Pediatric Eye Exams

Eyes on Northshore offers pediatric eye exams for children and infants as young as 6 months old. Dr. Susan completed a residency in pediatric optometry and is specially trained in pediatric eye care. Click here to see the Visual Development Timeline.

  • The American Optometric Association recommends a child have his/her first eye exam at 6 months of age.
  • Children should have an eye exam at 6 months, 3 years, 5 years, and yearly after beginning kindergarten.
  • Vision screenings are not equivalent to comprehensive eye exams. COVD estimates 1 in 10 children have a vision problem severe enough to affect their learning in school; school screenings can miss up to half of these problems.

Special Needs Eye Exams

Dr. Susan also specializes in providing eye exams for children and adults with special needs. Children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities have a higher rate of vision disorders; many of these vision problems often go undetected and untreated. Dr. Susan is specially trained to examine patients who are non-verbal and those with a variety of special needs conditions, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy.

Specialty Contact Lens Fittings

New advances in contact lens technology allow most patients to achieve a successful contact lens fitting with excellent vision and comfort. Eyes on Northshore offers specialty contact lens fittings including:

Orthokeratology/ CRT Lenses.
Multifocal, Monovision, and Modified Monovision fittings.
Astigmatism Contact Lenses.
Transition Contact Lenses

To schedule a fitting with a new contact lens trial period, call our office or schedule online. We also offer the convenience of online contact lens ordering.

Myopia Control / Orthokeratology

Slowing the progression of myopia or nearsightedness is important since high myopia can contribute to vision-compromising conditions and possible vision loss. Research now indicates glasses are not an effective way of controlling the progression of nearsightedness and early intervention is critical for myopia control. Dr. Susan will also discuss ways to control myopia with you and your child. Eyes on Northshore offers multiple ways for controlling myopia progression, including:

*NEW! MiSight 1-Day Lenses*
Orthokeratology/ CRT Lenses
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Atropine Treatment

Read the research about Myopia Progression here:
A Review of Current Concepts and Treatment of Myopia
Retardation of Myopia Progression by Multifocal Contact Lenses
Myopia and Orthokeratology


  • Cataracts tend to develop sooner in nearsighted eyes.
  • Nearsighted people are 2 to 3 times more likely to get glaucoma
  • Myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment

Dry Eye Treatment

Eyes on Northshore offers advanced treatment for managing dry eye. Because dry eye can be a chronic and debilitating treatment, continuous care and management are important for dry eye relief. Dr. Puckett is trained to diagnose and manage dry eye with multiple treatment options. Take the SPEED questionnaire to see if dry eye is affecting your activities of daily living.

Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy for infants, children, and adults can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including convergence insufficiency, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turn or eye wandering), oculomotor dysfunction/ saccadic deficiency, visual dysfunctions/discomfort following concussion/brain injury or post-stroke, or and learning-related vision problems. Vision Therapy at Vision Academy of Knoxville is individualized for each patient and family.

  • Dr. Susan programs a therapy plan, tailored to the patient needs, goals, and interests. Vision Therapy is a progressive program of visual procedures used to improve visual skills (tracking, convergence, alignment).
  • Visual skills must be learned during development and can be improved at any age. (COVD)
  • Vision Therapy is scientifically based. Read the research here.

Vision therapy is a safe, drug-free, and effective way for both children and adults to improve their visual skills. (COVD)

Sports Vision Therapy

Sports Vision Training is offered for athletes of all ages to reach peak levels of performance by enhancing many visual skills. Dr. Susan is a member of the International Sports Vision Association and uses an individualized therapy plan to improve the visual skills crucial for peak athletic performance. Dr. Susan may also prescribe contact lenses for athletes to achieve better than 20/20 vision and increase peripheral vision. ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ can increase color contrast, reduce halos, and increase visual performance for athletes.

  • Vision is a learned skill. Sports Vision Therapy is used to improve visual skills including peripheral awareness, stereopsis (depth perception), eye-hand coordination, gaze stabilization, visual attention, multiple object tracking (split attention tasks), and visual reaction time.
  • There are at least 37 different visual skills that can be trained and improved via Sports Vision Therapy.
  • We are the only practice in the Knoxville area that offers training with the complete Senaptec Sensory Station and Senaptec Strobe goggles.

“If two similar athletes meet in competition and one has a better trained visual system, the athletes with enhanced visual system will perform better.” Loran, D. Griffiths, G.

Visual Neurorehabilitation

Our office provides Vision Therapy for patients who have suffered from concussions, traumatic brain injury, and/or stroke. Vision therapy, binasal occlusion, and/or prism can aid with double vision, visual field loss, eye movement problems, neglect of visual field, visual fatigue, and headaches. We are the only practice in the Knoxville area with the complete Senaptec Sensory Station, which offers advanced neurorehabilitation assessment and therapy. Dr. Susan is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

Migraine Relief

Eyes on Northshore offers advanced treatment for managing the symptoms of chronic migraines. Tinted lenses, ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™contact lenses, prism, and/or specialized glasses prescriptions may provide visual relief for patients suffering from chronic migraines.

    Diabetic Eye Exams

    We provide advanced retinal testing and retinal imaging for patients with diabetes. Because diabetes has the potential to affect your eye health and vision, it is important to detect any retinal changes associated with diabetes as early as possible. Dr. Puckett and Dr. Susan will communicate and coordinate care with your endocrinologist or primary care provider.

    hydroxychloroquine/plaquenil eye exams

    We provide advanced retinal testing, retinal imaging, and color vision testing for patients currently taking hydroxychloroquine or Plaquenil. Because these medications have the potential to affect your eye health and vision, it is important to detect any retinal changes associated with hydroxychloroquine or Plaquenil as early as possible. Dr. Puckett and Dr. Susan will communicate and coordinate care with your rheumatologist.

    Strabimus/Amblyopia evaluations and treatment

    There are advanced treatment options available for strabismus and amblyopia. Patching, monocular fixation in a binocular field activities, prism, partial occlusion, and/or vision therapy can be used in the treatment of strabismus and amblyopia.

    Presbyopia Eye Drops

    Eye Drops to Replace Reading Glasses

    Dr. Puckett and Dr. Susan can prescribe VUITY, Allergan’s FDA-approved eye drop to eliminate or reduce the use of reading glasses. Learn more about VUITY here.

    Make an appointment at Eyes on Northshore to see if VUITY could help you read without glasses!

    Low Vision Evaluations

    Dr. Puckett provides Low Vision Evaluations for patients struggling to see from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and/or stroke-related vision loss. Dr. Puckett may discuss ways to improve your quality of vision with magnifiers, lighting, improved contrast filters, and/or digital viewers.