With over 20 years experience running some of the largest dry eye clinics in the United States, Dr. Karpecki is a leader and pioneer in this dedicated area of optometry. He is a noted educator and author, having delivered over 1000 lectures and authored over 1000 papers on the subject of Dry Eye Disease – a condition that can negatively affect not only a patient’s vision but also their quality of life.
In 2002, Dr. Karpecki was named to the National Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Committee to provide insights into the condition and its effects on women, in particular. In 2003, he was appointed to the Delphi International Society at Wilmer-Johns Hopkins, which put him in the company of the top 25 Dry Eye experts in the world.
He currently serves as the Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry, the most read journal in the profession. He is the Director of Clinical Content, as well as Chairman, of the New Technology and Treatment Conferences, and serves on the board for the charitable organization Optometry Giving Sight. Dr. Karpecki has also served as Co-Chair for the optometry profession’s Dry Eye Summit, Director for the CJO Optometric Dry Eye Guidelines for EyeCare, and Committee Member for the DEWS II Diagnostic sub-committee. Most recently, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Symposium in 2016 in Montpellier, France. Dr. Karpecki is dedicated to making a substantial impact in the quality and consistency of dry eye patient care in the Louisville community.
Dr. Karpecki received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University before completing a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In addition to his responsibilities with Gaddie, he also currently serves as Clinical Director of Advanced Ocular Surface Disease at Kentucky Eye Institute. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Chandria, and their three children.