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The Eye Group settles in at its new location

Dr. Dorian Lain had a vision for a business he started several years ago with partner Dr. Joseph Manning. The dream expanded and grew, and now the business has as well. The Eye Group has finished moving into its new location at 11130 Kingston Pike and Lain is happy with the new facilities.

“We’re glad to be in this new building,” he said. “It gives us a lot more space for us and our patients.”

The optometric practice went from a 1,500 square-foot building to almost 4,100 square feet of space. The spacious front of the building offers a comfortable waiting room, a reception desk and an area for selecting lenses and purchasing frames for glasses.

“We have eight employees here,” said Deb Fisher, director of operations for the business. “Three are licensed opticians.”

The opticians, she said, take the proper measurements for customers selecting a pair of glasses.

Lain said the larger building translates into better care and less wait time for the patients.

“Before, we didn’t have the capability to have two doctors here at once,” he said. “Now we have the office space to see more than one patient at a time. That way, patients don’t have to wait as long.”

The additional space, he said, has allowed the Eye Group to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to aid in patient diagnosis. In the pretest area, patients with glasses have those glasses checked with an auto lensometer, a machine that checks the prescription of the glasses. The information from that test is transmitted directly to a refractor, a device the optometrist uses to check vision.

A visual field instrument is used to check a patient’s peripheral vision prior to the exam. The results from this test, along with results from a test for Glaucoma, are automatically transmitted back to the refractor.

“This gives us a starting point with the patients,” Lain said.

Another piece of new equipment Lain and Manning have added to their practice is an Optos machine, which produces an opto map.

“This device produces a digital laser scan of the entire interior and exterior portion of the eye without requiring a patient to be dilated,” he said. “It helps to screen for many different types of diseases. You can tell if a person has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a number of other things.”

He said adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.

For children, eye exams can play a vital role in normal development. Vision is closely linked to the learning process, Lain said. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see may have trouble finishing their schoolwork. It’s common for children to not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like.

One of the things an optometrist or ophthalmologist looks for in an exam is a sign of disease, such as glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, which have no symptoms in their early stages. Lain said he checks the health of the eyes inside and out for signs of early problems. In most cases, early detection and treatment can help reduce a risk of permanent vision loss.

“It’s really amazing what you can learn about someone just by looking into their eye,” he said.

For more information, call 865-966-2020.


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