Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Lenses for Cataract Patients

Premium Intra-Ocular Lenses from Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute, now offer the multi-focal option. That means that now when you have cataract surgery, you have the option of choosing these innovative lenses that allow you to see near, far and in between. In fact, you may not ever have to wear glasses again! Watch this testimoninal from one of our patients who has these new multi-focal lenses. Click below to view.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dr. Smolyar says...

Dry Eye Syndrome is a common disorder that often occurs when the output of tear glands and lipid producing glands decline, negatively affecting tearfilm quality. The surface of the eye then develops areas of dryness which leads to symptoms such as discomfort, eye burning and intermittent blurry vision between eye blinks.

The surface of the eye is normally coated by a layer of tearfilm, which is composed of a mixture of tears , lipids and mucus. This tearfilm layer provides lubrication to the eye and ensures both comfort as well as visual stability. This is why disruption of tearfilm production leads to eye discomfort and decreased vision.

Dry Eye Syndrome is more common in women than in men and increases in incidence with age. It can be particularly bothersome in patients with autoimmune disorders - for example rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. It is also common in people with inflammation of eyelids known as blepharitis.

As ophthalmologists, we can look at the properties and the amount of tearfilm, detect eyelid inflammation and evaluate for signs of eye surface dryness using special stains. We successfully treat Dry Eye Syndrome using number of advanced medical approaches and procedures.

As is the case in many medical conditions, Dry Eye Syndrome is easier to manage when treatment is started early in the course of the disorder.

Call Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute if you are experiencing the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome and we will be glad to help you. Our phone number is (502) 897-1604.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dr.Hoffman says

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This is a good opportunity to emphasize some important points about Diabetes Mellitus and eye health. In our country, diabetes is the leading cause of visual impairment in working-age individuals. Many of you may already know this. Moreover, 60 percent of adults also realize that diabetes may be detectable through a comprehensive eye exam.

Among people who don’t wear optical corrections, like contact lenses or glasses, only about one-third of adults get regular comprehensive eye exams. A third of the 21 million Americans with Diabetes don’t know it, as they have not had regular medical exams with their primary doctors. Often during our comprehensive eye examination we uncover some suspicious symptoms or physical findings that lead to the initial diagnosis of diabetes. Certain symptoms such as intermittent focus difficulties which vary throughout the day, glare at night, distorted or blurred vision and sudden floaters can all point to diabetes.

We recommend annual eye exams, even with healthy eyes, in all patients over 60 years, all patients with diabetes, patients who use contact lenses and anyone with a significant family history of glaucoma. It is not unusual to discover diabetes during these examinations. It is particularly important to check yearly with pupil dilation for those patients who do have a diagnosis of diabetes. Diabetic Retinopathy can develop in the eyes very gradually and without any noticeable symptoms. Untreated this can lead to visual impairment or blindness, and it is much more successful with earlier treatment.

If you have diabetes, or haven’t had an eye exam in a while, consider calling your ophthalmologist today to schedule an appointment. The doctors of the Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute are available to see new patients. We specialize in comprehensive eye care. Call the Doctors Eye Institute at (502) 897-1604.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


DR. KARP SAYS: "We provide optical services right here in our offices because as long as you are in our care, we want to be certain that you see the best you can possibly see!

Our expert opticians will fill your prescription using the finest state-of-the-art lenses and coatings available as well as the latest fashion frames.

You can be sure that you will love your new eyewear from Doctors Optical because we guarantee your complete satisfaction."

LENSES Most people start with the frames but let me offer you a different perspective. Start by asking our optician to look at your prescription and recommend the lenses that will best accommodate your prescription. The lenses must fit your eyes as well as the frames fit your face.

COATINGS An anti-reflective coating can actually help you see better! It’s as simple as this: anti-reflective treatments allow more light to pass through lens material providing for better vision for you. More light...better vision.

Anti-reflective coatings are not a luxury, in fact, they are a necessity if you want to see the best you can see.

FRAMES Choose the size and shape of the frame that is most flattering to your facial features while taking into consideration the lenses that we recommend. Fashion and fit are the combination you’re looking for.

A SECOND PAIR Often a second pair of glasses can help you see better than your regular glasses in special circumstances – like seeing a computer screen, playing sports or engaging in hobbies requiring close up or even top-of–frame close up vision. So, a second pair can be your new best friend.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

LASIK Video Testimonials

Considering LASIK surgery? See what our patients have to say about their personal LASIK experiences at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute.

