Paul Karpecki

Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO

Associate Professor

UPike College of Optometry/Kentucky Eye Institute


Dr. Paul Karpecki is Director of Cornea Services at Kentucky Eye Institute (in Lexington, KY), Gaddie Eye Centers (in Louisville, KY) and is now part of Retina Associates of Kentucky (in Lexington, KY) after completing a 1-year preceptorship in 2017. He is also Associate Professor at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry. Dr. Karpecki has moderated or chaired the Congressional Hearing on the Impact of Dry Eye Disease (July 2017), Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) Symposium (September 2016), the Dry Eye Summit (December 2014). He also served on the International Task Force on Dry eye, the TFOS DEWS II Diagnostic Methodology sub-committee and is a TFOS Global Ambassador. His clinical interests include dry eye, cornea and retinal disease including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He serves as a research investigator for numerous studies in these areas. He is the Chief Medical Editor for Review of Optometry. Dr. Karpecki has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications over 300 articles that have appeared in non-peer reviewed journals, as well as 7 book chapters. Selected as one of the 20 most influential in Optometry, he is a sought-after speaker who has given over 1000 invited lectures. Dr. Karpecki earned his Optometry degree from Indiana University (graduating with Honors and Beta Sigma Kappa). Following graduation, he went on to complete a Durrie Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Hunkeler Eye Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri, in affiliation with Pennsylvania College of Ophthalmology.


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