Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Online Eyewear: Deal or No Deal?

Buying eyeglasses online may seem like a really cool, money-saving idea at first, but too often patients come to us with their sad tales of woe about problems with online eyewear.  And, quite frankly, it's no surprise to us!

In fact, the American Optometric Association (AOA) warns that the consequences of making an incorrect or uninformed purchase could cost patients more time and money in the long run. 
An AOA study published in 2011 with the Optical Laboratories Association and The Vision Council reinforces the drawbacks of online orders. The study concluded:
·        Of 200 glasses ordered online, only 154 pairs were received;
·        44.8 percent had incorrect prescriptions or safety issues;
·        29 percent had at least one lens fail to meet required prescription;
·        19 percent of adult lenses failed impact resistance testing; and,
·        25 percent of children's lenses failed impact resistance testing.

A few things that online buyers failed to consider were things like the fit and material of the eyeglass frames.  Are they the correct size and shape to fit my face? Are the lenses perfectly aligned with the center of each of my eyes?  Is the nose piece the best for shape of the bridge of my nose? Do they fit correctly over my ears?      

And just as important, what are the retailer's policies on purchases?

·         Returns: What is the website's return policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase? How will the website deal with issues of prescription inaccuracies or other mistakes (wrong lenses coatings, wrong color, etc)? 
·         Warrantees: Does the online retailer offers protection against lens scratching, how long this may be covered and what needs to be done to replace scratched lenses. How long is the frame warranty? What about children's frames?
·         Shipping: The cost and timeliness of shipments varies. Who pays for shipping returns?
·         Pricing: Are protective eyeglass cases and cleaning cloths included, or are they "extras" added to the cost? Insurance: Some websites do not accept vision insurance. If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), check to see what's required to accept this as payment.
·         Maintenance: Some websites provide a contact for this and may offer online tips for minor adjustments, but it might mean shipping your glasses away and being without them until the service is completed and they are returned.

Yes, cheap prices can be attractive, but it's the "seeing" part that is usually the reason for getting the glasses in the first place. And if the eyewear isn't comfortable, it may tend to drive you nuts.

Hello?  Did I just hear someone say, "buyer beware"?
One thing do I hear a lot from people who purchased eyewear on line starts out something like this:  “Doc I got a great deal on these glasses plus I got an extra pair free…they were cheap as dirt, everyone says they look terrific on me and everything,  but the only problem is that I am having trouble seeing.”

It has been my experience over the years, the better the “deal” you got on your glasses on line, the more times you will likely come to see me to fix a problem. 

One thing is for sure, when you pass by our Optical Department,  prescription in hand on the way to the internet, that can be where and when the bulk of problems begin.

First of all, the internet optician doesn't have your face in front of him/ her so there's no way to tell whether or not the frames actually fit your face. Or if the lenses meet the appropriate center of both your eyes. Since they can't recommend the correct lenses or features that match your specific needs, there will likely be a problem with how you see with your new glasses. 

When you purchase your glasses from our Optical Department after your exam and we have diagnosed your specific vision problems, we can literally walk you over one of our opticians and recommend exactly what you need to make your new eyewear perfect for you.

Where we shine at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute is in our commitment to making things right. If you are having problems with glasses you purchased from us, please let us help you by doing what it takes to help you see the best that you can possibly see.

 - Dr. Chris Stroud

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How to give LASIK for Christmas

Lots of people think that the most fun about Christmas presents is the surprise element. That's the whole reason we wrap them, shake them, try to guess what's in them.
So if you'd like to really surprise a special someone on your list, we have a suggestion for a gift that can give them pleasure for a lifetime!
This Christmas give someone you love the gift of LASIK. We offer a LASIK gift certificate that includes a Holiday gift bag and card that's ready to put under the Christmas Tree!
We make it easy for gift givers with three special no-interest finance plans that make giving LASIK for Christmas affordable for you. And here's another Christmas bonus - we have a 20% discount coupon on our website that you can use for you LASIK Christmas gift!
Call (502) 897-1604 or come in for complete details from one of our Santa's helpers.
Angie received the gift of LASIK for Christmas. She says having LASIK at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute is one of the best things she has ever done! Listen to her story about how she received LASIK for Christmas.

