Kentucky Eye Institute is comprised of ophthalmologists, primary care optometrists, and a dedicated supporting staff of roughly 50 employees. As one of the region’s premier eye care providers, we take great pride in caring for our patients. Please take a moment to get to know our doctors below.
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Dr. Blandford has a distinguished career in medical and surgical eye care. He has participated in over twenty-five medical papers and abstracts, and has also co-produced a medication delivery system for eye medications, which has been patented. This unique system has been used in the treatment of certain eye infections.
Dr. Blandford is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of many outstanding Pharmaceutical, Medical and Ophthalmic Associations.
Dr. Blandford practices ophthalmology with a special interest in cataract/implant surgery and refractive surgery.
Dr. Curtis was then selected as the Brigade Surgeon for the largest combat brigade in Europe, the First Brigade of the Third Armored Division. He was stationed in Germany for four years. He proudly served in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
Following his military service, Dr. Curtis returned to Washington, D.C., where he completed his Ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Center for Sight at Georgetown University. He was then chosen for a fellowship in advanced cataract surgery with Dr. William J. Collis of the Kentucky Eye Institute.
The Curtis family quickly fell in love with Kentucky. Dr. Curtis has been in practice with KEI since 1995. He specializes in cataract/implant surgery, and has been consistently named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumer Research Council of America. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Evans is a diplomat of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a member of: the AMA (American Medical Association), FCMA (Fayette County Medical Association), Lexington Academy of Ophthalmology and the KAEPS (Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons).
Dr. Evans specializes in cataract/implant and refractive (LASIK/PRK) surgeries. He also has a special interest and additional training in the field of oculoplastics or plastic surgery of the eyelids.
His professional associations include his memberships with the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA), the American Optometric Association (AOA), and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA), which he joined as a student and continues today.
He and his wife grew up in the Lexington/Georgetown area, and are happy to be back in Kentucky.
Dr. Bryant Evans joined Kentucky Eye Institute in August 2014.
Dr. Karpecki was appointed to the Delphi International Society at Wilmer-Johns Hopkins, which included the top 25 dry eye experts in the world and the National Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Committee to provide insights around dry eye and women. He also co-chaired the Dry Eye Summit for the profession, was a director in the CJO Optometric Dry Eye Guidelines for EyeCare, was recently selected for the DEWS II Diagnostic subcommittee and most recently appointed co-chair of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Symposium in 2016 taking place in Montpellier, France. He has over two decades experience in running some of the largest dedicated dry eye clinics in the United States.
A noted educator and author, Dr. Karpecki has provided over 1000 lectures at various meetings covering 4 continents. He has also authored over 1000 papers in journals, book chapters, clinical eblasts and newsletters.
He has previously served the following roles: President of the Optometric Cataract, Cornea and Refractive Society, Chairman of the AOA Topical Interest Group in Refractive Surgery, Co-Chair of the Integrated Eyecare delivery task force for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Chair of the Kentucky Education Committee, Chair of the American Optometric Association Continuing Education Committee, the AOA Congress Committee and Vice President of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.
He currently serves as the Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry, the most read journal in the profession, is director of clinical content and Chairs the New Technology and Treatment Conferences. He is also on the board for the charitable organization Optometry Giving Sight.
He is most proud of his faith, his wife Chandria and his three children including twin girls and a boy.
Dr. McGeorge received his undergraduate degree from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. He then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee where he obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1994.
After graduating from Optometry school, Dr. McGeorge returned to Bell County to provide quality eye care for the community within. He truly loves the area and has enjoyed making his home in Middlesboro.
Dr. McGeorge was in private practice for 15 years prior to joining Kentucky Eye Institute in January 2016. He is a member of the Kentucky Optometric Association and has been a member of the American Optometric Association for 25 years.
Faith and family are very important to Dr. McGeorge. He treasures spending time with his wife Carol and daughter Chloe, and is active in his local church. He enjoys golfing and fishing in his spare time.
In 2009, the Kentucky Optometric Association honored Dr. Drayer with the “Clifford C. Leadingham Optometrist of the Year” award as an acknowledgment of his many years of consistent dedication to his patients and profession. Furthermore, he has received the honor of being named “Young Optometrist of Year” by the Kentucky Optometric Association and received the “Business Person of the Year” award in 1997 from the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Drayer currently serves on the Woodford County Board of Health and as a board member of the Woodford County division of United Way of the Bluegrass. He is a member of the Kentucky Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
He is a proud husband, father, and grandfather.
After his training, he spent a year in private practice in Colorado before returning to the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology, where he has been since 2004.
Besides his patient responsibilities at UK and elsewhere, Dr. Blackburn also provides patient services as an independent contractor at Kentucky Eye Institute’s Corbin, Kentucky practice location and other KEI locations as needed. He has a special interest in patients with ocular tumors, retinopathy of prematurity, age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and uveitis.
Dr. Blackburn spent most of his formative years in Colorado. He enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Her clinical interests include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal vascular diseases, uveitis, trauma, and retinal detachment.
Dr. Kleinman is also actively involved in clinical trials for new treatments for eye diseases. At the University, he leads a basic science research program on retinal aging and inflammation and has published his work in revered journals such as New England Journal of Medicine and Nature.
Dr. Kleinman provides independent contractor retina services at Kentucky Eye Institute’s Lexington and Morehead practice locations and other KEI locations as needed.
He has been on the University of Kentucky faculty since 1994. Currently, he serves as Director of the Retina Service and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. He specializes in diseases that affect the back of the eye, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Dr. Pearson is part of a nationwide research team that is conducting large clinical trials on promising new treatments for diabetic eye disease.
Dr. Pearson provides independent contractor retina services at Kentucky Eye Institute’s Corbin, Kentucky practice location and other KEI locations as needed.
His interests are in the clinical and surgical management of glaucoma. He also participates in ongoing clinical research projects in glaucoma and other aspects of academic medicine. As the director of the ophthalmology residency program at UK, he is actively involved in education efforts.
Dr. Moore spent most of his childhood growing up nearby in Evansville, IN. He is a sports enthusiast and enjoys outdoor activities, exploring the Commonwealth and especially spending time with his family.
Dr. Timoney is a board certified ophthalmologist. He enjoys rowing, photography, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Andrea, and two children.
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