Shofner Vision Center Recently Reports a Significant Increase in New Patients Who Are Vets
Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville has seen a tripling of patients referred by the Veterans Administration over the last six months. The influx of new veterans is overwhelming many VA clinics and has increased wait times for vets that seek medical treatment. VA centers are directing patients to civilian clinics such as Shofner Vision Center. Dr. Shofner says, "We are pleased that the VA is allowing patients to seek care at facilities like ours while also working so hard on behalf of our veterans."
New figures released by Veterans Affairs show far more veterans are waiting longer to see doctors than initially reported. A VA system of 150 hospitals and 820 outpatient clinics treats about 6 million veterans each year and has 9 million enrolled as patients. According to the National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics, over 521,000 veterans reside in the volunteer state. "It is impressive that the VA has significantly improved its backlog of cases and we are proud to be of service to the VA and our veterans," says Dr. Shofner.
The reason for this increase may come as a surprise. While the nation's total population of veterans is declining, as World War II and Korean War generations pass, an aging population combined with the increase of new veterans from the most recent wars has led to steady increases in outpatient appointments to nearly 85 million a year. "No veteran should have to wait to receive earned benefits," VA Secretary Erik K Shinseki said.
About Shofner Vision Center
Shofner Vision Center is staffed by a caring, responsible group of professionals. Our staff members pay close attention to details to ensure every patient is given the best experience at Shofner Vision Center. We offer affordable eye care and complimentary "No Fear - No Pressure" LASIK consultations. A substantial part of our practice is dedicated to serving active duty, reserve and National Guard members, and veterans.
Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK/PRK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries in Middle Tennessee and is recognized by his peers as one of the outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist and LASIK and Cataract eye surgeons in the United States. Dr. Shofner's father was a highly decorated Marine General who participated in more combat than any Marine officer in WWII. It is with great honor Dr. Shofner supports the military and offers special vision program for military personnel and their families.
Dr. Kevin Johnson is active in the US Air Force Reserves. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force F-16 "Top Eye" program, and participated in the Air Force evaluation of PRK/LASIK for Air Force Academy Cadets and Pilots. Both Dr. Shofner and Dr. Johnson are extremely committed to giving back to our Servicemen and Servicewomen and their families who sacrifice so much for our country.
Services for Military
Shofner Vision Center offers special LASIK programs for Wounded Warriors providing free LASIK for any Serviceman or Servicewoman who has trouble with glasses or contacts because of a lost limb while in combat. Dr. Shofner also offers very affordable vision correction surgery prices for Veterans, Reservists, and Active Duty Serviceman and Servicewomen and their families.