Lori Ann Kehler, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Pediatrics, Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs


O.D., Illinois College of Optometry
B.S., Stetson University

Board Certification

Certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
Licensed by the Tennessee State Board of Optometry, Florida State Board of Optometry, and Georgia State Board of Optometry

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Optometry, Fellow
American Optometric Association
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Member of the Ethics & Regulations in Human Research Committee
Research to Prevent Blindness
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group
National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists
American Public Health Association, Vision Care SectionTennessee Optometric Association
Middle Tennessee Optometric Society
Gold Key Optometric Honor Society

Honors & Awards

Eugene W. Strawn Leadership and Service Award
Wildermuth Foundation Scholarship

Areas of Clinical Expertise

Pediatric optometry, including the treatment of amblyopia
Pediatric contact lenses

Research Interests

Children's eye conditions


Dr. Kehler's area of focus is primary eye care for children. Dr. Kehler provides comprehensive pediatric eye exams and pediatric contact lens evaluations at the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. She is a member of the NEI-funded Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a group of investigators around the country that study the eye conditions that affect children.