At Center for Sight, making sure you get the best in quality eye care is as important to us as it is to you. We’re committed to providing the ultimate in total eye care for patients of all ages, while maintaining the highest standard of customer service. And we’ve been doing it for more than 35 years.
Center for Sight is the largest eye center in the Pensacola area, with one main complex and two satellite offices to serve the area. We’ve assembled a team of Board-certified ophthalmologists and experienced optometrists to handle all aspects of eye care, from general exams to LASIK to complex surgeries. To further meet your needs, we accept most insurance plans and offer flexible financing options.
Center For Sight complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
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We can help you with every aspect of your eye care, whether it’s a routine annual checkup, LASIK vision correction, or corneal transplant. At Center for Sight, we strive to give our patients peace of mind as well as the best eye care possible. Our experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists work hard to preserve and enhance visual quality for you and your loved ones. Our staff uses advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment on-site at our locations, and our affiliation with hospitals and medical centers gives you access to fully equipped surgical suites and support personnel when needed.
LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a type of laser eye surgery that is performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism for patients who wish to decrease or even eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses for seeing things at a distance. It was first performed in 1989 by an Ophthalmologist in Greece and introduced to American LASIK surgeons in 1990. Each year, hundreds of thousands of LASIK surgery procedures are performed in the United States. When performed by an experienced LASIK surgeon after a thorough examination, consultation and careful set of pretreatment diagnostic testing procedures, LASIK Eye Surgery has been found to be safe, effective and predictable. We use a sophisticated system that combines the most advanced surgical technology with a procedure optimized for your ideal vision. This customized approach is affordable, precise, safe and efficient.
Center for Sight is the only facility in Pensacola that has the laser permanently on site. LASIK is performed in-office in the comfort and convenience of our laser eye surgery suite. The entire treatment takes about 5 to 7 minutes per eye or approximately 15-20 minutes for both eyes. Most patients can return to work the next day with excellent eyesight.
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At Center for Sight, our policy is to create a payment plan to break the cost of LASIK surgery into affordable monthly payments if needed. We also accept major credit cards. Compared to the cost of replacement eyeglasses and contact lenses each year, LASIK can easily pay for itself in a few years’ time. In most cases, you can qualify for an affordable monthly payment plan. To access more payment information for LASIK visit the Patient Resources tab located on the main menu bar above.
* Most patients are very pleased with the results of LASIK surgery. However, like all surgeries, there are risks involved. That’s why it is important for you to understand the limitations and possible risks included with LASIK surgery. Some of the potential risks include vision loss, glare, halo, double vision and reduced night time vision. For a full explanation of the potential risks please visit the LASIK section of the FDA’s website: (click here for details).
*Be sure to ask about the All-Laser Custom Wavefront LASIK.
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye that prevents you from seeing a clear image of objects at distance for reading and/or close work. Primarily because of the eye’s natural aging process, cataracts begin developing in almost everyone before they reach the age of 60.
Most cataracts are associated with a gradual aging process in the natural lens of the eye over a period of years, and annual eye exams can best judge the progression of these changes. At this time, there is no current medical treatment for cataracts although the National Eye Institute (NEI) is funding studies to see whether taking certain vitamins and minerals can prevent or delay cataracts.
Common cataract symptoms
The detection of a cataract can only be accomplished by a thorough dilated eye examination. An eye physician must determine if your vision is being affected by a cataract or other eye disorders which may present similar vision problems. Patients with a family history of eye disorders, medical problems such as diabetes, or previous injuries to the eye are especially prone to vision problems.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in a sterile operating room. It takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. A very small incision into the eye is made to allow the insertion of a fine probe which then breaks the cataract up into small pieces that are easily removed. Next, an intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted into the same location where the cataract was removed. Like the natural lens of the eye, an IOL focuses images onto the retina, which are then transferred by the optic nerve to the brain. The IOL is made of a flexible silicone or acrylic material designed to be compatible with the natural eye tissue. Your IOL will hold the appropriate prescription providing you with the best vision possible. The cost of cataract surgery is generally covered by standard medical insurance policies, with the exception of co-pays and deductibles.
At least two weeks prior to surgery, a technician will measure your eyes in order to determine your IOL prescription. This measurement is called an ASCAN or LenSTAR. This measurement will allow your doctor to choose the type of IOL that is right for you. IOL types consist of standard, Monofocal, Multifocal, and Toric.
When Monofocals are chosen, the IOLs are set in order to improve distance vision. Therefore, you will likely use reading glasses to view objects up close. Likewise, if the IOLs are set to improve near vision, glasses will likely be used to clearly view objects from a distance. After the age of 40, a condition called Presbyopia takes effect on the eye’s natural lens. Presbyopia weakens the flexibility of the lens, making near vision more difficult. Consequently, even without the presence of cataracts, reading glasses or an equivalent form of vision corrective surgery could be required.
