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KYCO faculty presents at state meeting

December 05, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Roya Attar, O.D., presented a lecture at the 2016 Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) Fall Education Congress. Attar is the assistant clinical professor and director of professional relations for the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO).

The lecture, “Pain Management and Drug Abuse Prevention,” described the incidence and prevalence of drug abuse with an emphasis on opioid abuse throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The lecture also covered drug diversion training, ocular pain treatment and management protocols for patients. Held in Louisville, the KOA Fall Conference provides up to 20 hours of optometric continuing education for optometrists throughout the state. Attar’s lecture satisfies the pain management and therapeutic management education annual requirements for Kentucky optometrists.

Attar completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis in Tennessee dual majoring in biology and chemistry. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas. Graduating in the top tier of her class as part of the inaugural class, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her academic, professional and service achievements. Prior to her appointment at KYCO, Attar was a practicing optometric physician serving patients in San Antonio. She also has an extensive background and experience in sales and marketing which serve her well in her role as director of professional relations for KYCO.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction is nearing completion on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.

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