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Dr. Jim Gillispie
Successor to Dr. John Pino

Dr. Gillispie earned his doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis and began practicing in 1990.

After 10 years with a group practice in the Nashville area, he opened Gillispie Eye Care. Dr. Gillispie and Dr. Pino began working together in January 2016.

Dr. Gillispie will be continuing the great work of Dr. Pino in treating people with low vision and complicated vision conditions.

Dr. John Pino OBM

john pinoDr. John Michael Pino, 63, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital after a long, quiet battle with cancer.

John was an optometrist in Lebanon for many years and continued to see patients as long as his health allowed. In the past few years, he had become certified in treating people with low vision and took great pleasure in helping patients with complicated vision conditions see their world as clearly as possible.

When your medical eye doctor says, “nothing more can be done,” contact a low vision optometrist. Low Vision of Tennessee is one of over 40 optometrist practices in North America that has helped thousands of low vision patients live independently, fulfilling lives after others told them it wouldn’t be possible.
Thanks to the doctor’s knowledge, dedication, and experience, patients can do what they enjoy: drive, read, work, play, cook, or recognize people’s faces.
Call for a personal consultation and find out if you are a candidate for low vision glasses.

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What is a Low Vision Optometrist?

Our goal is for you to reclaim the ability to carry out tasks that are important to you. Such an activity could be driving a car, reading the paper, recognizing faces, watching TV, playing cards or board games, cooking, and anything that matters in your life.
As a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) – a network of low vision optometrists – Dr. Jim Gillispie intensively studied low vision care. We are committed to maximizing our patient’s vision and help them live their best lives.

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Causes That Lead to Low Vision

Low vision is an eye condition that cannot be corrected with conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Its causes are usually due to injury, disease, or genetics and include:

  • Macular Degeneration: Wet or Dry
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration (i.e., Stargardt’s disease, Best disease, etc.)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – a complication of diabetes affecting eyesight
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa – leads to contraction of the visual field
  • Glaucoma – damage to the optical nerve due to inner eye pressure
  • Cataracts – a clouding of the eye lens
  • Hemianopsia – the loss of part of the visual field
  • Albinism – the lack of pigments in the back of the eye
  • Other Vision-Limiting Conditions
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Genuine care and hands-on advice are our primary ingredients ensuring complete low vision services. Talk to our low vision expert in Nashville about your concerns, and we will help optimize your surroundings to accommodate your visual needs better. As an example, improved lighting makes a significant difference for many eye conditions.

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The advantage of glasses is that they allow you to be mobile and use your hands freely. Many patients have kept their driver's license and independence thanks to bioptic telescope glasses, E-Scoop glasses, or side-vision awareness glasses. Theater lovers can benefit from full-diameter telescope glasses to enjoy performances. Prismatic glasses are primarily used for reading.

These are only a few of the many low vision glasses available for low vision patients. Dr. Jim Gillispie will help you to find the best solution for you.


Magnification is key for optimizing vision. Closed-circuit television (CCTV), video magnifiers are available as hand-held devices or as a stand-mounted version. You can install special software to enhance contrast and colors on your computer screen. Other software can increase the font size to whatever is comfortable for you.

Advanced equipment utilizes virtual reality, image processing algorithms, or audio feedback to assist with almost any task you want to accomplish. Go for it!

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Low Vision of Tennessee

404 North Castle Heights Ave
Lebanon, TN 37087
For A Free Phone Consultation Call 855-405-8420
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