Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Did you know that less than twenty years ago, most people diagnosed with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were destined to become legally blind? Dr. Awh was recently a guest on ASRS’s Retina Health for Life podcast discussing advances in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD made possible by retina specialists that allow many patients with advanced AMD to keep reading, driving and enjoying their independence. Watch on YouTube ( or visit to listen today. #RetinaSpecialist #AMDAwarenessMonth

Read more about AMD here.

Posted on 02/16/2021 11:50 AM by Dena Beck
Friday, 15 January 2021
As part of our 2021 campaign to help better understand the eye, we want to dig deeper into explaining each retinal disease and condition. Each month we will highlight a retina condition and provide you with information and terminology in hopes of making the topic less daunting and more familiar. Leave us comments on the articles with any questions you may have on the condition! 
Posted on 01/15/2021 10:09 AM by Kayla Patt
Thursday, 10 December 2020

Tennessee Retina is dedicating 2021 to helping you stay informed! 
The retina plays the biggest role in our ability to see. It's important for you to understand the procedures and terminology behind your diagnosis involved with this complex but delicate part of the eye. In 2021 we want to encourage patient learning and support healthy vision for you and your loved ones. Understanding symptoms and the importance of getting treatment quickly can have a great impact on protecting your vision!  

Have a question about the retina, what to expect at your visit, or have a general concern? Visit our FAQ submission form and submit a question for a chance to be featured in our monthly FAQ, answered by our physicians and staff!

Posted on 12/10/2020 1:26 PM by Kayla Bostain
Thursday, 12 November 2020

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!
Roughly one in three people with diabetes who are older than 40, experience symptoms related to Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes. It's important to understand the risks associated as well as how to manage vision issues caused by diabetes.

Read more about Diabetic Retinopathy in this month’s educational spotlight to promote 2020: The Year of Excellent Vision. Read it HERE

Posted on 11/12/2020 2:27 PM by Kayla Bostain
Friday, 30 October 2020
Halloween may look different this year but we want to encourage everyone to practice these health and safety tips to protect yourself and others, as well as maintaing healthy vision! Happy Halloween from all of us at Tennessee Retina!

Posted on 10/30/2020 7:50 AM by Kayla Patt
Friday, 18 September 2020


Dr. Carl Awh has been named President of the American Society of Retina Specialists, the largest organization of retina specialists in the world. Dr. Awh has been a member of the board of directors of the ASRS since 2004 and a member of its Executive Committee since 2012.

Read more about Dr. Awh and his many other professional affiliations here

Posted on 09/18/2020 10:00 AM by Dena Beck
Friday, 04 September 2020


September is National Cholesterol Education Month. If you or someone you know experiences high levels of cholesterol, this may be a good time to get checked and take the appropriate steps to lower it. High levels of cholesterol can affect your eyes and may lead to vasular problems in the retina.  High cholesterol is one of many health conditions that are risks for the development of one or more retinal vascular diseases.  Among Tennessee Retina's esteemed physicians, Eric Schneider M.D. shares facts about these vascular diseases in this month’s educational spotlight to promote 2020: The Year of Excellent Vision. Read it HERE

Posted on 09/04/2020 9:12 AM by Kayla Patt
Friday, 21 August 2020

Learning more about Pediatric Retina for Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.
Keeping your children’s eyes safe is a huge part in maintaining healthy vision. Knowing what pediatric retinal diseases are and how to detect early signs are important factors in preventing vision loss. The most common problems with children’s eyes may not be retina related, so examination by your regular eye care professional is key for diagnosis. Read more about Pediatric Retina in this month's Educational Spotlight HERE.

Posted on 08/21/2020 2:59 PM by Kayla Patt
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

What does 20/20 actually mean?

20/20 vision is not perfect vision. However, it does mean that an individual has eyesight which is 
more or less statistically average or "normal." A person can also have 20/15 vision, which is sharper than 
average. The goal of glasses, contacts, or corrective surgery is to bring a person's vision as close to 
20/20 as possible. 

20/20 vision is a term used to express the clarity or sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. 
For example, if you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a 
person with unimpaired vision can see at 100 feet. Fortunately, in our world of technology, there are mulitple resources and tools available to aid those who experience "low vision" due to various 
conditions. Start your search with our list of links.

