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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical the leading provider of vision care products and services in Knoxville.


Travis Thompson, O.D.

Dr. Thompson was born and raised in Knoxville, TN.  His family has lived in the Hardin Valley area since 1998, and he graduated from Karns High School in 2004.  He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Biochemistry in 2008.  After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Thompson attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN and graduated in 2013. He enjoys diagnosing and managing ocular disease, fitting contact lenses and eyeglasses, and seeing pediatric patients. He is an active member in TAOP (TN association of Optometric Physicians), ETSOP (East TN society of Optometric Physicians), AOA, and a local BNI group.

Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Catherine Abbott, who is also an optometrist that practices in Sweetwater, TN. Outside of the office, Dr. Thompson enjoys playing golf, snow skiing, racquetball and most of all watching Tennessee sports.  His family has had season tickets for many years, and he attends almost all of the football and basketball games.