This practice was started in 1974 (when the building was constructed) by James Hatton, OD. He developed a flourishing practice over the twenty years he owned and operated it. In 1994, Dr. Hatton sold the practice to Tom Wilson, OD. Dr. Wilson practices in Casa Grande, AZ at Casa Grande Vision Center. He remodeled Dr. Hatton’s practice and renamed it Tempe Vision Center.
Tempe Vision center was a satellite office for Dr. Wilson. He owned the practice, but employed optometrists to operate and manage it for him. Over the years, he employed Paul Wolf, OD; Tina Cooley, OD, and Kirk Reed, OD. All of them opened their own offices in the East Valley after working here.
In 1999, John D Pearson, OD started working at Tempe Vision Center. Dr. Reed had just left to open his own practice.
In 2006, Dr. Pearson purchased Tempe Vision Center from Dr. Wilson and renamed it Desert Family Eyecare. At the same time, the practice began being remodeled, which doubled the office size. We hired more optometrists as the practice grew. Lars Carlson, OD 2006-2008; Jeremy Olsen, OD 2006-2007, Alisha McCallen, OD 2007-2008 all worked here and left to operate their own practices. Trina Cheng, OD started in 2007 and still works here. Karen Chow, OD started in 2009 and still works here.
In 2006, Dr. Pearson hired Charles Hollis Jones, a long time friend in Los Angeles, to design the office furnishings. When you visit the office, you’ll notice that it is “So Hollywood.” This is the standard background for Jones ‘ work. Check out his current furnishings at 1stdibs.com and search for Charles Hollis Jones.
In 2010, We renamed the practice Desert Eye. The culture is one of constant improvement and change. One thing has never changed, though. We still provide comprehensive, caring optometric services as well as offer high quality, highly fashionable eyewear and contact lenses at reasonable prices.
We look forward to welcoming you.