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Center of Vision Development, Pllc

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1445 East 10th Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 931-372-2020
Fax: 931-372-2572

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Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM5:00 PM
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Eye SurgeryEyeglasses have been a traditional solution for correcting vision problems for many centuries. When contact lenses arrived on the scene, they offered a new practical solution for restoring vision. Now an increasing number of eye surgery options have displaced glasses or contacts as the only solutions for healthy vision.

Eye Surgery Evolution

Advanced technology has made it possible to reshape eyes and restore vision to healthy levels for many people from all walks of life. Surgical techniques and tools have rapidly evolved over the past two decades to create procedures that are both safe and helpful.

Corrective surgeries for eyes now include everything from using lasers to reshape the cornea surface to inserting artificial lenses. These procedures correct how light entering the eye is processed – leading to much sharper vision in patients.

The state of the cornea is a determining factor in these surgeries. Thinner corneas with a high degree of myopia, for example, usually require a more invasive surgery to reshape the eye surface enough to improve vision.

Types of Eye Surgeries

Laser correction surgeries offer a snapshot of evolution in eye surgeries. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) became the first successful surgery to change the shape of the cornea through removing tissue. The FDA approved PRK in 1995 and it is still widely used early in the 21st Century. With PRK, it only takes a few days for vision improvements to be realized.

LASIK followed on the heels of PRK. It involves cutting a thin flap in the outer covering of the eye to reshape the cornea. Unlike PRK, it only takes a few hours to gain sharper vision with LASIK surgery. There is some risk of suffering dry eye and other complications such as halos around bright lights until the flap fully heals. LASIK can be done with the aid of a mechanical cutting tool, using all lasers or incorporating wavefront technology that measures how light hits the eye.

Nearsighted patients are not alone in benefiting from surgeries. Farsightedness can be corrected through Conductive Keratoplasty (CK). It uses a small probe and low heat radio waves to create spots around the cornea periphery. CK steepens the cornea to give patients better near vision.

Some eye surgeries require implanting new artificial lenses to produce vision improvements. Implantable lenses similar to contact lenses can correct more severe levels of nearsightedness. These artificial lenses go permanently over the natural lens on the eye. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) takes it a step further and replaces the natural lens with an artificial lens of a different shape. RLE is done to correct extreme farsightedness.

Eye Surgery Considerations

Our eyes change as we age, so some corrective surgeries are not a good option for everyone. People under 18, for example, are not good candidates for laser eye surgeries because their eyes change rapidly as their bodies are growing.

Health also factors into eye surgeries. If you have diabetes or other medical conditions that impact eyesight, certain eye surgeries may pose serious risks.

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Testimonial

"Kasey always greets us with a smile, Amanda is an amazing therapist and Dr Clopton is so knowledgeable. And these are only a few of the incredible staff at Center of Vision. Every single member of his staff is wonderful. I can not say enough about the people that are a part of this practice. Not to mention the work they do is life changing. 
They changed our lives. We are forever grateful for them."

~Beth Ann Quigly 

"I can't imagine taking my family anywhere else for our vision care.

We first visited years ago, and I fell in love with Dr. Clopton then for his family-oriented philosophies and his fantastic ways of making the kids feel comfortable and valued.

We recently got a new insurance policy, and I was stoked to see that Dr. Clopton was on the list of providers. Our entire family just got our annual check-ups and I was immediately reminded of why I adore this practice so much.

The building is beautiful, and the staff is super-friendly. It always brings a smile to my face to see how warm and welcoming every employee is towards all the kids coming in either for vision or therapy services. The entire environment is very supportive.

The waiting room is quite comfortable with high-quality furnishings and a beautiful fish tank. They also have a kids' waiting room with plenty of awesome toys and comfy seating for the adults.

We've never waited more than a few minutes to be seen. The examinations are thorough, and he explains everything along the way. Dr. Clopton has an amazing way with kids that is rarely paralleled in the medical community. He is an extremely valuable asset to the Upper Cumberland area, and I am grateful our vision care is in his hands.

As for your glasses if you need them, I always recommend picking out frames BEFORE your eyes are dilated. The lady that works in that section is very helpful, and has the patience of a saint for working with us as we picked out what we needed.

In closing, this practice is absolutely fantastic. Whether you need vision services from Dr. Clopton, or are seeking other therapy services from the rest of the gang, you won't regret your decision to work with these guys!"

~Gretchen Kristina Detwiler 

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM5:00 PM
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed

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  • 931-372-2020
  • 1445 East 10th Street Cookeville, TN 38501
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