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Doctors of Optometry

The staff at Farr Eyecare Group is composed of optometrists and technicians. Optometrists are doctors that complete a four-year degree and then go to an accredited school of optometry for another four years. They are state-licensed as specialists trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the eye and its related structures. They write prescriptions for glasses, contact lenses, and eye-health problems. They manage patient care with the ophthalmologists that perform eye surgeries and opticians that fit and adjust eyeglasses.

R. Craig Farr, O.D.

Dr. Farr graduated and received his Bachelors of Science from the University of California- Irvine (UCI). He received his graduate degree from Southern California College of Optometry(SCCO) in 1997. He has been practicing in Arizona since that time. He opened Farr Eyecare Group in 2001. He enjoys the challenges of practicing optometry and the daily interactions with patients and staff and is capable of performing exams in spanish.

Nimesh Patel, O.D.

Dr. Patel graduated in Molecular and Cellular Biology, receiving his Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of Arizona (U of A) in 1995. Dr. Patel then attended the Southern California School of Optometry (SCCO). He graduated with his Doctors of Optometry in 1999. He joined Farr Eyecare Group in 2007. Dr Patel is very patient and is excellent at diagnosing and treating diseases of the eye. Dr. Patel also speaks Spanish. We are fortunate to have a wonderful doctor like him on our staff.

Julie Hwang, O.D.

Dr. Hwang graduated from University of California-Berkeley-(go Bears!) in 2002 and majored in Molecular and Cell Biology receiving her Bachelor of Arts. She then graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) in 2006. After receiving her Doctors of Optometry she then completed a residency with the Palo Alto VA Medical Center in Low Vision Rehab. She also works part time with the Low Vision Clinic at the Phoenix VA Hospital. She became a member of Farr Eyecare Group in 2008. Dr. Hwang is kind and caring to all the patients she treats. She is a happy person and easy and fun to work with.

Karen Chow, O.D.

Dr. Chow attended the University of Arizona (U of A) and majored in molecular cell biology. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science and graduated in 1999. She then attended Pacific University College of Optometry (PCO) earning her Doctors of Optometry and graduated in 2005. She has been practicing in Arizona since 2006. She joined Farr Eyecare Group in 2009. We are fortunate to get to work with her and enjoy the energy and enthusiasm she brings to the practice.

Optometric Technicians

Optometric technicians are trained to sanitize and set up office equipment, perform preliminary eye exam tests, dispense contact lenses, and provide contact lens insertion and removal training. The technicians at Farr Eyecare Group are also trained in applying insurance benefits, billing, and answering many technical questions.




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