Tullahoma Vision Associates believes in comprehensive care for patients of all ages. As primary eyecare providers, we can treat and manage almost any problem involving the eyes or vision. Dr. McBride and Dr. Blanks are therapeutically certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease in addition to providing expert vision care. We treat eye infections (including an in-office treatment for highly contagious “pink eye”), eye injuries, foreign bodies, glaucoma, eye allergies, inflammations of the eye, dry eye, styes, and many other eye diseases. We also manage conditions such as cataracts, diabetic eye disease, optic neuropathy, macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, keratoconus, thyroid eye disease, floaters, corneal dystrophies, and many others. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic instruments, some unique to the region, to assist our doctors in providing the finest care.
Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss among people ages 55 and older. We offer various cataract treatment procedures and will provide the solution that fits you best.
Myopia prevention is a relatively new venture in optometry in which we try to reduce the rate of change or development of high prescriptions in children.
Routine eye exams are a vital aspect of preventive eye care. Without routine eye exams, vision issues often go undetected since most eye disorders don't have clear symptoms. The early diagnosis and treatment of vision abnormalities can help to prevent vision loss and improve overall well-being.
Your doctor will help you to find the method of vision correction that is right for you and your lifestyle, whether with glasses or contact lenses.
We believe in taking care of our patients at all times – including eye emergencies. If your eye is injured or you have an urgent need, call our office immediately and our 24-hour answering service will assist you. Our doctors are on call to see patients after hours for conditions such as sudden loss of vision, flashes, and floaters, painful red eye, foreign body or other eye injuries, including chemical exposure.
Dry eye syndrome is a progressive condition that can cause a lot of eye discomfort. While it is rarely curable, we have many new and innovative ways to treat and manage this common disease. Our doctors will prescribe treatments based on your specific signs and symptoms while focusing on improving your quality of life and long-term eye health. Some of the most common dry eye treatments include artificial tears, Restasis (an Allergan eye drop), steroid eye drops, and more.
If a patient is suffering from red, itchy, or watery eyes, along with sneezing and a runny nose, there is a good chance he or she has eye allergies. Dr. McBride and Dr. Blanks can help patients find relief from their itchy and watery eyes, especially if he or she wears contacts. After diagnosing a patient with eye allergies, we will often prescribe special eye drops or change the type of contact lens that is prescribed, as certain varieties of contact lenses are more susceptible to accumulating allergens.
Eye exams for children are crucial for ensuring a child’s eyes are healthy. Vision problems can often interfere with school performance and even impact a child’s safety. According to the National Institute of Health, about 35% of American preschoolers have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Along with treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, pediatric eye exams can also help diagnose and treat a number of eye disorders. The most common vision problems in young children include lazy eye, misalignment of eyes, color blindness, depth perception disorders, and anterior eyelid health.
LASIK is a common laser eye surgery used to treat refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Most patients benefit from LASIK as a lasting replacement for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Before undergoing LASIK surgery, patients will need to attend a consultation to determine if they are a candidate for LASIK. During this consultation, we will look at the patient’s eye health to determine the best vision correction option for their needs and how much corneal tissue will need to be removed and reshaped. Patients who do not qualify for LASIK might qualify for another laser eye surgery, like PRK or LASEK.
If you are nearsighted, you certainly appreciate what a difference that glasses or contact lenses make in how you see the world. Unless your prescription is very mild, you may not be able to watch TV, drive, see at work or school, play sports, or do so many other activities without your glasses or contact lenses. What’s worse is that nearsightedness tends to get worse during the school years when vision is so important for learning.
Want to learn more about our optometry services? Call (931) 295-0700 to schedule a consultation today.