The Dr. Jerald F. Combs Eye Clinic


Jerald F. Combs, O.D., a vision care pioneer in Kentucky, stands in front of the clinic bearing his name.

The Dr. Jerald F. Combs Eye Clinic at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) serves Central Appalachia with quality vision care. We offer comprehensive eye care to our patients while providing training and education for optometry students in our state-of-the-art clinic space. Adult and pediatric patients can expect expert care in a number of specialty services including:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Dry Eye
  • Low Vision & Rehabilitation
  • Ocular Disease
  • Pediatric Eye Care
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Surgical Services
  • Vision Therapy

The clinic is named in honor of Jerald F. Combs, O.D., a pioneer in Kentucky optometric practice since 1983. Dr. Combs changed the landscape for optometric practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with his push for in-office laser surgery.

To schedule an appointment for an annual eye exam or for a specialty service, please call at (606) 218-5540. 

What to expect on your first visit

Check in at the front desk 15 minutes early so we can process the necessary paperwork. Once you’ve checked in, someone from our team will get to know you and your vision needs. We’ll carefully explain everything along the way.

During your appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of KYCO’s highly trained students. Our students are supervised by attending doctors and are ready to provide you and your family with the best care possible. You can expect a thorough eye exam and opportunities to ask questions about your eye health.


Specializations

OPTICAL SERVICES:

Our clinic can fill all eye glass and contact lens prescriptions. We offer pediatric and adult prescription glasses and sunglasses for everyday and specialty use. Our expert licensed opticians are certified by the American Board of Opticianry.

For questions about eye glasses or contact lenses, call (606) 218-5542.

PEDIATRIC OPTOMETRY SERVICES

We are staffed with two highly trained pediatric optometrists – Rachel Fitzgerald, O.D., and Josephine Owoeye, O.D. Together, they provide comprehensive eye and vision exams for infants and children through age 15.  According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), one in five preschoolers in the United States has vision problems. If not diagnosed early, vision problems can lead to issues with development, school and sport performance, social interactions and self-esteem. Since a child’s vision can worsen over time, it’s essential that vision problems be addressed at a young age.

We offer comprehensive pediatric care along with other specialized services including:

  • Binocular Vision Evaluation
  • Sports Vision Training
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Evaluation
  • Visual Processing Evaluation
  • Vision Therapy

 

LOW VISION AND VISION REHABILITATION

During your exam, Ben Konig, O.D., will evaluate color vision, reading capability and speed, fixation and fixation stability to obtain a clear picture of your vision. He’ll demonstrate handheld magnifiers, stand magnifiers and handheld telescopes to assist you with your low vision. Dr. Konig will also provide you with educational material to help you better understand your needs and introduce you to the Kentucky Talking Library and the Blind Services Division of Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

SURGICAL PROCEDURES

In Kentucky, optometrists are equipped to provide the fullest scope of practice.  This includes offering both laser procedures and office-based surgical procedures. At KYCO, we offer YAG capsulotomy, selective laser trabeculctomy (SLT) and laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI). Office-based surgical procedures include lump and bump removal and chalazion extraction. Katherine Dronka, O.D., performs surgical procedures using the cutting-edge method of radiofrequency, which uses radio waves to vaporize the tissue and leaves a scar-free surface. If you suffer from chalazias, these lesions can be drained in-office to provide cosmetic and functional benefits.

ADVANCED CORNEA CARE

We provide services for those in need of enhanced vision correction with the use of custom and medically necessary contact lens designs. Renee Reeder, O.D., provides specialty lens fitting and care for multiple conditions. Our lens offering includes:

  • Hybrids
  • Gas Permeable
  • Piggybacks
  • Sclerals
  • Specialty soft contact lenses

Dr. Reeder also provides evaluations for ocular surface disease and dry eye care. Using advanced technology, she treats such conditions as degenerations, inflammations and herpetic eye disease.

 

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Location and Hours

Kentucky College of Optometry
The Dr. Jerald F. Combs Eye Clinic
5th Floor Clinic Suite
810 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (606) 218-5540
Fax: (606) 218-5541

Clinic Hours
Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. (pediatrics patients only)
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


the Jerald C. Combs eye clinic at the Kentucky College of Optometry
optometry equipment in the foreground with professor standing in the background
optometry professor giving child an eye exam on campus
optometry student trying out new equipment in the optometry clinic on campus
optometry student trying out new equipment in the optometry clinic on campus
optometry students trying out new equipment in the optometry clinic on campus
optometry students trying out new equipment in the optometry clinic on campus
optometry student trying out new equipment in the optometry clinic on campus