From Keratoconus to 20/20 vision, learn more about the Optique approach.

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is an extremely frustrating condition for patients. Vision often declines through the teen years, starting with simple blurred vision that can be corrected with glasses and off-the-shelf contact lenses. But as the condition progresses, keratoconus makes it difficult to be adequately corrected even with glasses or regular contact lenses. Our patients start noticing starbursting of light at night and blurred vision that just keeps getting worse through the years.

Individualized care to get patients their best possible vision results.

It used to be that the only two treatments for keratoconus were corneal gas-permeable contact lenses (GP lenses) and major corneal transplant surgery (penetrating keratoplasty). Thankfully, there are now much better treatment strategies for patients with keratoconus. Our philosophy at Optique is much more advanced for patients with keratoconus than that at other practices. In other practices, doctors try to keep patients with keratoconus in contact lenses that they feel comfortable fitting for as long as possible: off-the-shelf soft lenses.

At Optique, as soon as we diagnose keratoconus, or see a patient with keratoconus sent by another doctor, we start with the best contact lens possible for that patient. We are comfortable with the more advanced lenses such as GP lenses, hybrid lenses, scleral lenses, or custom powered soft lenses. Then we also determine if corneal surgery would help. In keratoconus, now there are much less invasive surgeries, such as corneal cross-lining or INTACS that can actually slow or stop the progression of keratoconus.

Because the majority of patients in our practice have keratoconus and other serious corneal conditions, we pay particular attention to how we fit and evaluate our contact lenses. Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino is one of the country’s leading experts on contact lenses for keratoconus. He researches, publishes papers, and gives invited lectures around the world on keratoconus and other corneal conditions as well as teaches other optometrists how to fit and evaluate lenses.

It used to be that the only two treatments for keratoconus were corneal gas-permeable contact lenses (GP lenses) and major corneal transplant surgery (penetrating keratoplasty). Thankfully, there are now much better treatment strategies for patients with keratoconus. Our philosophy at Optique is much more advanced for patients with keratoconus than that at other practices. In other practices, doctors try to keep patients with keratoconus in contact lenses that they feel comfortable fitting for as long as possible: off-the-shelf soft lenses.

At Optique, as soon as we diagnose keratoconus, or see a patient with keratoconus sent by another doctor, we start with the best contact lens possible for that patient. We are comfortable with the more advanced lenses such as GP lenses, hybrid lenses, scleral lenses, or custom powered soft lenses. Then we also determine if corneal surgery would help. In keratoconus, now there are much less invasive surgeries, such as corneal cross-lining or INTACS that can actually slow or stop the progression of keratoconus.

Because the majority of patients in our practice have keratoconus and other serious corneal conditions, we pay particular attention to how we fit and evaluate our contact lenses. Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino is one of the country’s leading experts on contact lenses for keratoconus. He researches, publishes papers, and gives invited lectures around the world on keratoconus and other corneal conditions as well as teaches other optometrists how to fit and evaluate lenses.

State-of-the-art technology

We have two technologies used to fit lenses that are not found anywhere else in Tennessee. The first is called a scleral topographer. A scleral topographer uses structured light to map the white part of the eye for its contour. Using this data, we can design custom scleral lenses that more adequately fit the shape of the eye. The second is by taking an impression of the eye’s surface and using special lathes that can create a truly perfect fit for even the most irregular of eyes in keratoconus and other conditions.

But, we do not stop with the fit. In keratoconus, there are almost always complex optics that go hand in hand with the condition. After we achieve a perfect fit, we use Wavefront Aberrometry, which is the most advanced way known to determine the optical characteristics of the eye. Wavefront Aberrometry helps us achieve the absolute best vision possible, sometimes 20/20 or even 20/15 in patients with keratoconus.

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The level of care that we provide at Optique for our patients with keratoconus can simply not be matched. World class care is available in Nashville. And along with our expertise in fitting and evaluating contact lenses, we have also developed expertise in navigating insurance coverage for patients with keratoconus. If your medical or vision insurance policy includes services for keratoconus, we know exactly how to get them to pay for it.

We have two technologies used to fit lenses that are not found anywhere else in Tennessee. The first is called a scleral topographer. A scleral topographer uses structured light to map the white part of the eye for its contour. Using this data, we can design custom scleral lenses that more adequately fit the shape of the eye. The second is by taking an impression of the eye’s surface and using special lathes that can create a truly perfect fit for even the most irregular of eyes in keratoconus and other conditions.

 

But, we do not stop with the fit. In keratoconus, there are almost always complex optics that go hand in hand with the condition. After we achieve a perfect fit, we use Wavefront Aberrometry, which is the most advanced way known to determine the optical characteristics of the eye. Wavefront Aberrometry helps us achieve the absolute best vision possible, sometimes 20/20 or even 20/15 in patients with keratoconus.

keratoconus specialist and treatment at optique of nashville. award winning optometrists
Optique-Keratoconus-300x300

The level of care that we provide at Optique for our patients with keratoconus can simply not be matched. World class care is available in Nashville. And along with our expertise in fitting and evaluating contact lenses, we have also developed expertise in navigating insurance coverage for patients with keratoconus. If your medical or vision insurance policy includes services for keratoconus, we know exactly how to get them to pay for it.

