Our i CARE Promise
We care about your eye care, because we care about YOU.
When you step into our office, nothing is more important than ensuring your eyes are healthy and your vision is the best it can be. Your sight is one of the most treasured ways through which you experience the world around you. And, it would be a shame to not fully enjoy the beauty of the Upper Cumberland.
"I have always known that I wanted to work with people and to give back to my community. My patients are my neighbors and my friends. Seeing one of my patients out and about, enjoying life in part as a result of the work I do, is the most rewarding thing I could ever imagine. I love my patients. I love my team. I love my work."
Dr. Alissa Hudson
Every member of the Middle TN Eye staff was selected for her sharp mind and soft heart. We work hard to maintain a team that truly cares about the service and results you receive.
Dr. Hudson and Middle TN Eye offer the Upper Cumberland area's widest range of eye care, vision correction and cosmetic services for the entire family.
Routine Eye Exams
Young healthy people without a personal or family history of eye problems should schedule routine eye exams every two to three years. As you age, you become more at risk for many common eye and medical diseases. After age fifty, having an annual eye exam is very important. For people who already wear glasses and contacts, a yearly exam is especially important. Most contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions that are more than one year old are considered expired and will not be filled without an exam.
Medical Eye Exams
A medical eye exam is the examination, treatment and management of an eye condition or disease such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and many other potentially sight-threatening diseases or injuries. These exams are treated like any other medical exam and can be filed with your insurance carrier.
Pediatric Eye Care
Eye exams for children are extremely important. 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child's vision problem can be crucial, because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6. For school-aged children, the AOA recommends an eye exam every two years if no vision correction is required.
Senior Eye Care
Older adults are at higher risk for eye disease and vision problems, so you'll want to pay close attention to any unusual symptoms someone close to you may be having with his or her vision. That's because early detection and treatment can greatly reduce the risk of partial or complete blindness. Routine eye exams are crucial, too, as some eye diseases arrive without any warning. A person may need more frequent exams (perhaps even more often than once a year) if he or she has certain medical conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure, which may put him at higher risk for some eye diseases.
Diabetic Eye Exams
People with diabetes or a family history of diabetes should have their eyes examined at least once a year. Diabetes in particular can lead to very serious eye complications. Diagnosis of eye disorders is initially based on the symptoms that a person is experiencing, the appearance of the eyes, and the results of an examination. It is important to know that certain eye diseases do not have symptoms. If you have diabetes, seeing Dr. Hudson regularly is crucial.
WaveScan technology drives the CustomVue LASIK procedure using advanced technology to measure, map, and correct unique imperfections in an individual’s eyes that could not have been measured before. This new form of measurement is 25 times more precise than standard measurements used for glasses or contacts. Due to the Wavescan's ability to take such refined measurements, we are not only able to improve how much they you see (visual acuity measured by the standard 20/20 eye chart), but also how well you can see (contrast sensitivity and ability to see fine detail). Patients who choose CustomVue LASIK with can actually achieve a crisper, clearer vision than patients who opted for conventional LASIK, glasses or contact lenses. CustomVue also reduces glare with night vision over standard LASIK. Higher levels of prescriptions can also be treated with CustomVue.
With Traditional LASIK, your prescription is measured using the same methods that would determine your prescription for glasses and contacts. The information provided from these measurements guides Dr. Hudson in reshaping your cornea. While Traditional LASIK relies on feedback from less detailed measurements than custom mapping, the traditional procedure is effective for treating lower-order aberrations such as myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia.
Surgical Vision Correction
No-Stitch, No-Shot Cataract Surgery
To remove your cataract, anesthetic drops are applied before a tiny incision is made at the edge of your cornea. Using a technique called phacoemulsification, an ultrasonic device is used to emulsify (break apart) your cataract before it is aspirated (carefully suctioned) out of your eye. After all residual fibrous tissues are removed an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) is folded up and implanted into your lens capsule through the same tiny incision. Once inside, it becomes unfolded and positions itself into the correct location. Because of the size of the incision, there is typically no need for stitches. If stitches are required, they will normally dissolve within a few weeks or will be removed.
