About Us

In 1970, William J. Collis, M.D. founded what is now Kentucky Eye Institute.  Dr. Collis returned to his central Kentucky roots after completing a residency in neurology at Cleveland Clinic and the National Institute of Health, an ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and both neuro-ophthalmology and retinal fellowships.

In 1973, the practice was first incorporated under the name, William J. Collis, P.S.C.  From that point on, the practice began to grow dramatically.  From the first satellite office in Winchester, Kentucky, the practice quickly spread to Corbin, followed by Morehead and Mt. Sterling almost simultaneously.  In 1997, William J. Collis, P.S.C. became the Kentucky Institute for Eye Health and Surgery, P.S.C., doing business under the name of Kentucky Eye Institute.

The word has spread.  Today, KEI has a comprehensive staff of well trained subspecialty and comprehensive ophthalmologists, primary care optometrists, and a dedicated supporting staff of about 85 employees.  Our twelve practice locations are easily accessible to most patients residing in central, eastern, southern, and northern Kentucky.  Our logo has become readily recognizable inside and outside the eye care community in Kentucky and nationally.

KEI services are provided in the following Kentucky communities:

We are here to help. You will find Kentucky Eye Institute is unique because of our specialized physicians, primary care optometrists, well-trained staff, state-of-the-art equipment and convenient offices. We strive to provide the highest quality of eye care in a way that insures your comfort and peace of mind. This web site will tell you the kinds of services you can expect from us, the eye procedures we perform and about our doctors.

You can expect...

  • complete eye care using current techniques and equipment
  • understandable and complete answers to your questions about your medical problem and its treatment
  • filing of your insurance forms and help with any problems that relate to your insurance claim
  • privacy and confidentiality
  • no discrimination with regard to your race, sex, religion, national origin, or disability


We are "on call" for emergencies 24 hours a day. If you need us when our offices are closed, just call (859) 335-7396 or (888) 789-5177. Leave a message and someone trained to help with your specific problem will return your call promptly.

Making an Appointment

You will find easy access to all our offices. So you don't have to travel long distances for eye care, we have offices in Central, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Kentucky. Each has free parking close by and all are wheelchair accessible. Making an appointment is simple. Call the office nearest to you anytime Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you must cancel, please call us as soon as possible so that we may use your time to serve another patient.


Kentucky Eye Institute (KEI) participates with and files claims for numerous medical insurance products (including Medicare and Medicaid). The list is subject to change, and is currently too lengthy to include here. Additionally, because of different credentialing requirements, not all KEI practice locations accept all the same insurance products. Please inquire if your medical insurance is accepted at the office in which you schedule your appointment. 


Kentucky Eye Institute is comprised of both ophthalmologists and primary care optometrists. We invite you to read about our doctors on this website and explore the vast experience we possess as one of the region’s premier eye care providers. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


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You will find easy access to all our office locations. You don't have to travel long distances for eye care; we have offices in Central, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Kentucky.