North Florida EyeCare doctors believe in looking at the big picture when it comes to your eye health, so we take the time to get to know you, your eye care history and your vision needs.
At North Florida EyeCare, each member of our vision care team is selected by our doctors based upon his or her experience, professional demeanor, and dedication to providing personalized care to our optometry patients.
Our entire Lake City and Live Oak optometry staff is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that meet your needs. Our knowledgeable staff at North Florida EyeCare will work with you to help you understand your vision insurance coverage and provide financial alternatives to ensure you get the best vision care possible.
We know that you have a choice when it comes to Lake City or Live Oak optometry, so we strive to provide comprehensive eye exams, a great selection of glasses, and personalized care.
Dr. Julie Owens
Dr. Julie L. Owens is a Certified Optometric Physician and a native Floridian. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Florida and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. In 2000, Dr. Owens returned to her hometown of Lake City, Florida and joined North Florida Eye Care as an associate doctor, where she has been an integral part of our practice ever since.
In 2017, Dr. Owens established ownership of North Florida EyeCare with the goal of continuing to provide the highest quality eye care using the most advanced diagnostic technology currently available. In her free time, Dr. Owens enjoys boating & travel, but most of all, spending time with her husband and three children.
Dr. Patricia Bailey, OD
Dr. Patricia Bailey was born in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1996. She moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to complete her Primary Care Residency of Nova Southeastern University. She began her optometric career by working for several commercial optical chains in Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach, Florida. She took a position with a local Lake City ophthalmologist in 2000 and has been working in Lake City and the surrounding area for the past 19 years. She served for five years as the past president of the North Central Florida Optometric Association. She has been the pianist at the First United Methodist Church and Pleasant Grove Methodist Church here in Lake City since 2003. She is a Girl Scout Leader to three troops in Lake City and has been active in several community service projects associated with this group over the past seven years. She is married to Rusty Bailey (Technology Teacher at Westside Elementary) and is the mother to a daughter at Lake City Middle School and a son at Columbia High School. She is active with the band groups at both schools as well. She has enjoyed serving patients with their visual needs over the past 23 years and she looks forward to many successful years to come with North Florida Eye Care.
Dr. David Overholt
Dr. David Overholt joined North Florida EyeCare in 2016 performing comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and ocular disease management. In 2007, he earned a bachelor’s of science in nutrition at the University of Florida. At Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Overholt graduated with a doctorate in optometry.
Dr. Overholt enjoys spending time with his wife, Janelis, and sons, Isaiah and Joshua, playing guitar and being outdoors. He served in the Air Force as an optometric technician after graduating high school.
North Florida EyeCare is a full service eye and vision care provider, accepting both eye emergencies as well as scheduled appointments. Patients throughout the Lake City and Live Oak areas come to North Florida EyeCare because they know they will receive the personal attention and professional care that is our foundation. Our team are dedicated to keeping our patients comfortable and well-informed at all times. At North Florida EyeCare, we will explain every exam and procedure and answer all of our patients’ questions. Additionally, at North Florida EyeCare, we offer vision financing options and will work with vision insurance providers to ensure good eye health and vision care for all of our patients.
Our one-on-one approach to optometry makes the North Florida EyeCare staff the eye and vision care providers of choice in the Lake City or Live Oak area. Our optometrists offer the following services: complete eye exams, contact lenses, glasses, glaucoma testing, and pre- and post-operative care. For a complete list of services, visit our services page or call (386) 752-1722 (Lake City) or 386-362-5055 (Live Oak).
“Great Experience! Very Friendly and helpful staff!”
The knowledgeable staff at North Florida EyeCare is experienced in working with vision insurance providers. We will work directly with you and your vision insurer to submit claims regarding your vision care. We strive to ensure that you understand your insurance coverage and will answer any questions you may have regarding your benefits. Many current vision plans are designed to cover many of the basic vision-related costs, but not all costs associated with eye care. Most plans often require a co-payment for an office appointment as well as additional costs that are covered by the insured patient.