MEET DR. RANZ
Dr. Ranz received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. and completed his internship at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Ranz then practiced emergency medicine in Florida for 6 years, and became a board certified diplomate of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga in 1989. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ranz is also a member of the Tennessee Medical Association, the Rutherford County and Stones River Academy of Medicine, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
The Stones River Eye Center Optical Boutique offers a wide variety of frames to suit every taste and budget.
Our frame manufacturers include: Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste, Callaway, Flexon, Clavin Klein, and our newest lines London Fog and Carrera.
We also have the best selection of designer sunglasses in the area.
Stop by and see for yourself!
Our certified optician, Michelle, will help in the selection of a flattering and comfortable frame, and lenses to give you your best corrected vision.
She is also happy to make adjustments to your current glasses or simply to provide you with information about the different optical products available.
Our Optical Boutique was created with our patients' convenience in mind, offering the latest technology and advances in both glasses and contact lenses.
WHAT IS AN EYE M.D.?
(The Practice of Ophthalmology)
Ophthalmologists, or Eye M.D.'s, are medical doctors fully trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all eye diseases. This training includes the use of therapeutic drugs, lasers, and surgery. Ophthalmologists complete a four-year residency after medical school which includes training in cataract and other eye surgeries. Optometrists are often confused with ophthalmologists. For care of eyes and treatment of eye disease, an Eye M.D. is the most highly trained and skilled health care provider a patient can choose.
Stones River Eye Center offers advanced methods to preserve, restore, and improve your vision through:
- Comprehensive examinations for glaucoma, cataracts, and eye muscle action.
- Small incision "no stitch" microsurgery for cataracts.
- Laser surgery for glaucoma, diabetic, and retinal eye diseases.
- Emergency care for eye injury or illness.
- Keratorefractive surgery for correction of nearsightedness and astigmatism.
COMPLETE EYE EVALUATION
Dr. Ranz and his staff work together using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure you receive a thorough evaluation of your eyes. This examination may take as long as two hours to complete. If a dilated exam is needed, it will take 20 to 40 minutes for the pupil dilating drops to take effect. For several hours following dilation, there will be blurring of vision and sensitivity to light. Therefore, it is recommended that you arrange for someone to drive you home after your eye exam, and plan to wear sunglasses until the effects of the drops wear off.
A complete eye exam includes:
- Patient history
- Vision testing
- Refraction for glasses or contacts
- Glaucoma testing
- Cataract detection
- Eye muscle action evaluation
- External examination of eyes and eyelids
- Examination of the retina and optic nerves
At Stones River Eye Center, we provide an array of vision care services. Our office offers a wide selection of eye care products, including eyewear, sunwear, and contact lenses to fit your specific eye care needs. Our mission is to provide quality service and products at reasonable pricing.
The best way to protect your vision is a yearly comprehensive eye exam. When you arrive at our office, you will be greeted with friendly faces. Each eye exam will use the latest state-of-the-art technology to assess your eye health. The doctor will inspect your eyes, answer questions, and discuss your eye care treatment options. In addition to determining your vision prescription, our doctor will test your color vision, depth perception, and check for any early indicators of possible eye conditions such as cataracts, retinal problems, and glaucoma.
Our goal is to have each patient leave satisfied knowing that they are receiving the best eye care products and services possible. We have answered a few frequently asked questions regarding eye exams below.
Why is my personal background important?
In order to better tailor the eye examination to your needs, our doctor may review any current vision problems, your general health, as well as discuss your hobbies and lifestyle requirements.
Why does the doctor ask me, “Which is better: one or two?”
While evaluating your prescription, the doctor will ask you to compare a series of lenses to determine which allows you to see clearer. As the differences become less noticeable, the doctor will be closer to finalizing your prescription. If you’re having a hard time choosing between the options, it means you’re almost done with this part of the exam!
Why is it necessary to know my blood pressure?
In addition to other health concerns, high blood pressure can affect the blood vessels in your eyes, which could lead to future vision problems.
Why am I asked to follow a light with my eyes?
This part of the exam helps determine how your pupils and eye muscles react and assists in gauging neurological function.
Is it necessary for the doctor to dilate my pupils?
Although pupil dilatation is not always necessary, the doctor may make this decision during your exam. If required, this painless process is like opening a door so the doctor can fully examine your retina. Dilation can assist in detecting diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and macular degeneration.