At Kentucky Eye Institute, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality service, most compassionate care, and seamless transitions between healthcare settings. We will work tirelessly to earn your trust and confidence.
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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David L. Blandford, M.D.
Dr. Blandford has a distinguished career in medical and surgical eye care; with a special interest in cataract/implant surgery and refractive surgery.
Dr. Blandford, born in Kentucky, is married to Jeanette Kelly; they are the parents of Alexander, Ryan, and Kristen. Dr. Blandford received his B.S. degree with distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 1981. He received his M.D. degree with distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1989. Dr. Blandford completed his Ophthalmic Residency at the University of Kentucky in 1994. Between medical school and residency, Dr. Blandford did a Research Fellowship year, which began his career in clinical research in Ophthalmology.
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.
William J. Curtis, M.D.
Dr. Curtis has been in practice with KEI since 1995, and has since been consistently named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumer Research Council of America.
Dr. Bill Curtis was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his medical degree in 1988 from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He was then placed on active military duty and stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he completed his internship.
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.
Johannes C. Evans, M.D.
Dr. Evans specializes in cataract/implant and refractive (LASIK/PRK) surgeries, with special interest and training in the field of oculoplastics, or plastic surgery of the eyelids.
Dr. Evans received his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1978. In 1986, he completed medical school in Austria, following in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Evans returned to Washington, D.C. to continue his training as an ophthalmology resident at the prestigious Center for Sight at Georgetown University Medical Center, where his father has been the chairman of the Ophthalmology Department. He was named “Chief Resident” at the VA Hospital and D.C. General Hospital during his senior year. After his general ophthalmology training, Dr. Evans’ interest in the needs of his patients sent him to fellowship training in anterior segment surgery, with an emphasis on small incision “Rapid Recovery Micro Cataract Surgery.” This fellowship was completed through the Kentucky Eye Institute.
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.
Bryant C. Evans, O.D.
Dr. Bryant Evans practices primary care optometry and is trained in using specialty contact lens to help treat a variety of medical conditions.
After receiving his Bachelor in Science degree in Business Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH in June 2009, Dr. Bryant Evans went on to receive his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in June 2014.
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.
Paul Karpecki, O.D.
Dr. Karpecki has been a leader and pioneer in the field of Dry Eye Disease, for more than 20 years.
Paul M. Karpecki, OD, FAAO, received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery in Kansas City in affiliation with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, now Salus University. He currently serves as Clinical Director, Advanced Ocular Surface Disease at Kentucky Eye Institute in Lexington KY.
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.
Todd McGeorge, O.D.
Dr. McGeorge is a member of the Kentucky Optometric Association and has been a member of the American Optometric Association for 25 years.
Dr. Todd McGeorge was born and raised in Hopewell, VA until the age of 4. His family then moved to Bell County in Kentucky, where he has remained since that time.
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.
Richard Drayer, O.D.
Dr. Drayer completed his undergraduate education and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.
After receiving a Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, he opened a private practice. He is therapeutically certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease and practices in Versailles, KY. He joined Kentucky Eye Institute in 2017.
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.
Peter J. Blackburn, M.D.
Dr. Blackburn has a special interest in patients with ocular tumors, retinopathy of prematurity, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and uveitis.
Dr. Peter Blackburn graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver medical school in 1997. Subsequently, he completed a year internship in internal medicine at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton Ohio in 1998 and finished his ophthalmology residency at the Rocky Mountain Lion’s Eye Institute at the University of Colorado in 2001. He then went on to complete a retina and vitreous fellowship at the University of Kentucky in 2003. Dr. Blackburn is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
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.
Claire Fraser, M.D.
Dr. Fraser’s clinical interests include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and epiretinal membrane.
Claire Fraser graduated from Princeton University, and earned medical and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Weill Cornell Medical College and Rockefeller University. She completed her residency in Ophthalmology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, and a fellowship in VitreoRetinal Surgery at the University of Kentucky and Retina Associates of Kentucky. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Her clinical interests include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal vascular diseases, uveitis, trauma, and retinal detachment.
Mark E. Kleinman, M.D.
Dr. Kleinman specializes in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, uveitis and is also actively involved in clinical trials for eye disease treatments.
Dr. Kleinman graduated from medical school at New York University and completed an Ophthalmology residency and a two-year subspecialty fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at the University of Kentucky. He is the Director of the Ocular Electrophysiology Service and specializes in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and uveitis.
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.
Andrew Pearson, M.D.
Dr. Pearson specializes in diseases that affect the back of the eye, such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Dr. Pearson graduated from medical school at the University of Cincinnati, completed an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky and a two-year subspecialty fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at Duke University.
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.
Daniel Moore, M.D.
Dr. Daniel Moore completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Dr. Daniel Moore received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He went on to receive fellowship training in glaucoma at Duke University. He has been practicing at the University of Kentucky since 2013, and provides services at the Kentucky Eye Institute’s Lexington Location since 2017. Dr. Moore is a board certified Ophthalmologist.
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.
Peter Timoney, M.D.
Dr. Peter Timoney is the recipient of multiple ophthalmology and research awards and has contributed to numerous presentations, research projects and publications.
Dr. Peter Timoney earned his medical degree at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He completed his residency at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. His two-year ASOPRS oculoplastics fellowship was completed at Indiana University in Indianapolis and he currently serves as Director of Oculofacial Plastic & Orbital Surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky. His clinical interests are in the areas of congenital eyelid and orbital disorders, trauma to the orbital area, oculoplastic reconstruction, orbital tumor, droopy and malpositioned eyelids, and tearing / lacrimal outflow issues.
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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