Community Eye Optical

Voted “Best of Charlotte County” 12 years and counting!

If you are seeking an optical shop in Venice, Port Charlotte or North Port, Florida, we have licensed opticians on staff in each of our SWFL locations. We are well equipped to explain all of the latest eye care, lens and frame options to you.

All of our glasses are thoroughly inspected for quality and prescription accuracy before they are dispensed.

We offer premium eyewear, sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection, contact lens fittings, eye exams, financing and much more. We partner with Hoya Vision to provide the best lens technology for progressive lenses and lens treatments.

Our full-service optical department has it all. Let us give you the personal attention and assistance not found at a big box glasses store or anywhere else.

Brands At Community Eye Optical

Costa Del Mar
Calvin Klein
Tory Burch
Michael Kors
Ray Ban
Nine West
Lulu Guinness
Ted Baker
Gwen Stefani

About Community Eye Optical

Often happening gradually in adults, vision changes can go unnoticed. An annual exam is the best way to ensure that your vision stays sharp. Additionally, during a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will check your eyes for signs of serious health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, at times detecting these conditions long before other symptoms occur.

Comprehensive medical eye exams become even more important as we age because conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration become more common. Early diagnosis and intervention of these diseases can often prevent vision loss or blindness. Also, diagnosed in eye exams are common refractive errors:

Myopia (nearsightedness)- The patient can see near but not far – common from a young age.

Hyperopia (farsightedness)- The patient can see far much better than near- increases with age.

Presbyopia- loss of near vision, typical in patients over 40.

Astigmatism- irregular curvature of the cornea (the 'clear window' in front of the eye. These common refractive errors can be treated with glasses, contacts or surgery.

Whether you in need of a routine exam or facing something more complex, our physicians are prepared to treat you.

At Community Eye Center our ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians and eye care professionals are committed to taking the time to listen to patients and communicate with them about their condition and treatment, informing them about their eye condition(s) and the appropriate alternatives to preserve a lifetime of good vision.

Designer Frames

Trying to find the perfect pair of glasses should be a fun experience! Community Eye Center offers designer frames in a variety of colors, patterns and shapes so you can find the right look to match your personal style. Whether you are looking for a classic or trendy look, or you need frames that will withstand sports or outdoor weather conditions, you are sure to find the perfect pair in our selection.

Progressive Lenses

Does fine print keep getting fuzzier? It could be presbyopia, a common condition previously treated with traditional bifocal and trifocal lenses. Bifocals and trifocals often cause images to “jump” while vision adjusts from far to near. Using advanced technology to ensure sharp sight from any distance, progressive lenses, or “no-line” bifocals, prevent this from happening.


The sun radiates ultraviolet rays (UV) that can be harmful to your eyes. Over time, this UV radiation can cause various eye conditions including macular degeneration and cataracts. To protect your eyes from the dangers of the sun, it is important to invest in eyewear with proper UV protection. UV radiation comes to the earth in two forms, UVA and UVB, both can be damaging to eyes. When shopping for sunglasses, it is important to look for eyewear that offers 100% protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Not all sunglasses are made the same.

Offering only sunglasses with the appropriate amount of UVA and UVB protection, Community Eye Center has a large line of sunglasses from which to choose.

Although sunglasses purchased from an online retailer or a discount store may claim they are equipped with UV protection, they may not offer defense against both UVA and UVB radiation. If you are unsure of the level of UV protection in your sunglasses, we welcome you to bring your sunglasses into Community Eye Center so we can test the level of protection using our UV light meter.

Are you tired of glasses but are not yet ready to consider surgical options? Contact lenses may be a great alternative for you to improve your day-to-day vision. A contact lens is a thin plastic lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices that can be worn for many different reasons such as to correct vision, for cosmetic reasons (to change eye color), or for therapeutic reasons (bandage lens to help protect and heal the corneal surface). Contact lenses are available to correct a number of vision issues including:
  • Spherical contact lenses: typically corrects nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Toric contact lenses: corrects astigmatism
Presbyopia corrections present an additional challenge because of the need for a reading prescription and a distance prescription. Two main strategies exist when correcting this condition:
  • Multifocal contact lenses that are comparable to bifocal or progressive lenses with both distance and near correction.
  • Monovision contact lenses use spherical contact lenses to correct one eye for distance and one eye for near vision.
In most cases, contact lenses typically provide better vision, especially peripheral vision. We fit all types of contact lenses (soft, rigid, normal, and difficult to fit) with a goal of decreasing the dependency on glasses and providing the clearest concise vision. It is important to keep in mind that contacts need to be properly fit by your local Eye Doctor. Proper insertion, removal, and care for contacts are required to maintain eye health. Improper fit or care for contacts can result in permanent ocular damage and loss of sight. Trust the doctors at Community Eye Center to provide you with your entire eye care needs with their many years of experience and enjoy vision without the burden of glasses. To learn more about contact lens choices, click here.
Whether you need assistance with the cost of a comprehensive eye exam or purchasing eyeglasses or contacts, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for optical services, eye exams, frames, lenses, contacts, and sunglasses. CEC is committed to providing patients with appropriate alternatives to preserve a lifetime of good vision. For procedures, treatments and products not covered by insurance, Community Eye Center offers options such as:  
  • 0% interest financing options for up to 24 months through CareCredit® and Wells Fargo
  • Low-interest financing options for up to 60 months
  • Financing options with low monthly payments
****** Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Financing available with a minimum purchase of $200. 0% interest rates are contingent on promotional offers. Click one of the images below to apply for financial assistance (you will be redirected to their site). Community Eye Center accepts a wide range of insurance plans; additionally, we accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) and flexible spending accounts.
Gonzalo Palacio
Licensed Optician & Optical Manager
David Jones
Licensed Optician
Darrin Bartley
Licensed Optician
Cerelle Valerio
Optical Associate
Tammy Kelley
Optical Associate
Kemoya Calvert
Optical Associate
Tiffany Lovett
Optical Associate

Call 941-625-1325 Or Book Your Appointment Online.