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Under the Leadership of Dr. Heather McBryar, FCOVD

Do you have vision struggles even if you have been told that you have been given the best glasses or contact lens prescription for you, and that is all you can be helped with? At Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga we help patients improve their vision despite a wide variety of diagnoses including visual impairment, neurological conditions or developmental issues. The clinic is equipped with cutting edge technology and our staff is trained and experienced in providing advanced care in the fields of low vision, vision therapy and neuro optometric rehabilitation.

If you’re looking for specialty eye care in the greater Chattanooga area, no need to look any further, our team would be honored to join your journey in achieving the best vision possible!

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Investing in our Patients With Advanced Technology

As part of our commitment to provide the best eye care to our patients, we are constantly enhancing our innovation edge by investing in cutting edge technology and offering only the best for our patients. At Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga we have an advanced retinal camera to produce a high definition image of the inside of the eye. With retinal imaging we can better prevent and diagnose disease in a simple, quick and patient-friendly method. It is critical to evaluate the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations. Our office also has advanced technology for dry eye, visual fields and functional vision. 

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Vision Care Beyond 20/20

Vision Therapy

There are many visual symptoms and challenges which you or your child may be experiencing that we can help treat in an effective and non-invasive way using vision therapy. Vision involves so much more than seeing 20/20. We each have a complex visual system in which both of our eyes must work as a team with each other and with our brain in order to see in an optimal way and if anything in the system is not working properly or in sync it can cause disturbances in our visual experience. You can take the Vision Symptom Assessment if you want to learn more if vision therapy can help you.
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Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation

Have you or a loved one suffered from a traumatic brain injury that is affecting the visual system? Do you have a neurological condition that has impacted your vision? We can help you regain your visual capabilities. Thanks to neuroplasticity, an amazing feature that our brain has in which neurons can be trained to communicate properly, our visual system which also includes the brain can be trained to work effectively despite a neurological challenge. Please allow us to be part of your neuro optometric rehabilitation journey to enable you to maximize your visual abilities.
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Sports Vision Training

Are you an athlete who wants to succeed and stand out amongst the competition? As an athlete, all of your senses must be sharp and working optimally, and this applies to your vision no less than any other skill set. Sports vision is a field that is dedicated to ensuring that your visual system is functioning at the highest level which can translate to so many different skills in your sport, such as hand-eye coordination, depth perception, balance, and visual reaction time, just to name a few. We would be honored to be part of your athletic endeavors and achievements.
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Dr. McBryar

Dr. Heather McBryar is a board certified optometrist, in addition to being a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), a candidate for Fellowship in the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).

In addition to her many years of experience in the field, Dr. Mcbryar’s son with visual impairment and special needs drives her to provide caring, high-quality care for all of her patients, so they can achieve the highest quality of life possible.
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Dr. Appel

Dr. Appel has extensive experience in the full scope of eye care including routine eye exams, ocular disease management, contact lenses, pediatric eye exams, and surgical co-management, dry eye, specialty contact lenses, and eye emergencies. One of his most fulfilling experiences as an optometrist involved detecting retinal birthmarks, which led to the discovery and treatment of a patient's gastrointestinal polyps. This life-changing experience serves as a reminder of the impact a routine eye exam can have on a patient's overall health.

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symptom checklist

Blurred vision
Double vision
Dry or Watery Eyes
Red Eye
Difficulty Reading
Vertigo and Balance Issues

Blurred vision occurs when there is a lack of clarity in what you see. Objects do not appear to be sharp and it can be difficult to figure out what you’re seeing or reading. Very often this is caused due to a refractive error, which either means that you need glasses or contact lenses, but you haven’t been fit for them yet, or it could be a result of wearing an optical correction that is not suitable for you. There are other possibilities of conditions that can cause blurry vision, such as:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Side effect of medication
  • Macular edema
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Keratoconus
  • Retinal detachment
  • Migraine
  • Papilledema

If you have blurry vision, you may in fact be seeing double. You can take the Double Vision Symptom Assessment to have a better sense if you might have double vision. If you are experiencing blurry vision, please contact us today, we’ll be happy to help you achieve and enjoy clear vision.

