Erica S. Ballard, OD

4.81 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

4.81 out of 5
46 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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    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!
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      Erica is awesome. She takes time to answer questions during my exam and is very thorough.
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      I have grown to really like UK health care
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      Excelente
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      My doctor and her assistant were efficient and caring. I was apprehensive. Aging is a new experience and is challenging. I was relieved to be in UK. My previous Ophthalmologist has retired. This was reassuring. Thank you!
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      Good
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      Care provider was very easy to talk to and she easy to understand answers.
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      Dr. Ballard was thorough, knowledgeable, and spproachable
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      Will be telling all family and friends about the quick and great service
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      Very thorough and attentive to all details. Also very considerate and very nice.
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      I have high hopes for the addition of the toric lens and bifocals in both eyes. I am currently doing monovision.
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      Good.
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      Just surprised that a refraction exam wasn't done. Only realized that later. Return to ask the desk person. She sent a message to Dr. Ballard and the reply was it was not needed. I will ask about this in person next visit.
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      Erica Ballard was friendly and listened attentively to my concerns and discussed treatment options. She conducted a thorough examination of my eyes and after the exam, she escorted me to the person, who scheduled my next appointment and provided a copy of my eyeglass prescription.
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      Dr. Was honest, whatever the out come.
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      GREAT STAFF and *Dr. Ballard was excellent in explaining exam and findings.
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      Dr Smith was very thorough and helpful.
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      She addressed my eye exam results.
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      She is great, very attentive and thorough.
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      The care provided by the optometrist was excellent. She answered every question I had, worked efficiently, but made sure to dedicate their time and attention to my needs.
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      Staff went over and beyond call of duty!
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      She was interested in me!
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      She was great. She offered suggestions, information and showed she cared about results.
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      I enjoyed meeting Dr Erica Smith. She listened and seemed to care about my questions and concerns.
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      The provider listened carefully to all my concerns. She was not rushed. There were clinical findings of some concern and she explained what she was seeing and what the best next steps should be.
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      No complaints, best group ever.
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      Both the nurse and doctor were friendly and helpful.
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      AmazingAwesome
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      I already recommend them.