Multifocal IOL’s are embedded with a series of focal rings. The rings allow both near and far images to be seen clearly, based on where the incoming light is focused through the rings. The need to use glasses always varies from person to person, but is generally decreased with the use of Multifocal IOLs in both eyes. Usually it takes 6 to 12 weeks after surgery is completed on the second eye for the brain to fully adapt and for your vision to fully improve. This is true for all types of IOLs.
*Be aware that Multifocal lenses, while helping to improve both near and far vision, may allow for certain side effects such as halos around lights or decreased sharpness or contrast at night. Not all who use Multifocals are susceptible to these side effects, it just depends on how the brain adapts to your corrected vision. If you frequently drive at night or need to focus on near objects for an extended amount of time, you may be more satisfied with Monofocal IOLs.
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOLs are designed to correct corneal astigmatism, which is the inability of the eye to focus clearly at any distance because of different curvatures on the cornea. With astigmatism the cornea is curved like a football rather than round and smooth like a baseball. Toric lenses are most accommodating to those who have astigmatism to a substantial degree.
*We are proud to offer Multifocal Intraocular Lenses and IQ Toric intraocular Lenses. HOWEVER, please note that while cataract surgery is covered by insurance, these special lenses are not covered by insurance and will cost full price.
We offer surgical services at the following locations:
The retina is a delicate layer of light-sensitive tissue that lines the inner eye. Normally, images focused by the lens are pictured on the retina, then transmitted by the optic nerve to the brain. When a retina tears or separates from its connection at the back of the eye, the result is a detached or torn retina, a very serious problem that can cause blindness if left untreated. As we age, the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the inner eye, can shrink and result in a torn retina. Fluid from a retinal tear can lift the retina and peel or detach it from the back of the eye. Laser is often used to seal retinal tears and prevent detachment. If the retina is detached, it must be reattached before sealing the retinal tear.
Symptoms of a torn or detached retina include flashing lights, floating objects, or a grayish curtain that moves across the field of vision. If you notice any of these visual changes, contact an ophthalmologist immediately.
If you have diabetes, your body does not store sugar properly. High blood-sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina; this damage is referred to as diabetic retinopathy. A small percentage of people who develop retinopathy will have serious vision problems. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is the best protection against loss of vision.
People with diabetes should schedule examinations at least once a year. Pregnant women should schedule an examination in the first trimester, as retinopathy can progress quickly during pregnancy. Rapid changes in blood sugar can cause fluctuating vision in both eyes even if retinopathy is not present.
Sutureless vitrectomy involves removing the jellylike substance inside the eye. It is followed by other procedures depending on the underlying problem. Many retinal problems, such as macular puckers (scar tissue on the retina), macular holes (holes in the center part of the retina), certain types of retinal detachments, and problems related to bleeding from diabetic eye disease, can be repaired using these techniques.
With less tissue manipulation, this new technology has tremendous benefits for the patients:
Most retinal surgeons have adopted this new technique of surgery due to the above benefits and the great feedback of patients who have had the surgery.
Glaucoma is a term used to describe a group of eye diseases involving damage to the optic nerve, responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma gradually results in vision loss and if left untreated, can lead to permanent damage of the optic nerve and blindness. While there is not yet a cure for glaucoma, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, and early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. Experts estimate that half of those affected by glaucoma may not be aware because in its early stages, the disease often has no symptoms. A routine eye exam can reveal if you are at risk for glaucoma.
The cornea is the clear part of the eye located in front of the iris and pupil. Corneal transplantation is a surgical procedure in which a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by corneal tissue from an organ donor. Also known as “corneal grafting” or “penetrating keratoplasty,” corneal transplantation is performed by an ophthalmologist, and can usually be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic condition of the eye that causes central vision loss. Central vision is the center area of what you see, and most of the things we do everyday require central vision. AMD is the result of damage to the center of the retina, known as the macula.
Wet AMD is the most serious form of AMD and can progress very quickly. It occurs with the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the back of the eye, specifically under your retina. As the blood vessels grow, they can leak blood and fluid, which can cause scarring on your retina and substantial damage to the macula. The earliest symptom of wet macular degeneration is vision change. If you notice that straight lines appear wavy, or that doorframes don’t seem straight, it may be an early sign of wet AMD.
AMD is a major cause of severe central vision loss in Americans age 55 and older. It is more common in women than men. About 10% of people (1 out of 10) with dry AMD will get wet AMD. It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the US have wet AMD. Over the next few years, the number of people who will get macular degeneration is expected to grow. In fact, by 2020, approximately 3 million people may be diagnosed with advanced AMD.
