Dr. Sharon Billingsley is new to EyeCare Optical, but not new to Maryville. After 23 years of owning and operating Billingsley Eye Care in Maryville, Dr. Sharon Billingsley was presented with an opportunity to join EyeCare Optical–Maryville and devote more of her time and expertise toward her professional passion – patient care.
“I put my heart and soul into running my practice and the people of Maryville were very receptive. I loved every minute of it. But now,” Dr. Billingsley says with a smile. “I get to spend my time seeing patients and helping people of all ages here in Maryville. Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun provided me with the opportunity to do just that. Plus, we’ve built an incredible new location with all new, all state-of-the-art equipment. It’s really a dream come to fruition not only for me, but in a sense, my patients. I think they’ll be thrilled.”
Dr. Billingsley sees patients for comprehensive eye examinations, contact lens fittings and general eye care. She also treats patients for dry eyes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and more. She provides contact lens and glasses prescriptions that can be filled in the same Maryville office.
“I also treat patients for a number of eye conditions, but sometimes, I need to refer patients to a specialist. Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun have five Ophthalmologists, including a Retina Specialist along with nine Optometrists. Now, I can refer patients and they don’t have to start over as a new patient elsewhere. That, to me, is a wonderful feeling, knowing that they are in exceptional hands.”
Dr. Billingsley grew up in Middle Tennessee and moved to East Tennessee for her pre-med undergraduate degree, and then, inspired by her brother-in-law who is an Optometrist, she graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. She did two internships in Knoxville and made it her goal to return to East Tennessee. A stop in Nashville as a fill-in Optometrist, gave her invaluable knowledge about how different practices provide quality care for their patients, before moving back to East Tennessee where she has now practiced Optometry for over two decades.
Dr. Billingsley is delighted to work with her team of colleagues at EyeCare Optical–Maryville who have the same patient service-driven approach she has. “I am thrilled to be part of a comprehensive eye care practice.Getting insight from other doctors in our practice is tremendous! It’s a good place to be!”
In her spare time, Dr. Billingsley plays golf and plays in a small band that occasionally does gigs around the Maryville area. “I play guitar and they try to keep me from singing,” she says with a laugh. “The name of our band is the Back Seat Delilahs. We have a lot of fun and music has always been a passion of mine. But, don’t worry. I won’t be quitting my daytime job anytime soon!”
To schedule an appointment at EyeCare Optical–Maryville, 104 Keller Lane (across from National Fitness Center) call (865) 681-3937 or online at eyecareoptical-knoxville.com/locations/
EyeCare Optical is a division of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, and brings both high quality vision care with board-certified optometrists and licensed opticians to local communities in the Knoxville area.