The Blind K Run

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On Saturday, November 7th, University Eye Specialists teamed up with The Blind K to host a run to raise donations to provide for individuals around the globe in need of cataract surgery.  The “BLIND K” RUN / WALK is an organized event intended to bring awareness to needless blindness around the world. 40+ million individuals live with unnecessary sight impairments. … Read More

Tennessee Volunteers

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Our doctors are proud to be the preferred providers for the University of Tennessee Athletics programs since 1978. There is a certain joy that comes in knowing that we are making a difference through serving these world-class athletes. When competing at the SEC collegiate level these players choose the University Eye Specialists advantage – one reason why we are so … Read More

Doctor Spotlight: Hannah Hughes, OD

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Dr. Hannah Hughes joined University Eye Specialists in 2020 as a comprehensive medical optometrist.  After receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Kentucky University she decided to follow her passion and entered the prestigious Indiana University School of Optometry. While in optometry school she was able to immerse herself in studying the complexities of the human eye and visual system.  Dr. … Read More

Doctor Spotlight: Rachel Schneider, MD

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Dr Rachel Schneider Spotlight

Dr. Rachel Schneider joined University Eye Specialists as a general ophthalmologist, specializing in cataract procedures, in 2020 – welcoming the opportunity to practice medicine against the beautiful backdrop of the Smoky Mountains.  Dr. Schneider’s passion for eyecare began to develop as she found herself captivated by the intricacies of the eye during medical school.  As the Team Captain for the University of … Read More

Eye on Immunity

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As an ophthalmology clinic, we were all too excited for the year 20/20, little did we know that we would be faced with navigating through a world-wide pandemic.  The COVID-19 crisis has rejuvenated public interest in the field of immune system health.  As we all take steps to protect ourselves, and those we come into contact with, it is helpful … Read More

Clinical Research at University Eye Specialists

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One of the foundational principles upon which University Eye Specialists was established is our focus on advancing and improving eye care.  We believe that it is our obligation to use our unique skills and expertise to benefit the field of ophthalmology as a whole.  Conducting clinical research is crucial to the betterment of eye care and improving patient outcomes – … Read More

The Miraculous Visual Pathway

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Winter is upon us!  In East Tennessee we are fortunate to have a “front row seat” to nature at its finest, with the Smoky Mountains as the perfect backdrop.  The majesty of the season begs us to contemplate the intricate gift of sight.  While the visual pathway is a complex system involving millions of parts working in harmony, a basic … Read More

Doctor Spotlight: Jennifer Maples

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Dr. Jennifer Maples specializes in medical optometry and contact lenses. After graduating with highest honors from Middle Tennessee State University, with a degree in chemistry, she decided to pursue her doctorate in optometry. While studying optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Dr. Maples developed her passion for patient interaction and caring for patients holistically, rather than just as … Read More

Advancing Progressive Lens Technology

Jason MillsappsUncategorized

Progressive lenses, which are commonly referred to as “no-line bifocals” have dramatically improved in both quality and usability over the last few years.  The current generation of lenses have much wider distance, intermediate and near zones. This translates into improved vision at all focal lengths. These new progressive lenses use advanced algorithms to calculate custom optics for the wearer.  Impressively, … Read More

Doctor Spotlight: Herbert Glatt

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Herbert J. Glatt, MD Oculoplastic Surgery Dr. Glatt is a specialist in Oculoplastic Surgery whose practice is entirely focused on eyelid and tear duct surgery. He joined University Eye Specialists in 1989 as the first fellowship-trained Oculoplastic Surgeon in East Tennessee. Since that time he has performed over 14,000 operations. Dr. Glatt has specialized training and extensive experience in performing … Read More