Paragon Eye Associates, with two convenient locations in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, is a private
practice where ophthalmologists and optometrists provide a full range of services from comprehensive
vision exams to complex cataract surgeries.

Our physicians, with the support of an accomplished staff, have been, and continue to be, outstanding
in the field of eye care, consistently recognized and honored as among the most skilled ophthalmic
surgeons and optometrists in the nation. It is for this reason, Paragon Eye Associates is considered
to be one of the finest eye care practices. Dr. Ford and Dr. Blair are both board-certified by the
American Academy of Ophthalmology and Dr. Baker, Dr. Fontenot and Dr. Welding are board-certified by
the American Academy of Optometry.

Our goal is to provide first-class care, utilizing the most advanced technology while maintaining a
warm and sincere dedication to our patients. The result of our seamless and specialized team
approach is clearly reflected in our patient’s excellent outcomes.

Choose Paragon Eye Associates for blade-free cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, Lifestyle Lens
Implants, and management of even the most complex eye conditions. The expert staff aims to meet and
exceed patient expectations while preserving what is arguably the most valued sense: vision. Our
state-of-the-art offices in Arlington and Mansfield are accepting new patients and most major forms
of insurance.

Choose Your Provider

D. Todd Ford, MD
Ophthalmologist

Dr. Todd Ford specializes in Advanced Cataract Laser and Implant Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery and Laser Vision Correction and has served the residents of Arlington/Mansfield and the greater DFW area for 20 years.

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Dr. Ford graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He earned his medical doctorate, graduating with honors from LSU Medical School New Orleans, and finished his internship at the Alton Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He completed his ophthalmology training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and served as chief resident at Parkland Hospital during his residency. Dr. Ford participated in numerous clinical studies while at UT-Southwestern and published several articles on cataract surgery and glaucoma.

Dr. Ford came to Arlington in 1998 where he joined the practice of Dr. Calvin McKaig and Dr. Brad Davis who together had started Arlington Ophthalmology Clinic in 1968. Dr. Ford was entrusted by Drs. McKaig and Davis the following year to take over their practice and carry on the tradition of excellence in eye surgery and patient care. Over the years Dr. Ford has made it his sole intention to operate on and treat each and every patient as he would his own family. It is with that dedication, compassion and commitment that has lead him and Paragon Eye Associates (previously known as: Ford Eye Center) to be one of the premier ophthalmology practices in the DFW Metroplex. Dr. Ford has assembled a team of doctors over the past 15 years that also have the same commitment, compassion and expertise as he does.

Dr. Ford was the first surgeon in Tarrant County to perform the ReStor Advanced Technology Implant Cataract Surgery in 2005 and has since become one of the leaders of Laser Cataract Surgery in the DFW Metroplex. Dr. Ford has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, and through his surgical expertise and meticulous attention to detail, he customizes each surgery to achieve the best possible vision for the patient according to their visual needs and goals.

In his free time, Dr. Ford enjoys spending time with his family and when time allows, loves fly fishing, golf and spending time at his kids sporting events and lately a passion for working out just to keep up with his 3 children.

D. Michael Blair, MD
Ophthalmologist

Dr. Michael Blair is a board-certified, award-winning physician and eye surgeon at Paragon Eye Associates in Arlington, Texas. His unique and extensive training and skills have enabled him to provide the highest quality eye surgery and patient care. In 2006, Dr. Blair graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. In the same year, he was accepted into one of the top eye surgery programs in the nation, Wilford Hall Medical Center. While in the program, he excelled and received several prestigious awards for his surgical abilities and research. In 2009, he was named chief resident, and in 2010, he graduated with the highest honors.

After his residency, Dr. Blair continued his services in the 99th Surgical Operations Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and was entrusted with the vision of our country’s finest pilots and Warfighters. As a Major, Dr. Blair was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service for skillfully performing over 2,532 major and minor intraocular surgeries resulting in a 100% success rate and return of function vision for all patients. During this period, his leadership, expertise, and tireless efforts were instrumental to the success of Air Combat Command’s most productive ophthalmology clinic, supporting over 72,000 active duty members and retirees.

D. Gustave Alberti, MD
Ophthalmologist
D. Ann Fontenot, OD
Optometrist

Dr. Ann Fontenot of Paragon Eye Associates in Mansfield, Texas, is a native of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She attended Mansfield High School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1997. After graduating from University of Houston College of Optometry in 2002, Dr. Fontenot joined Ford Eye Center.

Dr. Fontenot has extensive training and certification in treating glaucoma patients. She has 19 years of experience in pre- and post-operative care of cataract and LASIK patients. She also specializes in the fitting of all types of contact lenses. As a therapeutic optometrist and glaucoma specialist, Dr. Fontenot treats diseases of the eye, removes foreign bodies, and evaluates the vision of diabetic patients. She sees patients of all ages and especially loves working with children.

Outside the office, Dr. Fontenot is very involved with the education foundation for her daughters’ school district and was a member of Mansfield Rotary for 5 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two teenage daughters and keeping up with their various activities.

D. James Baker, OD
Optometrist

Dr. James Baker of Paragon Eye Associates in Arlington, Texas earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston in 1994. Dr. Baker then served 4 years active duty in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of captain. He completed a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2002 at the University of Houston College of Optometry.

Dr. Baker began his optometry career at the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Center for Adult Strabismus practice in Dallas, where he treated children, working alongside David Stager Sr., MD. He joined Ford Eye Center in 2004.
Dr. Baker has served as president and vice president of the Tarrant County Optometric Association and has been an active member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He has over 10 years of experience in the pre- and post-operative care of LASIK and cataract surgery patients and his professional interests include treating glaucoma, ocular inflammatory diseases, chronic dry eyes, foreign body removals, and ocular infections.

D. Mark Welding, OD
Optometrist

Dr. Mark Welding has worked and trained under some of the country’s premier refractive and cataract surgeons. He has also served as the Clinical and Executive Director for the largest provider of laser vision correction in the United States and Canada.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience in primary eye care and laser vision correction, Dr. Welding is able to utilize his experience to provide pre-and post-operative care and primary eye care. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Mark Welding is a native of Iowa and a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Houston School of Optometry. He likes all sports, especially golf, and enjoys spending time with his family; his wife, Stephanie, and his 3 stepchildren, Courtney, Cassidy, and Zack.

Dr. Welding is an active leader in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees. These include current member and past board member of Flower Mound Rotary Club; Paul Harris Fellow award recipient; past board member of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors of New Horizon Foster Ranch; Board Chairman of the LISD Student Health Advisory Council; and regular contributor to the children’s vision screening programs of area Lions Clubs.

In addition, Dr. Welding was the founder of the Christian Community Action Eye Clinic and provides free services through this program.

Our Services

Cataract Surgery

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

LASIK

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Glaucoma Treatments

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Dry Eye Treatments

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Diabetic Eye Exams

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Floaters

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Macular Degeneration

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Pterygium

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Blepharitis

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Chalazion

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Allergy Eyes

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Eye Infections

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Glasses

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

Contacts

More than fifty percent of people over the age of 60, and many younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, cataracts are so common it is said that everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough.

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