PhotoRefractive keratectomy or (PRK) is one of the safest and most time tested laser vision correction procedures available. Before LASIK, PRK was the most common refractive procedure. Like LASIK, it reshapes the Cornea with an excimer laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, it does so without making a flap and without the use of a microkeratome blade used in traditional LASIK procedures. The benefits of PRK over LASIK are the elimination of flap complications, reduced risk of dry eye problems, and the ability to perform the procedure on patients with thinner corneas or extremely high degrees of refractive errors.
Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is a safe, non-laser, non-cutting technique approved by the FDA to reduce or eliminate farsightedness and presbyopia in patients over 40. Instead of a scalpel, CK releases radiofrequency (RF) energy through a probe as thin as a strand of human hair, treating your vision condition without cutting or removing tissue. The controlled release of RF energy is done in a circular pattern on the cornea. This shrinks connective tissue in the cornea, reshapes it and improves the way the eye focuses light. The procedure takes less than five minutes per eye and uses only topical anesthesia. Post-operative discomfort is minimal and vision improves almost immediately. In the case of presbyopia, a progressive, age related condition, CK will have to be repeated periodically to maintain the visual results.
Retinal Fluorescein Angiogram
Fluorescein angiography is an eye test that uses a special dye and camera to look at blood flow in the retina and choroid, the two layers in the back of your eye. Eye drops that make your pupil dilate will be administered. You will be asked to place your chin on the camera's chin rest and your forehead against a support bar to keep your head still during the test. Pictures will be taken of the inside of your eye. After the first group of pictures has been taken, a dye called fluorescein is injected into a vein, usually at the bend of your elbow. Then, a special camera takes pictures as the dye moves through the blood vessels in the back of your eye.
The OPD-Scan lll refractive workstation provides the essentials of measurement and analysis data for cataract and refractive surgery. It helps determine the source of the optical pathology and the best strategy for vision correction. It aids in the selection of aspheric IOLs and contact lenses and guides the implantation of toric IOLs such as incision placement and lens alignment.
IOL Master Retinal Biometer
The IOL Master allows fast, accurate measurements of your eye length and surface curvature, necessary for cataract surgery. Because the IOL Master is non-contact (nothing touches the eye itself), there is no need for anesthesia and reduced potential for the spread of contamination.
Wavefront Technology was originally developed by NASA and used in their high-powered telescope lenses to reduce distortion and improve overall visual clarity of images being viewed in space. This same technology has now been applied to our corneal lens in the form of the Wavescan machine. The Wavescan machine maps how bundled rays of light enter and travel through the eye. The resulting Wavescan map illustrates what types of irregularities are present, such as higher order aberrations, and produces measurements that are 25 TIMES more precise than glasses, contact lenses, or conventional LASIK can measure.
Glasses & Contacts
We offer one of the areas widest selection of designer frames for all ages.
Style and quality of vision – who says you can't have both? We offer a stylish selection of designer sunglasses for those who want to see their best while enjoying the outdoors.
While some people enjoy making a fashion statement with eyeglasses, others prefer their appearance without them. Contact lenses can provide a full field of unobstructed vision (which is great for sports) without refractive surgery. Middle TN Eye offers a wide range of the industry's leading contact lens brands to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Blepharoplasty, also know as an eyelid lift, can help improve your vision if you have excess upper eyelid skin or have lost your natural upper eyelid crease. An eyelid lift can also eliminate puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids – producing a more youthful and rested appearance. This procedure may also widen your field of vision if excessive upper lid skin is present.
Botox Cosmetic treatment is a non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe lines and wrinkles for people 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of Botox Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months.
Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that provides a smooth, long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is the first smooth gel formula and only hyaluronic acid dermal filler approved by the FDA to last up to one year from initial treatment. Juvéderm is developed using an advanced manufacturing process that results in a malleable, smooth gel that flows easily and consistently into the skin to provide predictable results.