For more information about LASIK visit our website at www.kobykarp.com or give us a call at 502-897-1604.

Friday, September 18, 2015

What I Like Most About LASIK Surgery


There's no question that LASIK surgery is now better than ever. Due to the newest innovations that improve the accuracy of the laser, the precision in removing microscopic layers of the cornea has made advances even better to improve visual outcome. That's the technical part that I appreciate.

But on the personal side, what I mostly enjoy is my patient's reaction to being able to see so well for the first time in a long time, or better yet, the first time ever!

And I love the ease and convenience for patients because of the very short time it takes to complete the procedure. Usually it's as little as ten minutes per eye!

Of course I also enjoy experiencing the reactions of my patients during the follow-up visits. The stories they tell, the elation and enthusiasm they demonstrate. It dramatically changes their lives.

As a physician, healing and helping people carries the special rewards of human interaction and sincere appreciation. Those can make for a very pleasing and most satisfying end of the day for me.

Yes, LASIK surgery truly is one of the wonders of modern medical eye treatment. For me, it's a way I can help change lives for the better and add a new dimension to peoples' outlook on life. It makes them feel good and makes their lives easier.

I love just about everything LASIK. I love performing the procedure, understanding and appreciating its intricacies and I enjoy my patients' reactions. LASIK never gets old, never seems routine. It is truly a miracle of modern medicine.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Most advanced cataract surgery

How laser makes it even better

Over the last few years there has been an innovation in the use of lasers during cataract surgery. To understand how this changes surgery you must first understand non-laser cataract surgery.


The first step is to make a few small incisions with a blade so that the surgeons can work inside the eye on the cataract.
Next the surgeon must make a circular hole in the natural “bag” that holds the lens, while leaving the “bag” there for later use. Currently a skilled surgeon can use an instrument to make this small circular opening so that the lens can be manipulated during surgery.
Lastly the lens with cataracts must be broken up with an ultrasound machine and removed.


On the first step, the laser can actually make the incisions needed to perform the surgery with precision that can not be obtained with a blade.
The second step is where the laser starts to make the biggest change. Even the most skilled surgeons in the world have a hard time making a perfectly circular opening in the “bag”, whereas a computer assisted laser can make a perfect circle every time. This precision makes the implant stay more centered as the healing process progresses.
Where we think the largest benefit come from is the breaking up of the cataract. The laser can cut the lens into small pieces before any instrument is even inserted into the eye. This causes the surgeon to use less ultrasound energy INSIDE the eye while removing the cataract. Studies are being done now to show how using less energy in the eye may cause less post-surgery complications.
Because our doctors at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute like to keep up with the latest technology we are currently researching the leading laser systems so that we can provide the best possible care to our patients.
If you are interested in learning more about laser assisted cataract surgery, make an appointment to see one of our surgeons for a consultation at (502) 897-1604.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Koby Karp mobile website for your smarty-pants phone

Amazing, isn't it? This smart phone actually took its own 'selfie" of itself taking a selfie! We're not going to tell you how it did it, but suffice it to say, it is one of the smarter smart phones available.
All that was done to draw your attention to the fact that Koby Karp has its new mobile site up and running. So now you can get an easy-to-use version of our new website on your smart phone. You see, we know that more people are using smartphones to do internet searches that ever before. But that's not all…
We also have a very active Facebook page, a Youtube page, a Twitter site and a Google+ page …all the hipster Social stuff that you couldn't possibly live without. And we know that you are using your smart phone for these things, too!
One thing even better than all that is that Koby Karp continues to deliver the best in eye care, the latest techniques in LASIK and cataract surgery, expert comprehensive eye exams and all the newest treatments for glaucoma, dry eye and many other eye conditions. Please visit our new website to learn more….www.doctorseyeinstitute.net.

