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Welcome to Eyecare Essentials!


We were established in 2007 in the growing community of Bee Caves by Dr. Nolan Barit, Therapeutic Optometrist and cofounder Laura Fairbanks, MBA. In 2012 the company relocated to the Shops at the Galleria with a newly designed Optical and onsite Laboratory. Dr. Barit continues to provide quality optometric services for ages 2-102. Our knowledgeable team members provide customized, informative and punctual optical services in an inviting atmosphere.

Dr. Barit, graduated from Duquense University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He then earned his Doctorate at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia.  His residencies focused on contact lens correction, cataracts surgery care, ocular health and disease in Florida, New Jersey, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He then practiced in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  In the state of Texas, he holds a Therapeutic Optometry license with additional credentials as a Glaucoma Specialist. During his leisure time Dr. Barit enjoys paddle boarding on Lake Travis and Lake Austin, always sporting sunglasses.

As a company, we strongly believe in giving back to the community by continuously providing donations and sponsorship for numerous philanthropic activities of libraries, schools and other local organizations. Each December we close our office and host a non-profit day for our Gift of Sight Program, since 2008. Referred families in economic need come to receive comprehensive eye exams and glasses free of charge. All Doctors and Technicians volunteer their services while all materials are donated by generous corporate partners including VSP, Pech Optical and Altair.

Blutech lenses are for some people, children, teens, and adults, that in their daily routines are using modern technologies (smart phones, tablets, flat screen tvs) for several hours throughout the day. These lenses are designed to reduce eye strain, eye fatigue and discomfort noticed throughout the day. Blutech lenses offer protection from harmful blue light and ultraviolet light, enhance contrast and depth perception, and are impact resistant. They also help increase night vision.

If you are considering LASIK or would like more information, Dr. Barit can talk to you and provide you with literature on this procedure. In most cases, your prescription should remain constant within the past two years to be considered as a candidate, among other considerations. If you decide to go through with LASIK, Dr. Barit can provide your pre- and post- operative care, while referring you to an Ophthalmologist to perform your surgery.

Dr. Barit highly recommends that everyone wears sunglasses with UV protection when they are outside. Harmful UV rays may increase the risk of certain types of Cataracts and potentially damage the Retina.

If you have previously worn glasses we ask that you please bring in your current pair so that Dr. Barit may take a reading from them to compare for any changes in the prescription. If you’ve worn contacts before, please bring in an empty box if you still have it. Please bring insurance information and also be prepared to discuss any family eye conditions with Dr. Barit.

In some cases, some health insurance plans cover routine eye exams, discounts or a flexible spending account that you may use towards services and materials of your choice. In some cases, we may elect to use your health insurance for certain conditions. Please refer to the details of your specific insurance plan.

We make every effort to verify your insurance benefits prior to your appointment. We may ask you for some required personal information, insurance group number and individual id. Once we receive your insurance information, we will verify your eligibility within 48 hours. In most cases, we are able verify your eligibility the same day as your appointment. However, if your insurance carrier is closed and/or we are unable to reach them, you may be asked to pay for services in full and we will reconcile your account once it has been verified. We suggest that you verify with your insurance carrier about your details of coverage, including copays.
*We do not make any guarantees of payment on behalf of your insurance company.

For the health of your eyes and to update your prescriptions, Dr. Barit recommends that you have your eyes checked annually. A prescription for both glasses and contacts is only valid for one year.

Yes. As part of your Comprehensive Eye Exam, you will have an “Air Puff Test” which screens for Glaucoma. Dr. Barit will also speak with you about your family history and examine your retina for symptoms. A Dilation is highly recommended for the most thorough view.

Many diseases or symptoms that affect your eyesight are related to your circulatory system and your blood flow. For example, if you are a smoker or have Diabetes, this may cause your blood pressure to rise which may also affect your vision. In the most severe cases, it may also cause blindness. Please discuss any symptoms with Dr. Barit; he may also elect to perform a blood pressure test if necessary.

Yes, Dr. Barit can evaluate your condition and prescribe antibiotics for the eye if necessary. This procedure should be covered by most health insurance plans.

Yes, with any hereditary eye conditions, you are a potential candidate. The good news is Macular Degeneration can be detected and it is most helpful to check every year so that it can be caught in its earliest stages. Dr. Barit recommends a dilation for the most thorough view.

Imagine driving in fog at night and suddenly turning on the high beam lights. What you see in a distance is glare, distorted images, and a decrease in color saturation. This happens with developing cataracts. You may also experience a decrease in reading vision especially with moderate to severe cataracts.

Yes. Diabetes affects your circulatory system, which can affect your vision. It is advised that all Diabetics have their eyes examined at least once a year and in some severe cases, more often. Please discuss all of your symptoms with Dr. Barit, including any cloudy or spotty vision. In most cases, Dr. Barit will elect to perform a dilation at your visit.