Dr. Torrey J. Carlson & Associates

Independent Doctor of Optometry
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Carlson Eye Care Centers' vision is to be the industry leader in eyecare and eyewear by concentrating on a patient centric approach in providing a new standard of quality, convenience and innovation in a caring and compassionate manner. Dr. Carls...
Carlson Eye Care Centers' vision is to be the industry leader in eyecare and eyewear by concentrating on a patient centric approach in providing a new standard of quality, convenience and innovation in a caring and compassionate manner.
Dr. Carlson & Associates can help diagnose, manage, treat, and detect subtle changes in your eyes year over year. Come visit our offices at and let us help you see and look your best. Our doctors are here to provide the professional eye care near you, to guarantee you have the clearest vision. Call today to schedule an appointment for your annual eye exam.
Services
  • Contact Lens Examination
  • Contact Lens Fittings
  • Online Scheduling
  • Same Day Exams
  • Walk-in Exams
  • Clarifye - Digital eye exam that shows you more
  • Digital Retinal Imaging
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Eye Exams
  • Computer Vision
Exam Fees
  • Eye Exam Starting Fee $89.00 Includes Dilation
  • Contact Lens Starting Fee $149.00 Includes Fitting Fee,Includes Eyeglass Exam
  • Retinal Imaging Fee $39.00
Insurance/Discount Plans
We accept most insurances, including:
  • EyeMed
  • AETNA
  • AVESIS
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
  • BLUE VIEW
  • EyeMed
  • AETNA
  • AVESIS
  • BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
  • BLUE VIEW
  • CIGNA
  • Humana
  • MCA ADMIN.
  • OPTICARE
  • SUPERIOR
  • TRICARE
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE
Payment Types
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Lenscrafters Credit Card
  • Care Card
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Carecredit
Languages
  • English
Location
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Dr. Torrey J. Carlson & Associates
2011 North Roan Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601
US
Phone:
Fax:

Hours

Day of the WeekHours
Mon11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wed11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thu11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sun1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hours

