Jeffrey Sonsino O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino is an optometrist at Optique Eyecare and Eyewear and director of The Contact Lens Center at Optique.
He trained in Boston at the New England College of Optometry, where he graduated with research honors. After school, he completed a residency in cornea and contact lenses at Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago. He then moved to Nashville where he was faculty at Vanderbilt Eye Institute for 12 years. As an assistant professor, he was the division chief of optometry, founded the Center for Sight Enhancement, was the director of the Scleral Lens Clinic, authored 9 patents on vision-related medical devices, authored multiple papers, and lectured internationally on contact lens technology.
Recently Authored Papers
- Is That Corneal Infiltrate Sterile Or Infectious?April 01, 2015
- New Technology for Evaluating Contact LensesOctober 01, 2014
- Troubleshooting Hybrid LensesSeptember 01, 2014
- Personalizing Vision with Custom Soft LensesAugust 01, 2014
- Central Vault In Dry Eye Patients Successfully Wearing Scleral LensSeptember 09, 2013
On the national scale, he is a diplomate in Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technology of the American Academy of Optometry. This 5 year review process is the highest clinical designation in the field of optometry and is achieved only after a grueling series of written, practical, and live patient examination testing by his peers. There are around 120 diplomates worldwide and he is the only one in Tennessee who has achieved this milestone.
Dr. Sonsino is on the American Optometric Association’s Council on Cornea and Contact Lenses. This is a board of six optometrists who set policy and is the leadership of cornea and contact lenses for all optometrists in the U.S. In this capacity, he deals with education of optometrists, issues related to protection of the public, and works with industry partners on patient safety.
In his spare time, he spends every second with his wife and kids, unless he is competitive sailboat racing, Jeeping, or telemark skiing.
Dr. Sonsino spends most of his patient care time designing contact lenses for patients with corneal conditions, dry eye, and surgical complications. He has access to many customized lenses that are not available in other practices in the US. This includes custom soft lenses all the way to custom molded scleral lenses. When new technology becomes viable, Dr. Sonsino has either tested it in clinical studies or evaluated it with his patients before it is brought to market.
Dr. Sonsino enjoys seeing patients for comprehensive eye care. Patients with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (football rather than baseball-shaped eyes), or presbyopia (over 40 eyes), can draw on his experience with very complex patients to know that they are in the best hands. Dr. Sonsino sees both adults and children as young as 5 years old.
He is in charge of The Contact Lens Center at Optique. If an eye can be fit with a contact lens, Dr. Sonsino has the training, experience, and expertise to accomplish the task.