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KYCO provides eye screenings to Pike County second graders

January 10, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Students and faculty from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) performed vision screenings on more than 500 second-graders in all 12 Pike County elementary schools.

In addition to the screening, each child received a ‘selfie’ to demonstrate how the eye works like a camera, a KYCO pencil and a report of the screening for their guardian.

Optometry students and faculty learned that approximately 24 percent of the students required eye care. Information regarding suggested follow-up treatment was shared with administrators at each school.  

“The screening project was part of the Clinical Internship I course which is designed to provide our optometry students with their first exposure to patients and eye care trends in this region,” said Josephine O. Owoeye, O.D., MPH, FAAO, associate professor and director of personal and professional development at KYCO. “Our students demonstrated professionalism while refining their examination techniques.”

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  Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63141—telephone: 314-991-4100, 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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