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Northwood Vision - Your Eye Doctors in Clearwater, Florida

The eye care services at Northwood Vision go way above and beyond routine check-ups and updated vision prescriptions. Whether you visit our Clearwater optometrists for a visual acuity test, comprehensive eye exam, contact lens fitting, designer glasses or treatment for an eye disease or condition, you’ll benefit from our expert skill and excellent patient service.

Dr. Keats pays particular attention to the small details of each eye examination and demonstrates the new prescription in a trial eyeglasses frame, taking you out of the exam room and into in a real-world environment. This gives you confidence that your new eyeglasses or contact lens prescription will be to your liking before you make the investment.

Our eye care center in Clearwater is fully equipped with the latest optometric technology to give you accurate diagnoses and advanced treatments. Northwood Vision accepts a number of Insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs.

UPNEEQ

UPNEEQ® (oxymetazoline hydrochloride ophthalmic solution), 0.1% is a prescription eyedrop used to treat acquired blepharoptosis (low-lying lids) in adults.

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Advanced Eye Exams

At Northwood Vision, we verify each prescription in a custom trial frame, allowing the patient to experience their vision outside of the phoropter, in a real world space, so each patient’s peripheral vision is incorporated in the exam experience. Micro adjustments are made for the most ideal vision in this more natural setting.

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Contact Lens Services

We offer a wide range of contact lenses to fit your needs including contact lenses exams and fittings. With the highest quality of lenses and lens treatments at the best value. These include disposable soft contact, bifocal/multifocal, toric, and colored lenses. Whether you wear daily, weekly or monthly disposables, or conventional (vial) lenses.

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Unique Optical

We carry the latest European and American designer eyewear collections in a variety of styles, colors, materials including titanium, stainless steel and plastic. Find the best fit of glasses for your specific needs and we can explain how different lenses and frames will impact your vision.

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Meet Our Optometrist

Dr. Christopher Keats

Our eye doctor, Dr. Christopher Keats provides quality eye care services and vision care products in Clearwater, Florida. We truly care about the health of your eyes and provide comprehensive vision care to all family members.

At Northwood Vision, Dr. Keats is known for his detail-oriented approach to patient care, from the extensive history to better understand any symptoms or conditions you may exhibit, to the way your eyes work individually and together. Dr. Keats spends extra time with each patient and tailors his examination to best treat each individual.

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Here we GROW!

We are thrilled to announce construction has begun!

We are creating a larger space to offer patients an even wider selection of eyeglass frames, an easier time booking appointments, a beautiful new optical, and additional exam lanes!

For your convenience, we are still located in the same place, but we are increasing our square footage after acquiring the office right next door.

Thank you for trusting Northwood Vision with your vision care needs. We look forward to continue serving you with excellence! Check back with us for updates as we make progress!

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Read Our Reviews
My wife and I are new in the area and decided to try Northwood. Our experience was outstanding. Dr. Keats and everyone on his staff were very welcoming, kind, and professional. Dr. Keats was very thorough and explained everything he was doing throughout the exam and what his findings and recommendations were. We have found our new vision care provider and highly recommend the practice to anyone who is looking.
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- David H.

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See Under the Sea & in the Swimming Pool Too

Wear goggles for clear & healthy underwater vision

You don’t swim naked at a public beach or swimming pool, and you shouldn’t swim with naked eyes either! At the beach, it’s hard to know if ocean water is really clean and not polluted, and the sand and salt content can make your eyes sting. If you prefer swimming in a pool, remember that while pool water can be clean, that’s only because it’s packed with chlorine, which can seriously irritate your eyes, stripping away your lubricating film and causing redness, pain, and blurry vision.

Goggles are the ideal solution for protecting your delicate eyes against the harshness of water. Also, due to advanced materials and modern engineering of the lenses in swim goggles, they provide crisper underwater vision than ever before! Your knowledgeable Clearwater eye doctor explains about the benefits and features of goggles:

Prescription goggles

If you normally need eyeglasses or contacts to see above water, our Clearwater optometrist strongly recommends buying a pair of prescription goggles for underwater vision. For you to see, light rays reflect off an object, enter your eyes, and are focused on your retina clearly. However, light rays don’t function the same way when they are in water. That’s why the floor of a swimming pool appears higher up than it really is. In general, goggles correct this problem by creating an air-filled gap around your eyes. But this doesn’t give sharp sight to swimmers who need vision correction. If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you’ll need prescription goggles to see.

Wearing contact lenses and standard goggles

A lot of people are in the habit of wearing standard goggles over their contact lenses, instead of purchasing a pair of prescription goggles. What’s the problem with this? Actually, water is the problem.

Water in all bodies – lakes, pools, oceans, and hot tubs – is a natural breeding ground for bacteria and microorganisms. While your body and your eyes have a built-in defense system to protect against these menacing microbes, contact lenses interfere with your eye’s protection. Consequently, swimming with contact lenses increases your risk of getting an eye infection.

Acanthamoeba keratitis is an extremely hazardous eye infection caused by amoeba being trapped between your contact lens and your cornea. Sometimes, amoeba start to live in your eye, leading to corneal ulcers and permanent vision loss. This type of infection only happens to people who wear contact lenses, which underscores our Clearwater eye doctor’s warning against swimming with contacts!

