About Active Eyecare of Surprise

Locally Owned and Operated Optical

Dr. FetchelDr. Fechtel earned his Doctor of Optometry degree with honors from Pacific University in Oregon, and has been practicing in the Surprise and Sun Cities area since 2001. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. During his Air Force tenure, he served as Operations Director for classified satellite programs and ran the mission control center which supported the first USAF payload flown on the Space Shuttle.

Dr. Fechtel is the business owner of Active Eyecare of Surprise, which is located in the heart of the growing Northwest Valley. He opened the practice with the desire to offer the community something unique in the way of professional optometry and the availability of a larger selection of optical products than found elsewhere in the area. The spacious showroom highlights a diverse mix of fashion, sports, and contemporary styles in a mix of price ranges. His own love of an active lifestyle prompts and emphasis on sports eyewear that can also be made with prescription lenses.

In his spare time, Dr. Fechtel enjoys riding ATV’s and motorcycles, backyard astronomy, birdwatching, and enjoying life in Arizona.

The Staff

Active Eyecare is a business that was founded on the principal of providing personalized service and quality products to everyone who walks through the door.

We know that when you choose our practice you are going to receive a positive experience because we strive to provide the best customer service. Our staff represents many years of experience in the varying aspects of vision care and optical dispensing.

We are happy to say that our approach has led to a business that has grown largely by referrals from the relationships we have made with our clients and our community.

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Not only do we work hard to provide our patients with unparalleled eye care, but we also give back to the community through various local charities and organizations. Our focus is people and we love what we do! To get started and set up an appointment with our skilled Surprise optometrist, give us a call at (623) 214-0353

Active Eyecare is happy to support the following charities and missions:

Hope 4 Kids International
Committed to serving the needs of children in impoverished communities around the world, founded by Tom Eggum of Glendale.


Eve’s Place
A local shelter for victims of domestic abuse.


Streetlight Phoenix
Committed to removing and rehabilitating young teens from a life of prostitution.


Cross Ireland Ministries and Elevate Church
A church plant in Limerick, Ireland started by Dermot O’Mahoney, who interned at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria.


What Sets Us Apart

  • We are locally owned and operated
  • Customer service is our top priority
  • We provide comprehensive eye exams
  • Exclusive eyewear gallery
  • Same day contact lens fittings