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Comprehensive Eye Exams

If your vision is fine, it can be easy to skip a visit to the optometrist. But regular eye exams are just as important as regular physicals.

At Choate Eye Associates, Dr. Walter Choate and his team offer comprehensive eye exams to protect your long-term ocular and overall health. 

Our Goodlettsville, TN, office is conveniently located for patients from Nashville, Hendersonville, and other communities...

Contact Choate Eye Associates & Schedule Your Next Eye Exam

Our Goodlettsville, TN, office is located just 20 minutes north of Nashville. Unlike a corporate optometry practice, we only have one location and we go above and beyond to provide a positive experience.

When you visit our eye doctor, you can enjoy:

  • A unique selection of luxury eyewear 
  • High-end technology not available at other practices
  • Personalized care from start to finish

If you have not had an eye exam recently, your optical health may be at risk. Contact our office online or call our office to book an appointment today: 

(615) 851-7575

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"He Can Handle Everything from a Simple Eye Exam to Surgical Follow Up"


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 Dr. Choate Eye Associates!

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Jim Purviance


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I have been a patient for almost twenty years. Dr. Choate and his team are the best in the industry. During my last visit Dr. Choate was extremely busy with one case being urgent. He still took the time to fully evaluate me, discussing treatment options and offered optical counsel in regards to a vision issue. I never felt rushed. If you are looking for a true professional Walter is the best! He can handle everything from a simple eye exam to surgical follow up. If you are fed up trying the rest, make plans to go see the best and call them today.

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Doctors Recommend Regular Eye Exams to Promote Your Long-Term Vision & Overall Health

Regular eye exams are the best way to diagnose and treat health issues at their earliest stages and before the onset of symptoms. Based on your age, background, and other risk factors, doctors recommend that you schedule an eye exam annually or more frequently.

General Population

Everyone should undergo regular eye exams and you should schedule them more frequently as you get older. Eye professionals generally recommend eye exams every one to two years depending on age and medical conditions. 

At-Risk Individuals

If you have a high risk of vision problems, you may need more frequent eye exams. For example, if you have diabetes, we will typically recommend at least one visit per year because of the increased risk of eye diseases.

Vision Screenings vs. Our Comprehensive Eye Exams: What's the Difference?

While most optometrists offer vision screenings, Dr. Choate is one of the few doctors in Nashville, Goodlettsville, or Hendersonville, TN, to offer truly comprehensive eye exams.

Comprehensive eye exams are different from vision screenings, although we generally perform the two at the same time. A comprehensive exam typically focuses on the physical health of your eye. During your visit, Dr. Choate will check for a variety of concerns, including:

As you get older, you are at an increased risk of developing these conditions. Through regular exams, Dr. Choate can often identify eye diseases and treat them before they permanently damage your vision. In particular, regular eye exams will help to diagnose glaucoma. Without routine care, this disease will often go undiagnosed until it causes major vision loss. In addition, with age, you are more susceptible to vision deterioration, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. At your visits, we can monitor your eyesight, updating your lens strength as needed.

"I Highly Recommend Dr. Choate"

"I have been going to Choate Eye Associates for all of my eye care needs for 12 years now. I have never received a more thorough eye examination. Dr. Choate is extremely knowledgeable on the latest information & technology in prescription lenses and contacts. His entire staff are courteous, friendly and attentive. I highly recommend Dr. Choate & his staff for any and all of your eye care needs. He is simply the best optometrist in the Nashville area." Steven Christmas

What Happens during a Comprehensive Eye Exam? 

Because our eye exams are comprehensive, they usually last about one hour. A comprehensive eye exam consists of several tests performed with state-of-the-art technology. These assessments include:
Each comprehensive eye exam usually lasts about one hour and includes a variety of tests.
Each comprehensive eye exam usually lasts about one hour and includes a variety of tests.

Visual Acuity Test

Using an eye chart, your optometrist can ascertain the sharpness of your vision. Then he can determine whether you need corrective lenses or an updated prescription.

Refraction Test

If we decide that you need glasses or contacts, we may perform a refraction test. During this process, you will look through various lenses to find the ones that give you the sharpest vision.

Visioffice® Imaging Technology

We can also use our computerized system to determine the right lens prescription using precise, digital images. 

Color Blindness Test

Because color blindness can sometimes point to underlying vision conditions, your doctor will use a special test to evaluate your color perception.

Cover Test

Covering each of your eyes one-by-one, your doctor can detect abnormal movements when you have to focus on distant objects.

Ocular Motility Test

Similarly, your doctor may evaluate your ability to track moving objects with your eyes only. Difficulties in this area may make it difficult to read, play sports, and engage in similar activities.

Depth Perception Test

Providing special eyewear, much like 3-D glasses, Dr. Choate will ask you to pick out the nearest objects in a printed pattern.

Slit-Lamp Exam

During a slit-lamp exam, your doctor can obtain a 3-D view of your retina, cornea, and lens. This type of screening will help him diagnose structural abnormalities and damage.

Glaucoma Test

Glaucoma causes intraocular pressure, eventually putting pressure on your optic nerve. During a glaucoma test, your doctor will check your intraocular pressure by directing a gentle puff of air at your eye. Alternatively, he may use a tonometry test to perform the same function. 

Visual Field Test

Looking at your peripheral vision, Dr. Choate can test for blind spots, a common symptom of glaucoma.

Does Your Prescription Call for Contact Lenses or Glasses? Visit Our On-Site Optical Boutique

If your new prescription requires contact lenses or glasses, you will be directed to our on-site optical boutique. Here, we will help you find contact lenses that fit comfortably or designer glasses that complement your style and facial features. We have a wide range of high-end brands and designer frames available, so families travel from Nashville, TN, and other communities to visit our luxury optical boutique. 

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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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