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Ribbon cutting held at Family Optometry

Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

Family Optometry invested in a brand new, 3,400 square foot facility, which is located at 2880 Northpark Avenue in Huntington. The building was constructed by Desmonds, Inc., a contractor with extensive experience in the construction of medical office buildings.

Family Optometry was founded in Marion by Dr. Robert Hutchinson in 1981. The practice expanded to a second location in Wabash in 1994, with Dr. Hutchinson serving as the sole optometrist until Dr. Eric Dale joined him in 2007.

From the beginning Family Optometry was guided by Dr. Hutchinson’s convictions that people are more important than money, all patients deserve to be treated like family and the office should be a fun place for both staff and patients. While Dr. Hutchinson passed away in August 2014, Family Optometry continues to operate upon those principles he valued.

Upon Dr. Hutchinson’s passing, Dr. Dale became the new owner of the practice. Dr. Jack Derby joined Family Optometry in 2015, and became a co-owner in the practice three years later. In August 2015, Dr. Derby also joined the optometry practice of Dr. J. Jeffrey Hughes whose office was just down the street from the new location. Dr. Hughes has been a fixture in the Huntington community since 1981. After working alongside Dr. Derby for over two years, Dr. Hughes and his Huntington practice officially joined Family Optometry in January 2018.

In 2020 Dr. Eric Harman joined the group after closing his office in downtown Huntington. Dr. Harman has practiced in Huntington for many years after taking over the practice of his father Dr. Willard Harman.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Hughes and Dr. Harman as part of the Family Optometry team, and we look forward to continuing and building upon the great reputation both have earned in the Huntington community,” said Dr. Dale.

Dr. Hughes, Dr. Derby and Dr. Harman began seeing patients at the new facility recently. The new facility includes state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and an expanded frame selection of over 500 frames. Services will include routine family eye care, contact lens fitting, pediatric eye care, diagnosis and management of ocular disease (including glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye care) and treatment of eye infection and injuries. Office hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Family Optometry, at 2880 Northpark Avenue, on Friday, March 13. Shown on the front row, from left, Dr. Eric Dale, president, Family Optometry; Teresa Ladd, Family Optometry; Sarah Hain, First Merchants Bank and Chamber Ambassador; Dr. J. Jeffrey Hughes, Jill Kline, Dr. Jack Derby, Jessica Miller and Dr. Eric Harman, all Family Optometry; Nicole Hahn, Pathfinder Services and Terry Miller, Terry Miller Real Estate Century 21 Bradley and both Chamber Ambassadors. Back row, from left, includes Steve Desmonds, owner Desmonds, Inc.; Jim Ryan, Logansport Savings Bank; Angie Arnold, Miller’s Merry Manor and Chamber Ambassador; Charlie Chapman, Huntington Common Council; LeeAnn Kline (partially hidden), Amy Prus, both from Family Optometry; Christina West, Pathfinder Services and JoDeane Knowles, TCU and both Chamber Ambassadors.