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.

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

Dr. Stroud

*Information from:

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