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Optometrist Brad Altman opens Aprima

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Dr. Brad Altman announces the opening of his Mt. Juliet eye clinic, Aprima, and is now accepting patients.

His practice is at 1002 Pleasant Grove Place, Suite C, about a half mile behind Cheddar’s restaurant.  

“I chose the name ‘Aprima’ because it comes from the Latin word which means ‘of first importance’ or ‘above all else,’” Altman said. “In my practice, eye health is of first importance, and when people have a problem with their eyes, I want them to think of this company first.” 

Altman was the Tennessee Optometric Association’s “Young Optometrist of the Year” in 2001 and “O.D. of the Year” in 2009.

“My emphasis is on the visual system and diseases of the eye so I offer treatment for glaucoma, dry eyes and fitting specialty contact lenses for such things as keratoconus or irregular corneas,” Altman said. “If a patient has been to a previous practice and been told they can’t wear contact lenses, that their prescription is too difficult or their eyes are too dry or they have astigmatism, those are the types of challenges I like to try to help solve.”

Aprima also offers genetic testing for macular degeneration and diabetic eye care.

Altman, who practiced for 20 years in Tennessee, the previous nine in Mt. Juliet, offers primary care and has an optical that supplies frames and eyeglasses.

“If you purchase a frame at my practice,” he said, “a frame will be donated to an individual in need in a third-world country through Eyes of Faith.”

The Aprima clinic offers state-of the-art equipment, is paperless and features computerized evaluations and electronic medical records. 

Serving with Altman is administrator Courtnie Cox, of Mt. Juliet. Altman’s wife, Andrea, will handle the bookkeeping, while their three oldest children share office chores.

In 1996, Brad and Andrea Altman started a practice from scratch in Sevierville. They moved to Lebanon in 2004. Their children are Nick, 19, a student at Middle Tennessee State University; Nathan, 18, and Anna, 14, who attend Wilson Central High School; and Andrew, 11, who attends Southside Elementary School. They are members of College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.

Altman said his hobbies revolve around his children’s activities and sports. He has coached them in baseball, basketball, softball and football and also enjoys hunting and fishing with his children and loves nothing more than “being with my family.”

A native of Searcy, Ark., and graduate of Harding University and Southern College of Optometry, he did a post-graduate fellowship at the VitreoRetinal Foundation in ocular disease in Memphis.

Altman has supervised the Opening Eyes program at the Special Olympics on the Vanderbilt campus since 2001. 

“Seeing is a precious gift that I don’t want anyone to take lightly. When the patient leaves here my norm is something is going to be made better,” said Altman.

Aprima is open Monday through Friday with early and late hours offered. To make an appointment, call 773-7535. For more information, visit aprimaeye.com.

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