Today, retina specialists can prevent vision loss from getting worse or even help you get some of your vision back. But early diagnosis is critical. If you think you have symptoms of AMD, see a Center for Sight eye doctor immediately. If you have been diagnosed with wet AMD, Center for Sight’s retina specialist will determine your treatment by looking at the growth of abnormal blood vessels and the damage to the macula. Injections given into the eye will target the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye. Eylea and Ozurdex are the newest medications currently used by retina specialists to treat wet macular degeneration.
Prevention is the key to your eye care health. Many eye diseases can be prevented, cured or treated by coming to see one of our skilled optometrists. We perform contact lens exams and full eye exams to identify diseases that can result in significant vision loss if left untreated.
Prevention is the key to your eye care health. Many eye diseases can be prevented, cured or treated by coming to see one of our Board-certified ophthalmologists. We perform contact lens exams and full eye exams to identify diseases that can result in significant vision degeneration if left untreated.
At The Glasses Store, we are proud to offer optical services to our many patients. Each location features an optical shop with trained Optical Specialists or Opticians to assist you not only in the selection of flattering, comfortable frames, but with the best lens technology available to suit your needs.
Many designer frames are displayed throughout our selection and we welcome you to try on any or all of them until you find the perfect pair. Children’s frames as well as adult frames are available.
Since we are located in Florida, everyone should sport the best sunglasses available, not only to look trendy but most importantly to protect your eyes from the damage that the sun can cause such as cataracts.
Most patients find the need to tailor their eyewear collection to meet all of their lifestyle needs. We encourage you to stop in and check out our optical shops
The Glasses Store understands that eyewear is not just about style but also about vision. Our Staff interpret prescriptions to bring you the perfect lens materials and coatings. These materials range from specialty of high index materials to specialized state of the art progressive lenses and high level coatings.
Nowadays patients have so many options for their lenses. Not only are there High Index lenses up to 1.70 thinness, but the newest Transitions Lenses to include traditional transitions in gray and brown, Drivewear Transitions and Vantages Transition Lenses. If you are looking for photochromic lenses that darken behind the wheel of t he car, ask us about X-Tra Active lenses.
Gone are the days where a patient can’t get used to their progressive lenses. By choosing the newest technology of digitally etched lenses, you will immediately appreciate the benefits of a wider visual channel and less adjustment time. Along with that, you will find your vision to be as exacting as possible. Digitally enhanced lenses also come in single vision.
If it is specialized “office”, “computer” or “television” lenses you are in need of, we can easily offer you many options.
Ultimately, the choice is always up to the patient but with the knowledge we bring, patients can make an educated decision regarding their eyewear.
Our full-service optical lab is equipped with leading-edge technology and stocked with a vast selection of premium lenses. This allows us to complete most eyeglass orders within the same day.
Our staff brings a strong blend of experience, empathy and education that enables Center for Sight to offer a full range of services. Our doctors have more than 125 years experience combined as they provide both general optometry and specialized care. Center for Sight has four ophthalmologists and four optometrists, a team that gives you many options and advantages in solving eyesight issues for yourself and your family. In addition, many of them have long roots in the Pensacola area, meaning you can count on us for years to come. For your convenience, we’ve made it easy to find just the doctor you need.
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Dr. Robert Harbour, a former medical school professor, joined the Center for Sight in 1988. Dr. Harbour’s specialties include cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, LASIK vision correction and neuro-ophthalmology.
Dr. G. Tipton McKnight is a board-certified ophthalmologist whose academic background includes fellowships at the University of Utah and the University of South Florida. Dr. McKnight’s specialties include LASIK vision correction and corneal transplants.
Dr. Fletcher joined Center for Sight after a long, varied career in medicine with the U.S. Navy and an award-filled education. Dr. Fletcher is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmologists.
Dr. Robert Mason is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical treatment of conditions affecting the retina and vitreous. For over 20 years, Dr. Mason has participated in several medical research projects including national clinical trials on break-through medications for treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular edema and blood vessel diseases of the retina. He has also pioneered and published multiple vitrio retinal surgery techniques.
Dr. Terry Fall earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University before studying at the University of Houston, College of Optometry. Dr. Fall, a licensed optometrist, specializes in contact lens examinations and eye care.
Dr. Mary Beth Young earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. She then worked for more than 12 years as an occupational therapist specializing in pediatric and adult neuro-rehabilitation, which inspired her to pursue a second career in optometry. Dr. Young now specializes in the management of patients undergoing vision-enhancing surgeries and general visual needs including glasses and contact lens exams.
