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 a “set of eyes.” After graduating optometry school in 2004, doctor Maples was able to complete her residency training at the James H. Quillen Veterans Medical Center located in Mountain Home, Tennessee. She viewed this as a distinctive honor and privilege, being able to provide care and vision to those who have bravely served our country.
Dr. Maples is board certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and The American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. She is also a member of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Maples applies her extensive knowledge and practical abilities to improving the quality of life of her patients on a daily basis.
During her time at the UAB School of Optometry, Dr. Maples was also an active member of Students in Optometric Service to Humanity (SOSH), Beta Sigma Kappa National Optometric Honor Society, and UABSO student government. Dr. Maples traveled as a volunteer with SOSH on Mission trips to both Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Maples finds interactions with her patients very rewarding. One of her greatest joys, as an optometrist, is knowing that her patients are informed and understand their unique eye health situation. Interestingly, Dr. Maples initially wanted to study education and pursue a teaching degree. Her patients quickly pick up on this quality, as she reflects an undeniable passion for patient education during the examination.
Outside of the office, Dr. Maples enjoys exploring nature through hiking and bicycling. She also has a personal interest in neurobiology and the field of mindfulness – above all, Dr. Maples treasures spending quality time with her husband and two precious young boys.

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, theses lenses require far more data than their predecessors. Unlike traditional lenses which only require a pupillary distance and optical center height measurements for fitting, these lenses also require a vertex distance and angle-of-wrap measurement.  The extra data that is collected during the fitting process is used to generate the design of the lens and even compensate the prescription. This is a stunning improvement over traditional “no-line” multifocal lenses which offer similar viewing angles and wearer experience for all prescriptions.  University Eye Specialists offers the highest quality, digitally surfaced lenses made by Zeiss. We want the same excellence of care that you receive from our doctors during the examination to manifest in the way you view the world through your new eyeglasses. Want to learn more? Stop by one of our locations or give us a call @ 1-865-244-2020.

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 cosmetic and functional blepharoplasty for excess upper lid skin and ptosis surgery for drooping upper eyelids. He combines thoughtful assessment of the potential effect of surgery on the health of the eye, selection of the most appropriate surgical procedure or procedures and meticulous performance of the surgery.

Dr. Glatt also performs surgery to correct lower lid abnormalites, such as lids that roll in (entropion), lids that roll out (ectropion) and lids that are pulled downward (retraction). He has spent decades caring for patients with eyelid skin cancers that require surgical removal and subsequent eyelid reconstruction that often requires unique techniques specific to the eyelid. Dr. Glatt removes benign eyelid lesions, such as moles, cysts and skin tags. He also performs tear duct surgery to help patients who suffer from tearing and/or infections due to blocked tear ducts.

Dr. Glatt has practiced for over 30 years and has performed over 14,000 procedures!

Top Docs 2019

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University Eye Specialists is proud to announce that Dr. David Harris, Dr. Paul Froula, Dr. Herbert Glatt and Dr. Jonathan Sowell have earned the prestigious title of “Top Doc” for 2019!

Cityview magazine is proud to honor the men and women in our medical community whose dedication and skill have earned the respect of both their patients and peers. Every year, Cityview asks the area’s physicians to tell them who they would choose if they, or a patient, or a loved one needed care. This is not a popularity contest or a paid survey. Rather, these results are the opinions of practicing physicians. This survey recognizes those who have earned the utmost regard of their colleagues and peers.

Dr. Rouse’s Boston Marathon Experience

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Dr. James Rouse, a Knoxville native, was part of the Team with a Vision in the Boston Marathon. He helped another athlete who was visually impaired finish at the Boston Marathon.

Also, check out the inspiring Team with a Vision organization below:



Hardin Valley Now Open!

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University Eye Specialists officially opened its new Hardin Valley office on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.  The new office, which opened to the public on Feb. 7, is located at 2547 Willow Point Way, off Hardin Valley Road in Creek Side Professional Park. It offers convenient parking, expanded on-site diagnostic capabilities and an updated optical department. Guests will enjoy refreshments following the ribbon-cutting.

The office replaces the practice’s former location on Park West Boulevard. The phone number remains the same at 865-690-4731. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

“We are committed to serving patients with integrity and compassion, and we are honored to help our patients keep life in focus,” said Will Pitt, CEO of University Eye Specialists. “This new clinic allows us to offer even more vision care and optical options for our patients at a convenient location and easy access to our front door.”

