Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino 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.
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.