Day of the WeekHours
Monday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About Us
Dr. Torrey J. Carlson & Associates is the local eye doctor to see for all of your eye care needs in Johnson City, TN. As your local Johnson City optometrist, Dr. Torrey J. Carlson & Associates can help diagnose, treat, and detect subtle changes in your eyes year over year. Come visit our offices at 2011 North Roan Street Johnson City, TN 37601 and let us help you see and look your best. Our doctors are here to provide the professional eye care near you, to guarantee you have the clearest vision. Call today to schedule an appointment for your annual eye exam.
Dr. Torrey Carlson
Therapeutic Optometry Contact Lenses, Amniotic Membranes, LASIK co-management Dr. Carlson was born in Escanaba, Michigan. He married his wife Amy in 1995 and they have four children Masey, Lizzie, Allie, and Jack. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, antiques, reading, golfing, basketball, coaching local youth sports, and is an avid sports fan- Go Big Orange!
Education
  • Attended Ferris State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended the now-Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, graduating in 1995.
Experience
  • Doctor of Optometry therapeutic Tennessee and Virginia American Optometric Association (AOA)
  • TN Optometric Association (TOA)
  • ALLDOCS
  • Northeast Tennessee Society of Optometric Physicians
  • East TN Optometric Association (ETOA). Board of Optometry
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Dr. Caitlin Follansbee
Dr. Follansbee grew up just outside of Memphis, TN and recently moved to Johnson City with her fiancé, Will, in 2019. She enjoys exercise and weightlifting, reading, hiking, and spending time with her fiancé, who is in medical school, and her two energetic dogs: Ivy and Rye
Education
  • She graduated from University of Memphis in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Journalism before returning to school to complete the prerequisite courses for optometry school. She then obtained her
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Dr. Jackie Ngo
Dr. Ngo was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She moved to East Tennessee in 2005 & has been in the area since.
Education
  • She attended East Tennessee State University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in Humanities. She then attended the Illinois College of Optometry and re
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Dr. Jennifer Ledford
Contact Lenses Therapeutic Optometry Treatment and Management of Eye disease Dr. Ledford enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading, cooking and knitting.
Education
  • Dr. Ledford attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. She then attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry and graduated in 2009.
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Dr. Kelly Conyer
Your annual eye exam lets us focus on your eye care needs and your health. We strive to provide you with the best medical care to keep you healthy and seeing clearly.
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Dr. Monica Szalajko
Contact Lenses Therapeutic Optometry As a borderline crazy dog lady , Dr. Szalajko enjoys spending her free time with her beloved pooch, hiking, cooking, traveling, and playing golf
Education
  • Attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Optometry from Indiana University.
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Dr. Phillip Gilliam
Contact Lenses Therapeutic Optometry Dr. Gilliam lives in Johnson City. He is married to Rene Gilliam, and has four children and two grandchildren. His patients know him as Dr. Phil.
Education
  • 1989 Graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN
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Dr. Sarah Elmore
Primary care Contact Lenses She developed a love for hiking while previously living in Eastern Tennessee. She also fills much of her free time traveling to visit friends and family, watching movies, and attempting new craft projects.
Education
  • She attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor in Health Services Administration in 2013. She then attended Salus University's P
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Frequently Asked Questions
When should I see an optometrist?
When should I see an optometrist?
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You should see an optometrist once a year whether or not you believe you need vision correction. An annual eye exam can detect not only eye diseases but also other diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Schedule your eye exam today.
What should I bring to my eye exam?
What should I bring to my eye exam?
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You should bring your vision insurance and medical insurance information to your eye exam. If you currently wear any prescription lenses, bring your eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. You should also bring any and all questions you may have. Contact your optometrist if you have specific questions about any additional items you think you may need to bring to your eye exam.
How do I know if my child needs glasses?
How do I know if my child needs glasses?
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Taking your child to an optometrist for an eye exam is the best way to learn if your child needs glasses. Many children who need glasses aren’t aware that they do. Signs of vision problems in children include sitting too close to the television, squinting, sensitivity to light, difficulty with eye-hand coordination, and avoiding visual activities like reading and drawing. To see if your child needs glasses, schedule your child’s eye exam today.
How does my vision change with age?
How does my vision change with age?
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Changes in vision that occur with age include reduced pupil size, dry eyes, loss of peripheral vision, decreased color vision, and vitreous detachment. The most common vision problem that comes with age is presbyopia, which is the normal and unavoidable age-related loss of focusing ability. Different types of lenses can provide help for presbyopia. The risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy increases with age too. Your optometrist will discuss any age-related vision problems you’re experiencing at your next annual eye exam.
Who can wear contact lenses?
Who can wear contact lenses?
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Nearly anyone who needs vision correction can wear contact lenses. Contact lenses can provide vision correction for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or a combination of these issues. Finding the perfect lens for you is sometimes a process of trial and error. All of the lens parameters can be finalized only after you’ve worn the successful combination. Schedule an eye exam to talk with your optometrist about whether contact lenses would be a good vision correction option for you.
What conditions can an optometrist treat?
What conditions can an optometrist treat?
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An optometrist can treat vision problems like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. An optometrist also often treats common eye problems like dry eye syndrome and eye infections. An optometrist can also treat chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma. Optometrists are trained to detect and diagnose all eye problems and eye diseases. Schedule an eye exam today if you are experiencing any problems with your eyes or your vision.
What is involved in an eye exam?
What is involved in an eye exam?
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An eye exam involves a series of simple but comprehensive tests that allow your optometrist to assess your vision and your eye health. Your optometrist will discuss the results of your eye exam with you and determine the right prescription to help you to see your best.
Why should I get an eye exam?
Why should I get an eye exam?
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An annual eye exam involves more than just updating your glasses or contact prescription. A comprehensive eye exam can also detect eye health issues as well as general health problems. Conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected in early stages through an eye exam, and this can result in early treatment. Schedule your annual eye exam today.
What is a refraction test?
What is a refraction test?
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Your optometrist uses a refraction test to determine your exact eyeglasses prescription. Through showing you a series of lens choices through a device called a phoropter, your optometrist determines the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism that you have and the lenses needed to correct these vision problems.
How does an optometrist test my eyes?
How does an optometrist test my eyes?
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An optometrist uses several tests and tools to evaluate your eye health and your vision. Your eye exam usually will include a glaucoma test, a retinal screening, a visual field screening, an extraocular muscle test, and a refraction test. The results of these screenings and tests help your optometrist evaluate your vision and overall eye health.
Is a contact lens exam different than an eye exam?
Is a contact lens exam different than an eye exam?
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A normal, comprehensive eye exam will allow your optometrist to determine if your eyes are healthy enough to wear contact lenses. During your contact lens fitting, detailed measurements of your eyes will be taken to determine the right contact lenses for you. There is an additional fee for a contact lens fitting and evaluation for all contact lens patients (both new and established patients). Schedule your eye exam today to have all of your questions about contact lenses answered.
What should I expect from the optometrist?
What should I expect from the optometrist?
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At your optometrist appointment, your optometrist usually will check your eye health and evaluate your vision. After the exam, your optometrist will discuss your vision health and the right prescription for you. Your optometrist can also answer any questions you have about your eye health, eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses, and contact lenses. Schedule your eye exam today.
What is the difference between an eye exam and a vision screening?
What is the difference between an eye exam and a vision screening?
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A comprehensive eye exam is administered by an optometrist and can detect not only vision problems but problems with eye health and general health as well. A vision screening is typically performed by a general medical practitioner such as a pediatrician or a nurse. While a vision screening can help identify vision issues, it can miss many important issues that a comprehensive eye exam can identify. This is why everyone is encouraged to get annual eye exams. Schedule your eye exam today.
How is vision measured?
How is vision measured?
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Vision is measured through a series of tests performed at an eye exam. Visual acuity is commonly measured by a series of two numbers, the first number representing the distance from which a person can clearly see something, and the second number representing the distance from which a person with normal vision can see that same thing. This measurement is typically obtained during an eye exam by having a person read from an eye chart with various sizes of letters.
Can eye exams detect other health issues?
Can eye exams detect other health issues?
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Eye exams can detect eye health issues such as glaucoma and cataracts. Eye exams can also detect general health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. This is why eye exams are an important part of health maintenance for everyone regardless of age or vision correction needs. Schedule your annual eye exam today.
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We focus on your eyes, but we are also committed to your overall health. The CLARIFYE digital eye exam provides an advanced and precise eye care experience for your best vision, can pinpoint changes in your eye health over time, and can tailor prescriptions for day and night. This state-of-the-art digital eye exam technology can also help me diagnose health problems like diabetes and glaucoma. Your visits will be different from now on. CLARIFYE helps reduce the ‘which is better 1 or 2’ guesswork of traditional eye exam methods for most patients. CLARIFYE maps the unique fingerprint of your eyes, and you will leave knowing you have a precisely pinpointed, customized prescription and a new insight into your health.