Yeah, it sucks. But there is hope.
Seven years ago AMD presented in my left eye; ten months later my right eye "went". By July of 2006 I couldn't even read the "big E", drive, read, golf, or even recognize faces.
Since, I have had periodic injections of literal "miracle drugs" - Avastin and Lucentis - performed by my retinal specialist here in Dallas . Along the way I also had cataract surgery on both eyes.
Today, my "far" vision is near-normal; I drive, golf, etc. For close work I use readers purchased at Sam's Club (they are "distributed" all over the house). For reading, even though the daily paper is a thing of the past, a regular computer display set at 125 - 150% or my I-Pad work great.
Even though I am sure Knoxville/Nashville have excellent professionals a highly skilled retinal specialist is not exactly something you go to the Yellow Pages to find. Nor is a cataract surgeon; you want one who also does corneal transplants/ fixes the occasional "mess" left by those dime-a dozen LASIK guys.
My advice: take the day's drive (or the short flight) to Northern Virginia and consult http://rgw.com/
. They are world class and will identify the "best" profesionals for you to see in Knoxville. They recommended both my retinal specialist and my corneal surgeon here in Dallas. By my own devices I would not have identified either.
I'll write you a PM about the two particular docs you should see in NOVA.
Good luck and God Bless!