Notable Alumnus


Gregory W. Hicks, OD
Class of 1984

Dr. Gregory W. Hicks graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1984. He completed additional clinical study in vision therapy and pediatric vision care at the State University of New York State College of Optometry.

Dr. Hicks has served the college in the Primary Care, the Binocular Vision, and Pediatrics Clinics. Currently, he is as an Assistant Clinical Professor and has had fourth year optometry externs work alongside him on a daily basis since the inception of the college’s externship program. He is a partner and president of Family Eye Care Centers, which is a multi- doctor group practice with offices in Sandusky, Huron, and Clyde, Ohio. He has also spent 11 years as the staff optometrist at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

Dr. Hicks is also the Director of Professional Affairs for HOYA Vision Care, North America, where he is available to independent eye care professionals for input on how to best use HOYA’s products and services. In his role in HOYA Professional Affairs, he is a liaison to and sounding board for HOYA’s management team. He travels extensively across the country speaking on behalf of HOYA and consulting with numerous practices.

An involved member of the professional optometric community, Dr. Hicks belongs to the Ohio Optometric Assocation (OOA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA). He served as president of the OOA in 2000 and was the OOA Optometrist of the Year in 2004. He served as the AOA appointed member on the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) for nine years. Dr. Hicks has been a part of the AOA volunteer committee structure with a number of national appointments including: AOA Communications Committee, AOA Federal Relations Committee, AOA InfantSee Committee, and the AOA Ophthalmic Council. In 2005, Dr. Hicks was awarded the very first Dr. W. David Sullins, Jr. AOA InfantSee Award for his role in promoting infant eye care issues on both the national and community level.

Dr. Hicks is active in many public service and community organizations: Sandusky Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky Rotary Club, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, Erie County United Way, OSU Alumni Club of Erie County, Boys Scouts of America, YMCA, American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, Sandusky Jaycees, Huron Eagles Club, High School Athletic Booster Clubs, and Plumbrook Country Club. Locally, he has been awarded and named the Huron, Ohio Outstanding Citizen for Service to Youth, the Sandusky, Ohio Outstanding Young Citizen of the Year, and the Sandusky, Ohio Jaycee of the Year.

He resides in Sandusky with his wife Vicky. They have three adult children: Jeremy, Cassie, and Jonathan.



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