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Optometry faculty presents at state and national meetings

January 14, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Cliff Caudill, O.D., FAAO, clinic director for the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, presented lectures at a recent Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) meeting.

Held in Lexington, Ky., the KOA Fall Conference provides up to 20 hours of optometric continuing education to optometrists throughout the state. Caudill presented “Survival Guide to Implementing Injections and Minor Surgical Procedures,” a two-hour lecture describing the indications, procedures and equipment necessary for optometrists to utilize injections and minor surgical procedures in their patient care. This course qualified as expanded therapeutic procedures continuing education, a subset of education required by Kentucky optometrists wishing to practice at the highest level. In addition, Caudill presented a lecture entitled, “Herpes Eye Disease, From HEDS to Tails,” a one-hour lecture detailing the current concepts in the management of herpetic eye disease and how landmark studies on the subject have shaped modern treatment.

Caudill’s injection and minor surgical procedures was also accepted and presented at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) meeting held in New Orleans, La., last October. 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.

A Lexington native, Caudill received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Kentucky and later his doctorate of optometry degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. He went on to complete a residency in primary care optometry at the Northeastern State University College of Optometry. Caudill most recently served 12 years as an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences providing primary eye care and supervision of the department’s optometric education program. In this role, he implemented and directed the accredited optometry residency program and served as a clinical preceptor for students completing external rotations in the area of ocular disease.

Caudill also became the first faculty member at the Kentucky College of Optometry to be fully certified in the use of therapeutic lasers in the treatment of eye problems.

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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