Your eyes are an excellent barometer of your visual and general health. In fact, many illnesses have a surprising effect on the eyes. Paying attention to changes in your eyes and vision can help y ...View Article
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Our eye doctor, Dr. John Pino, and the dedicated staff at Low Vision of Tennessee invites you to learn about our many specialized low vision services by browsing our website. If you would like to become a member of our patient family, please call our office today to schedule an appointment or to get answers to your questions about vision problems. We also take eye emergency patients during regular business hours.
Our goal is to keep your eyes as healthy as possible while providing you with professional, one-on-one attention. When you visit our Lebanon, TN office, our staff will see that you are comfortable and informed. Dr. Pino takes the time to explain all procedures and exams to his patients so they are aware of what will happen next. In addition, Low Vision of Tennessee offers several vision financing options to our patients to ensure they receive the best care for their eyes and vision. We also work with insurance providers to facilitate ongoing eye health care for all our patients.
Our personalized approach to patient care has made Low Vision of Tennessee the leading choice for vision loss diagnosis and treatment in the Lebanon area. In addition to providing complete eye exams and eyeglasses, we also offer contact lenses, glaucoma testing, supportive services for macular degeneration patients and pre/post-operative care.
Dry macular degeneration affects nearly 80 percent of all patients diagnosed with MD. Although dry macular degeneration progresses slowly, it will eventually cause significant vision loss due to development of yellowish deposits on the retina and under the macula. Wet macular degeneration is less common but accounts for nearly 90 percent of severe vision loss cases. This type of macular degeneration involves breakage and bleeding of blood vessels beneath the retina, which causes the macula to detach from its base.
The most common form of glaucoma diagnosed by our Lebanon optometrist is open-angle glaucoma. As intraocular eye pressure increases, drainage canals in the eye clog, causing gradual vision loss. Since glaucoma is asymptomatic until in its advanced stage, our low vision specialist strongly recommend anyone over 40 see their eye doctor for a glaucoma exam every year.
Your optic nerve is responsible for carrying images captured by your retina to an area of the brain where images are interpreted. Causes of optic nerve damage include lack of sufficient blood flow to the optic nerve, glaucoma, tumors and diseases of the central nervous system, especially multiple sclerosis. Signs of possible optic nerve atrophy include reduced vision field, blurriness, color blindness and decreased pupil reaction to light.
This vision loss disorder is actually a group of genetic vision disorders causing progressive deterioration of the retina. People diagnosed with RP eventually suffer decreasing peripheral vision until they only have central or "tunnel" vision. In some cases, RP is associated with kidney disease, metabolic disorders and obesity.
Depending on which area of the brain is affected by a stroke, vision loss may appear in one eye or both eyes. When stroke victims lose half of their visual field in both eyes, they may be diagnosed with hemianopia. If loss of vision occurs in either the lower or upper section of their visual field in both eyes, they may have quadrantanopia. Both conditions require implementation of special eyewear provided by your Lebanon optometrist.
The most commonly diagnosed form of juvenile macular degeneration, Stargardt disease causes progressive loss of central vision as retinal photoreceptor cells die off and are not replaced. To help enhance vision of children and adolescents with Stargardt disease, Dr. Pino may prescribe low vision aides and specialized sunglasses for blocking UV rays.
Blindness is legally defined by the Social Security Administration as having less then 20/200 vision in the "best" eye using some form of corrective eyewear. The leading causes of severe vision loss or blindness are cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, optic nerve atrophy and glaucoma.
For patients with vision loss conditions in the surrounding communities of for the surrounding communities of Lebanon, Nashville, Knoxville, and Columbia, our low vision specialist provides bioptic telescopes that attach directly to their eyeglasses so they can switch from magnified vision to regular vision when they need to switch. Bioptic telescopes are helpful for watching television, reading billboards and signs, engaging in hobbies and driving.
Microscope eyeglasses include a double lens system combining your eyewear prescription with a specific amount of magnification that depends on your remaining vision level and what you need to see clearly. Prismatic eyeglasses are either double or single lens vision systems that include a prism for ensuring your eyes work together to focus on objects.
Low Vision of Tennessee is dedicated to providing superior optometry services and care in a comfortable, personalized environment. Call us today at 1-855-405-8800 to schedule an appointment with our optometrist specialist Dr. John Pino.
Dr. John Pino
Lebanon Optometrist | Low Vision of Tennessee | 1-855-405-8800
404 N Castle Heights Ave #A
Lebanon, TN 37087