Latisse is a treatment for hypotrichosis (another name for sparse eyelashes). Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for increasing the length, thickness and darkness of eyelashes. It is a once-daily prescription treatment applied to the base of the upper eyelashes with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator.
RevitaLash uses eyelash-conditioning technology to make longer, thicker, fuller looking lashes. It will dramatically enhance the appearance of length, thickness and fullness of your eyelashes. A powerful alternative to eyelash transplants and eyelash implants, RevitaLash is physician-formulated and tested, and ophthalmologist safe. Like liquid eyeliner, RevitaLash is simply applied once-a-day to the base of your eyelashes. Within eight weeks, your own natural eyelashes will look as though they had extensions.
Utilizing the power of peptides and botanicals for strengthening, conditioning and nourishing, RevitaBrow helps revitalize eyebrows, so they look thicker and fuller. A swipe of the applicator can help you achieve a more polished look by causing your eyebrows to appear healthier. When applied daily on a clean brow, you should start to see fuller, thicker looking brows within weeks.
Browse our resources to learn more about what to expect with your eye care.
Cataract Patient Forms
Contents: Patient Information, IOL Options, What to Expect, Consent Forms, Before Your Surgery, After Surgery Care, Photo Permission and Our Location forms.
LASIK Patient Forms
Contents: Patient Information, Fee Schedule, Payment Policy, What to Expect, Informed Consent, Photo Permission and Our Location forms.
Optical Patient Forms
Contents: Patient Information, Payment Policy, Optical Warranty, Photo Permission and Our Location forms.
Blepharoplasty Patient Forms
Contents: Patient Information, Consent Forms, What to Expect, Photo Permission and Our Location forms.
"Linda and I want to thank you and your staff for your genuine concern for our well being and for making us feel so special. We hope you enjoy this small token of our love and appreciation. God loves you and so do we!"
– Tom & Linda H.
"I would like to express my gratitude to you and your entire staff for the kindness and concern you have shown to me. I have never been to any doctor's office or surgery center where everyone was as kind and thoughtful as you and your staff. Thank you for making everything so easy."
– Shirl A.
"I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to you and your staff for the outstanding results of my cataract surgery. The main office staff and those at the surgery center were so kind and courteous during this time. The entire process was conducted in such a calm and relaxed manner. Everything went off like clock work. Again, I say many, many thanks to you and your staff for the outstanding care that I was provided. I personally feel the surgery you performed was a total success. Give your staff a pat on the back for a job well done."
– Joe S.
"The world is a beautiful place, when you can "SEE" it. Thank you!"
– Rusty B.
"Thank you for the excellent care before, during and following my eye surgery. I am very pleased with the medical care and results."
– John R.
"I can play golf again!"
– Gail H.
"I want to thank you for my cataract surgery and making it affordable for me. I will be a walking, talking testimonial for your professional and compassionate service. You are a very talented doctor. May God continue to bless you and your practice."
– Gary C.
"Thank you for making my recent LASIK surgery a not-so-scary experience. From my first appointment, you all have been so very gracious and friendly. After 35 years in glasses and/or contacts, I finally have my true vision, and I couldn't be happier."
– Ashleigh L.
"Your entire team is wonderful. Thank you for a life changing experience in Cookeville."
– Steve C.
"Thanks for helping me see again!"
– Harold R.
"In my part of the practice of medicine, I rarely hear a "thank you" for what I do, so I know how much just one grateful patient means. So, please know that I am truly grateful for what you do and especially for what you have done for me."
– Herbert S., MD
Grand Opening LASIK Special
For a limited time, Dr. Hudson is offering $500 OFF CustomVue LASIK for those who received a voucher during our Grand Opening on Friday, May 22. For more information about this offer, contact our office by calling 931-372-1994.
Grand Opening Glasses Special
For a limited time, Dr. Hudson is offering 15% OFF designer glasses for those who received a voucher during our Grand Opening on Friday, May 22. For more information about this offer, contact our office by calling 931-372-1994.
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