One more thing about the smart phone in the picture. Now that it has learned to take its own "selfies", it really thinks it is a smarty-pants. And yes, you guessed it, they are square pants. Class dismissed.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Volunteering for Remote Area Medical

In Optometry school I went on a trip with some of our classmates to Guanajuato, Mexico and did a weeklong vision clinic.  The state government in Mexico put us up in a hotel and bussed people in from all over the state.  There were stories of people walking 3 hours to the bus stop so they could take a 4 hour bus ride to come to our clinic for free services.  I don’t remember the exact number, but I believe we saw a little over 2500 people that week.  It amazes me to this day the lengths people went to just so we could give them an eye exam.

Last year I was thinking about that experience and trying to figure out how to do something similar.  With 2 small children, full time job, etc. I could never figure out how to get away long enough to help those who need it in a foreign country.

As I was searching around for an opportunity that would work, I stumbled on to the Remote Area Medical (RAM) website (www.ramusa.org) and watched a video about their founder and mission.  They not only do vision care, but dental, primary care, etc.  Unfortunately at that time there were no clinic dates that lined up with my schedule.

I had forgotten about it over the past year, then out of the blue it popped into my head to look into it again.  I saw that there is a clinic in Harrogate, TN which is a little over 3 hours from Louisville and knew that this was a time I could make it.  My wife (also an optometrist) and I will be headed down this weekend and volunteer our services to help some fellow Americans who need some help.
If you would like to learn more about Remote Area Medical head to www.ramusa.org/about/ and look into their goals.

If you are interested in the 60 Minutes report that sparked my interest go to https://vimeo.com/753559

If you would like to donate to Remote Are Medical go to http://ramusa.org/donate/

There is a clinic in the Lexington Convention Center November 7-8th if you are interested in volunteering, but not wanting to drive too far from Louisville.

Chris Stroud OD

Friday, May 29, 2015

School exams for kids in Kentucky

Over 15 years ago Kentucky lawmakers passed into law a requirement that all children entering the public school system (preschool, headstart, kindergarten, or transfer from another state) to have a comprehensive eye exam by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.  As you can imagine this sparked a fierce debate as opponents to the law tried to portray this as a money making scheme by doctors.

The reality of the situation is that up to 13% of children ages 0-5 have some sort of vision condition.  That number jumps to 25% after 5 years of age.  In studying early childhood development, the Kentucky General Assembly identified problems with vision as one of the major factors in limiting children’s abilities to learn and succeed.*

I know personally that as a parent you think you know everything there is to know about your child, but I cannot count how many parents stare blankly at me when I tell them about their child’s vision problems after telling me they are only here because the school made them have the exam. 

When the child can’t see some of the bigger letters and the parents are saying “come on, you know those letters,” it isn’t because they don’t KNOW the letters, it is because they can’t SEE the letters. 
At Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute we want to give you the most complete portrait of your child’s vision.

To learn about how our exam differs from the vision screening performed at the school or pediatrician office go to our website and see the process.  http://www.louisvillelaser.com/kids-club/#kidexam

Get a jump on getting your little one’s eyes examined and schedule an appointment by calling 897-1604 today!

Dr. Stroud

*Information from: http://www.kyeyes.org/morenews.cfm?news_id=174

Friday, May 15, 2015

What is Right to Sight?

Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute is the first ophthalmology practice in the region to develop a complete program that specifically focuses on the vision needs of senior citizens. We understand that seniors may have special needs concerning eye care. The Right to Sight program addresses all aspects of quality eye care including transportation, educational programs, and insurance processing. Right To Sight services are available in our facility, in local area nursing homes, senior care, and independent living facilities.

At Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute we offer complete eye examinations, treatment of all diseases of the eyes, and outpatient eye surgery, including cataract surgery with lens implantations.

Facility Visits

We extend our vision care services to senior care facilities and nursing homes, providing Eye Care Clinics that include vision evaluations, glaucoma screenings, yearly diabetic eye exams, dry eye evaluation, cataract screening, and even minor eye glass repairs. We also provide written medication prescriptions as needed and fill out Medicare and/or private insurance forms.  We are always happy to schedule service programs at the facility to talk about eye care related topics.

