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Eye Care For The Whole Family In Clearwater

At our eye care center in Clearwater, we have a wide variety of optometric services offered to our patients. Stop in and see us, or call and schedule an appointment; we would be glad to help you. Our friendly, knowledgeable optometrists and staff are available to assist you with all of your eye care needs.

Vision center in Clearwater, FL

With an optometrist’s office in Clearwater, Northwood Vision serves Florida’s Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor and Oldsmar. Our Clearwater eye care office is conveniently located on McMullen Booth Rd.

Call us to make an appointment with our eye doctor to talk about your eyeglasses, contact lenses or specialty lens needs. You are also welcome to drop in anytime to browse through our large selection of designer eyeglass frames and sunglasses.

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Our Hours

2518 North McMullen Booth Road, Suite C
Clearwater, FL 33761-4156
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Closed
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* SATURDAY hours occasionally available to see  licensed optician  for orders, pick ups, and adjustments. Please call in advance for times.

Eye Allergies

Eye allergies, or any allergies for that matter, occur when the immune system is hypersensitized to a stimulus in the environment that comes into contact with the eye. 

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Eye Emergencies (Pink/Red Eyes)

Did you know your optometrist can help you with red eyes, pink eye, or sore eyes, foreign body removal, and eye emergencies?

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Advanced Technology

We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Learn about the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.

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Our Eye Care Services

Routine and Medical Eye Care for the Whole Family In Clearwater

The doctors at Northwood Vision have developed reputation in handling many different eye conditions, which includes (but not limited to):

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Learn more about what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what’s involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.

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According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected.

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Dry eyes result from the chronic lack of lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, which can cause minor irritations, an inability to wear contact lenses.

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Meet Our Doctor

Dr.-Christopher-Keats

Dr. Christopher Keats

Christopher K. Keats O.D received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University, before attending Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Dr. Keats graduated as a doctor of optometry in May, 1999 and practiced in Indiana and Hernando County before purchasing Northwood Vision in 2012. After high school, Chris...
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Clearwater Contact Lens Specialists

At Northwood Vision we offer a wide selection of contact lenses including disposable soft contact, bifocal/multifocal, toric, and colored lenses. Whether you wear daily, weekly or monthly disposables, or conventional (vial) lenses, check out our selection of lenses that fit your needs.
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Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:

Medical Plans we Accept

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • United Health Care

Vision Plans we Accept

  • Advantica
  • Aetna
  • Avesis
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Davis Vision
  • Eye Med
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Safeguard
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • VBA
  • VSP
  • Advantica
  • Aetna
  • Avesis
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Davis Vision
  • Eye Med
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Safeguard
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • VBA
  • VSP

 

 

We Love Clearwater, Florida

Visiting Clearwater, FL will certainly be a great experience for you and your family. Since I have grown up in Clearwater, there are some spots you will not want to miss that you need to know about. After you fly into Tampa Airport, you will follow the signs to Clearwater, taking the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR 60) toward Clearwater.  You might want to get out and stretch your legs and take some photos of Tampa Bay.  Along the south side of the causeway is a fairly new walking trail that is nice to take some of those water pictures if you can’t wait until you get to the beach!

Most people head right to the beach when they arrive, and thankfully, if you just stay on State Road 60, which becomes “Gulf to Bay”, you will find yourself there in about twenty minutes.  But I will give you point by point interest options on your way there that may open your eyes to other parts of this great area.

As you leave the causeway and come to the Clearwater mainland, the first major intersection you will pass is called McMullen Booth Rd. This road, heading north, will take you to the Ruth Eckerd Hall that has many shows and events you can search online at http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/.  Continuing north you would head to the small town of Safety Harbor and then Palm Harbor. My office is right on the border of Safety Harbor. If you travel south on McMullen Booth Rd, you will head right over the Bayside Bridge which will take you to the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport and eastern Largo. St. Petersburg Airport is a smaller version of Tampa international, and is mostly home to the commercial airline Allegiant Air.

Clearwater is known for two things. The Beach, and the church of Scientology. Scientology has been in Clearwater since I was a little boy and over time the church has purchased the vast majority of downtown Clearwater.  Downtown also has a great history. We were thankful the Capitol Theater has re-opened to the public. There are signatures of past war heroes in the brick that have been preserved from the original.  Although there used to be a ferry or a train to take passengers to the beach, now there is a causeway that is lined with cars as beach-goers work hard to find cherished parking spots to enjoy those glorious sands. I like to park at the Hyatt and walk over to the beach if I want to participate in all the activities at Pier 60, the busiest part of the beach. But if I get there early enough, I park up near the Palm Pavilion, usually behind the public tennis courts. This parking area leads to the northern section of the beach which is less crowded and more relaxing.

