Here at Hoosier Family Eyecare, we are proud to serve Elletsville, IN . Our team of professionals is dedicated to giving our patients the highest quality of optometry care. We offer a full range of optometry services so all of your family’s needs are met under one roof.

Our goal is for you to leave our office with a memorable and enjoyable experience, which is why our welcoming and compassionate staff will do everything they can to make you feel right at home.

If you are looking to brighten and enhance your vision, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (812) 876-6899!

Meet Dr. DeWar

Dr. DeWar served in the United States Army as an Optometrist after completing his degree in 1971. Stationed first at Fort Sam Houston, TX and then Fort Dix, NJ, he then moved to Orleans, Indiana as a civilian and army reservist. In 1977 the Ellettsville practice became home.

After retiring from the military, Lieutenant Colonel DeWar had plenty of time to be Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 119 for 10 years. He retired as Scoutmaster in March of 2008 and has comfortably taken his place as Troop Committee Chairman. He is an active member and committee worker of Ellettsville First United Methodist Church. He is also a member of the Masonic Lodge. As for the practice itself, Hoosier Family Eyecare has sponsored little league teams, school programs and sports, public servicemen, and much more.

He has received many awards for these activities:

  • Flame and Cross Award from the Methodist Church for Scout Council Scoutmaster’s Award of Merit
  • Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award
  • The Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds

Professionally, Dr. DeWar can be seen donating time for local school vision screenings in the fall. Dr. DeWar works with Edgewood High School’s mentoring program by allowing students to shadow him in order to learn something about the Optometry profession. He has had I.U. Optometric students to visit and shadow him to further their education thus serving the larger area community. Dr. DeWar is the 2016 recipient of Ellettsville Greater Area Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence. This award is given in recognition of service to his community.

Dr. DeWar and his wife, Valerie, have 3 sons, 1 daughter, and 4 grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, playing golf and spending time with their family.

“Through the growth of this practice over the years, I appreciate the relationships formed with my patients and look forward to adding to the family here at Hoosier Family Eyecare. We pride ourselves on being an office that provides modern care with old-fashioned caring.” Dr. Lloyd K. DeWar

Meet Valerie DeWar

Technician & front office

I am now in the office full-time. I will be scheduling appointments, assisting the dr. in the exam room, helping patients choose new eyewear and fit that eyewear once it is completed at the lab. I will also be providing patient education.

Meet David H. Owen!

David is our optician and dispensary supervisor. He has been in the Optical business since 1984, as an Optician, Tech and Lens Lab Inspector. He feels that the whole eyecare process should be fun, uplifting, and educational. Your spectacle selection will be time well spent giving you both quality and fashion for your investment. He enjoys spending time at the Owen homestead where they raise Sheep, Geese, Ducks, and Chickens. In his spare time he has roles including Training coordinator, Senior advisor and Member representative for the Putnam County Community Response Team.

Meet Mary-Claire Owen!

As front office administrator Mary answers most of the calls and greets patients as they arrive here at Dr. DeWars. She is the go to person for forms, appointments, and general information. In other words, she keeps the office staff on their toes. You can expect to see her smiling face when you come for a visit. In her off hours she is a Unit Leader and Instructor for the Putnam County Community Response Team. When she isn’t at work or out in the field with PC CERT you will find her out in the woods hiking or at the playground playing with her son.

Meet Crystal M. Sarver!

Newest member of the office team Crystal brings 8 years of Optic experience. She serves as Technician, Insurance Coordinator, and Contact Lens manager. Crystal says working with patients is the best part of the job. When not in the office she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, husband, and the family cats and dog. They like traveling and seeing new places. She also likes to casually dip into photography. In her quiet time you might find her watching a movie, reading a favored book, or working in her garden.


Our one-on-one approach to optometry makes Dr. DeWar Jr. and the Hoosier Family Eyecare staff the eye and vision care providers of choice in the ELLETTSVILLE area. Our optometrist offers the following services: complete eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, glaucoma testing, and pre- and post-operative care. For a complete list of services, visit our services page or call our office at (812) 876-6899.

At Hoosier Family Eyecare, we are dedicated to providing high-quality optometry services in a comfortable environment. Call us at (812) 876-6899 to schedule your appointment.


Our practice has not merged with any other practice or business. We remain a single doctor, private optometry practice in Ellettsville that is in way a part of corporate America. We are also the only optometry office that is technically in Ellettsville as well. We still have the same standards we have always had, and we will continue to have. We always take new patients and will continue to service our established ones.