Eye Care Center in Nicholasville Is One of Largest in U.S.

For 36 years, Drs. David Ditto and John Musick, former classmates at University of Alabama at Birmingham, have been taking care of the eyes of Jessamine County – and well beyond.

Along with Dr. Stacey Kroggel, who joined the practice eight years ago, and a staff of seven clinical optometric technicians, six members in the frame department and two lab technicians among others, Ditto & Musick Eye Care Center is one of the largest optometry practices in the country.

More than 12,000 clients from up to 11 different states come through the doors each year.

And in this case, bigger really is better. Because of its size, Ditto & Musick Eye Care Center can offer specialized care for patients.

Dr. Ditto is the contact lens “guru,” serving patients from four states who come to him with problems such as keratoconus, where the cornea has been deformed from wearing contacts too long, or those who need scleral lenses because of corneal abnormalities.

Dr. Musick, is a low vision specialist. This is a problem that often affects seniors and Dr. Musick’s oldest patient is 106 years old.

Dr. Musick is one of only fifty Diplomates in Low Vision with the American Academy of Optometry.

Because this specialty is so rare, patients come to him from six states.

Dr. Kroggel sees patients at the other end of the age spectrum.

She specializes in pediatric optometry, treating babies as young as two to three months old.

This means that the practice can care for the vision of patients from birth through the whole life span.

The 10,000 square-foot office in Nicholasville, at 104 Fairfield Drive, has more than 2,500 frames on display, including many from the most popular designers.

An on-site lab can make glasses from start to finish in a matter of hours.

“We pride ourselves on bending over backwards for all our patients,” Operations Manager Chad Davis said.

The doctors also feel strongly about giving back to the community. They work at the Refuge Medical Clinic once a month for low income patients.

They have also donated more than 250 pairs of glasses to an orphanage in Haiti and they support the efforts of the Lions Club of Nicholasville.

Info: (859) 887-2441 or www.dittoandmusick.com