Healthy Vision Institute

Ophthalmologist Vs. Optometrist

Ophthalmologist

An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who goes to medical school, and then does a residency in ophthalmology. An ophthalmologist has the training and technology to diagnose diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, macular degeneration at stage 1 and know how to treat them. Ophthalmologists can also perform necessary vision saving surgeries. An ophthalmologist is the first step in your journey to seeing clearly the rest of your life. 

Optometrist

Optometrists are great resources for eye exams, vision tests, prescribe corrective lenses/contacts, and basic eye care. Optometrists are not medical doctors, but doctors of optometry. On average optometrists have the technology to diagnose diseases at stage 3 or stage 4 of their progression. Once they recognize these potential issues, they will send the patient to an opthamologist for a confirmation of their diagnoses and then treatment. 

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Dr. James Powers
Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Dr. James Powers is a renowned retinal surgeon and specialist dedicated to providing exceptional care to seniors. With extensive experience in treating conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts, he is committed to preserving vision and improving the eye health of his senior patients.

Dr. Powers believes in a holistic approach to patient care, placing a strong emphasis on open communication and collaboration with his patients and their families. He takes the time to thoroughly educate his patients about their conditions and treatment options, empowering them to make informed decisions about their eye health. Dr. Powers is known for his warm demeanor and genuine concern for each individual under his care, fostering a supportive and comfortable environment for all his patients. With a dedication to excellence and a passion for helping others, Dr. James Powers is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors through his expertise and compassionate care.

WHO SHOULD YOU SEE?

In a perfect world, you should see both! 

Oftentimes people will go and get new glasses from an optometrist, and then their vision will change suddenly due to a larger issue in their eyes such as macular degeneration or cataracts (which affects everyone over the age of 55). Now the expensive glasses you just bought are useless.

Do yourself a favor and visit an ophthalmologist near you first. They will be able to look deep in your eyes, treat any underlying issues, and stop any rapid changes in your vision, and then the ophthalmologist can recommend you to the best place to go get new glasses that will last. 

If you have any questions, we can help. Please call us at 727-738-5900 if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment today. 

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Healthy Vision Institute

Speciality Areas

Glaucoma Treatment

DISCOVER EFFECTIVE GLAUCOMA TREATMENT AT HEALTHY VISION INSTITUTE

What Causes Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is characterized by damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting visual information from the eye to the brain.
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Senior Eye Care

COMPREHENSIVE EYE CARE TAILORED FOR SENIOR PATIENTS

Personalized Care to Enhance Vision and Quality of Life

Our specialized eye care services cater to the unique needs of seniors, addressing age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, retinopathy, and more.
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Floater Removal

REGAIN CLEAR VISION WITH FAST AND EFFECTIVE SAME DAY FLOATER REMOVAL SERVICES AT HEALTHY VISION INSTITUTE

What Are Floaters

Floaters in the eye are tiny specks or spots that appear in your field of vision. They may appear as small, dark, shadowy shapes, or as transparent, threadlike strands that drift across your vision.
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Dry Eye Treatment

ALLEVIATING DISCOMFORT AND RESTORING EYE HEALTH

Personalized Care to Enhance Vision and Quality of Life

We understand the impact that dry eye syndrome can have on your daily life. The burning, stinging, and constant irritation can make simple tasks challenging and affect your overall well-being.
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Diabetic Retinopathy

ADVANCED SOLUTIONS FOR MANAGING AND PRESERVING VISION

Comprehensive Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment by Leading Ophthalmologists

We offer advanced and comprehensive diabetic retinopathy treatment to effectively manage this sight-threatening condition.
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Cataract Surgery

REGAINING CLARITY AND VISUAL FREEDOM

Early Intervention is Essential

Recognizing the signs of cataracts and seeking early intervention is key to preserving your visual health. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or difficulty seeing at night, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.
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Macular Degeneration Treatment/Care

EXPERT CARE AND ADVANCED TREATMENTS

Comprehensive Macular Degeneration Treatment

We provide comprehensive and personalized macular degeneration treatment options.
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Diabetic Eye Care

We Treat Diabetics!

How Diabetes affects your eyes

Unfortunately people’s eyes are extremely sensitive to the effects of diabetes. Due to this, diabetics are prone to glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, early onset macular degeneration, early onset cataracts, and much more.
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Just Listen to Our Happy Customers Living A Brighter and Clearer Life Today Because Of Our Physicians

Katherine R.

"My family member is a patient of Healthy Vision Institute. And, has been for nearly two decades. It is a Blessing to have a facility and staff as dedicated as this one. Thank you!"

Mandy M.

“I love this place because I love coming and seeing my mom, but the doctors here are absolutely amazing in what they do for people who are losing their eyesight due to diabetes, macular degeneration and RVO. The doctors have steady hands & wonderful personalities. So you are always in good hands at healthy Vision Institute.”

Donna K.

"Wonderful doctor and staff. Very professional and caring. I'm happy I found a great place to have my eyes taken care of. Recommend highly.”

Just Listen to Our Happy Customers Living A Brighter and Clearer Life Today Because Of Our Physicians

"My family member is a patient of Healthy Vision Institute. And, has been for nearly two decades. It is a Blessing to have a facility and staff as dedicated as this one. Thank you!"

Katherine R.

“I love this place because I love coming and seeing my mom, but the doctors here are absolutely amazing in what they do for people who are losing their eyesight due to diabetes, macular degeneration and RVO. The doctors have steady hands & wonderful personalities. So you are always in good hands at healthy Vision Institute.”

Mandy M.

"Wonderful doctor and staff. Very professional and caring. I'm happy I found a great place to have my eyes taken care of. Recommend highly.”

Donna K.
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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR

New Port Richey

5413 U.S. Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Clearwater

2565 Enterprise Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33763

Saint Petersburg

603 7th St South
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR

New Port Richey

5413 U.S. Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Clearwater

2565 Enterprise Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33763

Saint Petersburg

603 7th St South
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 6am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-2pm

Contact

Phone: (727) 738-5900
Fax: (727) 738-5740