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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.
VSP Global announced that Morgan Rogers is the recipient of the 2020 VSP Vision of Hope Scholarship. The scholarship is funded by VSP and awarded annually by the Kentucky College of Optometry to one of its excelling, first-year students who intends to practice in the rural Appalachian region. Rogers received $5,000 toward her education. “Attending […]
For the third consecutive year, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) hosted a summer camp aimed at providing pre-health and pre-optometry majors an introduction to the profession of optometry. The camp’s goal is to introduce an optometry school experience, help students understand the application process and map out an individualized pre-optometry preparation plan, […]
Two University of Pikeville–Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) graduates have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic during their residencies. Soon after COVID-19 cases began spiking in the U.S., Rachel Willimann, D.O., a third-year pediatric resident working at Nassau University Medical Center in New York, and Nate Hensler, D.O., a second-year family […]