South Tampa Eye Doctor

True Eye Experts of South Tampa

Our South Tampa Eye Clinic Services

At True Eye Experts’ Patterson Eye Center location, we specialize in eye care for patients ages six and up. If you have a family member younger than six, we can provide a referral!

Our expertise includes:

We can also order any brand of lenses, including Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism and colored contact lenses like Air Optix Colors and Freshlook Colors.

Rest assured, knowing our experienced staff has you covered every step of the way if you need specialized services. With years in practice combined with cutting-edge technology at their disposal, we provide excellent service no matter what type of condition is being treated.

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Serving the South Tampa Community and Surrounding Areas

We are just a short distance from Highway 275 and South Dale Mabry Highway (92). Located at 2917 West Kennedy Blvd. at North Gomez Ave., east of MacDill Ave., our South Tampa location is close to where Henderson Ave. intersects West Kennedy.

Just west of downtown Tampa, this bustling area has a Publix supermarket, Krispy Kreme, Miguel’s Mexican Seafood, and Sushi Ninja Tampa. It’s also just a few blocks north of HCA South Tampa Hospital.

We are proud to serve the following neighborhoods and communities in South Tampa:

  • Ballast Point
  • Bayshore Beautiful
  • Bayshore Gardens
  • Beach Park
  • Bel Mar Shore
  • Culbreath Bayou
  • Culbreath Isles
  • Davis Islands
  • Gray Gables
  • Golfview
  • Harbor Island
  • Hyde Park
  • MacDill Air Force Base
  • New Suburb Beautiful
  • NoHo
  • Palma Ceia
  • Parkland Estates
  • SoHo
  • Sunset Park
  • Virginia Park
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Comprehensive Eye Care When You Need It Most

At True Eye Experts’ South Tampa Patterson Eye Clinic, we provide comprehensive eye care for the whole family. Our dedicated team of eye care professionals will help you maintain optimal vision health through customized solutions, from our comprehensive True Eye Exam, eyewear, and contact lens fittings. We also provide follow-up care after eye care treatments to ensure your eyes remain healthy for a lifetime. It’s easy to book an appointment online!

Our cutting-edge diagnostic tools can help identify visual issues and create a tailored approach for addressing and treating them. We utilize a range of examinations, from visual acuity assessments to color blindness evaluations and beyond, to identify the most effective treatment plan for every individual.

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Meet Dr. Ronald Patterson

Dr. Patterson comes from a family of medical professionals. He studied pre-med at Miami University, attended optometry school at Indiana University, and did his residency at Huntington West Virginia VA. After a decade of working in Chicago, he moved to sunny Tampa, Florida, to escape the snowy Midwestern winters!

Dr. Patterson is passionate about enhancing the quality of his patients’ lives by improving their vision, with an emphasis on assisting those with hard-to-fit lenses, toric lenses, and other contact lens needs. 

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Schedule an Appointment at Our South Tampa Eye Clinic Today!

No matter what kind of eye issue you’re facing, our dedicated and knowledgeable staff at True Eye Experts has you covered. With our custom treatment plans, advanced diagnostics, and ongoing follow-up care, we can help to keep your vision clear and healthy.

Walk-ins are welcome! Schedule an appointment to be given priority, or call our Patterson Eye Center location at (813) 871-2020 to schedule an appointment today.

Doctors and Staff in South Tampa, FL

  • Dr. Ronald Patterson, O.D.

    Primary Care Optometry for All Patients

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    Dr. Jennifer Welter, O.D.

    Primary Care Optometry for All Patients

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  • Rosmery Valdes


    South Tampa

Read Testimonials from Our Valued South Tampa Patients

Don’t just take our word for it – read what our wonderful family of customers have to say about our patient care.

Corneal Abrasion

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I have had consecutive visits with Dr. Patterson for a corneal abrasion. I had pain and hadn’t slept in 2 days, my eye was swollen shut, and I could not see at all. When I got to the office, they took me back to an exam room right away, no wait time. Dr. Patterson was thorough and polite. Within 24hrs after my initial consultation and treatment, I was feeling so much better. The office was pleasant, and so was the receptionist. She even offered my dad water as he waited for me. I am so grateful to the doctor and his staff and would highly recommend Patterson Eye Center.

Erika Torres

First Time Patient

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This was my first visit to Dr. Patterson’s office. It was a fantastic experience. Dr. Patterson answered all of my questions in detail. He was reassuring with my concerns. The staff was so nice and very helpful. I highly recommend this practice. The care was excellent!

Erin Stephany

Pediatric Eye Exam

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Took my nephew for his first eye exam, I was extremely impressed with the doctor and the way that we were treated by everyone including the manager. Will recommend this place 10/10!!!!!

Daniel Alvarez

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Our comprehensive eye exams use the latest technology to assess your vision quality and ocular health through techniques like corneal topography, retinal imaging, and more. We also assist in treatment for glaucoma, cataracts, and other common eye health conditions.

Your Trusted Source for quality eyewear

With an endlessly wide variety of lens types and frames, we will help you find the perfect eyewear to suit your vision needs. We stock a wide variety of designer frames and lens enhancements to perfectly complement your prescription.