My favorite beach trip is to park as far north as I can get, and bring a backpack and hike several miles north on the beach to find a secluded spot near Caledesi Island away from the crowds where I can feel more secluded with nature.

Before you head over to Clearwater Beach, be sure to make a stop in the Island Estates neighborhood to see Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Since the movie has come out, our little aquarium has become quite the popular spot and an inspiration to many children and adults alike who are missing a limb.

As you enter Clearwater Beach, there is a round-a-bout to take you to the various spots. To relieve your stress in lane changes, stay in the right lane and you will be able to exit onto the roads more easily. Driving north on Mandalay you can get to Frenchy’s on the beach or the Palm Pavilion for a grouper sandwich. Clearwater Beach, in my opinion, is best visited as the sun is setting. The weather is cool, the crowds are less, and the view is romantic. Traveling south of the round-a-bout is the Hyatt, Sheppard’s, and Sand Key Beach.  My favorite restaurant in the area is The Columbia on Sand Key beach. It is right on the bay features local Cuban cuisine, Tampa style, you can’t get elsewhere. Although The Columbia has a few locations, this one is my favorite since it is right on the water and has magical views.

Northwood Vision in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, of course, is only part of a larger geography, and visiting here really encapsulates several notable places, like the Greek-dominated community of Tarpon Springs, known for its massive Sponge industry and well visited Sponge Docks.  There is also the community in which I live, Safety Harbor, a quaint small town on Tampa Bay, home to the state’s Oldest spa, the Safety Harbor Spa with its natural mineral springs and excellent restaurants. And one can’t neglect a drive down to St. Pete Beach and Fort Desoto, along with the great nightlife in downtown St. Petersburg.   Clearwater is only part of a larger community and a 45-minute drive in any direction can take a traveler to a host of memorable places. I hope you enjoy your stay!

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Dear Northwood Vision patient,

COVID-19 has the potential to cause grave harm to many of the citizens in our population. According to Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Mark Lipsitch it is likely that at least between 40-70 % of the population will become infected with COVID-19. This virus is twice as contagious as the flu. About 80 percent will not have severe concerns, but based on the current data, 20% of the infected will become severe or critical, needing some form of hospital care to do well. Currently, about 30 % of those who become classified as severe based on WHO classification, will not survive. These are the unfortunate realities at the moment.

Meanwhile, at Northwood Vision, we want to do as much as possible to minimize this risk, to prevent mortality and long term side effects, while doing our best to provide the services our patients need. We are convinced you care about these same things. (Read more)

Here is what we are asking you to do to make a smaller exposure footprint:

  1. If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu (coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, running nose, etc), please reschedule your appointment for at least one month from now.
  2. Try not to touch any surfaces in the office you do not have to touch.
  3. If you are trying on glasses, DO NOT put the frames back on the shelf. Rather, we will collect them from you for proper cleaning before they are returned to the shelves.
  4. If you are ordering contact lenses, a year supply (and some 6 month supplies) order can be direct shipped to your home at no cost. Please take advantage of this so you don’t have to come into the office more than necessary.
  5. If you do need to come into the office for an adjustment, please call the office at 727-725-5558 when you arrive in your vehicle. We will let you know if there is a wait and will put you on a list so we can call or text you to come therefore minimizing the time you are in the enclosed space of our office.
  6. Please come to your appointment with the least number of people possible to reduce exposure to them and to others at the office.
  7. If you have any loved ones that have been exposed to the virus or certainly if they have symptoms of a respiratory illness, please wear a mask in case you are an asymptomatic carrier, or if possible, wait at least 4 weeks before coming in for non-essential care.

In an effort to protect you, here is what we are doing to help lower your risk:

  1. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned several times per day with antiviral/antibacterial cleaner. Surfaces in the exam room will be cleaned thoroughly in between each patient.
  2. No sick or symptomatic staff will be permitted to work while sick with a known viral respiratory infection or symptoms, or while directly caring for a sick relative/friend.
  3. For your safety, payments can be done ahead of time over the phone if you call ahead. This will decrease the amount of time you are in the store and your exposure risk in our enclosed space.
  4. No glasses frames other patients try on will be put back on display until the frames are cleaned with an antiviral cleanser.
  5. We are actively asking patients to reschedule for 4 weeks later if they have any symptoms themselves or in their family/ social network.
  6. We are giving options for patients to acquire goods by mail rather than coming into the store.
  7. We altering our schedule to decrease the number of patients that might be in the office at the same time to maximize social distancing.
  8. We are practicing frequent hand washing at our office to protect you and each other.
  9. We will ask patients to reschedule if they present to our clinic with a cough or other COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this stressful and trying time. Let us all work together to lower risk of the spread so that less people die and less people have permanent side effects from COVID-19. Each of us can do our part. May God bless each of you and keep you well. Thank you for your understanding and care for your fellow humans.

Dr. Christopher K. Keats, OD