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 eyeglasses and contact lens prescriptions and accepts Medicaid as well as a variety of other vision plans. 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 eyeglasses or contact lenses, call (606) 218-5542.

We are staffed with highly trained pediatric optometrists. 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

During your exam, Faculty optometrists, 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. The Low Vision service 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.

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 trabeculoplasty (SLT) and laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI). Office-based surgical procedures include lump and bump removal and chalazion(stye) extraction. Faculty optometrists, perform surgical procedures using the cutting-edge method of radio-frequency, 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.

The faculty in the ACC clinic are all residency trained in advanced cornea and contact lens management. We provide evaluation and management of cornea and ocular surface diseases such as dry eye. Using advanced technology, we manage such conditions as degenerations, dystrophies, inflammations and herpetic eye disease.  We also offer advanced ocular surface treatment options in the form of both IPL and Lipiflow. 

In addition, we provide services for those in need of enhanced vision correction with the use of custom and medically necessary contact lens designs. We also provide multiple options for children with myopia or nearsightedness. 

We currently offer: 

  • Myopia management options 
  • OrthoK 
  • Atropine 
  • Multifocal contact lenses 
  • Specialty lenses for patients with irregular corneas and high prescriptions 
  • Sclerals 
  • Gas Permeable 
  • Piggybacks 
  • Hybrids 
  • Specialty soft contact lenses 

 We also offer cleaning services for ocular prostheses. 

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Your Faculty

Samantha Myers OD, FAAO
Dr. Myers graduated with honors from Salus University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  She also completed her contact lens residency at PCO before joining the faculty at KYCO in 2019.  She currently is the course director for Contact Lens 1.  She also lectures in the advanced contact lens course in myopia management and hybrids.  She has presented contact lens and cornea cases at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, the American Academy of Optometry Meeting, and Southeastern Educational Congress of Optometry Meeting. 

Renee Reeder OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FSLS, FIACLE, AAO Diplomate in Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies
Dr. Reeder brings 25 years of experience in cornea and contact lens management to KYCO.  Dr. Reeder has been recognized for both her fitting and teaching expertise in the field.  She was the 2018 GPLI practitioner of the year, the 2018 AOA Contact Lens Achievement Award winner and the 2020 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for the Americas.  She is the course director for Contact Lens 2 and has numerous publications and presentations on a variety of contact lens and cornea topics. Dr. Reeder is passionate about corneal disease and complex contact lens fitting. 

Jessica Walter, OD
Dr. Walter graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.  She went on to complete a cornea and contact lens residency at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.  While there, she was active in scleral lens research and has presented at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She has also been an invited speaker for the STAPLE program which educates optometry students on the fitting and management of toric and multifocal lenses.  Dr. Walter worked in private practice and was a part-time instructor at the New England College of Optometry before joining KYCO full-time in 2020.   


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.


Important Information

Patient Bill of Rights

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