Learn more about Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino

What Nashville is saying about Optique

  • positive review I’ve been going to Optique for three years now and I’m always pleased with their service! Everyone is kind and professional and I’d recommend them to all of my friends and family!

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    Adriana Tienda
    9/17/2021

    positive review I just moved to Nashville, so I needed a new Eye doctor and was able to get a quick appointment today with Dr. Matz. The location that’s great and cozy with lots of parking and the staff are extremely nice and accommodating. Dr. Matz was very knowledgeable and thorough; great bedside manner. Even have my full supply of contacts so it was a one stop shop I highly recommend this place!

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    Adrian Perez
    8/19/2021

    Had a wonderful experience at Optique. Andrea worked tirelessly to help me find the right frames—even looking through stock not in the showroom. She was amiable, professional and helpful from start to finish. With her patience, knowledge and good taste, she ensured I’d be leaving with the best possible frames. The lovely store has an excellent selection of high quality eyewear. All staff are friendly and work well as a team. Highly recommended!

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    Bonnie R.
    5/19/2021

    positive review Been going here for years. They are great. I did See Dr Odes for the first time at this visit and she was wonderful, very thorough and explained everything.

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    Diane Kearns
    5/12/2021
  • positive review If you are suffering from dry eyes you MUST visit Optique dry eye clinic.. your welcome

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    Jill Scissom Crabtree
    5/12/2021

    positive review Very professional and explain what is going on with your eyes.

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    Theodore Wallace
    5/07/2021

    positive review Absolutely! I've been a patient of Dr. Michele Sonsino for 13 years. Love her and the staff. Friendly, efficient, very thorough, answers every question with patience and detail. and puts you at ease. Wouldn't go anywhere else for my eye health.

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    Vanessa Edwards
    4/07/2021

    I love this place.
    1. Theres an office dog.
    2. They have a vast selection of frames with all shapes colors and sizes. The people who help you pick are honest and point out faults in fit and get excited when you find your perfect frames.
    3. Their wind blowy machine is nice. You can ask not to do the wind blowy machine and they will manually do the exam!
    4. They try to find you the best discount available whether it’s rebates, coupons, or checking out your insurance vision vs medical.
    5. They take into account your preexisting medical conditions for past, current, and future eye issues.
    6. They’re on time!! I’ve never once had to wait past my appointment time.

    This place is a real treat that makes the dreaded yearly exam a fun easy and fast experience.

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    Brittany M.
    4/03/2021
  • I had never gotten an eye exam and this was a really pleasant experience. Everyone who took care of me was lovely, they explained everything to me, and they were using state of the art technology. I will definitely be coming back here again.

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    Katerina P.
    4/01/2021

    positive review Optique has the ability to go beyond just your normal means of eye correction. I’ve not been able to get good vision in my right eye and my prescription was changing quickly. Dr. Jeffrey acknowledged my difficulty and a solution is in the works by means of special contacts. I look forward to having my vision back soon! This is exciting!

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    Tim Milejczak
    3/31/2021

    Dr. Jeff and Randy are the best! They worked diligently to help me find the most comfortable hard contact lens for my right eye. I always feel cared for when I come to Optique. Sandy at the front desk is very sweet too. I would recommend Optique to everyone who needs to find comfortable contact lenses. I would give them 10 stars if I could.

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    Cam B.
    3/30/2021

    Dr. Jeff and Randy are the best! They worked diligently to help me find the most comfortable hard contact lens for my right eye. I always feel cared for when I come to Optique. Sandy at the front desk is very sweet too. I would recommend Optique to everyone who needs to find comfortable contact lenses. I would give them 10 stars if I could.

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    C R.
    3/30/2021
  • I am a student at Vanderbilt, so my normal eye doctor is back home and not in Nashville. I desperately needed a tune-up on my glasses during the semester, and the staff at Optique took phenomenal care of me. Highly recommend!

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    Nolan S.
    3/26/2021

    positive review I am a student at Vanderbilt, so my normal eye doctor is back home and not in Nashville. I desperately needed a tune-up on my glasses during the semester, and the staff at Optique took phenomenal care of me. Highly recommend!

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    Nolan Siegel
    3/26/2021

    positive review They always provide exceptional care and Dr Jeffery Sinsino did a great job in fitting me for Sclera Contacts. Greatly improving my quality of life. I would highly recommend him

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    Steve Williams
    3/25/2021

    Long time patient and always so satisfied. Highly recommend to anyone in Nashville!

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    Jonathan G.
    3/23/2021
  • positive review Initial consultation was great! Staff was very friendly and made me feel very comfortable. I'm expecting great things from this place! I'm excited to see what they can do to correct my vision!