Solutions for Hard-to-Fit
Contact Lens Patients

Contact lenses aren’t “one-size-fits-all,” and the wrong lenses can affect your quality of vision. If you’ve had trouble with contacts in the past, True Eye Experts can help with our personal contact lens fittings and specialized options. We also offer Ortho-K therapy for children with myopia.

Medical Screenings For Your Eye Health

Medical screenings are vital for your eye health. At our South Tampa eye clinic, Dr. Patterson and his team of eye care experts can perform screenings for the following conditions:

  • Cataracts: these commonly strike starting at age 50.
  • LASIK and PRK: preoperative and post-operative workups can be done in our South Tampa office.
  • Glaucoma: to determine if the optic nerve is damaged.
  • Dry eye: often for allergy patients or patients over 60 years.

DMV Eye Exams in South Tampa

Yes, we do DMV eye exams! We will fill out the DMV form. To qualify for your driver’s license, you will need the following:

  • 20/70 corrected eyesight or better to get a license with daytime restriction
  • 20/40 corrected eyesight with no restrictions

Please note: if you are unable to see 20/20 corrected, then your license won’t be issued.

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A Holistic Approach with Advanced Diagnostics

At our practice, we provide comprehensive eye care to ensure your vision remains healthy and clear. From nearsightedness or farsightedness to astigmatism and presbyopia – we ensure all bases are covered when it comes time for prescription glasses or contact lenses fitting appointments.
Our sophisticated diagnostics help us to evaluate each patient’s distinct requirements and design your personalized treatment plan. We use cutting-edge technology, like digital retinal imaging, to pinpoint any eye difficulties you may be experiencing. With these diagnostic tools, we can detect even the most minor changes in vision before they become the signs of more serious issues.

We also offer regular follow-up care after the initial diagnosis or prescription. This includes checkups annually, depending on your age and risk factors for eye disease or other conditions that could affect your vision health. During these visits, we will evaluate any changes in visual acuity or ocular health since the last visit and discuss lifestyle modifications and adjustments to your existing glasses or contact lens prescription that may be beneficial for preserving good eyesight over time.

Additionally, if you experience any new symptoms between appointments, such as blurry vision or headaches related to eyestrain, please let us know so we can review and investigate further if necessary.

At True Eye Experts, you can trust that you are receiving the highest quality eye care from experts who understand how essential good vision is for everyone’s well-being, regardless of age.

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FAQs About South Tampa Eye Doctors

What are the three types of eye care providers?

Optometrists are advanced-level professionals providing primary vision care services such as eye exams, prescribing glasses or contact lenses, and treating certain infections with antibiotics when needed. Optometrists offer comprehensive care, helping diagnose concerns such as nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia), and can recommend solutions to help you see more clearly. Additionally, your doctor can diagnose and treat many eye conditions, perform minor surgical procedures, or co-manage complex surgeries with ophthalmologists when needed.

Ophthalmologists are specialized medical professionals who diagnose, treat, and manage severe ocular ailments through surgery, medication prescriptions, and comprehensive vision assessments. They can operate on the eyes and recommend drugs to treat conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts. Your optometrist may refer you to an ophthalmologist for additional evaluation or care if you suffer from a severe eye condition.

Licensed opticians are trained to fill prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They measure patients’ faces for eyeglass frames that fit properly and also provide advice on frame styles that suit their face shape best. Additionally, they adjust eyewear to ensure proper fit so it is comfortable for the patient’s long-term use.

What is the best kind of eye doctor to see?

Great question! The best type of eye doctor to see is an optometrist. Optometrists can provide comprehensive vision care. An optometrist can diagnose and treat a range of eye conditions, from dry eyes to glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more. An optometrist will take the necessary steps to become familiar with a patient to develop a tailored health plan.

How much is an eye exam in Florida?

The cost of an eye exam in Florida varies depending on the type of exam and the provider. Some providers may offer discounts or accept insurance plans that cover part or all of the cost. We advise checking with our True Eye Experts team for pricing specifics before booking an appointment.

Schedule Your Appointment at True Eye Experts of South Tampa Today!

Let us be your go-to source for quality eye care services, eyewear, and the prevention of eye diseases. Exams take about 30 minutes, with added time for complex cases and picking out eyewear. When you visit, be sure to check out our luxurious selection of high-quality eyewear brands, allowing you to customize your frames and lenses to your specific needs. Experience the best in eye care with True Eye Experts of South Tampa.


What Our Patients Say

“I have been getting my eyes checked by Dr. Samuel Teske for years. He is very thorough and thoughtful. The staff is also very professional and attentive. Highly recommend True Eye Experts!”
Everyone at this office is very friendly, helpful, and professional, whether it’s helping you buy new frames, being fitted for glasses, or just interacting at the front desk. If something is wrong with my glasses, they are quick to remedy the situation. I would highly recommend this office for all your eye care needs!”
“Dr. Randich is personable and thorough. She spends time educating her patients with warmth and genuine concern. Staff is always friendly, helpful, and quick!”
“Staff was very professional, and the eye exam used the latest technologies. Very impressed with all that was done to check my eyes. Great experience!”
I had an emergency and needed to be seen as soon as possible. They fit me in right away and got my injury addressed and on the road to recovery! The staff is so professional and caring! Everyone had a smile on their faces & was welcoming. Thank you so very much for everything! – Kristen L.

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