Welcome to Family Eyecare Center!

Family Eyecare Center is a full service eye and vision care provider.  We accept both eye emergencies and scheduled appointments. Patients throughout the Grand Island & St Paul area come to Family Eyecare Center because they know they will receive the personal attention and professional care that is our foundation. We are dedicated to keeping our patients comfortable and well-informed at all times. Our staff is looking forward to helping you with all of your eye health needs.  We will take the time to answer all of your questions and ensure you understand all of your options. 

Our Approach to Optometry:

At Family Eyecare Center, we understand each of our patients vision is unique.  We provide all of our patient's with personalized services taking their unique needs into account.  We are dedicated to providing a service that sets us apart from the others!  This makes us THE eye and vision care provider in Central Nebraska.  

Our optometrists offer the following services: 

  • Comprehensive Eye Exams
  • Contact Lenses 
  • Glasses
  • Glaucoma Testing 
  • Dry Eye Management
  • LASIK Consultation and Care
  • Pre and Post-operative care

At Family Eyecare Center, we are dedicated to providing high-quality optometry services in a comfortable environment.


2020 Year of the Eye Exam

Governor Pete Ricketts has proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Eye Exam in Nebraska and The Nebraska Optometric Association is launching an awareness campaign "Beyond 2020 Vision" to call attention to the importance of vision as well as eye health.  Our own Dr Lynda Conner spoke with 10/11 News about the importance of annual eye exams.  



Nebraska Optometric Association Encourages Making Vision Exams a Summer Tradition

NEWS RELEASE 

 Summer Vacation Eye Exams Essential to Helping Children Succeed Next School Year 

 Nebraska Optometric Association Encourages Making Vision Exams a Summer Tradition 

 LINCOLN, NE – With summer vacations in full swing, the Nebraska Optometric Association (NOA) is encouraging parents to ensure a successful upcoming school year by scheduling their children’s annual eye exam now. 

 At a recent presentation to school nurses at the Nebraska School Health Conference, Dr. Lori Grover, OD. PhD. of the American Optometric Association emphasized the importance of all Nebraska students having regular comprehensive eye examinations with a qualified eye care provider. 

 “Student eye health is an imperative part of student learning,” Dr. Grover said. “The Nebraska Optometric Association can serve as a resource for schools to help ensure students have access to a comprehensive eye exam. Access to eye care will decrease health barriers and help keep Nebraska students safe, healthy and ready to learn," Dr. Grover said. 

 NOA President, Dr. Andrew Bateman, encourages parents to start the next school year on a healthy note by making comprehensive eye exams a priority this summer and maintaining proper eye health throughout the year. 

 “Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child's ability to learn in school and participate in sports and other activities. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less it will impact an individual's quality of life,” Dr. Bateman said. 

 80% of everything a child learns comes through their eyes and visual system.   

6 out of 10 kids identified as problem learners have undetected vision problems.   

1 in 4 children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior. 

 “From ages 6 to 18, a child’s vision can change frequently or unexpectedly which can lead to behavioral and attention issues in the classroom. Making a comprehensive eye exam a priority during summer break is one of the single most important investments you can make to your child’s education and overall health,” he said. 

 And, while schools, local health fairs put on by hospitals, social service agencies or fraternal groups typically offer basic vision screenings, a comprehensive eye exam is the only way to detect serious eye health issues. 

 “If the screening indicates a vision problem, they are often referred for further evaluation. However, a vision screening can't be relied on to provide the same results as a comprehensive eye and vision examination,” Dr. Bateman said. 

 “These screenings cannot detect potentially serious eye and overall health issues in children and should not be relied on to provide the same results as a comprehensive eye and vision examination,” he said. 

 “Screenings can create a false sense of security for those individuals who ‘pass’ the screening but who actually have a vision problem. These people are then less likely to receive treatment for their vision problem-and it could become worse,” Dr. Bateman said. 