Click below to view individual testimonials...

Angie Chris Jill Jon Shawn

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ophthalmologist Louisville

Ophthalmologist Louisville is one of the most commonly used Google terms along with Ophthalmology Louisville. Those are the keywords lots of folks are typing in to find the best eye care information on the internet. At Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute we are happy to respond with a wealth of information on our website Click on it and see for yourself.

We have filled our new website with in-depth information, animated procedures and video links to make your Google search easy. And you can easily schedule an appointment or requst that we mail you even more information if you'll give us a call at 502-897-1604 or 1-800-777-4393.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dr. Smolyar named partner

Dr. Melvyn M. Koby, Dr. David W. Karp and Dr. R. Scott Hoffman are pleased to announce that Dr. Albert E. Smolyar, M.D. is now a full partner in the practice of Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute.

“Dr. Koby, Dr. Hoffman and I are pleased to have such a distinguished physician as a partner, colleague and associate in our practice. Dr. Smolyar brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise especially in the areas of cosmetic eye surgery and neuro-ophthalmology,” said Dr. Karp recently. “We are privileged to be associated with yet another outstanding eye surgeon.”

Dr. Smolyar joined Doctors Eye Institute in July 2006 having completed his residency in Ophthalmology at University of Louisville Hospital. In addition to general ophthalmology his experience includes most advance techniques cataract surgery, laser vision correction and surgery of eyelids. He is fellowship trained in Neuro- Ophthalmology.

Dr. Smolyar is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as well as the Kentucky Medical Association and the Jefferson County Medical Association.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

LASIK Eye Surgery

Laser Eye Surgery, also know as LASIK, is now better than ever thanks to new, even more precise methods and highly effeicient blade-free surgical equipment available to our eye surgeons.

Click here to go our website for a lot of great information about LASIK and the excellent outcomes that are a result of the new blade-free LASIK technology.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Eye Institute

People often use the search term "eye institute" when surfing the internet. Sometimes it's because they are searching for our website

What they may not know is that there is a very good reason that those words "eye institute" were selected to be a part of our name. You see, Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute is more than an Ophthalmology practice alone. It is also a center for ophthalmology research.

Our doctors have participated in clinical research for more than 30 years. They have helped develop many of the glaucoma medications currently prescribed for the treatment of glaucoma. Our involvement in clinical trials enables our doctors to provide patients with the newest and most predictable forms of treatment even before FDA approval. We have, for instance, been able to reduce the number of drips required to control intraocular pressures from as many as four to only one, by testing combination therapies and longer lasting medications.

Being a part of the research and development of better, more efficient ways to improve your vision is a most rewarding facet of Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute.

Doctors Eye Institute

Doctors Eye Institute is an often used search term that currently being used on the internet. We believe that Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute should be at the top of the list because we are one of the foremost Ophthalmology practices in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area specializing in LASIK and other refractive surgeries.

Furthermore, we were the first to radial keratotomy some consider to be the grandfather of today’s LASIK procedure. So, we have the experience and expertise to provide the LASIK at its best. Go to our website to learn more:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dry Eye Products

These are some of he latest prescription medicines for treating Dry Eye condition. Product website links are available at the bottom of this blog page or by clicking on the appropriate product picture or company logo.

RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion helps increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Chronic Dry Eye. RESTASIS® did not increase tear production in patients using topical steroid drops or tear duct plugs.

Bausch & Lomb Advanced Eye Relief™ Dry Eye Environmental Lubricant Eye Drops
Advanced Eye Relief Dry Eye Environmental Lubricant Eye Drops provide instant moisture for dry and irritated eyes. The fast-acting cooling and soothing effect eliminates eye discomfort. Dry Eye Environmental Drops provide relief from exposure to the wind or sun outdoors, air conditioning or low humidity indoors, or prolonged computer use can irritate eyes.

How Thera Tears can help
An 18-year research program, sponsored by the National Eye Institute, and directed by an eye physician focused on one goal: to develop a profound understanding of dry eye, and effective treatment. The result: a collection of treatment breakthroughs now available under the TheraTears brand .

