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March 20, 2020

At Shofner Vision Center, we have the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people and our staff strives to provide an environment that is friendly, caring and genuinely concerned for our patient’s well-being and comfort. Dr. Stewart Shofner is committed to providing the full spectrum of eye care. Dr. Shofner treats eye diseases, prescribe medications, and perform all types of surgery to improve, or prevent the worsening of, eye and vision-related conditions.

“As a young medical student from Shelbyville, TN, I discovered the Ophthalmology field interested me the most as it allowed me to improve people’s lives and to make a difference,” says Dr. Shofner.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) publishes patient success stories that makes us proud to be apart of such a remarkable community of doctors dedicated to saving vision and improving lives. Here are our top picks of incredible patient stories that deliver positive, if not miraculous outcomes.

  1. Eye Test Reveals Brain Tumor. A bride-to-be who had been suffering from headaches and tiredness, went for an eye test which revealed a satsuma-sized brain tumour. She said: “If I hadn’t been for the eye test, the tumour could’ve killed me. I’d urge everyone to get checked out. I wasn’t aware all the things an eye test can show. ‘It saved my life.’ Read full story.
  2. Cutting-Edge Transplant Restores Veteran’s Sight. A Vietnam vet, he turned to his local Veterans Health Administration clinic for help. An ophthalmologist skilled in the latest advances in corneal surgery performed a cutting-edge transplant procedure at no cost, restoring his sight. After a decade struggling with cloudy vision that turned his world gray and blurry, colors are once again brilliant and faces are in focus. Read Full Story.
  3. Cornea Transplant Restores Sight After Fishing Accident. At age 7, Colton Thompson received the best gift ever – sight. Colton's vision began to dim not long after he suffered a gruesome fishing accident. In eager anticipation of a big catch with a new lure, his older brother sent a hasty cast into Colton’s left eye. After emergency surgery to remove the lure, it appeared he might escape lasting damage. But then the pain started, and he was unable to see well, even with glasses. Colton would need a new cornea, the clear, dome¬-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. Thanks to the generosity of a cornea donor and a talented ophthalmologist, Colton’s vision was restored. Read Full Story.
  4. Sight Restored With Placenta Tissue. A freak accident on the job nearly cost industrial machinist Jeff Strayer his vision. Thanks to quick action by his coworkers, the almost-magical properties of placenta tissue, and a skilled ophthalmologist, the 53-year-old is back to work and seeing 20/20. Read Full Story.
  5. Blind Boy Sees After Gene Therapy. Creed Pettit has been slowly going blind since the day he was born. Creed has a rare genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and it makes it impossible for him to see except in bright light. Creed is the youngest person in the US to receive the new gene therapy. His recovery has been immediate and miraculous. His mom, Sarah Pettit, could tell his vision had improved the day after surgery. Read Full Story.

You can read more patient success stories at AAO’s website. To prevent vision loss, please seek medical attention right away should you experience any of the following:

  • Eye infection
  • Change in vision or sudden blurriness
  • Eye injury
  • Double Vision
  • Floaters/flashes

People with diabetes should also get regular eye checks. Protect your eyesight throughout your lifetime by following the Academy’s recommended schedule for eye exams based on your age, family history and heritage. Dr. Shofner's reputation for excellence makes him one of the most competitive eye care practices in the Nashville, TN area. “I am humbled by the opportunity to help as many people as I have,” says Dr. Shofner. If you are experiencing any vision changes or if it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, contact us to schedule your appointment.

Image and stories provided by AAO.


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