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Eye Diseases

All kinds of ocular conditions and diseases can affect the health of your eyes, potentially resulting in vision loss.

Dr. Walter Choate can diagnose, treat, and manage conditions affecting the corneas, retinas, and other parts of the eye.

Learn how our vision center serving Nashville, TN can help you...

The Primary Focus of Managing Eye Diseases

When dealing with any ocular disease, our eye care team attempts to manage symptoms and restore vision quality. Whether we're treating cataracts, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration, these principles always apply.

Managing Symptoms

Ocular diseases can affect all parts of the eyes, from the optic nerve to the corneal surface and even your eyelids. We help relieve disease symptoms to maintain eyesight and enhance your quality of life.

Improving Vision Quality

Treating ocular diseases also means restoring and improving your vision. A number of surgical and non-surgical treatment options will be proposed, in addition to discussions of general wellness and nutrition.

Preventing Vision Loss

Most importantly, our optometry team prevents further vision loss and degradation of eyesight. There are many treatment and management options that can halt or at least slow down the loss of vision.

Eye-Opening Statistics on Vision Loss and Low Vision

*Source: CDC

The prevalence of uncorrectable vision loss in the United States makes it clear why eye disease management is so crucial to a person's lasting wellbeing. The CDC notes that age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are the most common causes of blindness and low vision.

Speak With an Experienced Eye Doctor About Eye Disease Treatment

Dr. Choate began practicing in 1979 and brings his decades of eye care experience to the people of Nashville at his optometrist's office in Goodlettsville, TN. We are proud to offer compassionate eye care as well as the latest in boutique eyewear and optical services.

Dr. Choate is board-certified in the treatment and management of eye diseases. His training and approach to care have made our practice one of the most respected eye care practices in the state of Tennessee.

If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us online. You can also reach our practice by phone at:

(615) 851-7575

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"I wouldn't go anywhere else" Five Star Reviews from Nashville Patients


Julie Malone


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Dr. Choate has been my Ophthalmologist for 7 years now, and I wouldn't go anywhere else. I moved last year, and I now drive for an hour to see him. The selection of frames is amazing, the office staff is WONDERFUL, and I always know that I am receiving the best care possible. I would recommend Choate Eye Associates to anyone and everyone!

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Jacoby Knight


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Every one of the staff members were kind and friendly. I had a great experience. All of the procedures were explained to me in such a way that a kindergartener could understand. I am very pleased with the services that were provided to me.

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Different Eye Disease We Can Diagnose and Treat

Dr. Choate has helped countless patients in the greater Nashville area. Below are some of the most common vision conditions and diseases our eye care team treats.


Cataracts refer to the clouding of the naturally clear lens of the eye, resulting in poor vision. Cataracts are common with advanced age. While cataracts can be removed with a routine surgery, it's also possible to slow the the development of cataracts with proper management.

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Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome is caused by the extended use of screens and monitors. It can lead to blurry vision, eyestrain, dry eye, and pain in the neck and shoulders. Eye drops, visual therapies, and the use of special glasses or contact lenses are common treatment options.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy involves damage to the blood vessels of the retina. Without treatment, the blood vessels may break, creating scar tissue along the retina that lead to vision loss and blindness. Treatment starts with the patient controlling their diabetes and lifestyle.

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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye refers to chronic discomfort caused by a lack of moisture in the eyes. Managing dry eye begins with determining the cause or causes, such as eyelid irritation or poor tear composition. Treating dry eye involves the use of lubricating drops and lifestyle modifications.

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Glaucoma is a condition caused by increased pressure within the eye, which gradually damages the optic nerve. If not treated, glaucoma leads to total blindness. While glaucoma is incurable, early detection, treatment, and management strategies can slow down the rate of vision loss.

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Keratoconus is a degenerative disease that affects contour of the cornea. Over time, the cornea becomes conical rather than round, leading to poor vision. In most cases, keratoconus is managed with special contact lenses. Advanced cases require corneal transplant surgery.

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Macular Degeneration

Also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 and older. The condition affects the macula, the central portion of the retina. Macular degeneration has no cure, but we can prevent further retina damage.

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Numbers on Potential Vision Loss and the Need for Preventative Eye Care

"Approximately 93 million American adults are at high risk of severe vision loss, yet less than half have visited an eye doctor in the last year"

*Source: CDC

More than 40 million American adults are putting their vision at risk because they have not met with an eye care professional in the last 12 months. Proper eye disease management and prevention of blindness requires regular visits to the eye doctor.

Warning Signs Do You Need Professional Eye Care?

If you have not seen an eye doctor in the last year, it may be time to visit our Nashville area center. Here are some signs, symptoms, and risk factors to consider.

Changes in Vision Quality

Dips in the quality of your eyesight are a common sign that there's a problem. Be mindful of blurry vision, halos, light sensitivity, and floaters. Sudden changes in your vision should be taken very seriously.

Eyestrain and Eye Pain

Sore eyes, eye irritation, and any aches around the eyes or eyelids should be looked at by a professional. This is especially true of any recurring or persistent ocular discomfort that affects your daily life.

Long Time Since Last Eye Exam

Adults in their 20s and 30s can get by with an exam every five years, but once you hit middle age, these visits should be more frequent. By age 65, it's important to visit the eye doctor every year to two years.

At Risk for Vision Loss

Certain health conditions make a person more susceptible to eye diseases such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma. Check with your physician to learn if your medical history affects your eyes.

"I would recommend him to anyone" Helping Nashville See Clearly


Janet Blakemore


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Dr. Choate and staff are courteous and professional. I’ve been a patient of his now for at least ten years. I’m a firm believer in the saying, you get what you pay for and he is worth it. He was referred to me by a former classmate and I will always be grateful for that. I like that he educates his patients on the nutrition aspect of eye health and can recommend the supplements one needs. His knowledge of the latest treatments is impressive and reassuring. I would recommend him to anyone, and on a fun note, his office music and magazine choice is very enjoyable.

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Deborah Kell


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Very thorough eye exam by extremely caring professionals. Love how Dr. Choate took the time to explain what the results of my exam meant and how we could best correct my vision for my specific needs in my work and in my everyday life. Could not be happier with the selection of frames to help me look my best, too! Barbara was amazing helping me pick everything out and making sure I'd have the perfect fit for my vision needs. I highly recommend Choate Eye Associates!

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Choate Eye Associates

Choate Eye Associates has been delivering high-quality, compassionate eye care to the Nashville community since 1979. We are affiliated with various leading organizations in the field, including: 

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association 
  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry 

To schedule a consultation at our practice, call us at (615) 851-7575 or request an appointment online

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"I am very pleased with the attention I received at Choate Eye Associates. Dr. Choate is very thorough and does a wonderful job of explaining what he is doing and what he is looking for in the exam." Dianal - Comprehensive Eye Care Patient

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