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Kentucky College of Optometry
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
UPIKE’s Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) is the only program in Kentucky to offer the doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree.
Kentucky is one of three states in the nation to allow optometrists to perform in-office laser eye procedures, inject medications into eyes and remove “lumps and bumps” around the eyes. Uniquely, all of these procedures are part of the curriculum and clinical practice at KYCO.
Outstanding faculty and a wide range of clinical experiences mean that you will be part of an excellent healthcare team during your time in the program.
University of Pikeville (UPIKE) leadership recently traveled to Livonia, Mich., a Detroit suburb, to host the first UPIKE Alumni and Friends dinner event in Michigan. President Burton J. Webb and First Lady Kay Webb welcomed UPIKE and Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) alumni and friends to an intimate dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. President […]
New Jersey native Hunter Smith has always been interested in being of service to others. Soon the second-year University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) student will be taking that service to a whole new level. Thanks in part to his earning a full-ride scholarship through the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship […]
Each year, VSP Global® selects a Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) student to receive its $5,000 Vision of Hope Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an excelling first-year student who intends to practice in rural Appalachia. This year’s recipient, Alexus Cline, KYCO Class of 2025, is from Honaker, Va. Cline was selected by a scholarship […]