 The Nebraska Optometric Association reminds parents to keep these four eye health and safety tips in mind: 

 Make annual eye exams a priority this summer.  Making a comprehensive eye exam a priority during summer break is one of the single most important investments you can make to your child’s education and overall health. The NOA recommends parents take children in for an eye exam by an optometrist soon after six months of age, again by age three and annually thereafter. 

 Screenings are not the same as comprehensive eye exams. Vision screenings can uncover some vision problems, but they can miss more than they find. They should not be relied on to provide the same results as a comprehensive eye and vision examination by a Doctor of Optometry. 

 Look for indicators of eye health issues: Common signals that your child may be experiencing a vision problem include covering one eye, holding reading materials close to the face, a short attention span and complaining of headaches or other discomfort. 

 Prevent eye strain by monitoring the use of digital devices: Increased exposure to electronic devices in and out of the classroom can cause digital eye strain, including burning or itchy eyes, headaches, blurred vision and exhaustion. The NOA recommends following the 20-20-20 rule (taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away), blinking frequently and adjusting your child’s computer screen to prevent glare can prevent discomfort. 

 To make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam or locate your local Doctor of Optometry, visit Nebraska.aoa.org

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The Nebraska Optometric Association (NOA) represents over 275 doctors of optometry serving in more than 80 communities throughout the state. Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eyes. 



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Meet our Eye Care Professionals

Our team of eye doctors at Family Eyecare Center remain committed to bringing you, our patients and customers, a world class eye care experience.

  • Dr.
    Chad Hudnall
    Optometrist

    Dr. Chad Hudnall 

    is a 1997 graduate of Grand Island Northwest High School and a 2001 graduate of Doane College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and was a two year Academic All-American in football and graduated with honors. In 2005, he graduated from Indiana University with a Doctorate in Optometry.




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  • Dr.
    Joshua Conner
    Optometrist
    Dr. Joshua Conner

    Dr. Joshua Conner joined Family Eyecare Center in December of 2016 as a residency trained optometrist. Originally from Grand Island, he attended Seedling Mile Elementary School and Barr Junior High School before graduating from Grand Island Central Catholic in 1997.  He attended Doane University for his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry where he received the Doane Scholar Award. Dr. Josh earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University in Bloomington.


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  • Dr.
    Stephanie Grabowski
    Optometrist
    Dr. Stephanie Grabowski

    was raised in Malcolm and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston, College of Optometry in 2011 with a Doctorate in Optometry. During this time she completed externships at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma’s College of Optometry and Ehrling Bergquist Clinic at Offutt Air Force Base.  Dr. Grabowski joined Family Eyecare Center in 2011 after graduation from the University of Houston, College of Optometry.


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  • Dr.
    Lynda Conner
    Optometrist
    Dr. Lynda Conner grew up in South Bend, Indiana, approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. She attended Purdue University where she graduated with honors in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. From there she went on to Indiana University to earn her Doctor of Optometry in 2007 after completing ocular disease externships at the Fort Wayne Veterans Hospital as well as Bennett and Bloom Eye Centers in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • "Family Eye Care is an amazing place to go for eye care health! The staff is so kind and personable and the doctors very knowledgeable!"
  • "These people are amazing! We have had several issues with our insurance companies, hours of phone calls trying to clarify coverage for each family member and family eye care was extremely patient and understanding. I became an emotional wreck there in the office with the stress of it all and they were comforting. They helped us in a financial situation more than I could of asked for. I can't thank them enough for what they did for us. Super friendly and professional! Thank you so much everyone!!!"
  • "They were able to get me in last minute after calling around and trying to get into an eye doctor for several weeks. I was very impressed with how quick the whole appointment was and how professional and kind the staff were. They explained my insurance benefits and explained it a way I could understand. They also assisted me with making a good choice with glasses and contacts and helped me decide what would be the best decision. Will definitely be back! Well worth the drive from Hastings."

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