March 2013: KU Eye Center opening optical shop and clinic on campus
KU Eye Center’s second full-service optical shop and two-exam room clinic opens March 15th. Located in Miller Suite 1011, it is cleverly named the KU Eye Center-Miller Clinic.
KU Optical accepts VSP, Superior Vision plans and Kansas Medicaid. For those who do not have those insurance plans, KU Optical offers a 15% discount. There is also a 30% discount for The University of Kansas Hospital, The University of Kansas Physicians and the University of Kansas Medical Center employees who have already used their insurance allowance or do not use insurance. Tip: A spare pair of glasses is always a good idea, so you could purchase a second pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses at 30% off. For those who don’t wear a prescription, we sell non-prescription frames and lenses too.
A valid prescription (no older than one year) is required to order prescription glasses or contact lenses.
In addition to shopping for eyeglasses and contact lenses, patients may schedule appointments with one of our two optometrists or an ophthalmologist specializing in cornea or oculoplastics. Routine eye exams, refractive eye exams, minor cosmetic procedures and evaluations for LASIK, cataracts and corneal transplants will be available.
LASIK evaluations are free and the same employees receive a 20% discount on the surgeon’s fees.
Located at 7400 State Line Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208, KU Eye Center will remain open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and KU Optical 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cosmetic evaluations for eyebrow, eyelid or face lift are also free of charge and a 10% employee discount on the surgeon’s fee for procedures is also offered. Botox® and Restylane® injections, laser resurfacing, and facial peels are just a few of the other cosmetic services available.
An open house is planned for Friday, April 26, 2013 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, call 913-588-6600.
August 2011: We are proud to announce that we have just had our second Heidelberg Spectralis Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner installed. Our new OCT scanner will be useful in diagnosing and treating retinal diseases and corneal diseases. It can also analyze the optic nerve, and is useful for patients with glaucoma and optic neuropathies. The Heidelberg Spectralis, seen below being used in the clinic, is one of the best systems available for performing OCT scanning.
Dr. Jen Spiegel, one of our ophthalmic residents, and former faculty R.C. Andrew Symons, MD, have published an article on the use of OCT in managing retinal disease in the September 2011 edition of the journal Retinal Physician.
John Sutphin, MD (left), on Nov. 20, 2009. was invested with a professorship by Luther Fry, MD, and his wife, Ardis Fry.
John Sutphin, MD, professor and chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, received the Luther and Ardis Fry Professor and Chair in Ophthalmology.
Sutphin is a nationally recognized leader in cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery. While serving in the U.S. Navy, including as chair of Ophthalmology at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego for seven years, he pioneered laser eye surgery for Navy Seals.
During 13 years as professor of ophthalmology and director of the cornea service at the University of Iowa, he introduced refractive surgery to the region and built one of the largest resident and fellow refractive clinics before retiring Emeritus in 2006.
Sutphin, who joined KUMC in December 2006, is a diplomate and director of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is known for leading-edge clinical research in ocular infectious diseases and confocal microscopy.
Luther Fry, MD, a 1967 KU School of Medicine graduate, is founder of Fry Eye Associates. He and his wife established the endowed fund for the professorship in 2003 and have continued adding to it. Since 2001, 36 endowed professorships have been created for KUMC faculty.
Full article can be found in the CenterExpress Publication at: http://www2.kumc.edu/publications/centerexpress/120309.pdf
November 2009: Above, Ernie Young, Lions Club Past International Director, Kansas Lions Sight Foundation (KLSF), and Lions Liaison to KU Eye, delivers their most recent donation of $40,000.00 to John Sutphin, M.D., Luther and Ardis Fry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. This generous donation will go to the KS Lions Eye Clinic and Research Center.
Our longstanding partnership with the Lions is genuinely treasured and not just for their reliable and incredible financial support but also for the awareness and promotion of understanding issues of blindness and vision in the larger community. With the Lions’ support, we can pursue and achieve our mutual priorities of continued research, furthering educational opportunities and, most importantly, better serve the people of the Great State of Kansas.
Above Back (left to right): Sonia Farthing, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar, Graduate Student Bliss Hartnett, Knights Templar Trustee B.J. Boyer. Front (left to right): R.C. Andrew Symons, M.D. and Knights Templar Grand Commander, Sir Knight Ronald E. (Ron) Farthing, Mt. Olivet #12.
July 2009: Dr. Symons received a $40,000.00 grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. The money is being used in Dr. Symons' research entitled, Genetic Control of Vaso-obliteratio in Mouse Oxygen Induced Retinopathy. Dr. Symons is working to discover the genes which make some mouse strains more likely than others to develop retinal blood vessel damage when exposed to high oxygen levels. The mouse model that he uses is very similar to the human disease Retinopathy of Prematurity, which is one of the major causes of severe visual impairment in children. Dr. Symons expects that this work will be relevant both to Retinopathy of Prematurity and to diabetic retinopathy.