Dr. Thomas J. Ferrara began seeing patients in Belvidere, IL as in independent Optometrist in 1964.
In 1972, he moved to downtown Belvidere. It was from this location that Dr. Ferrara and Family Optical Centre, Inc. (officially established in 1981) This location in Belvidere has now developed into the community’s only private practice office of optometry in Belvidere since the mid 1990’s.
Since 1981, the practice continued to expand…this time opening an office at Family Optical Centre’s current location at South Alpine and Broadway in Rockford. As the Rockford area grew, Dr. Ferrara expanded yet again by opening an eye wear boutique and professional office inside the then new Logli Supermarket on State St.
In the mid 1990’s Dr. Ferrara began accepting associates into his practice. With the addition of Dr. Sarah Gregg, Dr. Norb Kulpinski and Dr. Brian Parrett, Family Optical Centre, Inc. is now one of the most progressive medical optometry practices specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease for patients of all ages. In addition to exceptional patient care, Family Optical Centre, Inc. has the largest selection of designer frames, specialty lenses and contact lenses available.
In 2005, Dr. Ferrara retired from seeing patients, but continues to be active in the practice.