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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 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.
Twenty students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) officially became student fellows of the American College of Optometry (AAO) during a recent pinning ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pikeville. Yousef Pippin, president of KYCO’s AAO student chapter; Katherine D. Dronka, O.D., ABCMO, FAAO, assistant professor of optometry; and Eilene Kinzer, […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) held its White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The event was held in Booth Auditorium on UPIKE’s campus. The White Coat Ceremony is symbolic within the health professions, reflecting a commitment to patient care. After two years of a rigorous […]
Jeremy Penn, a member of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) inaugural Class of 2020, hails from a small town in northeast Ohio about the size of Pikeville, Ky. His family is in the auto-body business; Penn will be the first doctor in the family. Penn, KYCO’s 2018-2019 Student Government Association president, began earning […]