|Artist’s rendering of Kentucky College of Optometry, Pikeville|
The University of Pikeville says it is about to open the nation’s largest optometric college in terms of floor space, the Kentucky College of Optometry.
“Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, vice president for optometric education and the college’s founding dean, said that, at 130,000 square feet, KYCO is the largest optometry college in the country,” Josh Little reports for the Appalachian News-Express in Pikeville. “The cost to build the college is $55 million, plus $9 million for equipment.”
Students at the college will perform optometric services for local residents, under the supervision of doctors of optometry. “Pikeville Medical Center will still continue to be the main provider in the area, but they only have two providers, so the care is in here,” Buzzelli said. “In the other schools around the country, care is all around the city, that’s not true here. … This will be for our specialty clinics, such as laser surgery.” He said The college will offer electrophysiological tests, which now require residents to travel to Lexington or Huntington, W.Va.
The university is already home to the School of Osteopathic Medicine.