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The Eye Doctors History
Hello and welcome. I’m Dr. Samuel Teske, owner and founder of The Eye Doctors. Working in optometry, I get to restore sight to a five year old so she can learn how to read, and I get to manage eye disease in the elderly so they can keep up with their grandkids. I chose optometry because vision is vital to every stage of life.
I graduated in 2001 from the Illinois College of Optometry. After graduating, I worked at several different practices around the Tampa Bay area, but I always knew that I wanted to own my own practice and build a culture around exceptional eye care and exceptional patient experience. So that’s what I did. In 2007, I purchased a small optometry practice on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa, and I got to work.
I decided that it didn’t want a practice that was like any other medical office. I knew that patients deserve better, that patients deserve more than old-fashioned optometry, so I invested and state of the art equipment like the Optomap, topography, and iWellness OCT. I brought in designer eyewear and invested in a team of professionals that continually go above and beyond.
2010 was a turning point for the practice. I brought in Kevin Whaley, an optician, and now my business partner, and we’re really able to get this thing off the ground in 2011. We were able to expand and open our second office in Trinity Florida in 2012. I got a phone call from Kevin that really changed everything. He called me once really excited. He said, “Hey, Blockbusters is closing, They’re going bankrupt!” Then, I said, “Hey, that’s great Kevin, but you know I got patients to see, and, you know, I don’t care about you renting your movies.” Kevin replied, “No, you don’t understand, Blockbusters is closing.”
I said, “Oh, I get it!” Well, long story short, we were able to move into Blockbuster’s space just two doors down from our original office and in 2016, we merged our Trinity office with Dr. Teddy’s practice allowing us to provide care to more the the community.
Our mission is to improve lives by improving sight by providing extraordinary eyecare matching each and every patient with the right exceptional product. Educating the patient to the fullest in a fun relaxed environment so that each and every patient has their own identifiable, positive, and memorable experience because of that we’ve been continually honored with awards. We were named the City of Tampa’s 2013 Small Business of the Year, named as Coopervision’s Best Practice Award, the Blue-Ribbon small business award, and the Bright House regional business award. We’ve grown from three employees to more than thirty with two offices with plans to grow even more. Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you,
Associations & Awards
- American Optometric Association (AOA)
- Florida Optometric Association (FOA)
and have received the following recognitions:
- Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award 2013
- Cooper Vision Best Practice 2015
- US Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business of the Year Blue Ribbon
- TestimonialsWhat makes someone come back to see the same eye doctor year after year? We like to think it’s the care we provide to our patients. Watch & read testimonials from our past patients to get a glimpse of The Eye Doctors.
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