Now, we also realize that many people will insist on wearing contact lenses at the beach or pool – despite all of our warnings. If you’re one of those people, here are some tips to help you minimize the danger to your eye health:

  • Wear daily disposable contacts for swimming, since you throw them out after a single use. Remove them immediately after you come out of the water, rinse your eyes with artificial tears and replace your lenses with a new, clean pair.
  • Even if you’re didn’t fully dip into the water, if any drops fall into your eyes, remove your contacts immediately and throw them out, or disinfect them if you aren’t wearing disposables.
  • Never open your eyes underwater
  • Never go swimming and then doze off on the shore or poolside with your lenses still in your eyes

Top features for goggles – recommended by our Clearwater optometrist

  • Prescription lenses, if you generally need eyewear with vision correction
  • Shatterproof lenses
  • Anti-fog treatment
  • Leak-free lenses that seal comfortably around your eyes
  • Built-in UV protection
  • Surfers should wear polarized lenses to protect against reflected glare, which can be very intense on the water
  • Competitive swimmers and divers should choose frames with a low profile
  • Recreational lap swimmers do best with larger lenses (they give wider peripheral vision), and more padded frames

More questions about swimming and vision? Ask our Clearwater eye doctor!

Before you dive into the blue, sparkling waters at the beach or swimming pool, consult with an expert optometrist near you. We’ll help you find the safest way to have sharp underwater vision and a fabulous look! If you do experience irritated eyes, strange discharge, pain, sensitivity or redness after wearing your contact lenses while swimming, contact us immediately for an eye exam at Northwood Vision.

Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge.

Dr. Christopher Keats treats patients from all over Clearwater, Florida with their vision correction needs. The knowledgeable, caring staff at Northwood Vision can help you and your kids if they’re struggling with their glasses or don’t want to wear them.

Why Won’t My Child Wear His or Her Glasses?

To help your children get the best vision possible, you first need to understand why they’re fighting with you over their glasses. It usually stems from something physical, emotional, or social, such as:

  • Wrong fit
  • Wrong prescription
  • Personal style
  • Reactions from friends

How do you know which it is? Pay close attention to the signs, from what your kids say, to how they behave, to how they interact with others.

Physical

Improper fit is a big reason why glasses could feel uncomfortable. If they slip down, itch behind the ears, or put pressure on the bridge of the nose, it can explain why a child wouldn’t like to wear them.

If there’s been a big change to their prescription, they may need time to get used to it. If they were given the wrong prescription, they may be straining their eyes, getting headaches, or having eye fatigue. An incorrect prescription can make wearing glasses painful or awkward. It doesn’t correct their vision, either, so they’ll still see blurry images. When this happens, your eye doctor can check the prescription and make an adjustment.

Emotional

Your kids at home aren’t the same as your kids in school, on the sports field, or with their friends. They may be afraid of being made fun of in school, or they may not want the sudden attention on their appearance. These feelings can be even stronger among the tween and teen set.

Social

Even young kids can feel different when they put on a pair of glasses, especially if it’s for the first time. Feeling different or weird, in their eyes, translates to a negative experience. When wearing glasses makes them feel like the odd man out, they may not want to wear them. The last thing your child wants is to feel like a social outcast. After all, everyone wants to belong.

How We Can Help

First, bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Our optometrist, Dr. Christopher Keats, will check to make sure that your child has the right prescription and that any vision problems are being corrected. Next, we’ll take a look at the glasses and place them on your child’s face to determine if they’ve got the proper fit. Our optician will take care of any adjustments that need to be made.

The Vision They Need, The Style They Want

Fashion isn’t only for adults. Your budding fashionista or trendy young stud wants to look awesome, so don’t forget about style. When your kids look great, they’ll feel great! Give them the top-quality eyewear they need without compromising on style. Your kids are a lot more likely to wear glasses when they like the way they look.

What You Can Do to Help

Encourage, stay positive, and don’t give up. Avoid telling them what you want them to wear. Let them choose for themselves. In the end, they’re the ones wearing the glasses. Making decisions is an important life skill, something they’ll need as they grow up and become more independent.

For younger children, use positive words to encourage them. Talk about how glasses are like magic, letting them see beautiful things around them. Show them how a pretty flower or a bright red truck looks with the glasses on, and how different it looks with the glasses off. For older kids, throw in a little pop culture. Tell them how trendy they’ll look by showing them pictures of celebrities who also wear glasses. You’ll also rack up some cool parent points.

At Northwood Vision, we have the experience and unique approach to children’s eyewear that will make your kids want to wear their glasses. Schedule an eye exam today – you can book an appointment online right here. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

Our Eye Care Services
The optometrist at our eye care center in Clearwater offers a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages, from children to older adults: routine eye exams and vision tests, eye disease diagnosis and management…

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Eye Exams, Eye Emergencies, & More

Our Clearwater eye clinic, Northwood Vision, provides complete family eye care. Our eye doctor offers comprehensive eye exams including an updated prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, diagnosis and management of ocular diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration, LASIK and refractive surgery co-management, and treatment for eye emergencies such as removing something stuck in the eye and treating eye infections. You can get in touch with our eye doctor's office to set up an appointment at your convenience, and learn more about some of our key services below.

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