James Venable, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.

Vice President for Clinical Programs
Welcome to the online presence for The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry. I invite you to use this website to learn more about the different services we offer.

Each year, more than 45,000 patients visit The Eye Center for their eye health and vision care needs. For more than 80 years, generations of patients have received care through Southern College of Optometry's clinical facilities. When The Eye Center opened in 2002, this state-of-the-art clinical facility became the largest eye care facility of its kind in Tennessee.

As Vice President for Clinical Programs, I want you to know that we actively care for our patients. That means we focus on more than just our patients' eyes. Your eye and vision health may be directly related to your overall physical well-being. It's important to us that we establish trust with you in order to provide the best health care possible.

The Eye Center is here to work with you to enhance, protect and preserve your vision. For our new patients, we look forward to meeting you. For existing patients, we thank you for allowing us to serve you. Together, we can help you enjoy the best quality of vision possible through outstanding eye health and vision care.

Christopher Lievens, O.D., M.S.

Chief of Staff
The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry serves a vital public health role in our community. An eye examination may reveal conditions that can threaten your vision, or even your life. In the Mid-South region, complications from diabetes are a leading cause of blindness. While glaucoma is usually incurable, the disease can be controlled to preserve vision. As the baby boomer generation ages, cataracts and other eye disease can threaten your vision, but proper diagnosis and treatment can help preserve your sight.

Eye and vision health is equally as important for the youngest in our community. Learning experts estimate that more than 70 percent of learning comes from vision. Children with visual problems may have learning problems in school that can be treated with proper eye care. 

In short, we offer a comprehensive range of service areas at The Eye Center. These service areas serve infants to the eldest. Starting with an appointment to schedule an eye examination is the first step to ensuring that your vision health is protected. We look forward to providing you with comprehensive eye health and vision care at our facility.

Gary Snuffin

Director of Clinical Operations
The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry is pleased to participate in a comprehensive number of various insurance and vision health plans. The Eye Center accepts most major insurance plans, including TennCare, Medicare, and Tennessee Medicaid patients.

A limited amount of funding is available for schoolchildren with financial need and others who require special assistance in meeting their eye health and vision care needs. Our Low Vision Endowment Fund can help certain patients obtain optical devices and equipment not covered by traditional insurance. At The Eye Center, we will do our best to help provide you with the access to insurance plans or other funding sources necessary to provide you with comprehensive, eye health and vision care.