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UPIKE-KYCO faculty certified preceptor for laser certification

July 15, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Gregory S. Moore, O.D., was recently approved by the Kentucky Board of Optometry as a preceptor for licensed doctors of optometry applying for licensing privileges to perform Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), YAG laser Peripheral Iridotomy (PI), and YAG laser Capsulotomy. Moore is a senior clinical instructor at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry.

SLT is a procedure used to treat chronic open angle glaucoma. PI is a procedure used to treat or prevent acute angle closure glaucoma. YAG PI’s are also done before certain Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) surgeries to prevent angle closure during and after surgery. YAG Capsulotomy is a special laser treatment used to improve vision after cataract surgery in cases where the lens tissue, the capsule, that remains after the implant is put in becomes opacified and affects the clarity of vision.

Optometrists seeking the privilege to provide these laser procedures are required to perform them under the supervision of a board-approved preceptor until the preceptor feels the candidate is clinically proficient and capable to offer these procedures without supervision. The preceptor will then recommend expanded privileges for the optometrist to the Kentucky Board of Optometry. The board will evaluate the preceptor’s recommendations, along with other requirements, and will make the determination as to whether the optometrist will be granted those privileges.

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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