999 he joined Kent Ophthalmology along with Reid S. Appleby Jr. Dr. Varr took over the practice from Dr. Appleby upon his retirement in March 2004.

In June of 2007, after construction of its new facility, Kent Ophthalmology relocated to its current location at 220 Toll Gate Rd. in Warwick, RI. In addition to his military service, Dr. William Varr has also been the president of Rhode Island Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (1998-2000), served as the counselor for Rhode Island to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (2000-2005), and served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Kent Hospital (1996-2005).


Elaine began working in the optical field in 1980 as an optical assistant in Northern California. While working in California Elaine realized she had found her calling and made it her career. Soon after, Elaine was certified by the American Board of Opticianry.

In 1985, she moved back to New England and began working for an ophthalmology practice in Newport. After two years as an apprentice at the practice, Elaine was able to acquire her optical license in the state of Rhode Island. In 1995 she began practicing in Massachusetts and received her Optician license there as well.

Elaine began working with William F. Varr III, MD in October of 2007. Dr. Varr and the staff at Kent Ophthalmology welcomed her to the family as the Optician at Kent Optical.

With over 20 years of experience as a licensed Optician, Elaine is a vital part of the complete care approach at Kent Ophthalmology. She stocks, on site, over 400 frames from a variety of designers. The optical shop can also order from a huge catalogue of frames.

The Kent Optical is not only open to the patients at Kent Ophthalmology, Elaine welcomes you to stop in and browse anytime.