University Eye Specialists offers a broad spectrum of eye care, including routine exams, glasses, contacts, LASIK, complex eye surgery, surgical treatment of cataracts and treatment of eye diseases. Including the new Hardin Valley office, the practice has five locations with three in Knoxville, one in Maryville and one in Morristown.


Physician Spotlight: Dr. James Doss

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Dr. Doss hikes and backpacks locally throughout the year but tries to plan a large trip with a friend he met while in medical school, at least annually. This year’s trip was a 5-day, 64 mile backpacking trip through Wyoming’s Wind River Range during the first week of September. Temperatures ranged between the mid 20’s and high 60’s, which were perfect for backpacking.

They hiked from Elkhart Park trail head to Big Sandy Creek trail head and spent nearly 40 miles along the scenic CDT (Continental Divide Trail). Most of the hike was above 10,000 feet and provided plenty of vistas of the scenic landscape. The route was chosen to visit both Island Lake and Cirque of the Towers, two of the three most picturesque parts which draw hikers and photographers to this area of the country.

The Winds are situated just east of Pinedale, WY in the Bridger-Teton Wilderness, about 75 miles southeast of Yellowstone National Park. As can be seen in some of the photos, the wild fires burning in Montana, during that time, did cause some haze, but fortunately did not greatly impact the air quality during the trip. The scenery and beauty of nature is what Dr. Doss cherishes most about these trips, and for that reason he feels blessed for his role in helping others view the world in all its magnificent splendor.

Dr. James T. Doss, Jr. is board certified in comprehensive ophthalmology and specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. He brings a caring and patient oriented focus to the precision detailed field of eye surgery which he is passionate about. Doss grew up on a farm in south Georgia where he had a creative imagination, loved exploring in the woods, and was always fixing something mechanical, even from an early age. While in medical school, he always knew he wanted to be a surgeon, but it wasn’t until a chance encounter with an ophthalmologist during his third year that he realized how well the detailed and intricate microsurgeries of the eye fit his interests and talents. His focus quickly shifted from hand surgery to eye surgery, and that decision was solidified during ophthalmology rotations at The University of Florida and The Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Doss completed his internship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in 2005, before his ophthalmology residency in Virginia, where he had the opportunity to spend time in the clinic and O.R. learning from some of the UES physicians. After graduating in 2008 and becoming board certified, he began practicing in Boone, N.C. where he spent two years and was in the process of making partner when his wife realized that she was growing weary of the long, snowy winters there and yearned for the warmer climate and more cosmopolitan life they had known while in Knoxville.
In 2010 Dr. Doss joined UES where he knew he would be practicing among the top Ophthalmologists in the area, using cutting-edge technology, and collaborating with physicians who held themselves to a high ethical standard, while still being able to enjoy the mountainous beauty that drew him to the region initially.

Dr. Doss continues to enjoy living in Knoxville with his wife, Becky, and their two children, Mary Campbell and William, as well as their Siberian Forest cat, Tigger. As a family, they spend countless hours in the mountains hiking, biking, or just playing in one of the area’s many streams. They are members of Church Street United Methodist church and  Dr. Doss is also an avid backpacker and enjoys outdoor photography as well as swimming for exercise.  He feels blessed to be able to perform life-altering vision correcting surgeries for his patients with the help of a highly skilled team of professionals at UES.

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Harris

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Dr. Lauren Harris is a cornea specialist. When she started college, she thought she might want to be a pilot; however, her love of medicine took over. She earned a degree in biomedical engineering with highest honors before going on to medical school. Toward the end of medical school, she realized ophthalmology would be a good fit for her as she has a penchant for small things.
Dr. Harris performs corneal transplants, cataract surgery, removal of pre-cancerous and cancerous growths as well as many other surgical procedures on the eye. Corneal transplants can be full or partial thickness and different surgical skills are required for each type. Dr. Harris also performs LASIK, another procedure in which she can restore sight and dramatically improve her patient’s vision. Additionally, she sees patients from the InterFaith Clinic and Knoxville Area Project Access, as being able to make a difference in the lives of those in need is a benefit of ophthalmology that she cherishes and holds dear to her heart.
Practicing amongst the breathtaking Smoky Mountains allows Dr. Lauren Harris to explore her passions outside of patient care. Having a proclivity towards staying active, in her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, water skiing, wake surfing, snowboarding, and traveling.

