Gainesville — Staff report
Texas State Optical (TSO) has been a California Street staple for five decades and has remained the area’s “dominant force” for eye exams and all optometry services.
Therapeutic optometrist John Webb said its strong presence hasn’t changed much since opening day, despite a spread of eye care specialists in Gainesville during recent years.
Like many of those local practitioners, Webb said, he studied his field at the University of Houston — and is well equipped to provide general and specialized eye care for patients of all ages.
“We pretty well are a full-spectrum office,” he said. “We do general eyecare and emergency eyecare, plus infections and foreign body removal. Our practice provides eyeglasses and specialty lenses to patients within one hour, in most cases.
“A lot of the offices don’t have the volume to support a full-service optical lab like ours,” Webb added.
Webb said he came to Gainesville in 1978, several years after the local TSO office was established and 42 years after the first TSO opened in Beaumont. He partnered with Dr. Clyde McCain, now retired, and for the next 20 years, the doctors worked in expanding the range of TSO’s local service, broadening it as the technology and techniques of the industry changed over time.
One constant through the years has been TSO Gainesville’s commitment to providing quality eye care to patients, while striving to also provide them the best value for their eye care dollars.
The practice has evolved over time, as many have, into a largely contact lens and medically-oriented optometry practice, in addition to traditional eye care.
And with other local optometrists offering varied specialities, Webb said he makes referrals to other optometrists, explaining that in this way, the patient receives the best care possible. When surgical intervention is needed, Webb and Dr. Jaime Vela co-manage and refer with other local eye doctors.
“We’ve got some awfully good care providers in our area,” he said. “Which promotes the highest standards of care for everyone.”
For more information, call (940) 668-7254 or visit www.tso.com.