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Optometrist in Clearwater, FL

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Northwood Vision in Clearwater, FL

Our optometrist takes the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet Our Clearwater, FL Eye 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 moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Emory University, graduating with a BS in Biology, with the first two years of his collegiate career at Emory’s parent school, the smaller campus, Oxford College of Emory University.

After Emory, Chris spent one year living in Anchorage, Alaska taking classes and teaching Biology labs.  While home at Christmas Break, he met Michaela Spoto, a Tampa native. In the three weeks they knew each other, Chris and Michaela fell instantly in love.  Then it was back to Anchorage for Chris, but after five long months apart, they were reunited when Chris came home from Alaska.  About a year later, Chris and Michaela were married on July 15, 1995.

The newlyweds relocated to Memphis, TN where they spent the next four years until Chris graduated from Southern College of Optometery as a doctor of optometry in May, 1999.  During this time, Michaela was the family bread winner, teaching as a Special Education teacher in the town of Millington just outside Memphis.  As Dr. Keats was finishing school, his first born, Katie became a part of the Keats Family.

After graduation, Dr. Keats moved his family up to Mishawaka / South Bend Indiana, and practiced there and in Elkhart in a large group practice called Optical One.  In just two years, Michaela was already tired of lake effect snow and dreary skies and the young family moved back down to Florida.

They settled in the Hernando County and  for eleven years, Dr. Keats worked independently in several practices there, including Sears Optical, Spring Hill Eye Center, Clear Vision Optical, and in a medical referral center called The Eye Center, with Joseph C. Militello, MD.  During this time, Dr. Keats established an excellent reputation in the community and was  given both the gold and the silver award by the St. Petersburg Times “Best of Hernando” poll at Clear Vision Optical and Sears Optical!

His son, Ethan was born in 2001, a true Florida native like his mom!

In the summer of 2012, Dr. Keats and his family moved back to the Clearwater area, and settled down in Safety Harbor.  At about this time, Dr. Barry Cochran contacted him and offered to sell his practice, Northwood Vision, to Dr. Keats.  At the end of November, 2012, Dr. Cochran retired from Northwood Vision, and Dr. Keats took over the practice.

In his spare time, Dr. Keats enjoys kayaking, bike riding, and science fiction.  He is active in his new church, and for years, he and Michaela have been committed to helping married couples strengthen their relationships.

Meanwhile, Dr. Keats is excited to meet the many patients who have been coming to Northwood Vision for years, and also expand the practice with the new faces that will come through the doors.  Thank you for reading about your doctor, and we look forward to getting to know you better in the years to come!

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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