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KYCO associate dean publishes in international journal

March 26, 2015 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The academic work of Donald J. Egan, O.D., FAAO, associate dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, was recently published in the February issue of the international journal “Optometry in Practice Continuing Professional Development Journal.” Egan coauthored the academic paper, Verification and Inspection of Gas Permeable Contact Lenses, with Frank Spors, EurOptom, M.S., Ph.D., FAAO, from Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.

The paper focuses on the verification and inspection techniques for assessing the core parameters of gas permeable contact lenses. With the renewed interest in gas permeable specialty designs for compromised corneas, essential quantitative and qualitative parameters need to meet the standards defined by the International Organization for Standardization. The eye care practitioner can use a variety of clinical instruments for verification and inspection. The use of these instruments in clinical practice is described in detail in the paper.

“Optometry in Practice” is the Continuing Education and Training (CET) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Journal of the College of Optometrists in the United Kingdom. Its mission is to provide a global continuing professional development service of value to members and subscribers. The journal is published quarterly. All papers aim to be of relevance and interest to optometrists in practice. Egan’s and Spors’ paper also includes an opportunity to obtain continuing education and training (CET) credit.

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. In the process of applying to the American Council for Optometric Education for pre-accreditation status, the University of Pikeville would be 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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