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Eye Centers of Tennessee Featured On In View by Larry King

Larry King The In View production crew was in Crossville on Tuesday, December 10th to film Dr. Larry Patterson and his staff as they performed laser cataract surgery with the new LenSx Femtosecond Laser. This new state-of-the-art technology has proven to be more efficient with better, more predictable visual outcomes than conventional surgery. This is an exciting advancement in the treatment of cataracts, and something that In View wants to share with its viewers.

Laser cataract surgery is comfortably performed under topical anesthesia with oral sedation. Once the eye is perfectly aligned, a detailed scan is made of the cornea and lens of the eye. The orientation, size and shape of the main incisions are programmed into the computer and then precisely etched into the cornea with the laser. Astigmatism is treated by programming the specific treatment and then perfectly creating the incisions required. This precision helps to improve the visual outcome post-operatively.

The laser delivers a series of pulses to a pre-designed pattern based on the density of the cataract. The cataract is precisely fragmented with the laser. This additional step has been shown to reduce the average time and energy required to remove the cataract by 50% or more, which can lead to quicker visual recovery and reduced inflammation. Dr. Patterson was the first surgeon in east Tennessee to offer this procedure to his patients.

Laser cataract surgeries are conducted inside the Cataract and Laser Center located on the lower level of Eye Centers of Tennessee in Crossville. For additional information about laser cataract surgery please contact Eye Centers of Tennessee at 931-456-2728.

Eye Centers of Tennessee Now Offering Comprehensive Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations

Vision and hearing are your two most important senses. Together, they create the three dimensional perception of the world around you. In 2011, ECOTN began offering hearing screenings to our patients to extend our services beyond vision. As of 2014, we have transformed our hearing clinic into a full service audiology clinic. With a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology located in our Crossville office, we will be able to serve your individual hearing needs. Our services include diagnostic exams, dispensing of digital hearing aids, assistive listening devices and custom earplugs, tinnitus management, and cleaning and servicing of hearing devices. When Dr. Patterson was asked about his goals for the new services, he said, "Eye Centers of Tennessee is dedicated to providing people with a better quality of life, it just makes sense to provide hearing services."

Hearing loss can change your personality and affect your relationships with others. Untreated hearing loss is linked to clinical depression, social withdrawal and isolation, and fears about activities and situations that used to seem normal. The good news is, there is help! If you or someone you know is dealing with a hearing problem, call our Crossville location to schedule an appointment with our audiologist today.

Eye surgeons offer bladeless cataract surgery

Dr. Larry E. Patterson, M.D. of Eye Centers of Tennessee is the first and only physician in East Tennessee to begin offering a bladeless laser cataract removal procedure to their patients. "I have been performing cataract surgery for my patients in the local area for more than 20 years and am excited to begin offering the Femtosecond laser for cataract removal. This new technology provides a more advanced manner by which to perform several steps of the procedure," said Patterson. "Our adoption of this technology is a testament to our dedication to offering the most advanced technology as an option for the patients in our community." This Femtosecond laser signifies a bold leap forward in cataract surgery by bringing image-guided computer precision to refractive cataract surgeons. The system performs surgery according to surgeon preferences, using focused laser pulses to create incisions in the lens capsule, crystalline lens and the cornea. This results in treatments that are tailored to surgeon specifications and may deliver a remarkable degree of accuracy, there-by extending the surgeon's expertise with laser precision. Surgeons utilizing this new technology will be able to create predictable openings that carry through subsequent steps of cataract surgery as it helps them deliver on a targeted refractive outcome. "I am thrilled to be the first in the area to perform refractive cataract surgery, astigmatic correction and presbyopia correction utilizing this advancement in predictability, precision and efficiency for patients throughout the Upper Cumberland and East Tennessee area," said Patterson. Eye Centers of Tennessee is an Upper Cumberland area-based ophthalmology practice, specializing in total eye care. For more information regarding this new and exciting procedure, please contact Ray Mays, administrator, at 456-2550 or online at

Dr. Peek is Guest Speaker at Tennessee Technological University

On March 15th, Dr. Jennifer Peek from our Cookeville office was invited to speak to the Chemical Medical Club students at Tennessee Technological University regarding her career choice as an optometrist. Dr. Peek answered student's questions and gave them advice as they begin their own journey to decide what field of medicine they will enter. She gave them insight to the world of optometry and told of her own transition from Tennessee Tech to optometry school. One Tech student has already visited the Cookeville office to shadow Dr. Peek in order to see a day in the life of an optometrist.

The Chemical Medical Club at Tennessee Technological University is a club that allows Medical professionals to visit students and share the ins and outs of their profession to help students understand what it takes to be successful, and what it takes to get into a professional graduate program as well. It is a club that puts students in touch with the professionals they need to know to give them insight to the professional world.


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