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Karns Vision: Eye Care Specialists in Knoxville TN

At Karns Vision, we have years of experience providing eye care services to residents of Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Our caring team, including Dr. Shane Presson and Dr. Michelle Presson, provide full-service eye care as well as pre- and post-operative LASIK care. At Karns Vision, our eye doctors have helped countless patients in Knoxville improve their vision and enhance their eye health.


Optometry Services

Our optometrists use the latest tools and technology used to treat eye-related disorders. We have experience treating mild to severe cases of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and conjunctivitis. We also provide specialized eye care services such as sports vision tests and computer vision treatment. Our patients have also turned to our optometry specialists when considering surgery options such as LASIK.

Patients rely on Karns Vision to provide personalized eye care. We take our time with each patient to ensure they are receiving the best possible treatment. Our Knoxville optometry office accepts both scheduled routine appointments and emergency care visits. Staff members are ready to answer all of your questions at the time of scheduling, including what types of insurance plans are accepted.

Advanced Eye Care Exams

Our eye doctors rely on advanced diagnostics to administer vision and eye exams to patients. During each exam, patients are asked about any symptoms they are experiencing. Vision tests determine the prescription strength you need while eye function tests evaluate depth perception, light responsiveness, color vision, and more.

Based on the results of your eye exam, our optometry team may recommend corrective lenses or contact lenses. Your level of refractive error helps us determine whether glasses or contacts suit you best. We provide different types of contact lenses to patients, including soft lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and hybrid lenses. Our eye doctor will recommend a specific type of contact lenses to improve your vision without aggravating any eye condition symptoms.

Eye Doctor in Knoxville

Karns Vision continues to grow and has recently hired Dr. Kate Allen to provide exceptional eye care to our expanding practice. We remain focused on our patients and offering them the services they need to keep their vision clear and their eyes healthy. To learn more about eye care or to schedule an appointment, call us at (865) 247-7715.

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Contact us if you would like to know if we accept your insurance or if you are eligible for services!

Hours of Operation


9:00 am-6:00 pm


8:30 am-5:00 pm


8:30 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-4:30 pm


9:00 am-12:00 pm




Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Shane Presson

    Dr. Shane was born and raised in Camden, Tennessee. He made his first venture to Knoxville as an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, majoring in Mathematics. He received his Doctor of Optometry in Memphis in June of 1995. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. He is also an adjunct professor with Southern College of Optometry. 

    Dr. Shane is excellent with pediatric exams. This includes contact lenses for children. He fit his daughter with contact lenses at just 5 years of age. Additionally, he is our LASIK enthusiast. After having Lasik himself, Dr. Shane has firsthand knowledge of how life changing the procedure can be. He loves co-managing the pre and post-operative care of Lasik patients. 

    If you ever have a good story to tell, Dr. Shane would love to hear it! 

  • Dr.
    Michelle Presson

    Dr. Michelle was born and raised in Florida. She attended the University of South Florida where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in June of 1996. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. 

    Dr. Michelle is amazing at helping patients with Dry Eye management. Using medication, drops, and punctal plugs, she can help patients who have spent years struggling with this issue. Additionally, Dr. Michelle is fantastic at fitting specialty contact lenses. Whether you are needing gas permeable lenses, monovision, or a combination of astigmatism/multifocal lenses, Dr. Michelle will work with you to get a prescription that works for you and your needs. 

    If you love the design and décor of the office, it is all thanks to Dr. Michelle. She is such an amazing decorator! She also enjoys gardening and playing tennis in her free time. 

  • Dr.
    Kate Allen

    Dr. Kate was raised in Tennessee. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, majoring in Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in May of 2016. Upon graduation, Dr. Kate served as an active duty Optometrist in the United States Navy from 2016 – 2020. During this time, she also become a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. 

    Dr. Kate most enjoys the medical and pathology aspects of optometry. She can easily diagnose and treat medical issues and infections, such as pink eye or iritis. Dr. Kate is amazing at taking care of our of work-in and emergent patients. Additionally, she is a great teacher! She has been asked to give different lectures at national optometric meetings. 

    In her free time, Dr. Kate enjoys spin classes and is always down for a good brunch. Brunch is especially exciting if her dog, Bo Carson, can join.  


Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Presson is very thorough ans patient and takes the time to get to know me personally. I'm very satisfied with the services. I absolutely recommend them."
    Anonymous - Verified customer
  • "Karns Vision Center always provides Excellent Service and provides the most comprehensive vision check up you can get. They use the best equipment available and check all aspects of your vision. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and polite and Dr Michelle and Dr Shane are both fantastic. They will take as much time as you need to answer any questions you may have. They are by far the best Eye Care Center I've ever been to. Use Karns Vision with total confidence that they will provide you with top quality eye care."
    George T.
  • "The staff was very courteous and prompt. The optometrist was knowledgable, very professional, and thoroughly explained my vision changes as well as treatment options. This was maybe the best eye exam and total treatment experience in the 35 years."
    Renee W
  • "I arrived at 8 for my 930 appointment. They worked me in and I was on my way by 9. My glasses were broken and they fixed and cleaned before the exam was over. Thank you very much!"
    Robert T
  • "Always best experience and care available. My entire family are have been patients for many years and have never left disappointed. The Best of the Best!"
    Karen F.
  • "Dr Michele and her staff goes out of the way to make your visit perfect. They treat you very well and are very professional and know what the best plan of action is for you. Highly recommended. They take good care of you"
    Mark M.
  • "I so enjoyed my eye exam at the Karns Vision Center. The entire staff were friendly and professional and truly were excited about doing their jobs! It showed in their attitudes and especially in their smiles and the way they conducted themselves as a business. I have never had such a complete and thorough eye examination. Highly recommend if you are in need of eye care."
    Donald M.
  • "I appreciate Dr. Shane seeing Ralph so soon. He was the reason we went to the hospital. He did an excellent job in diagnosing Ralph as having had a stroke. If it wasn't for him there's no telling how long we would have waited to take Ralph to the ER. I want to thank Dr. Shane for taking the time to call me and check on Ralph. He's a pretty good fella. Thanks again"
    Ralph S.