Dr. Michael Richardson, Jr. joined the practice in 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of Florida. He later earned a doctorate of optometry from Southern College of Optometry in 2015. Dr. Richardson was raised in Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Thanh Nguyen joined the practice in 2015. Locally raised in Pensacola, Florida, he earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of West Florida in 2009. Later, he earned a doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in 2014. Dr. Nguyen completed his Ocular Disease Residency at Baltimore VAMC and Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins University.
Center for Sight has offices in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Pace, all
on main thoroughfares easily accessible to Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In addition to providing highly skilled specialists and innovative technology at all three locations, we provide patient-friendly facilities and try to anticipate your needs at what can be a stressful time. You and your loved ones will find clean rest rooms, complimentary coffee, a children’s play area and informational brochures. Visit one
of our convenient locations today!
6190 N. Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32504
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
3577 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL32563
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
4427 Highway 90
Pace, FL 32571
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Center for Sight is dedicated to providing you with out-of-sight care and customer service.
Make your appointment now by calling any of our three locations. Center for Sight offers
appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all locations, and at our
Pensacola office on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact us for more information on Center for Sight or questions about an appointment.
Please be prepared to provide the following when you arrive for your appointment:
If more than a year has passed since your last visit please arrive at least 20
minutes before your appointment so that we can update your information. Simply
complete the on-line Medical Questionaire form and bring it into your appointment.
If you are a new patient please arrive at least 20 minutes before your appointment
so that we can upload your paperwork into our system. You can quicken this process
by filling out the on-line New Patient forms and bring them with you to your appointment.
*All forms are available in the above Patient Forms tab.
For your convenience this section contains several important items
which you should read before you visit the Center for Sight. Answering
these questions and signing the documents now can save you time during your visit.
The paperwork includes an Intake From, a Medical Questionnaire, and a summary
of the insurance/billing/HIPAA policy statement. The paperwork has been simplified
as much as possible; however, if you want more detail, we will be glad to answer your questions.
Our on-line patient forms are available in PDF format for your convenience. Just click on the links below, print out the forms, fill them out and bring them with you.
*Please be aware that you will be asked to fill out each of the above documents
if you have not been seen at Center for Sight for 6 months or more.
This is to ensure the accuracy of the information that is documented
for your safety and security. Everything we do is to better serve you.
All new patients are required to fill out one of each form indicated on this page.
We understand that your time is valuable. To lessen the duration of your first visit at
Center for Sight, print and fill out each of these forms. We look forward to serving you.
Center for Sight participates in numerous insurance plans; however, it
is the responsibility of the patient to review his/her insurance
coverage and to know if a referral or pre-authorization is required.
Co-payment is due at the time of service.
Center for Sight is a provider in the following insurance plans:
* If your plan is not included, please give us a call.
Center for Sight will submit a claim to your insurance carrier,
provided we have all the necessary information. This includes
a copy of your insurance cards (primary and secondary). However,
it is important to remember that professional services are rendered
and charged to the patient, not the insurance company. Even though an
insurance claim is filed, you will receive a statement each month showing
the status of your account. We are happy to file your claims, but we cannot
accept responsibility for collecting your insurance claim or for negotiating
a settlement on a disputed claim. If your insurance carrier has not paid the
balance within 60 days from the time we filed the claims, you may be required
to pay the balance.
Please contact our billing office at 850.476.9236 and ask to speak with your account
representative. We know that billing and insurance can be confusing; we’re eager to help.
Please do not ignore bills. If there’s no response from you after three billing cycles
(approximately three months), the bills may be forwarded to a collections agency.
Center for Sight will file your insurance claims for you if you have a Medical Diagnosis or if your insurance company
is one that we are contracted with for “wellness” or a “vision rider.” However, Center for Sight
will not file insurance claims for a determination of refraction. This is a test to determine a
prescription for glasses. Payment for this test is due at the time of service.
If you have questions about insurance or payment options, or would like to pay an existing
balance via phone, please call 850.476.9236 to speak with your account representative.
Some insurance companies may pay for all or part of vision correction procedures.
You may check with your plan administrator and bring proof, or we will be happy
to check for you. Many people have medical flex plans that they can use to save up
to 20% on their procedure by using pre-tax dollars. Your employer’s human resources
department can tell you whether you have this benefit. Vision correction also may be
tax deductible as a medical expense. (Check with your financial advisor.)
We do offer affordable payment plans. We also accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
When considering LASIK vision correction surgery at Center for Sight,
financial considerations should not be an obstacle in obtaining the eye
sight you deserve. Our goal is to make leading-edge LASIK affordable for
any budget. Call our LASIK coordinator to schedule your consultation and ask
about financing options to see if you qualify.
You may choose from the following payment options:
Our Plans Offer:
You can also contact our office at (850) 478-2020 and speak with our LASIK Coordinator, who would be happy to help you apply.
The application process is fast, easy and of course, completely confidential 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.