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UPIKE-KYCO associate dean presents at national meeting

April 21, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Donald Egan, O.D., FAAO, associate dean of academic affairs for the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, recently presented a scientific poster at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in Las Vegas, Nev.

GSLS is a comprehensive meeting brought by Contact Lens Spectrum focusing on the latest techniques and technologies for the successful management of ocular conditions using today’s specialty contact lenses. The meeting is attended annually by more than 500 participants from 30+ countries making it one of the largest conferences of its kind in the U.S. Egan presented a poster titled, “Comparing Corneal Shape Measurements of Four Topographers,” in collaboration with the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.

Egan joined the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) as a founding member of the new administration and as part of the executive council for KYCO. His teaching responsibilities will include contact lenses and primary care optometry.

Egan received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed a residency at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry before becoming a member of their contact lens faculty. Thereafter, he joined the faculty at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, developing the contact lens program for the newly established school of optometry. Prior to his appointment at Pikeville, Egan was a faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry serving as course leader and developing the contact lens curriculum.

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 has begun 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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