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Kentucky College of Optometry announces new faculty

July 19, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Josephine O. Owoeye, O.D., MPH, joins the faculty at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) as an assistant clinical professor with a specialty in pediatric optometry and binocular vision.

Owoeye earned her Doctor of Optometry degree and completed residency training in pediatric optometry at the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She earned a Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md. At KYCO, she will be teaching binocular vision, strabismus and oculomotor rehabilitation and pediatric optometry.

Before moving to Pikeville, Owoeye was an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., for nearly 12 years. Her clinic focused on the treatment of refractive errors and amblyopia, and assisting in the management of strabismus cases in children and adults. Her expertise also included performing comprehensive eye examinations for children with special needs.

While at the Wilmer Eye Institute, she successfully served as a vision consultant and technical expert for the Baltimore City Health Department Bureau of School Health where she helped to improve vision screening protocols for the Baltimore City Public School children. In that role, she helped develop parent brochures; revised parent and school forms to promote better understanding; assisted in implementing evidence-based screening guidelines; helped develop an algorithm for the electronic medical record vision module; recommended and developed a supplemental training manual for screeners; and trained all vision screeners. As a result of her efforts, Baltimore City Health Department increased the number of children screened because of improved outreach and protocol.

Owoeye has dedicated her career to research and clinical activities that focus on preventable blindness in children. She served as an investigator on the Baltimore Pediatric Eye Disease Study (BPEDS), an NIH funded study to determine the prevalence of eye disease in preschool children in Baltimore. She was also an investigator on the Baltimore Reading and Eye Disease Study (BREDS) that was conducted to determine the associations between reading difficulties and uncorrected vision problems in children.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She has completed various leadership trainings and has given numerous pediatric lectures at optometric meetings. Prior to moving to Pikeville, she organized her church’s annual health fairs for nearly 10 years. She was also involved in vision screenings for homeless children.

In addition to her commitment to continue her work and advocacy to reduce preventable blindness in children, Owoeye enjoys teaching and mentoring. She served on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Admissions committee. She believes in helping students attain their very best.

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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