News & Educational Events Overview

2018 Kansas EyeCon - information here!

KU Eye in the news:

Thankfully, it seems most paid attention and wore the correct eclipse glasses - symptoms to watch for, in case you did not can be found here, in which Mary Champion, MD, was interviewed.

Total Eclipse was Monday, August 21st - Click here to view an interview with Dr. W. Abraham White on making sure you have the right protection.

National Sunglasses' Day, June 27, 2017 - Dirck DeKeyser, OD was interviewed by KCTV 5 News - click here for PDF of article or here for link.

Congratulations, to our faculty, Martin Mainster, MD, for being selected as a leading innovator in the field of medical and surgical retina in Ocular Surface News (OSN) "Retina 150!"  The list, identified by OSN editors and publisher, is a compilation of specialists who either work to educate their colleagues or innovate by developing novel technologies and techniques to advance the specialty.  Click here for full article.

Tiny device and lots of teamwork save Olathe leukemia patient's sight - click here to read the whole article.

Physician payment data puts costly eye treatments under the microscope - click here to read the whole article.


SynergEYES News Update September 2013

KU Eye Center opening optical shop and clinic on KUMC campus

(March 2013) KU Eye Center's second full-service optical shop and two-exam room clinic opened 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.
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.  For more information or to contact the KU Eye Miller Clinic, please call 913-588-6688.

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.

KU researchers are making key discoveries that could prevent retinopathy

May 2012

A University of Kansas Medical Center retina specialist, working with a KU M.D.-Ph.D student, has made some important discoveries that could help more than 4.4 million people in the United States who suffer from diabetic retinopathy and other degenerative eye conditions.

Read the entire article here.

Second Heidelberg Spectralis Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scanner Installed

August 2011

Heidelberg SpectralisWe 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. R.C. Andrew Symons, our Director of Medical Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery, has a special interest in interpretation of OCT scans. He has presented on OCT scanning to the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Journal Club, and to the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses. Dr. Symons and one of our ophthalmic residents, Dr. Jen Spiegel, have recently published an article on the use of OCT in managing retinal disease in the journal Retinal Physician.

Ophthalmology professor receives endowed chair

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:

Lions Club Donates to KU Eye

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.

KU Eye Receives $40,000 Grant

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.

Last modified: May 03, 2018