Staff

Jerry Knoch

Jerry Knoch is a licensed optician since 1980 who specializes in contact lens and welcomes hard-to-fit patients. He has been involved in the fitting of the latest contact lens, which incorporates cutting-edge technology and equipment that can measure the cornea more precisely to achieve the best possible fit for the patient. He has worked in a corneal practice for 25 years and has extensive knowledge and expertise in fitting contacts for patients with severe dry eyes, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, irregular astigmatism, surgically altered corneas and other complicated problems where custom design lens are necessary. He is highly proficient in scleral and hybrid lenses, all rigid gas permeable designs, soft keratoconus, and all custom made soft lenses. Additionally, he is skilled in the latest bifocal, multifocal, and progressive design lenses as well as one-day soft lenses and cosmetic tinted lenses. Jerry is dedicated in providing the highest quality patient care with the most advanced products and technology.


Deborah Varna

Joined Cornea Consultants of Nashville in 2013 as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant having moved from Michigan with 25 years experience in optical dispensing and patient care in ophthalmology. She started as a teenager dispensing eye glasses, contact lenses, and contact lens training when she realized her passion in eye care, and pursued her certification from Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology in 2000 . She continues her education through JCAHPO and ATPO and various seminars. She volunteered as News Letter Editor for Michigan Ophthalmology of Personnel for a two year term. With her initiative and innovation of patient care she was promoted to Office Manager of Visualeyes. Deborah also teaches quilting classes in her spare time for fun and laughter.


Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter is a Tennessee Licensed Optician who joined our staff in January, 2015. Lisa has over 30 years experience in the Optical industry, serving in various roles such as sales associate, regional trainer for a national chain, general manager, franchise owner and consultant to the small dispensary owner. Lisa holds certifications from the American Board of Opticianry, The National Contact Lenses Examiners and is an active member of the Tennessee Dispensing Opticians Association.

Lisa's approach to eyewear dispensing is simple - "I believe there is an element of trust that patients place in our practice and our expertise. My goal is to earn that trust every day - every patient - every time. The most important skill an Optician can have is the capacity to listen and really understand what vision challenges the patient is facing. Most of the time I see my role as an educator - I love to offer information to my clients, help them make their selections and then present them with a finished product that provides the clearest vision possible. Yes, eyeglasses are the vehicle, but for me, it's always been about facilitating vision - there is nothing more rewarding than helping people to see."


Tamar O'Hara

Tamar O'Hara from Kansas moved to Nashville thirteen years ago. I have been in the Optical Industry for twenty years as a frame specialist and simply love what I do. My experience is not only optical dispensary, but also in ophthalmology. Working with people is a passion for me. Currently I am pursuing a certification as a licensed optician. My future vision is to design my own eyewear line, and name the line after my two children Tyler and Austin. My favorite quote is "My passion, your eyes, our experience" I enjoy my spare time with my family, and friends. My ultimate passion is seeing one smile, laugh out loud, and love always.