As a Right To Sight member, you are entitled to:

  • Free transportation for ambulatory patients
  • Medicare assignment
  • Free processing on all insurances
  • Emergency treatment
To become a Right To Sight Member, simply call us at 502.897.1604 or in Kentucky use our toll free number 1.800.777.4393.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Deals on Glasses

One of the more important things I do at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute is fix problems with peoples' glasses.  Most often they were bought elsewhere…from discounters and  even on line!   In any case, the most important thing is that I am here for our patients to help fix their eyewear problems, regardless of where the purchase was made.

Almost all these "fix-it" visits,  my favorites at least, start out something like this, “Doc I got a great deal on these glasses plus I got an extra pair free…they were cheap as dirt, everyone says they look terrific on me and everything,  but the only problem is that I am having trouble seeing.”

Yes, cheap prices can be attractive, but it's the "seeing" part that is usually the reason for getting the glasses in the first place. Hello?  Did someone just say, "buyer beware"?

It has been my experience over the years, the better the “deal” you got on your glasses, the more times you will likely come to see me to fix a problem.  These problems can pop up at any point along the process of fitting glasses to each individual patient.

Buying new eyewear is fairly simple process. The first part of the process is when you are actually being tested for the prescription at the office.  You know the drill…“Which is better… one better or two”.  That is very often the time when many errors can be introduced.  You see, there are checks and balances built in to the method of getting your prescription exactly correct, however, shocking as it may seem, none of us are perfect, so the patient and/or technician can sometimes introduce an error.

The next part is when you pass by our Optical Department, prescription in hand, and head for the discount optical store. That is when the bulk of problems begin.

Then, if the discount store optician isn't careful in taking the lens measurements and recommending the correct lenses or features that match your specific needs, there will likely be a problem with how you see with your new glasses. 

I have had so many patients come back to me and say how much trouble the optician at the discount eyewear store gave them when they returned because they were having problems with their glasses.
When you purchase your glasses from our Optical Department after your exam, I can diagnose your specific vision problems then literally walk you over one of our opticians and recommend exactly what you need to make you happy with your new glasses.

Where we shine at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute is in our commitment to making things right. If you are having problems right now with your glasses,  please do yourself a favor and let us help you by doing what it takes to help you see the best that you can possibly see.

Dr. Stroud

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eye allergies and itchy eyes.

Allergies in Louisville are like rain in Seattle. I recently read that Louisville was the top "Allergy Hot Spot" in America. This comes as no surprise to me, as I have been again this Spring treating itchy eyes for weeks now. But you might want to know about some ways that you can help reduce the amount your eyes itch.

So, here are some tips:

1) Don't sleep in your contacts! Yes you! If the pollen in the air is making your eyes itch, then trapping that pollen in your contact lens and never removing that from your eye is going to cause even more itching.

2) Actually rub your contacts to clean them when you remove them at night. You wouldn't soak your dishes in your sink over night and then put them away without scrubbing the grime off of them, would you? Rubbing the allergens off keeps them off of your eyes so you can start fresh the next day.

3) Try switching contact lens solutions. Some are better at removing allergens from contacts than others.

4) Change your brand of contacts. Daily Disposable contact lenses are FANTASTIC with allergic eyes.

5) Come in and see me. I am here to help you through the allergy season. Set up an appointment today to see what I can do to help you get through your itchy time. 
Just call (502) 897-1604.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Update on Keratoconus

     Keratoconus is a condition that causes thinning of the cornea that effects between 20-230 people per 100,000 in the population.  That is a wide range, but in our practice we see patients with this condition enough that I would call it a fairly common eye disease. 

     Keratoconus can vary from a small distortion that causes someone’s astigmatism to progressively get worse and change over time all the way to clouding the cornea so much that a corneal transplant may be required. 
     There are currently some studies being done on a process called collagen crosslinking that basically firms up the cornea a little to slow/stop the progression of the keratoconus. This is currently under study by the FDA and does not cure any distortions in the vision that have already occurred, this only slows/stops it from moving forward. 

