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University of Kentucky Global Ophthalmology: UK GO

UK Global Ophthalmology (UK GO) is an innovative program that promotes equity in eye healthcare in Kentucky and internationally, through clinical service, education and research initiatives. UK GO has a bold vision for the future of eye health in Kentucky and for access to eye care abroad. Program founders Dr. Ana Bastos de Carvalho and Dr. Eric Higgins established UK GO in 2017 because of the desperate need for ophthalmic care they saw in underserved communities in Kentucky and beyond the Commonwealth.

“No one should suffer from avoidable blindness. That's why UK GO is fighting eye disease across the Commonwealth and beyond.” — Ana Bastos de Carvalho, UK GO Co-founder

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Resident & education fund

Education and research are at the core of UK Advanced Eye Care’s mission in the Commonwealth. From housing some of the best ophthalmologists in the field today, to one of the most distinguished residency and fellowship programs in the nation, education and research continue to propel us forward. Robust investments in education are essential as we tackle increasing demands in patient care, medical breakthroughs and treatments for eye disease.

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  • UK GO Programs

    UK GO is developing programs around clinical service, education, and research. Two inaugural programs are expected to have a direct impact on the people of Kentucky:

    The Appalachian Eye Network is a diabetic eye disease screening network to ensure that all Kentuckians with diabetes receive the sight-saving eye care they need.

    All Eyes on Appalachia is a program that will allow UK Healthcare professionals to provide free vision screenings and consultations to rural communities in the Commonwealth.

    Internationally, UK GO is partnering with academic and health institutions in Ecuador with the ultimate goal of aiding in the expansion of the country’s own eye care system.

    UK GO is just beginning, but has already garnered significant attention and support from local, state, and national leaders, as well as individual donors who recognize the importance and value of its work. If you would like to learn more about UK GO and how you can support its unique mission, please contact Ana Bastos de Carvalho at

  • Free eye care in rural Kentucky

    UK Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, in partnership with the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health and the Huffman & Huffman Clinic, held its first UK Global Ophthalmology service in Hazard.

    More than 20 clinical subspecialists, optometrists, community health workers, medical students, ophthalmic technicians, staff and administrators cared for more than 100 patients during an all-day free clinic.

    Patients received complete ophthalmic exams and eyeglasses free of charge. When necessary, follow-up appointments were booked with UK Advanced Eye Care or local providers.

    This event was the first in a series of outreach clinics that will be held throughout rural Kentucky in continued partnership with the CERH and Huffman & Huffman.

    Contact us

    If you would like to learn more about UK GO and how you can support its unique mission, please contact Ana Bastos de Carvalho at

    UK Global Ophthalmology’s goal is to ensure all Kentuckians have access to high-quality eye care. It is also developing a statewide telemedicine-based screening program for diabetic retinopathy, as well as a mobile eye clinic and other projects intended to meet the needs of communities in which high-quality eye care is currently scarce or unavailable.