LEXINGTON, Ky., March 12, 2017 — The EOP-designed UK Advanced Eye Care, the College of Ophthalmology, cut the ribbon on its new facility today. The Clinic now occupies the entire fourth and fifth floors of the new Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center across the street from UK’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The state-of-the-art clinic is the flagship for advanced ophthalmologic care, research and education in Kentucky.
The patient-centered facility is designed for ease of navigation and convenience. Patients park in the UK HealthCare parking garage and reach Shriners directly via pedway. The fourth and fifth floor entries open to spacious reception areas, and the fifth floor pediatric space includes a playroom for children and families.
With nearly double the number of exams rooms than in the previous clinic, more specialists can be available each day allowing care for a higher number of patients with shorter wait times. Other features include an optical shop, administrative offices for faculty and staff, dedicated teaching space for residents and medical students, a surgical skills lab and a medical library.
The UK Eye Research program was recently boosted by the contribution of advanced pediatric electroretinogram equipment allowing full evaluation of children with unexplained vision loss without sedation, providing better understanding of genetic eye diseases for both research and clinical care.
“The University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has a long-standing commitment to world-class biomedical research, contributing to several major scientific discoveries and medical advances in the past few decades,” said Dr. Mark Kleinman, assistant professor in the UK Department of Ophthalmology. “We continue to build on these important and exciting research programs to improve our abilities to cure blindness and provide the most cutting-edge eye care.”
From left: UK’s Jennifer Christmann, Murray Clark and Angela Powell, EOP principal Chris Estes, Messer’s Mark Richardson, EOP associate Daniel Ware and Messer’s Felix Spittler.