Posted on 07/29/2020 12:11 PM by Kayla Patt
Saturday, 20 June 2020

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
The last week of June is dedicated to Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, and the mission is to build deeper connections with people in the deaf-blind community. Connections begin by learning more about the conditions that cause Deaf-Blindness, such as Usher Syndrome, CHARGE syndrome and Stickler Syndrome, and by developing a better understanding of how people with these conditions thrive in their communities. Tennessee Retina dedicates this week to recognize our patients with these rare conditions, and we encourage everyone to explore these listed websites, experience the success stories and learn what resources are available to those with Deaf-Blind conditions. 

(PDFs courtesy of

Posted on 06/20/2020 7:51 AM by Kayla Patt
Friday, 05 June 2020

Virtual VisionWalk Toolkit  

Tennessee Retina is proud to be a sponsor for the Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk again this year. Although the walk looks a little different, the fun is still the same! The activities will officially kick off at 10:45am (CT) TOMORROW June 6th and you won't want to miss it! To help you get involved, we have joined the foundation in providing fun activities for you and your family.   

You can also follow along on all the events by joining the live stream at and follow @FoundationFightingBlindness throughout the day on social media for special messages, challenges, and to see how others are celebrating around the country using the tag #VisionWalkStrong 

Visit our team page to donate or join us in the virtual walk!  

ToolKit Activities:
Scavenger Hunt
Kids Bingo

Photos from our past VisionWalks!

Posted on 06/05/2020 10:13 AM by Kayla Patt
Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Vision Health for All Ages  

Taking care of your eyes should be a priority just like eating healthy and physical activity. Healthy vision can help keep you safe each day. To keep your eyes healthy, get a comprehensive dilated eye exam to check for common vision problems and eye diseases. It’s the best way to find out if you are in the early stages of any eye-related diseases. 

Ways you can help protect your vision 

  1. Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams. 

  2. Know your family’s eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, since some are hereditary. 

  3. Eat right to protect your sight and maintain a healthy weight. 

  4. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home, such as painting, yard work, and home repairs. 

  5. Quit smoking or never start. 

  6. Wear sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. 

  7. Wash your hands before taking out your contacts  to avoid infection. 

  8. Practice workplace eye safety. 

Eyes and Overall Health 

Taking care of your eyes may also benefit your overall health. Vision problems and general health conditions go hand-in-hand. People with vision problems are more likely to also have conditions such as diabetes, poor hearing, heart problems, high blood pressure, lower back pain and strokes, as well as have increased risk for falls, injury and depression. 

In addition to your comprehensive dilated eye exams, visit an eye care professional if you have 

  • Decreased vision 

  • Eye pain 

  • Persistent drainage or redness of the eye 

  • Double vision 

  • Diabetes 

  • Increased Floaters (tiny specks that appear to float before your eyes) 

  • Circles (halos) around light sources 

  • Flashes of light 

For Healthy Vision Month, remember to take care of your eyes to make them last a lifetime. 

Posted on 05/05/2020 10:18 AM by Kayla Patt
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Life is busy and sometimes that means putting your yearly eye exam on the back burner, especially in these difficult times. This is especially true for many women who multitask and take care of those around them.   Health deficiencies and the effect of stress on hormones can lead to chronic health problems.  When it comes to vision, women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.  More women than men have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. These numbers can continue to increase in the years to come. Let this month be a reminder for women to monitor vision and to contact your eye care professional if you notice significant changes in your vision. 

Posted on 04/07/2020 10:13 AM by Kayla Patt
Thursday, 05 March 2020

Taking care of our employees like we take care of our patients.

Like so many others, Tennessee Retina has several employees and their families affected by the tornadoes of 3/3/2020. For over 40 years, the doctors and staff of Tennessee Retina (TNR) have served the communities of central Tennessee and southern Kentucky. We can proudly say that our employees have helped save the vision and quality of life for tens of thousands of patients through the years. Our employees are selfless, compassionate and talented caregivers. Please join us in providing support for our employees via GoFundMe and through your thoughts, prayers and compassion.

Posted on 03/05/2020 12:15 PM by Dena Beck
Monday, 02 March 2020

A new policy from Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN could severely impact patient care.  Hear one patient share her fears about how this change could affect her vision and her quality of life.  See the story of how Tennessee Retina is pushing back against a worrisome insurance policy in order to protect patients with vision-threatening diseases.


