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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Ocean Optics a proud provider of vision care products and services in Delray Beach.


Kandace L. Haines, OD, FAAO

Doctorate, Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry

Residency, Cornea & Contact Lens, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Haines is a comprehensive optometrist who specializes in primary vision care, contact lens fittings, and pre- and post-operative care. She also offers specialty fit contact lenses, including scleral lenses and Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT) which has been proven to slow the progression of near-sightedness. Most recently she has been investing her time in vision therapy education to help local children do better in school/ reading and also promoting both eyes to work together. 

A longtime resident of Florida, Dr. Haines received her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida in Biomedical Science with a minor in Business in 2003. She earned her doctorate of optometry degree from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in 2011. She was invited to join the Gold Key Honor Society, the highest leadership honor society attainable by a student doctor of optometry. During her optometric education, Dr. Haines completed externships at the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute and Envision Eye Center, both located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

After optometry school, Dr. Haines spent an additional year in residency in Primary Care with an emphasis in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through presentations, lectures, publications and became a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She has presented work at the Southeastern Conference for Optometry, the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, and the Florida Optometric Association. Additionally, she has given lectures for faculty, students, and practicing optometrists.

Dr. Haines has made giving back to the South Florida community a priority. She donates and participates in many activities through her church, walks yearly in the Vision Walk for Retina Research and many other walks in the community. She has participated in Yoga for the Blind, assisting blind community members with their positioning. She worked with the Back to School Health Fairs/ screenings locally as well as screenings in local businesses. She also worked with Prevent Blindness Florida to provide vision screenings for preschool-age children in Tampa.

Dr. Haines is licensed to practice optometry by the state examining board of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Optometric Association, Past president of Palm Beach County Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, and American Optometric Association. She lives in Boca Raton with her husband Ryan, son Colton, daughter Adaline and two dachshunds Abaco and Kona.


Rachel Gaon

Patient Care Coordinator

What I Enjoy Most About Working at Ocean Optics

My favorite thing about working at Ocean Optics is that we are all (staff and patients included) a family. We take the time to get to know every patient and make sure all their needs are taken care of.

A Little More About Me

I moved to Florida from Brooklyn, NY in 2017 with my husband and dog. My background is in nutrition and exercise science. It has been very interesting learning a new field and seeing the impact a healthy lifestyle can have on eye health.

My Interests Outside of Work

In my free time I love to cook, work out, garden and enjoy the perks of Florida living relaxing by the pool and hitting the beach and park with my dog Gambit.