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As of May 4, 2020, we are reopening our clinics in both Powell and Sevierville for eye care services. The optical shop will reopen by appointment only, May 4, and will increase to normal operations as advised by the CDC and local government to meet social distancing guidelines.  Elective surgeries will resume the week of […]

How To Prevent The Most Common Eye Injury

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The most common causes of eye injuries that we see are usually related to the use of power tools. Specifically, using grinders, especially when grinding metal, and weed eaters can cause a great deal of high-velocity debris to fly around, which can easily enter the eye. When even the smallest bits of metal, dirt, sand, […]

What You Need To Know About Online Eye Exams & Prescriptions

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It seems we can take care of just about any task online these days, and some websites are jumping on the virtual bandwagon by offering online vision tests and prescription lenses services. While it’s tempting to consider this a convenient option that you could take advantage of from the comfort of your home, it’s also […]

Is It Possible To Get Cataract Treatment Without Surgery

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When people hear about or are considering cataract treatments, they’re typically assuming this involves surgery. According to the National Eye Institute, cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in the United States. By age 80, more than 50% of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Approximately 90% […]

Which Over The Counter Eye Drops Are Best To Use

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Knoxville ranked 14th on the “most challenging places to live with fall allergies,” according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report for 2018. Ragweed pollen, grass, and rotting leaves are the main allergy-causing culprits, and mold poses a year-round problem since it grows indoors as well as outdoors. For many of us, these […]

5 Tips For Macular Degeneration Prevention

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Macular degeneration affects more than 13 million Americans and is a leading cause of blindness for those over the age of 55. The exact cause of macular degeneration is not known, but researchers have shown that genetics strongly influence your risk of developing macular degeneration. However, if macular degeneration runs in your family, there are […]

3 Signs You Need New Glasses

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One of the most common questions we hear on a daily basis is, “Do I need new glasses?” The answer isn’t usually a clear-cut “yes” or “no.” That’s because while patients’ prescriptions may change slightly over time, they still may have 20/25 or 20/30 vision, which is considered quite good. It’s possible that their vision […]

Carrots And Eyesight: Myth Or Reality?

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“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyesight,” is something many of us grew up hearing from parents who were encouraging us to eat vegetables. We’ve all heard that carrots will give you better vision, but is that true? Dr. Gallaher says, “Sort of. We don’t know that carrots specifically will improve our vision, but […]

Screen Time Myths and Realities Regarding Your Vision

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One of the most common misperceptions that patients have is that it’s bad for your vision if you watch television in the dark, or spend hours looking at a computer screen, or are too close to any electronic screen. However, watching television or staring at a computer screen, smartphone or other digital device for long […]

Back-To-School Special for National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

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August is back-to-school time for kids in East Tennessee, and it’s also National Children’s Vision and Learning Month. The goal of this month-long observance is to raise awareness among parents and educators about the prevalence of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed vision problems among children. Many children struggle with myopia, or nearsightedness, and it’s estimated that as […]