     These distortions present a unique problem when trying to get clear vision with glasses, or even conventional soft contact lenses.  Because the distortion is on the very front part of the eye, a soft contact lens lays like a blanket on the distortion and does not give great vision most of the time.
The best way to see clearly with keratoconus is to wear a Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) or hybrid lens.  Hybrid lenses are RGP lenses in the center surrounded by a soft contact lens.  This soft attachment raises the RGP off of the cornea slightly to improve comfort while maintaining the visual acuity of the RGP.  It really does offer the best of both worlds, comfort of a soft lens with the vision of an RGP!
     I have fit a number of people in lenses that have improved vision and quality of life.  If you suffer from keratoconus and would like to discuss your options to try to get the clearest vision you can, please set up an appointment to come see me.  Please call 502-897-1604to set up an appointment for your specialty contact lens fitting.

Dr. Chris Stroud OD

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Why $695 LASIK can be bait and switch.

We'll tell you why $695 LASIK can be bait and switch. Once you know what it's all about you will be able to make an intelligent decision regarding whom you can trust to "customize your eyes".
First of all, the "$695"and "$495" guys almost always charge you more depending on how strong your prescription is. So, you would have to have near perfect vision to get advertised low price. And, if you had near perfect vision, you wouldn't be having LASIK in the first place!
That's why they can ask you to pay up to at least 2 thousand bucks per eye in a heartbeat. The worse your vision is, the more it is going to cost you.
At Koby Karp we don't do that. And we don't charge extra for one year follow up and meds like they do. What's more, at Koby Karp we use the latest laser vision correction equipment on every procedure. That means we don't have one price for old fashioned blade surgery and a different charge for upgrading to the latest laser technology.
Furthermore, Koby Karp LASIK pricing is well below the national average. But to make our LASIK surgery even more affordable, for a limited time, we are offering no interest financing in addition to our 20% off coupon that is available on our website. By the way, our evaluation consultation appointment is entirely free and with NO obligation. On top of all this, we won't high pressure you to buy an expensive "insurance" or "guarantee" program.
So, beware of the "$695" and "$495" come-on ads. Remember what grandma told you, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Call Koby Karp for a truly free, NO OBLIGATION consultation appointment (502) 897-1604. We think you'll be glad you did.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Are you 55+ and regret not having LASIK?

Perhaps you are over 50 years old and have thought about LASIK, laser vision correction, to reduce your need for contact lenses and glasses.

Maybe you were told that you are not really a good candidate for laser vision correction. Mild cataracts may be starting, you have too much astigmatism, farsightedness or  high myopia (nearsightedness); corneal problems are all relative reasons to steer away from LASIK.

You may be a good candidate for early cataract surgery. There might have been a good reason you didn't have LASIK surgery when you were younger but you still wish you could reduce your reliance on your glasses and contacts. You might be thinking that there’s nothing you can do: too old for LASIK and too young for cataract surgery.

People hear about cataracts and they think the procedure is only for elderly patients. Surgeons used to wait for the cataract to “ripen” before considering surgery. This usually means the vision is extremely impaired and the lens is dense, opaque and thick.

Decades ago, the risk of cataract surgery related to large incisions, sutures, implant problems and thus doctors would wait for some dramatic visual impairment before considering surgery. In the modern era of cataract surgery, the incisions are smaller, routinely needing no suture; the implants (intra-ocular lenses) are better and more accurate. The safety and accuracy of cataract surgery has improved to a level that the threshold for considering surgery has shifted earlier.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, most usually caused by aging, that can impair vision. More than half of all Americans age 65 and older have cataracts. Besides aging, other causes including injury, drugs such as cortisone or diuretics, diabetes, exposure to toxic substances, smoking, heavy alcohol use, diabetes ultraviolet light, or radiation and a family history of cataracts at a young age.

If there is visual impairment to limit the vision for activities of daily living, like driving at night due to glare, difficulty reading with the glasses and seeing television; then we can consider lens removal/cataract surgery using medical insurance coverage. The earliest symptoms of cataracts are often night glare, blurry or foggy vision, changes in the way you see color and contrast, difficulty driving at night and dramatic changes in glasses prescription.

