Meet the Optometrist


Dr. James N. Hess, Jr. O.D.

Columbia Family Eye Care

Dr. Hess is a lifelong Columbia resident. His parents moved to Columbia in 1967, where they were one of the first 100 residents in Columbia. Dr. Hess and his wife Cindy still live in Columbia with their two children. Dr. Hess graduated from Dasher Green Elementary School, Owen Brown Middle, and Hammond High School.

He attended and graduated from Western Maryland College with degrees in physical education and biology. While at WMC he played soccer and lacrosse and was a member of the sports medicine team. Dr. Hess performed his graduate work and received a bachelors in science and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1993. Dr. Hess graduated with honors in the top 8 of his class.

He was a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and President of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. He coordinated tutorial service and clinic representatives. He also received several academic scholarships. After graduating, he began practicing primary care optometry at the Pearle Vision Express in the Columbia Mall. In August of 2002, Dr. Hess opened Columbia Family Eye Care in Clarksville full-time. Columbia Family Eye Care specializes in Comprehensive Family Eye Care, Contact Lenses, and Laser Vision Correction. Dr. Hess is a member of the Maryland Optometric Association where he serves on several committees.

He is also a member of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Hess was awarded the Maryland Optometric Association's Young Optometrist of the Year for 1999. He has also lectured and written for fellow optometrist on a variety of topics. When not practicing optometry, Dr. Hess enjoys spending time with his wife, children, mother, brother, sister-in-law and their children who all live in Columbia. He also enjoys remote control helicopters, surfing and swimming.

Dr. Hess is in the office Tuesday through Friday. If you would like to schedule an appointment with him please give our office a call. 


Dr. Leslie Toll,  O.D. 

Columbia Family Eye Care 

Dr. Toll is a 1999 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, now Salus University.  While there, Leslie enjoyed two years as Class President and one year as Orientation Director.  She was also the recipient of a meritorious service award.  Special areas of interest are contact lenses and diagnosis and management of dry eye.  

Dr. Toll’s interest in optometry began during her senior year of college, while working as a vision therapy assistant for a highly regarded expert in the field.  Despite several years of experience in concert production and a degree in Public Communication from The American University in Washington, DC, Dr. Toll’s passion for optometry pushed her to complete two additional years of college for math and science in order to apply to and attend optometry school.

When not examining eyes, she can be found spending time with her husband, two children, cats and dog, as well as volunteering at her children’s schools.  With a love for music and theater, she created and lead the Owings Mills High School Theater Boosters, which raised funds for and interest in the school’s theater program.  As an award-winning,  published photographer, she also volunteered her photography skills for the theater program and several other community based projects. Dr. Toll previously worked for Dr. Hess when he had an office in the Columbia mall and is extremely eager and excited to join our family.

Dr. Toll is in the office Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during the week. Please call our office to schedule an appointment with her. 


Dr. Dawn Farr, O.D.

Columbia Family Eye Care 

Dr. Farr grew up in Northeast, Pennsylvania and lived there for most of her life. She completed her undergrad at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barren PA and then  traveled to the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry for grad school. While she attended the university this is where she met Dr. Hess and so many years later it has come full circle and they are now practicing optometry together.

The spark for optometry started since she also wore glasses and contacts growing up she wanted to figure out the science behind them. She worked as an optician through school and decided it was something she was really passionate about. Her drive and hunger for helping patient's and learning more about this field has only grown since then.

Dr. Farr is married with two girls and spends her life now here in Maryland. On her off time away from Columbia Family Eye Care she spends her time practicing optometry at another practice in Carroll County, giving her time and effort towards helping patients. If she is not with her patient's she enjoys hiking, kayaking, crafts and traveling with her husband.  She also enjoys volunteering at local churches and dog rescue programs giving back to her community as much as she can.  

Dr. Farr is in the office Monday and Wednesday during the week. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment with her.   

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Appointments available from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


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