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 eye care 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 in 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”.
What Our Patients Say...
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.
Q&A with Dr. Hammond
Dr. Deanna Lyn Hammond Answers Your Eyecare Questions
How does diabetes affect your eyes?
When we eat carbohydrates our body breaks them down into sugar which is sent to the bloodstream with the help of insulin. If too much sugar is made or we don’t have enough insulin to handle this process we have an excess amount of sugar in the bloodstream.
One side effect is a swelling of the lens in the eye caused by water being pulled into the lens. This can cause blurred vision which is often temporary.Other more severe risks include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when small blood vessels swell and leak blood or other fluids onto the retina (back layer of the eye).
Diabetic Macular Edema causes swelling in the macular area of the retina. This is where your color vision and critical vision originates.
Cataracts are caused by a cloudiness in the eye’s lens. This makes it difficult to focus on things. Glaucoma can be caused by a blockage of fluid exiting the eye. Sometimes new fragile blood vessels appear in the iris of the eye. This can block fluid exiting the front part of the eye resulting in excessive eye pressure which in turn harms the optic nerve causing larger and larger blind spots.