Posted on 03/02/2020 12:21 PM by Dena Beck
Thursday, 06 February 2020

Learning more about Uveitis and Scleritis 

Eye redness, light sensitivity, floaters in the vision, flashing lights and blurry vision can all be symptoms of more serious inflammatory conditions. Ocular Inflammatory specialist, Akshay Thomas, MD, at Tennessee Retina, shares facts about Uveitis and Scleritis in this month’s educational spotlight to promote a Year of Excellent Vision. Read it here

Posted on 02/06/2020 12:20 PM by Kayla Patt
Friday, 17 January 2020

Have you heard the news? Tennessee Retina is excited to announce the relocation of our Crossville office to 39 Lantana Road. We will start seeing patients here on Friday, January 24th. 
We are proud to continue serving the patients of Crossville and surrounding areas, and we are grateful for your continued support. Please visit for more information or call us with any questions (615) 983-6000. 

Posted on 01/17/2020 3:06 PM by Kayla Patt
Thursday, 19 December 2019

Tennessee Retina is gearing up for 2020 by ensuring that everyone has access to the tools and information necessary to make eye health a "focus" throughout the year. 
Healthy eyes are important, but are often overlooked as a part of overall health. Despite the preventable nature of some visual impairments, many people don't get the recommended screenings.  A visit to your eye care professional is a great place to start for detection of any common vision problems and eye diseases. Common vision problems often have no warning signs, and with the correct treatment and early response actions, vision loss can be minimized to help ensure you are seeing life to its full potential. Healthy vision can help keep people safe when behind the wheel, and strengthens the ability to continue to participate in sports or work on the job or around the home. Good vision also helps to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle well into a person’s later years. Educating and engaging families, communities, and the Nation is imperative to ensuring people have the information, resources, and tools needed to maintain good eye health. In 2020, Tennessee Retina is encouraging everyone to make good eye health their new goal this year!

 Follow these eye health tips in your daily routine: 

-Eat Healthy: Include leafy green vegetables and foods with antioxidants and other nutritional value 

-Quit Smoking: It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems. 

-Wear Sunglasses: The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. 

-Use Safety Eyewear: If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles. If you or your child plays sports, ensure they wear the proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries. 

-Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly: Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best. Eye exams can also find retina diseases that have no symptoms and catch them early on. 

Information courtesy of 

Posted on 12/19/2019 7:23 AM by Kayla Patt
Wednesday, 27 November 2019

You may know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month, but did you know that November is also Diabetic Eye Disease Month?
People with diabetes can also develop an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. This is a complication of diabetes that is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in working age Americans, and it occurs in more than half the people who develop diabetes. Early stages of diabetic retinopathy can be damaging without causing any symptoms. Anyone who has diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, which is why doctors recommend diabetics have a yearly, dilated eye exam within a year of being diagnosed with diabetes, regardless of age.  People living with diabetes should also be aware of possible symptoms. 

Symptoms include:  

  • Blurred or double vision 
  • Difficulty reading 
  • The appearance of spots or “floaters” in your vision 
  • A shadow across the field of vision 
  • Eye pain or pressure 
  • Difficulty with color perception 

Regular eye exams by an eye doctor are important for everyone, but especially for those who are at a higher risk for diabetic retinopathy or diabetes. The earlier a problem is detected, the sooner treatment can begin to prevent vision loss.  
Information courtesy of The Foundation of the American Society of Retina Specialists. 

Posted on 11/27/2019 7:09 AM by Kayla Patt
Monday, 21 October 2019

The American Academy of Ophthalmologists sponsors Eye Injury Prevention Month every October to reinforce the importance of preventing accidents and injury. 
Believe it or not, the average home is full of potential dangers that easily go unnoticed. Accidents involving household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year, and nearly half of all eye injuries occur in and around the home.  Experts claim that more than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear and taking some simple precautions. Goggles or safety glasses should be worn while doing yard work, using power tools and playing sports. The most effective eyewear should be snug with a wrap-style frame to keep airborne particles from getting behind the lenses. Always be sure to store sharp objects correctly and use them responsibly.  
Your vision is irreplaceable, so treat it with care. Eye injury risk increases with factors such as being rushed, feeling tired, performing an unfamiliar task or being distracted. Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life. 

(Source: Get Eye Smart). 

Posted on 10/21/2019 12:32 PM by Kayla Patt
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