Family Eye Care Q & A


Patients often seek family eye care at Ford Eye Center in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, for comfort, convenience, and familiarity. The practice provides exams, glasses, contacts, and treatment for problems and diseases for patients of all ages under a single roof.

What Should Patients Look For in a Family Eye Care Center?

Patients should ask these questions:

  • Do they offer the products and services the patient needs?
  • Are the doctors board certified?
  • Is the facility clean and inviting?
  • Do they have updated equipment available?
  • How do patients rate the services they’ve received there?
  • Does the facility accept the patient’s vision insurance?

While these factors are most important, patients may also consider the facility’s proximity to their home or work or their average wait time for appointments when selecting a clinic.

Are there Specialists on Staff?

Yes. Ford Eye Center employs optometrists, ophthalmologists, and renowned eye surgeons to ensure patients can receive treatment for all conditions under one roof. Not all family eye clinics have specialists on staff; in those cases, referrals are made to larger clinics like Ford Eye Center.

What are the Benefits of a Family Eye Care Center?

Receiving vision care from a family eye care facility comes with multiple benefits:

  • The providers have intimate knowledge of family medical history, which allows them to be proactive in screening and diagnosis
  • The family can establish a trusting relationship with a single doctor, which results in comfort and confidence in the care received
  • Scheduling all family members for their appointments at the same clinic adds convenience to busy family schedules
  • Having access to optometrists, ophthalmologists, and other specialists under one roof adds convenience as well

At What Age Should Routine Eye Examinations Begin?

The American Optometric Association recommends that infants are examined at 6 months of age and again at 3 years of age. Then, from age 6-18, a comprehensive vision exam should be completed every other year.

How Often are Comprehensive Eye Exams Recommended?

Most patients should have a comprehensive eye examination once per year. This is important because some serious conditions that can result in blindness are “silent,” that is, they have no obvious signs or symptoms alerting the patient of trouble. Annual examinations can reveal eye diseases and disorders before signs and symptoms develop, often increasing the chances of preserving vision.