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    Regina Gaines
    3/22/2021

    Amazing staff and doctor! They make you feel comfortable and very helpful with exam preparation and picking out your favorite frames!

    Thank you Optique Staff for your hospitality and awesome customer service!

    Priscilla

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    Priscilla W.
    3/17/2021

    Optique has such knowledgeable practitioners and staff. What a fabulous office!

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    Elizabeth W.
    3/12/2021

    positive review The staff at Optique is awesome! Everyone is friendly, make you feel at home, and following Covid-19 guidelines. First time exam for my daughter and all were great with her. She can't wait to go back.

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    Garth Trusler
    2/10/2021
  • positive review Optique is amazing!!! The staff is so pleasant and helpful, the location is great and the doctors are amazing!!!

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    Christie Kilburn
    2/09/2021

    positive review I had my annual eye exam with Dr Michele. I am always very pleased. My vision is difficult to correct. The staff all take extra time and care to provide me the best outcome possible. All the staff are professional and helpful. I highly recommend Optique on West End in Nashville.

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    Sallie McCormick Allen
    2/04/2021

    Dr. Michele is amazing! She is thorough, responsive to any concerns, and very personable. She truly cares about your eye health/needs. The staff as well makes the process so seamless and takes the time to make you feel welcome and cared for. I wouldn’t go anywhere else in Nashville!

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    Tiffany F.
    1/29/2021

    positive review I've been seeing Dr Michele Sonsino for over 10 years, I'm still a satisfied customer and would still recommend her. Staff is professional and good at communicating so the layperson, like me, understands the eye exams and outcomes. Great selection of stylish frames. Safe too with good social distancing. Highly recommend!

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    Ene Weismantle
    1/25/2021
  • positive review My experiences over the past 10 or so years has been efficient, timely, huge selection of frames, professional - they just make eye care and eyewear easy!

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    Tara Mullaney
    1/22/2021

    positive review Very comfortable, cozy ,and clean office. I felt very safe , social distancing practiced. The staff was so warm and friendly. My OPTOMETRIST was very professional but approachable. Lots of great options for eyewear. Easy parking a couple of feet from the entrance

    Jonathan Johnson Avatar
    Jonathan Johnson
    1/09/2021

    positive review Great vision care! Highly recommend!

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    Diane Cretsinger Turpin
    1/06/2021

    A pair of glasses I bought from an online store with no brick and mortar location have been slipping and sliding down my nose and I happened to walk by Optique today. The staff were friendly and helped me fix it even though my frames weren’t purchased from them. The location was also convenient with lots of parking and the store was nice and clean with lots of selections. Grateful for the help!

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    Cindy S.
    1/05/2021
  • positive review Great office! They have saved my vision. I am so thankful!

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    Shannah Malmer Steel
    9/03/2020

    positive review Great place, great Providers, and great staff.

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    James Jordan Pace
    4/26/2020

    positive review Very thorough and professional! Would highly recommend!

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    Janene Mann
    3/02/2020

    positive review The best service out there! From the owners to the technicians, they are super attentive. The tools and machines that they have are state of the art. Very impressive. Great experience. We'll be back!

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    Adam Johnson
    2/12/2020
  • positive review The whole team at Optique is great. Caring, attentive, and knowledgeable. I have keratectasia and Dr. Jeff and Randy have been able to fit me with scleral lenses so that I can continue to function. I drive over 90 minutes to see the professionals at Optique and I don’t regret a single minute. They’re the best!

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    Pam Schmaltz
    10/29/2019

    positive review Great staff all the way around. I have kerataconus and the technicians, along with Dr. Jeff, have the patience of Job. I drive 3 & 1/2 hours to see this team and it is time well spent. Highly recommend.

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    Nathan Lloyd
    9/11/2019

    positive review Great people. Best in the business.

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    Jace Everett
    8/23/2019

    positive review There are not enoough words to express how i feel about this place. The people are amazing, friendily and knowledgeable. Dr. Jeff is amazing, its been a blessing to see his practice grow.

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    Zoe ChocolateCity Lowery
    5/24/2018
  • positive review I love Optique I had come to them a few years back but stopped due to not having insurance. I was seen at my appointment time at 10, was able to get my exam, fitted for contacts, and out in 37 minutes. Top quality service.

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    Jimmie Woodruff
    4/04/2018

    positive review I don't know what my last place did wrong, but my vision is better than it has been in years after visiting Optique. They even had "adult" frames that fit my face instead of being stuck in the kids section like usual. I would definitely recommend them.

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    Wendy Pifer
    2/28/2018

    positive review Great place to buy glasses. Great staff. Friendly, they take time to help you pick out the right glasses. Gina and Wade are the best !

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    Tom Dunning
    7/27/2017

    positive review I drive all the way from Mt Juliet because this place is worth it.

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    Scott Hughes
    7/11/2017

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