Dr. Rouse’s Wife Qualifies for Olympic Trials

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Gina Rouse runs her kids from place to place, runs her household and runs 100-plus miles every week. This marathon mom puts in the work, and it has paid off in a big way.  Running is in Gina’s blood. She started in middle school, and ran track in college.
“It was kid of a natural love from the start. I really found a connection to running and teammates and chasing goals,” she said.

That love carried over into her personal life.
“When I met my husband, I found out he was a runner, and so our dates would be meeting for a run and grabbing something to eat,” she said.
While she’s always been a runner, marathons are still fairly new for Gina.

Gina Rouse:
“It wasn’t until after having kids that I tried the marathon,” the mother of three said. “After that I was hooked so with each subsequent kid we’ve had I’ve just gotten more and more competitive and that drive has just continued.”
It turns out, marathons are her thing!
Not only has she won the last two Covenant Health Knoxville Marathons in the female category, she also recently qualified for the Olympic trials for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.
“It’s super tight. The best of the best get to go on to the Olympics, but it will be such an honor to compete with the top ladies in our country,” she said.
This kind of success takes dedication, especially while juggling family obligations.
“I try to fit it in in the nooks and crannies to where its not as noticeable to my children that I’m missing so I can really try to be there, pick them up at school,” she said. “Now there’s plenty of times that I’m on the treadmill and they’re in there jumping on the bed, another string cheese, another Cheez-it, ‘Mommy just has to get through 5 more miles!'”

Having her family’s support gives Gina a big boost on race day.
I will tell you any time you’re at the last couple miles of a marathon and you think I cannot put one foot in front of the other to keep going, I think of my girls and I think just get to that finish line because they’re waiting for you,” she said. “It’s been so neat to see them be excited and they catch the vision of setting goals and chasing dreams.”

Gina will be toeing the line in the 2018 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in just a couple weeks. The race is on Sunday, March 25.
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University Eye Specialists brings Corneal Cross-Linking to East Tennessee

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University Eye Specialists, Knoxville’s premier ophthalmology practice since 1935, is now the first and only practice in East Tennessee to offer the FDA approved cross-linking therapy for the treatment of keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery – two progressive and sight threatening eye conditions that affect more than 160,000 Americans.  Corneal cross-linking is used to stiffen corneas that have been weakened by disease or refractive surgery.  Without treatment, patients may go on to require corneal transplant.

“Corneal cross-linking is beneficial to my patients in that it offers them a therapeutic option to limit the progression of keratoconus and ectasia”, says University Eye ophthalmologist and cornea specialist, Jordan Masters, M.D.  “The FDA approval of corneal cross-linking with the avedro KXL system now offers a new treatment option for appropriate patients who previously had few options to help with their vision challenges and no therapeutic treatment for these sight-threatening conditions”, said Dr. Masters.

In keratoconus patients, the typically round, dome-shaped cornea progressively thins and weakens, causing the development of a cone-like bulge that produces optical irregularities that affect vision. A rare condition, keratoconus typically appears in individuals who are in their late teens or early twenties. Early symptoms include blurring or distortion of vision or increased sensitivity to light. Corneal ectasia, also marked by progressive corneal steepening and thinning, is a rare but serious complication resulting from vision correction procedures—such as laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and is associated with worsening vision.

Corneal cross-linking is a medical procedure that combines the use of ultra-violet (UV) light and riboflavin (vitamin B2) eye drops. The procedure works by creating new corneal collagen cross-links, which results in a shortening and thickening of collagen fibrils that leads to the stiffening the cornea. Cross-linking, which has been performed in Europe since 2003, is considered the standard of care around the world for keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery.

“Early diagnosis is critical and allows patients to be treated early in the disease course before progressing to the point of needing a corneal transplant,” added Dr. Masters. “Patients suffering from progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery can now receive a therapeutic treatment that has been rigorously tested and approved.”

To determine if corneal cross-linking may be right for them, patients can contact University Eye Specialists at 865-244-2020 or through our website at