Member Spotlight:

Hicksville Family Eye Care


When, why, and how did you start your business? -OR- Brief summary of your business’ services. 

After the passing of Dr. James Hilbert, a Hicksville resident reached out to me (Dr. Hoffman) regarding the need for another optometrist in her town. I checked it out and saw a ton of potential and the need for eye care to continue in this community! I began seeing patients in April 2011 and have continued to grow since.


Tell us about your company’s mission and values. 

At Hicksville Family Eye Care, “Our Focus is on You”! We pride ourselves in providing a wide range of optometry services for our community. Our optometrist provides you with a very thorough eye evaluation, determines if you need corrective lenses, fits you with the appropriate specialty eyewear, and helps you keep the health of your eyes throughout your lifetime! We value our relationships with our patients and the ability to keep their eyes healthy.



Where is your favorite place to have a meeting outside the office?

Depending on the event or time of day, my favorite Hicksville meeting locations include “The Clubhouse” at the old golf course and “Two Bandits Brewery” for after-hours events.



Tell us about a chamber event you enjoyed and found memorable – and why.

Even though I haven’t participated in the golf outing itself, I really have a great time at the annual Chamber golf outing dinner in Defiance each year. I usually bring my wife and she loves getting to meet everyone.


How has joining the Chamber benefited you? 

The Chamber has been a great way to meet/greet local business owners. I have been able to talk about eye care needs for other businesses in town and how to help business owners meet their employees’ needs. In addition, it has been fun to do the presentations so Chamber members can hear what all we do as optometrists!


What have you discovered about Hicksville that pleasantly surprised you?  

While I grew up in a small town, I did not expect the loyalty that Hicksville residents have to offer. If “they can find it in Hicksville, why go elsewhere” is truly something I have appreciated with my patients. However, it also elevates my level of care because I do not want any resident or patient to feel that they need to “go elsewhere” for quality eye care.


What’s something few people know about you or your business? 

While I am not shy to share, most people do not know me as a basketball referee. How many times do you hear people yell at the basketball refs, “how did you not see that?” or joke about the “three blind mice”? Well, in my unique experience, it isn’t about what I “saw” in as much as how I call, or don’t call the game. I love that owning my own business allows me the freedom to balance my basketball schedule with my optometry schedule.


What do you do in your free time?

In my limited downtime, I enjoy woodworking! I always have a project going and spend most of my time building something new or restoring an old item so it looks new again.


What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Hicksville Chamber?

For the most part, it is the connections I am able to make with other Chamber members that makes the membership worth it to me. However, I am excited that the website is getting revamped, so we are only one click away for people trying to connect with us.


For more information:

Hicksville Family Eye Care
203 N. Main St.
Hicksville, OH 43526
P: 419.542.7741