Erica S. Ballard, OD

4.79 out of 5

Conditions

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Refractive Error - Glasses and Contact Lenses
  • Low Vision/Blindness

Procedures Performed

  • Diabetic Eye Exams
  • Acute/Urgent Eye Care
  • Plaquenil Eye Exams

About

I grew up in Manchester in Clay County in the southeast region of Kentucky. I attended Eastern Kentucky University and obtained a BS in pre-medical biology before setting off to Birmingham, Alabama for optometry school at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. After living in the big cities of Birmingham and Lexington (and Richmond was pretty big to me too!) I now live in Georgetown, KY with my husband.

Personal Statement

Growing up in Appalachia, I've always had a strong desire to serve others, especially those in the community I grew up in and around. Whether it's the middle school kid trying to see the board at school or the sweet grandmother struggling to thread her embroidery needle, our vision plays a huge role in everything that we do. Optometry, both in the Primary Eye Care and Low Vision clinics, has been an awesome way to meet people where they are and treat the whole person, not just a pair of eyes. I love getting to treat common (and not-so-common) eye conditions and supporting my patients through all phases of their ocular and systemic health. I hope to provide the small-town feeling of friendliness and support even in a busy setting like UK.

Outside of eyes, I love live music and vinyl record collecting and have been known to travel quite a distance for a good show. I love my mountains, my family, and my Kentucky Wildcats (with an honorable mention for my EKU Colonels and UAB Blazers). Food is also important to me, whether it's the dishes I cook with my husband at home, the variety of the Lexington and Georgetown food scene, or the hearty meals my family make when I return home to Clay County.

Faculty Rank

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Training & Education

Degree

University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry

Insurance Information

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Ratings & Reviews

4.79 out of 5
42 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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    Nurse and doctor were very good. Talked me through any changes in my eyes.

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    Not my primary eye doctor because I had to reschedule my annual visit, so not returning to her but would be willing

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    I really appreciated my nurse's explanation of what was happening as far as each step in her process. Even for things that she was pretty sure I already knew, she made sure to check in and at least give a basic overview of each process as it happened.

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    Dr. Ballard listened to my concerns and was very helpful to rectify the problem.

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    Dr Ballard was very professional and did a great job.
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      Effective communication and attention.
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      Dr. Ballard was incredibly patient and took time to explain everything. I had a great visit due to her and staff. Great doctor.
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      Dr Ballard was amazing! She was very thorough and patient. Asked if I had any questions and explained everything very well!
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      Same as my first response.
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      Dr Ballard was patient and thorough in dealing with my concerns despite the lateness of the hour. I very much appreciated it!
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      Excellent service, always concerned about my well-being, thank you all
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      Dr. Ballard is an excellent doctor.
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      The doctor was wonderful. Couldn't ask for a better doctor. Thank you.
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      Excellent stop often to make sure I understood
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      Yes everyone was very helpful to me and explain everything to me.
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      Dr. Ballard does an excellent job!
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      Excellent care by physician. I am confident and so very pleased to be a patient of Dr Ballard. I know I am fortunate.
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      I'm so happy I found this doctor! Excellent! Explain everything and asks if there are any questions or concerns and explained everything with clarity
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      Very professional
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      Just takes a while to get in
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      Listened attentively
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      She is fabulous and really makes me feel like she cares!
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      Very good
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      I have never had to wait that long for a routine eye exam w/out dilation.
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      No issues
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      Very nice people. No complaints there.
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      I enjoyed my eye care visit w/ Dr Ballard
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      My Dr is very patient
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      Dr.Ballard was caring, knowledgeable and really kind. Her exam was extremely thorough. Excellent doctor!!
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      Dr. Ballard exceeded my expectations with her kindness and willingness to listen
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      Excellent
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      Extraordinary care integrates with my experience at UK Sanders Brown and Baptist Healthcare. Thank you
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      Dr. Ballard did an amazing job! She had an amazing bedside manner and asked the right questions at the right time during the appointment. She should give a class on how she interacts with her patients!
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      Overall, I'm unimpressed with UK Opthamology
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      All good
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      My doctor visit was wonderful! She helped me resolve a problem that I'd been suffering with for years that other offices seemed to blow off. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
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      Good
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      Saw her for the first time last year and specifically wanted to see her again this year. Excellent experience.
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      Very good
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      Best Dr. We've probably ever seen. She was very patient and took as long as she needed to help with the issue, I'm sure she stayed late to help us
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      The care I received from everyone was excellent.
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      Dr. Ballard is outstanding. I specifically asked her if she was staying at the clinic. There have been some turn over there. I like my Doctors!