Our visual system is a complex one, which involves our eyes, the brain and many different stations along the way including the cornea, eye muscles, and the nerves that transfer the visual information to your brain. If there is an issue at any point along the way, it can result in double vision. Some causes of double vision include, but are not limited to:

  • Convergence or divergence insufficiency
  • Corneal infection
  • Corneal scar
  • Refractive surgery
  • Cataract
  • Cranial nerve palsies
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Grave’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Headaches/ migraine
  • Head injury
  • Brain tumor 

If you are unsure if you are experiencing double vision, we advise you to take the Double Vision Symptom Assessment which can help you zone in on the issue. Please contact our office today so we can help correct your double vision.

Our eyes have a drainage system which allows for an efficient and comfortable supply and flow of tears. There are times when our eyes feel very dry or too watery and there could be a variety of reasons for that, such as:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Hormonal changes
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Side effects from certain medications
  • Something preventing the eyelid from closing properly, such as Bell’s palsy
  • Sjorgen’s syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Conjunctivitis/eye infection 
  • Dry eye disease
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Foreign body in your eye
  • Corneal scratch
  • Eyelid problem such as entropion or ectropion
  • Issue with the eyelashes such as trichiasis
  • Stye in the eye
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction

To learn more about dry eyes, you can take the Dry Eyes Symptom Assessment. If you are experiencing dry or watery eyes, there is no reason to leave it untreated. Our staff is well experienced with providing treatment and solutions to relieve these symptoms.

Do you have what people refer to as bloodshot eyes? If your eyes are red, with what appears to be unusual blood vessels there could be a variety of reasons why. If you are experiencing discomfort and irritation in your eyes which leads you to excessively rub your eyes, it can cause redness. Other causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Contact lenses that have been overused
  • Allergies
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Dry eye
  • Stye in the eye
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage 
  • Acute glaucoma
  • Scleritis 

Due to the possibility that you may be experiencing redness of your eyes because of dry eyes, you can take the Dry Eyes Symptom Assessment to find out more about it. If your eyes are red, it is advisable to have your eyes checked by an optometrist. We are here to help you.

If you or a loved one are having difficulty reading, it could be attributed to a learning disability or a variety of other reasons, but one cause that must not be overlooked is that it could be due to an issue that is related to your vision. The good news is that if you are having difficulty reading and the cause is related to a visual problem, there are very effective and non-invasive ways to treat these issues so that reading can become an enjoyable activity. There are many different visual challenges that could lead to difficulty with reading, including:

  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Accommodative dysfunction
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Oculomotor dysfunction
  • Visual processing disorder
  • Post-concussion vision syndrome

If you are struggling with reading, it is recommended to seek professional help from an optometrist who can assess if the challenge is due to a vision issue which can effectively be corrected. You can take the Vision Symptoms Assessment and the Double Vision Symptoms Assessment to get a better sense if you might have an underlying issue related to your vision. We would be happy to help you with any questions you have.

Someone suffering from vertigo or balance issues would be likely to check a vast range of potential causes for these symptoms, but may overlook the possibility that there is a vision issue at the root of all of this. Any type of problem involving the visual pathway between the eyes and the brain can cause dizziness which can lead to vertigo. Additionally, the visual system helps synchronize the various systems involved with balance. If someone is not seeing well, it can cause them to fall and have problems with balancing. Some specific visual issues that can lead to vertigo and/ or balance issues, include, but are not limited to:

  • Incorrect prescription for glasses or contact lenses
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Eye strain 
  • Visual field loss
  • Post-concussion vision syndrome

You can use the Double Vision Symptom Assessment  to see if you might have double vision which could be one of the potential causes for the balance issues or vertigo. If you have vertigo or balance issues, it’s very important to get to the root problem and make sure you have the proper professional help. It is possible that there are vision problems that are causing these symptoms and in order to check, it is essential to be checked by an optometrist. We are here to help you.

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for Both Children and Adults, Personalized for Your Individual Needs

At Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga, we take pride in improving lives and changing futures with expertise, care, and advanced medical eye care.

We are exctied to announce that Southeast Vision Rehabilitation and Institute For Vision Development is now

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Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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