MEET DR. ROCK
Dr. Nathan Rock serves our Nashville, TN community as a consultative optometrist at Wang Vision Institute. A fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, he utilizes his years' worth of education and training to contribute to the patient care and research areas of our office. Dr. Rock regularly advises patients who suffer from keratoconus. This involves discussing their symptoms and going over their surgical and nonsurgical options for treatment, which can include corneal cross-linking, Intacs, and corneal transplantation. Dr. Rock often sees his patients through every step of their treatment at our office, from pre-surgery preparation to post-operative care.
EDUCATION and TRAINING
Originally from Michigan, Dr. Rock attended Oakland University receiving his undergraduate bachelor's degree in biology. He then went on to acquire his doctor of optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry where he graduated with honors. During this time, he served as a tutor and graduate assistant and also received the Outstanding Clinician Award. Following his tenure in school, Dr. Rock completed a year-long residency program in primary care with a focus on ocular disease at the Portland Veteran's Affairs Medical Center associated with Pacific University.
SKILLS and SPECIALTIES
As the clinical research coordinator at Wang Vision Institute, Dr. Rock oversaw the clinical trial for corneal cross-linking, which results in the technique's FDA-approved status. He also oversaw a clinical trial for a surgical treatment for presbyopia. His areas of specialty include caring for patients receiving refractive surgery, cataract surgery, keratoconus surgery, and glaucoma surgery and diagnosing and treating anterior and posterior segment disease. In 2015, Dr. Rock was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
While in optometry school, Dr. Rock enjoyed participating in humanitarian eye care missions in countries throughout Latin America, such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. He has also volunteered in communities throughout rural Tennessee and Kentucky. When he's not in the office, Dr. Rock likes to stay active with running and hiking. He also enjoys camping and spending time with his family, friends, and dog.