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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.

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...

Vision Screenings vs. Our 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.
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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:

Protect Your Vision Through Routine Exams

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.

What Are the Benefits Of Regular Eye Exams?

If you have perfect vision, you may not feel the urge to visit an optometrist for eye care check-ups. However, just like visiting a general doctor or dentist, eye exams are important for patients with clear concerns, like vision problems, and seemingly healthy patients. Regular eye exams can offer many benefits beyond receiving eyeglasses, including:

Updating Your Prescriptions

If you don't have clear vision, our team can help assess your exact prescription using innovative digital imaging technology. Life should be lived with clarity, and updating your prescriptions can help you clear the fog of poor eyesight. 

Early Detection

Our comprehensive eye exams don't just test your visual acuity. They also screen for eye diseases like cataracts. Some eye diseases, like glaucoma, don't present obvious symptoms, and early detection can help you prevent or slow the progression of vision loss. 

Overall Health Insights

They say eyes are the windows to the soul. They can also be windows into your overall health. The eyes can offer insight into health conditions you may be at risk for, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and certain cancers.

Peace of Mind

An eye exam is always a good use of time. Regular eye exams can give you peace of mind knowing your eyes are healthy and functioning as they should be, plus catching any potential problems in their earliest stages.

Contact Choate Eye Associates

& Schedule Your Next Eye Exam

Our Goodlettsville, TN, optometrist's 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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Goodlettsville, TN


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Dr.Choate is the best eye doctor in Nashville he is very professional and concern with your eye care I recommend Choate eye care to everyone great place and great service

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Christina Guidry

Goodlettsville, TN


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Dr. Choate was very kind, compassionate, and funny! The staff at this office were all very friendly and efficient. I got there and immediately went from one screening to the next and then met with the doctor. I highly recommend!

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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.

To learn more about the common signs you need an eye exam, get in touch with out team today.

We Accept Insurance and Financing

Eye exams are essential for maintaining your overall health and well-being. That's why our office accepts the following payment methods to help you afford eye care treatment:


We accept most insurance plans at our eye care practice. If you have vision insurance, your comprehensive eye exam will likely be covered. Our office staff can consult with your provider to see how much coverage you will receive, then provide you with a quote for any out-of-pocket costs.


If you don't have insurance, we accept financing through CareCredit®. CareCredit offers monthly financing plans at low to no interest rates. This way, you can receive essential eye care without exceeding your monthly budget. 

What Happens During an 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 eye 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 eye 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.

Don't Delay Request an Eye Exam Today

If it's been a while since your last eye exam, you need an updated prescription, or you have an eye health concern you'd like to discuss with us, we're happy to help with a comprehensive eye exam. Eye exams aren't just for testing your visual acuity. They can help our eye doctor spot any irregularities and preserve your eye health. Early detection is vital to treating and managing eye diseases, so call our Goodlettsville practice near Nashville today to request an eye exam:

(615) 851-7575

More Reviews From Patients In the Nashville, TN, Area


KatieBeth Richter

Goodlettsville, TN


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I would recommend this office. My experience was great from the time I walked in until I walked out. The technician who did the initial tests and set up was very personable and thorough, as was Dr. Choate. He showed care and concern to ensure the best overall well-being for me and for that I am grateful. I had to have some additional tests run, and the techs through that process were also very kind.

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Ali Rodgers

Goodlettsville, TN


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Dr. Choate and his staff are so kind and welcoming! Dr. Choate is incredibly thorough and knowledgable; he really goes above and beyond anything I've ever experienced from an optometrist. The ladies in the eye-ware boutique are so friendly and fun! It's like picking out glasses with your friend! I literally recommend this office to all of my friends/family, so I'm happy to recommend them on the internet!

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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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"Dr. Choate is very knowledgeable and personable. He takes time to give you good information and answer all your questions. I've had some challenging issues with my eyes, and he always knows the latest research and treatment options. I trust him completely. And his staff is the best!! So kind and easy to work with." Laura Erlanson
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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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