Meet Our Doctor
Christopher Hopkin, OD, FAAO
Dr. Hopkin is accredited by the Texas Board of Optometry as an optometric glaucoma specialist and is fully certified in therapeutics. His years of training, clinical experience, and continuing education give him the ability to handle anything from “routine” eye care to complex eye problems.
Originally raised in Fort Worth, Dr. Hopkin is happy to be back in the area following his education, training, and service in the military. In 2003, he was honored to be one of only four selectees nationwide for the Army’s competitive Health Professions Scholarship Program, and was granted a full scholarship to the Southern California College of Optometry, graduating in 2007. During his time there, he was a member of the prestigious Beta Sigma Kappa honor society.
While in the Army, Dr. Hopkin was stationed in Louisiana, where he served as Chief of Optometry Services for Fort Polk’s hospital. His work there included the training and supervision of several other optometrists and staff. He coordinated the pre- and post-operative care for the hospital’s corneal refractive surgery (LASIK and PRK) program, co-managing the treatment for well over a thousand soldiers. He served as an ER on-call physician, seeing many patients after hours for a wide variety of ocular disorders and trauma. He also helped several soldiers and their dependents with keratoconus and other corneal disorders see clearly again with specialized contact lens fits.
Dr. Hopkin is also one of less than 10% of optometrists who has been granted the privilege to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. This designation (FAAO) means he is recognized by his colleagues as having met high standards of professional competence in a broad range of issues related to eye care. Following the completion of the rigorous qualifications set by the Academy, the candidate's lectures and written presentations are examined by a panel of leading doctors of optometry, who review the presentations and the candidate’s professional credentials. Fellows of the AAO must continue to maintain the highest of professional standards.
Dr. Hopkin lived in Brazil for two years, where he became fluent in Portuguese. Since then, he has gradually learned Spanish from his many Spanish-speaking patients - and gradually forgotten a lot of Portuguese! He welcomes the opportunity to continue to improve his abilities with both languages and hopes to continue to learn from his patients. As an optometrist, he enjoys the personal interaction he has with people, whether through routine care or helping patients through more challenging eye problems. He has benefited professionally and personally over the years from working with and learning from skilled and dedicated optometrists and ophthalmologists and is pleased to now offer his services to the people of the area where he was raised.
Dr. Hopkin’s favorite past-time is spending time with his wife and three children – they particularly enjoy family bike rides to the park and spending time in their backyard (mostly jumping on the trampoline). Even though Dr. Hopkin is extremely hyperopic (or far-sighted – he loves his contact lenses, by the way) he is grateful he hasn’t passed it on to his kids! He and his family are active in their church and community. Dr. Hopkin enjoys spending some of his nights and the occasional weekend camp-out as Scoutmaster of a great group of 12-13 year-old Boy Scouts. His favorite sport is basketball, but he regrets he could never get above the rim to dunk (though he often dreams that he can). Dr. Hopkin also has a love of music – he sings and plays the piano and guitar. As a young boy growing up in Fort Worth, he actually won 3rd place in a Youth Van Cliburn Piano competition (he still has the plaque – come see it at his office!).
We at Excel Eye Care of Texas look forward to getting to know you and your family and taking care of your eye and vision needs.