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KYCO student presents poster at national meeting

November 27, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
Andrea Sandifer, second year optometry student at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), in collaboration with Jesson Martin, Ph.D., associate professor at KYCO, presented scientific research at the 2017 American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in Chicago.

The poster was one of a distinguished few that was accepted to be presented. An internationally recognized meeting, the AAO meeting brings together some of the best and brightest optometrists from all over the world to provide continuing education, present scientific posters, encourage leadership within the profession, and discuss optometric education of the future.

Sandifer’s poster, “Longitudinal Chromatic Aberrations in Young Appalachian Eyes,” looks to compare known values for longitudinal chromatic aberrations with new data collected from young adults in the Appalachian region. Longitudinal chromatic aberrations occur when different colors of lights focus at difference distances. The results of the study showed that Appalachian eyes did not differ from other population norms with respect to longitudinal chromatic aberrations.

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. The Kentucky College of Optometry is housed in the Health Professions Education Building, a new $72 million educational facility on UPIKE’s campus. 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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