Since our results in reducing need for glasses with cataract surgery have improved greatly in the past years, we have considered the same lens procedure for younger patients with strong glasses who aren’t good candidates for LASIK for some of the reasons mentioned at the top of the article. Some of these may be in their 50’s or 40’s. 

 More and more patients are choosing to go ahead with early cataract procedures. Insurance coverage will vary depending on the level of vision disability. Early lens procedure to reduce glasses with no real opacity will not be covered by insurance, but still patients are opting for these procedures. The costs are not too much more than laser procedures like LASIK. There is no exact time to do cataract surgery. Each patient is different and it is an individual choice.

Obviously, your best next step is to get good advice from an ophthalmologist. Call us to schedule an appointment at (502) 897-1604.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Is there such a thing as snow blindness? Yes, there truly is.

In fact, in the world of ophthalmology, it is known as Photokeratitis. It also may be referred to by several other terms including arc eye, welder's flash, bake eyes, corneal flash, niphablepsia,  or (if you don't like that one, how about)  keratoconjunctivitis photoelectrica. Say that next time you're hanging out with your friends and really impress them.

Now, while we're on the subject of snow blindness, are you one of those folks who can't wear plain old store-bought sunglasses because you need prescription eyewear? Then this would be the perfect time for you to visit our Optical Department and check out the special lenses we offer that can protect your eyes from  good ol' Photokeratitis.

DriveWear Lens - click to learn more
Transition® Lenses automatically darken in sunlight or high bright light conditions allowing you the convenience of having one pair of glasses for indoors and out no matter the weather.

DriveWear® Lenses are the first changeable polarized outdoor lens. They darken outside as well as behind a windshield. This lens reacts to all different outdoor weather and light conditions.

Xperio® Polarized Lenses eliminate all indirect reflection such as from water or snow, allowing greater depth perception and visual acuity. That's why sports enthusiasts like skiers and boaters absolutely love them.

We carry those super cool RayBan® and Panama Jack® sunglasses, too!

Come in to our Optical Department at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute and get the best for your eyes. You can also call for more info (502)893-0187.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Introducing a new partnership with Dr. Eugene Giles Sr. MD


 All of us here at Koby Karp Doctor’s Eye Institute are proud to partner with Dr. Eugene Giles Sr. MD to help him provide comprehensive healthcare at his Omni Medical Center located at 2746 Virginia Avenue, Louisville, KY 40211.


Services provided include:

-In house lab services with Electronic Interface to Quest Diagnostic Laboratory. Results from these tests are, in most cases, available the next business day, and automatically attached to your medical record to assure accuracy of reporting.

-Diabetic Education Classes and Eye Exams offered onsite each month.

-They also provide referrals to trusted professionals in a wide range of specialties. These referral relationships insure that a report is sent back to them and maintained in your centralized health record. They oversee, co-ordinate and monitor your care with these outside facilities. Dr. Stroud will be performing comprehensive eye health exams including diabetic evaluations at the Omni Medical Center and communicating any results to Dr. Giles office to better coordinate care.

By coming to their office once a month everyone involved is trying to make quality care easily available to all of his patients. If you are interested in seeing Dr. Stroud at the Omni Medical Center, contact Dr. Giles’ office at (502) 776-1177.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Why do new patients come to us?

Several days ago we had a roundtable discussion regarding the number of new patients we have attracted over the past three years. Looking over statistics, we were a little surprised to discover that we had seen as many as we had.

Eventually, the discussion led to the question, "what is actually causing these new patients to come to us?"
Obviously some of our regular patients recommend us to friends and family members. Every practice gets those type of referrals in addition to those that come from other doctors.

