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WELCOME TO FIRST EYE CARE
First Eye Care, Inc. is an association of optometrists formed in 1985. Our goal is to have successful practices filled with happy patients. The original 18 doctors maintain independent optometry practices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Carrollton, Plano, Irving, Bedford, Killeen, Southlake, Prosper, Weatherford, Roanoke, Corsicana and North Richland Hills.
First Eye Care Grand Prairie was founded in 1977 by Dr. Michael K. Hammond. Dr. Hammond was a U.S.Air Force veteran. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry. He held licenses in Illinois, Florida and Texas. He was well respected, loved, and is always missed by his patients, colleagues, friends and family.
First Eye Care is a shared name with a shared corporate philosophy – “Vision Made Clear”.
Q&A with Dr. Hammond
Dr. Deanna Lyn Hammond Answers Your Eye Care Questions
What exactly is Glaucoma?
Dr. Webb: It is a plumbing problem. There is a fluid that is constantly being made inside the eye, and then exiting the eye. If too much of the fluid is made, or it is not exiting the properly, then this creates an excess amount of pressure in the eye. This pressure bears down on the optic nerve and causes damage to the nerve. Everybody has a blind spot where the optic nerve attaches to the eye but you don’t notice it because the right eye compensates for the blind spot of the left eye, and the left eye compensates for the blind spot of the right eye.
Once that blind spot gets larger, enough that it is noticeable, then that vision is gone. For this reason, glaucoma is often called “the thief of vision”. Many people, if they aren’t getting regular eye exams, may not even know this is happening to them, until it is too late and some vision is already lost.
By having the optic nerve looked at, and having the eye pressure taken, on a regular basis, as well as in the front part of the eye, where the iris (the colored part of your eye) and the clear layer over the iris (cornea) meet is called an angle, and sometimes that will either get full of pigmentation from the iris, or may be narrow. This could keep the fluid from exiting out of the eye as well, so it’s important to also look at the angle of the eye.
Our philosophy says certain values are important when you do business with us:
- We believe that it is important to deliver consistent, excellent service to our patients
- We believe that your doctor should be caring, experienced, and progressive
- We believe that the frames and lenses that you purchase should be of high quality
- We believe that patients want a broad range of services available to them at a location and time that is convenient for them
All of the member optometrists of First Eye Care support our Vision Made Clear philosophy. Our goal is to consistently implement these values into our day-to-day operations and to continue to produce successful practices filled with happy patients.