Success Stories

Whether you are a long-time patient or new to our office, we would love to hear from you. If you’ve had an experience at Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee that you would like to share with us or with others, please feel free to contact us directly or leave a comment below.


Contact Lenses, Eyeglasses and Continued Treatment for Improved Vision
As a twenty year plus professional golfer, and full Class A PGA Member, my vision is one absolutely mission critical part of my professional life, and of course it's equally as important in my family life as well. Whether it's being able to clearly see the obstacles in front of me from the tee, reading the subtle undulations and grain on the greens, to sharing one of the unique new discoveries made daily by one of my daughters on our family farm. The beauty and joy available to us through sight are undoubtedly some of God's greatest gifts!

To me, vision isn't just one of the five senses though, more importantly it's a large component in how I provide for my family both now, and hopefully, well into the future. There is no more sacred of an oath than that of a parent to provide for his children. My eyes, and their physical performance, are an integral part of me fulfilling this sacred oath to my family.

Since returning to the Nashville area in 2007, I have trusted no one but Dr. Richard Durocher and the entire family at Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee. Over the course of the last few years I have seen my eye health actually improve through the all encompassing care plan delivered by Dr. Durocher and his Team. The guidance I have received regarding personal health habits, taking the appropriate supplements, as well as an on-going wellness program has been well beyond my expectations. This exceptional level of care has been exhibited during, and throughout, several contact lens studies and multiple pairs of both glasses and sunglasses, all part of Dr. Durocher's plan to keep me in peak optical and vision related performance. Thank You Dr. Durocher!

There's no doubt that my decision to trust Dr. Durocher and Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee was the RIGHT CHOICE, I would strongly recommend any of the services offered and with any of the Professional Staff as they are all at the top of their game!


Treatment for Low Vision
I had significant central vision loss beginning in 1997 due to a rare genetic disorder called pseudoxanthoma elasticum. The event left me feeling very bleak about my future.

I did quite a bit of research about low aids and went through the Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation program. It seem as though what I read about on the internet and what I was being offered in low vision evaluations was quite different. It seemed as though the process of matching low vision aids to meet the needs of the visually impaired was very limited and not at all helpful. Then I became a patient of Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee. It is here that after 10 years of not driving I learned how to drive again with the use of a bioptic lens.

The process of exploring and putting to use low vision aids that work is sometimes frustrating, and trying an aid in the office for 10 minutes that seems like it would be great ends up not being useful at all with "real-life" application.

In my experience, Dr. Durocher’s approach combines forward thinking, empathetic listening, and years of training, research and professional practice to come up with the most effective solutions for improved sight with the use of low vision aids.

Recently I was fitted with a pair of adjustable telescope glasses which I intended to use for a particular task in my work. After several frustrated attempts to use them, I told Dr. Durocher that they just didn’t work. Instead of giving up, he created a brand new adaptation for the device which did improve it for my purposes. It is this type of forward thinking and determination to give the patient 100 percent satisfaction that makes Dr. Durocher a “standout” in his field. Combine this with an office and optical staff that delivers service with a blend of professionalism and friendliness, and you will not look further for Optometric Services!


Low Vision and Myopic Telescope Lens Success Story
Some few years ago, I was afflicted with a fast-acting form of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). I soon lost most of my central vision and was unable to meet the requirements for driving in Tennessee. My inability to drive presented serious problems for my wife and me since we live thirty miles from the nearest town. After searching the internet, I discovered Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee, located in Nashville. There I was tested for, fitted and trained in the use of Bioptic Telescopic Lenses, which enable me to meet the Tennessee Department of Transportation vision requirements for persons suffering from AMD. For the past fiveyears, Dr. Durocher and his professional staff have examined and treated my eyes and made necessary adjustments to my telescopic glasses. I have been very impressed by Dr. Durocher’s personal concerns for my well-being, and am grateful for all he has done to ensure I continue to meet the vision standards for driving in Tennessee. I live nearly 200 miles from Dr. Durocher’s office, but am happy to drive to Nashville every six months for his examination and treatment.


Living with Eye Disease and Low Vision
I went to my optometrists in 2003. I was having problems seeing-especially reading. Thinking it was cataracts, I was told I had Advances Macular Degenerative (AMD). I was referred to an ophthalmologist. He did several tests and referred me to a retina specialist.

The retina Doctor did lots of tests. I had several injections and laser treatments on my eyes. I also had vein occlusions in my right eye. I still see my retina doctor. When I saw him on June 2010, I was told my vision was worse, and I could not legally drive. I was referred to Dr. Durocher who treats Low-Vision patients. He spent approximately 3 hours with me on my first visit- explaining my problems and doing a lot of tests. After working with me for sometime, he was able to improve my vision with new glasses, and I could see good enough to keep driving.

Dr. Durocher has improved my vision by prescribing me with new glasses and now I can read and drive much better. Being able to do this is a real blessing. He also did collagen implants, and put me on fish-oil capsules.

I’ve been very happy with all the help and concerns of Dr. Durocher and his staff. After all his hard work when I can see better he always says, “That’s why I love my job.” I highly recommend him to anyone with Low-Vision problems.


Traumatic Brain Injury with Double Vision Treatment
My name is Adam. In 1994, when I was three years old I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. That same year I had my initial surgery, where the doctors were able to remove about 60% of the tumor. A month before the surgery a shunt was put in due to hydrocephalus (fluid buildup inside the skull) and spinal tap was performed to assess the tumor. Eight months after the first surgery, the tumor grew back twice the original size. The doctors were able to remove about 90% of the tumor at the time, the remaining 10% of the tumor had latched onto my brain.

As long as I can remember my left eye had given me trouble. It would veer out and would get worse when I was tired. This caused me to have double vision all the time.

With the double vision, I would get tired easily because of the difficulties with trying to concentrate. I even got surgery on my left eye to try to correct the double vision, but unfortunately my double vision got worse as time went on.

This past year I was enrolled in the Traumatic Brain Injury program at Tennessee Rehabilitation Center. They referred me to Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee. I saw Dr. Durocher; he ran a series of tests to see what he could do to help my eyes work together. He fitted me for glasses with prisms and gave me home Vision Therapy exercises. This made my double vision go away!

Since the double vision went away I am now able to work. I am currently employed at TJ Maxx in Brentwood and I am doing very well at work. I will continue to see Dr. Durocher and his team whenever I need help with my eyes. The staff treated me so well at Dr. Durocher's office. I had a wonderful time working with Dr. Durocher. I am very thankful to Dr. Durocher and his staff for helping me. They cured one of my biggest problems, and are a great group of people.


Vision Rehabilitation After Brain Surgery
My name is Esmeralda. I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. To treat it I had a surgery called Microvascular Decompression (MVD). It is a surgical procedure that relieves abnormal compression of a cranial nerve. There was a complication with my surgery and I had a brain hemorrhage. After the brain hemorrhage I lost mobility in my right eye, had blurred vision in both eyes, and double vision.

I then started rehab and then they referred me to Dr. Durocher. He examined my eyes, he then prescribed me prism lenses and recommended I do aggressive Neuro-Optometric therapy. I started therapy with Mrs. Kate, she gave me home therapy and I started to see her weekly. She began to work hard on my eyes. After a few weeks I started using my eyes together, and didn’t see any double vision! I thank God and the help of the medical staff at Optometric Physicians. I believe that therapy is critical to recovery, and I want to thank them for all the help with my eyes. May God bless you and give you wisdom to continue to help, to those who need it most.