General Vision Care
Nashville's Top Vision Care Center
Shofner Vision Center offers comprehensive vision care.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
In addition to laser vision correction (LASIK/PRK and Cataract Surgery), Shofner Vision Center offers general and comprehensive vision care to patients ages 10 and older.
Regular eye exams throughout your life are important, but not always for the same reasons. Just as our bodies require evolving care, so do our eyes. Find out why an eye exam at every life stage is an important part of your healthcare routine.
Eye exams are an important part of maintaining your eye health, no matter how old you are. When an ophthalmologist examines your eyes, your pupils may be dilated with eye drops. During this painless examination, your ophthalmologist will carefully observe areas of your eye, including the retina and vitreous. If your eyes have been dilated, you will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home afterward.
During a retinal exam, your eye doctor will take high-resolution pictures of the inside of your eye to identify any potential or existing vision and health problems. In addition to helping detect diseases early, retinal images provide a permanent and historical record of changes in your eye. Images can be compared side-by-side, year after year, to discover even subtle changes and help monitor your health. Here are some of the diseases retinal imaging can help a doctor notice or see more closely:
- Age-related Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Retinal Detachment
Eye exams for contact lens wearers are different from your average eye exam. If you wear or want contact lenses, learn why getting both exams is necessary.
Although the symptoms often start as minor inconveniences, the effects of dry eye are progressive and can worsen over time, potentially leading to severe discomfort or blurred vision. Don't just treat the symptoms - treat the cause!
There are many types and brands of eye drops, each with a specific purpose. Shofner Vision Center will help you choose drops for allergies, dryness, etc.
Floaters and flashes of light become more common as we grow older. Dr. Shofner receives patient inquiries quite often, one of the most common questions he receives is "Why do I have a speck moving around in my eye?" Or "Are floaters serious?"
Shofner Vision Center offers general eye care for patients 10 years and older. Diseases, you may not have identified, can be discovered by your eye care doctor upon exam. Should you have symptoms of glaucoma, cataracts, tearing, diabetes or macular degeneration, or have a family history of these diseases, exams may be recommended along with testing every 6 months.
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision.
Keratoconus treatment depends on your symptoms which may include: blurred vision, distorted vision, astigmatism, double vision, inability to see in dim light, nearsightedness, sensitivity to light, or vision loss. Contact us to schedule a comprehensive exam if you are experiencing symptoms or vision changes.
Macular degeneration can cause different symptoms in different people. The condition may be hardly noticeable in its early stages. Sometimes only one eye loses vision while the other eye continues to see well for many years. Both when both eyes are affected, the loss of central vision may be noticed more quickly.
Many people do not realize that they have a macular problem until blurred vision becomes obvious. Dr. Shofner can detect early stages of AMD during a medical eye examination. Contact us or request an appointment online today.
Uveitis may develop suddenly with redness and pain or with a painless blurring of your vision. A careful eye examination by an ophthalmologist is extremely important when symptoms occur. Inflammation inside the eye can permanently affect sight or even lead to blindness if it is not treated. Dr. Shofner will examine the inside of your eye.
He may order blood tests, skin tests or x-rays to help make the diagnosis. Since uveitis can be associated with disease in other parts of the body, Dr. Shofner will want to know about your overall health.
Patients are asking Ophthalmologists about vitamin supplements and nutrition to improve eye health. Additionally, interest has been directed at whether nutritional supplements might prevent loss of vision caused by degenerative conditions that become more common as we age, such as cataract and macular degeneration. Contact us to learn more.