Which Thera Tears is right for you?TheraTears brand provides a comprehensive, science-based solution to your dry eye problem.TheraTears brand includes a range of topical drops for dry eye, an omega-3 nutritional supplement for eye comfort, and a gentle & effective eyelid cleanser.

SYSTANE® ULTRA Lubricant Eye Drops offers high performance dry eye therapy with extended protection and immediate comfort.

SYSTANE® Preservative Free Lubricant Eye Drops, in convenient single-use vials, is recommended for dry eye patients with sensitive eyes.

SYSTANE® Lubricant Eye Drops helps protect your eyes from dry eye and keeps them lubricated throughout the day.

SYSTANE® NIGHTTIME Lubricant Eye Ointment offers overnight relief from the symptoms of dry eye, providing protection and comfort while you rest.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cataract Surgery Louisville

New breakthroughs in lens technology allow patients who have cataract surgery to choose a multi-focal lens instead of a single focus lens that often requires some patients to continue to wear glasses. The new multi-focal lenses, however, can often virtually eliminate the need for glasses.

Still other patients with multi-focal lenses will only need glasses when reading or doing close-up work.

This new multi-focal technology replaces the single-focus IOL’s (intraocular lenses) allowing for all ranges of vision: near, mid-range and distance.Drs. Melvyn Koby, David Karp, Scott Hoffman and Albert Smolyar are now making the multi-focal intraocular lenses available to their patients having cataract surgery.

Further good news is that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that they will now allow Medicare beneficiaries to choose these more expensive lenses as long as they pay for the extra cost themselves. Doctors and Medicare patients will have the freedom to select technology to treat cataracts that is consistent with the patient’s lifestyle.

Previously, the government paid most of the price of treatment, including surgery, insertion of a traditional intraocular lens, and one pair of eye glasses or contact lenses. Doctors were not allowed to exceed Medicare’s established price for the procedure or to ask patients to make up the difference for the multifocal lens. Medicare patients couldn’t pay extra for a better lens even if they wanted to. Now the rules have changed.
Cataract surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis using local or topical anesthesia. It is done when the patient’s daily visual needs require it.

During the procedure, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye. One method of cataract removal uses high frequency sound waves to gently break the cataract into tiny pieces. These pieces are then removed by delicate suction. Then the focusing power of the natural lens is restored by replacing it with a permanent intraocular lens implant.

There is more information plus video testimonials you cn find on our website by clicking

Medicare Patients

Further good news is that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that they will now allow Medicare beneficiaries to choose these more expensive lenses as long as they pay for the extra cost themselves. Doctors and Medicare patients will have the freedom to select technology to treat cataracts that is consistent with the patient’s lifestyle. Previously, the government paid most of the price of treatment, including surgery, insertion of a traditional intraocular lens, and one pair of eye glasses or contact lenses.

Doctors were not allowed to exceed Medicare’s established price for the procedure or to ask patients to make up the difference for the multifocal lens. Medicare patients couldn’t pay extra for a better lens even if they wanted to. Now the rules have changed.

You can read more about multifocal lenses on our website:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Points to remember regarding Laser Vision Correction

If you wear contact lenses, it will be necessary for you to stop wearing them prior to surgery so that your doctor can determine the correct amount of correction needed. Soft lens wearers must leave lenses out for 2 weeks prior to the first pre-op assessment. Rigid lens wearers must stop wearing lenses for 3 weeks prior to this first assessment.

The doctor needs 2 consistent assessments before determining the desired correction. We will look at the stability of your cornea by performing keratometry readings and corneal topography. We will also measure your refractive error with and without dilation.

These assessments are very important in the outcome of your laser procedure. Wearing glasses instead of contact lenses during this time can be inconvenient and uncomfortable for some patients but the results after laser surgery will make up for this short time.

If you are unwilling or unable to adhere to our guidelines for pre-op assessment, please feel free to discuss this with your doctor. We all want the best result for you.

If you have glasses, please bring them to the office with you. This may be helpful in determining refractive stability.

You will be given a copy of the informed consent for refractive surgery to read while you are waiting to see the doctor. Please discuss any questions or concerns with our staff or the doctor after you have read them.

We will also discuss the cost and payment options with you on the day of your evaluation.

We are excited about the wonderful results that we have seen after laser vision correction and look forward to providing you with the freedom of not wearing glasses or contact lenses.