Optometrists specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to listen to your concerns, explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options, and recommend treatment. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Ballard has been practicing in the Nashville/Brentwood area since moving here from his home town of Memphis in 1995. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Memphis in 1991, and earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree in 1995 from the Southern College of Optometry, also located in Memphis. He completed internships at the Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, and the Dickson EyeHealth Center, in Dickson, TN, with an emphasis in ocular disease and primary eye health care. As a result of his personal experience with contact lens wear, Dry Eye Syndrome, LASIK laser vision correction, and Computer Vision Syndrome, Dr. Ballard has a special interest in providing care in these areas. Outside the office, Dr. Ballard enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, and listening to live music. He is also frequently accused of being Ferris Bueller, and can occasionally be seen in the office dancing like Rick Astley.
Dr. Bingham grew up in North Carolina, and has lived in middle Tennessee since 2014. He is a graduate of Furman University and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He has experience seeing patients of all ages, and has a particular interest in working with specialty contact lenses, including custom soft lenses, RGPs, and scleral lenses. Outside of the office, Dr. Bingham enjoys cooking and has done several triathlons (which does not mean he is currently in shape). He is also a proud father as of 2018 and will gladly tell you all about his son if given the chance. Incidentally, he’s also nicer than Sherree, the practice administrator (she disagrees).