Dr. Carl Vinson - Optometrist 

We believe the best way to solve a vision problem...

is to Listen.

We provide many levels of service for your total eyecare needs.  Whether you have diabetes and need to be followed closely for diabetic retinopathy or whether you just have a little trouble seeing to read the newspaper, we can provide you with outstanding service.  Your extraordinary satisfaction is a priority.

We are pleased to announce the addition of neurolens® technology to help diagnose and alleviate headaches, neck pain, and other symptoms associated with eye misalignment causing what is now known as trigeminal dysphoria. Until now, we assummed that many headaches and neck pain were caused by bad posture while sitting at the computer for long hours. Now new research has shown that this neck and shoulder pain may very well be caused by a specific eye misalignment. We were one of the first offices in Tennessee to incorporate the new neurolens® device into our practice. The neurolens® device allows us to test for this misalignment and provide lenses that have never before been possible to even make... until NOW. Click on this neurolens® link for more information. You will be amazed at how comfortable working long hours at the computer can be.

Laser Vision Correction

We keep up-to-date on all the latest developments in laser vision correction and other corrective surgical approaches.  Dr. Vinson has had LASIK himself, so he can talk with you about it from both a personal and a professional perspective.  We offer a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction.  Dr. Vinson will talk with you about the pros and cons of laser surgery.  He will also cover options that will be available to you in the near future such as Intraocular Contact Lenses, Wavefront LASIK, Surgical Reversal of Presbyopia, and more.  Our goal is for you to make a well-informed decision about corrective surgery.  Once you have made your decision to proceed with surgery, Dr. Vinson can provide pre-operative as well as post-operative evaluations and follow-up.

Eye Exams for Children

We can't express enough how important it is to have your child's eye development checked by a thorough eye exam.   The recommended age for your child's first eye exam is between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old.   That may sound very young and you may ask how in the world we check their eyes that young.   From birth to 6 years old is known as the critical period of development.   At that time your child's eyes are forming connections in the brain which will determine how well your child sees for the rest of his life.   If there are any problems with an eye turning even slightly or blurred vision in one eye, the brain will shut that eye off ignoring its development.   If it is not found before the age of 5, your child may never see well with that eye no matter what is done after that.  That is what we call amblyopia or "lazy eye".   Someone with amblyopia will not have good depth perception if any at all.   What that means for your child is trouble in many activities such as catching a ball, hitting a ball, walking down uneven steps safely, and judging distances while driving (later of course) just to name a few.   Many jobs require accurate depth perception that will eliminate someone without that ability.... someone with amblyopia.   It has been reported that as many as 70% of pediatricians miss detecting amblyopia in children, so it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam for your child before 2 years of age.   The best news we can give you is that your child's eyes are developing normally.   It's a great feeling to know that your child has the vision skills required to do well when he starts school.   For more information on pediatric vision care visit the website of the American Optometric Association.

Eye Exams for Adults

Many people feel that if they see well, they don't need an eye exam.   The truth is many eye diseases that eventually lead to blindness have no early symptoms to let you know something is wrong.   Waiting for symptoms could mean irreversible loss of vision.   There is no substitute for early detection and treatment of diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy which may have no early symptoms.   So even if you see "20/20", you will benefit from a thorough eye exam every 12 to 24 months.   Our adult eye exam covers your vision as well as your eye health.   If problems are detected, early treatment may keep you seeing for the rest of your life.   So, don't take chances with your eyes when 30 minutes of your time every year or two is all that is needed.

Contact Lens Fitting and Evaluation

In addition to an eye exam, you may want to be evaluated and fit with contact lenses.   Dr. Vinson has received several national awards in this area.   Contact lenses is one of the areas in which he excels.   Since he keeps up with the latest developments in contact lens designs, he can provide you with most up-to-date contacts on the market today.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Diseases

As mentioned above many eye diseases have no early symptoms.   So it is important to have your eyes checked every 12 to 24 months.   Dr. Vinson is capable of diagnosing and treating many many eye diseases. For specific questions on eye diseases, we would be more than happy to set up a consultation with Dr. Vinson for you.   He loves talking with people, listening to them, and helping them get the most from their visit.   Sometimes that may require a referral to a specialist in a certain area such as retinology, neurology, cardiology, or endocrinology just to name a few.   It may require further specialized testing such as a threshold visual field, nerve fiber layer analysis with laser diagnostics, blood sugar analysis, CT-Scan, or MRI for example.   You can rest assured that Dr. Vinson will use the full range of his expertise, experience, and resources to find an answer to your questions.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Dry Eyes

There have been some wonderful advances in the area of dry eye treatment over the past few years.   One of the best options currently for severe dry eyes is the use of punctal plugs.   These are tiny plugs that slow the flow of tears from your eyes allowing your natural tears to lubricate your eyes instead of having to repeatedly instill artificial tears throughout the day.   For more information on this technology visit the Eagle Vision Website.


One of the most scary things that can happen is trauma to your eyes.   Should that happen, Dr. Vinson is on call for emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   He can treat many traumas including the following:

    Chemical Burns
    Welding Flash Burns
    Foreign Bodies such as metal, sawdust, etc.

Dr. Vinson can remove foreign bodies in the office.   Removal of the object is done under a biomicroscope with topical local anesthetic.   After removal, Dr. Vinson will usually apply a patch with antibiotic ointment and see you back the next day.   Since a patch will most likely be applied, you may want to bring someone with you who can drive you back home.

401 West College Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

(615) 895-5000

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