But what else was bringing them in? it was suggested that our TV advertising had to be at least a part of the reason we were seeing a lot of new pairs of eyes. Then someone else said that our Facebook page was reaching a lot of new people.  Another mentioned that both our terrific new website and mobile website could be helping our cause. Yet another said that having all those great testimonials on our YouTube page might be helping to convince site visitors to call for information about LASIK or Cataract surgery, eventually leading to appointments.
Then the comment was made that our new internet search engine marketing campaign could be responsible for bringing a lot of new folks to us.
Finally, someone (who will not be named here) piped up and said, "no, it's obvious that the reason we have so many new patients is "because our doctors are so handsome and exceedingly brilliant beyond compare that …" Before that person could finish (he/she) was summarily pelted with a barrage of paper wads and spitballs.
Now it is very likely true that all of the above suggestions are possible reasons why such a large number of new patients continue to come in our doors. But we are hopeful that word simply has gotten around about one big reason for which we have become well known.
And that reason is trust.
Trust that our doctors deliver the right answers in the form of effective treatments, viable solutions, the best advice, perfect prescriptions, thorough analysis and wise recommendations. It is the same trust that our past and current patients have had in the doctors and staff at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute for over 38 years.  And we hope that soon you, too will come to have that same trust in us.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Can I afford to have LASIK surgery?

Perhaps you have been thinking about having LASIK surgery but you are still a little hesitant. First, listen as Kristina tells you about her LASIK expereince at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute. She wore contact lenses for many years before making her decision. Kristina's comments may help steer you in the right direction.

Next question might be, "can I afford it?" We answer that one here.  
Ten percent down and $105 a month with NO interest. Can't be much simpler than that! Give us a call (502) 897-1604 to set up a free, no-obligation LASIK consultation!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Glaucoma Treatment in Louisville

The term "glaucoma" refers to a group of diseases, not a single disease. It is not easy to define the term precisely as it is not as simple as "high pressure" in the eye. The underlying problem is gradual death of nerve cells in the optic nerve or the at least the potential for this degeneration. This can lead to eventual loss of peripheral vision and finally, total blindness. Most forms of glaucoma are associated with high eye pressure. This pressure is measured as part of a complete eye examination. High eye pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma. It is currently the only risk factor for glaucoma which can be altered by treatment.

Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute specializes in Glaucoma treatment in the Louisville area. Whether you are experiencing Glaucoma symptoms or getting information for a relative or  friend, we have provided the information below to answer some of your questions.

Open angle glaucoma (OAG) is the more common category, or the 'garden variety' of glaucoma. This means that the iris cornea angle is open, and flow of fluid is not obstructed before reaching the "angle", where fluid leaves the chamber.

Narrow Angle Glaucoma (Acute Angle Closure and Angle Closure Glaucoma) is the other type of glaucoma. With this form of glaucoma, the angle where fluid is to leave the eye is blocked in some way by the iris edge.

Treatment of most glaucoma patients usually begins with eye drops. There are several commonly used drops, many are once or twice daily doses.

Some patients may be candidates for laser treatment to lower eye pressure. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a relatively recent advance in treatment of open-angle glaucoma. Drops can be altered based on effectiveness and side-effects; laser treatment can be used to lower pressure, and surgical treatment is another option for lowering of pressure.

More in depth information can be found on our website.

If you suspect that you may have glaucoma or have a family history of glaucoma, making an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam should be your next step.

Call Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute to set up an appointment if you are having any problems with your eyesight (502) 897-1604. Most likely, you'll be glad you did!

Friday, January 2, 2015

LASIK eye surgery Louisville

Koby Karp is the LASIK eye surgery leader in Louisville. In fact, we pioneered LASIK in the Kentuckiana area from its earliest beginnings. And today, we continue to deliver the LASIK eye surgery that people in Louisville and Southern Indiana love to talk about. 

Koby Karp not only provides outstanding LASIK eye surgery but we also include the extra follow up for one full year to assure you the most positive outcome in one package at no extra cost to you. And our no-interest financing plans and 20% off coupon make LASIK more affordable than ever! 

The LASIK experience at Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute is designed to make you comfortable and perfectly at ease through the entire, stress-free procedure.

Simply put, the Louisville LASIK eye surgery leader is Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute.

Please visit our website LASIK page for more info and a special 20% off coupon.  http://www.doctorseyeinstitute.net/