Who We Are
Family Optometry was founded by Dr. Robert Hutchinson in Marion in 1976, and was known as Marion Family Optometrists. In 1994, he began an office in Wabash, known as Family Optometry.
In early 2015, the Marion office also assumed the Family Optometry name. Dr. Hutchinson operated both the Marion and Wabash offices by himself until Dr. Dale joined him in 2007.
From the beginning, Family Optometry was guided by Dr. Hutchinson’s convictions that people are more important than money, that all patients deserve to be treated like family, and that the office should be a fun place for both staff and patients. While Dr. Hutchinson was sadly lost to cancer in August 2014, Family Optometry continues to operate upon those principles he valued.
In 2014, Dr. Ashley (Hight) Yearling joined Dr. Dale, and Dr. Jack Derby joined the Family Optometry team in August 2015. The addition of Dr. Derby made it possible for us to open our new office location in Peru in September, 2015. Dr. Derby now sees patients in Marion and Wabash, while Dr. Dale and Dr. Yearling are available in all office locations. It is our pleasure to now provide caring, affordable, high quality eye care for families in the Marion, Wabash, and Peru communities.