About Us

James W Matthews, M.D.| Ophthalmologist Lexington KYKentucky Eye Center is a well-established full-service eye care practice offering a full range of services including comprehensive eye exams this for the entire family, comprehensive eye surgery, including cataract surgery with multifocal and toric intraocular lens implants. Other surgical services performed are comprehensive oculoplastic surgery including cosmetic eyelid surgery, glaucoma surgery, and pediatric and strabismus surgery. We are well-trained to care for diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and thyroid eye disease.

Our office offers comprehensive contact lens fitting, offering a diverse array of contact lens models and materials. We are highly trained for successful fitting of challenging "hard to fit" lenses, including multifocal "bifocal" lenses and contact lenses for high astigmatism. Our optical dispensary offers a diverse array of high quality frame styles for the entire family.

Office Examination

Your initial eye examination may include the following:

  • A review of your medical history and your ocular history
  • Vision evaluation to determine your visual acuity
  • Refraction (testing to determine your best corrected visual acuity and prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses)
  • Eye alignment and movement evaluation
  • Peripheral (side) vision check
  • Eyelid evaluation
  • Microscopic examination of the eye–utilizing a slit lamp microscope
  • Intraocular pressure check
  • Dilated eye exam, with evaluation of retina and optic nerve

A high quality eye examination includes dilation of the eyes, which is necessary for all our new patients, unless medically contraindicated. The dilation typically lasts 4–6 hours and can result in blurring of your vision. It is recommended that a driver accompany you for your first appointment, particularly if you have never driven with dilated pupils. It is advisable that you bring your sunglasses with you to all of your eye examinations.

Our Physician and Staff

James W. Matthews, M.D.

James W Matthews, M.D.| Ophthalmologist Lexington KYJames W Matthews, M.D., completed his undergraduate training at the University of Kentucky. Subsequently he attended medical school and graduated from Marshall University Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency and served as chief resident at St. Francis Medical Center, with associated training at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He returned to Kentucky, establishing his practice in Lexington.

Dr. Matthews is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Matthews voluntarily repeated rigorous training and retesting for elective recertification. Dr. Matthews has previously served on the Board of the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and was trusted and elected successively by his peers, the members of the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, to serve as Secretary–Treasurer, Vice President, and ultimately President. Dr. Matthews was selected by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for the prestigious training in their Leadership Development Program. Dr. Matthews has also served on the Board of the Lexington Medical Society.

Dr. Matthews has extensive experience in ophthalmic surgery, including cataract surgery, surgery for corneal disorders, oculoplastic (eyelid) surgery, pediatric and strabismus surgery, laser surgery for diabetes, glaucoma, and secondary cataracts, and retinal disease and laser surgery.

Organizations and Memberships

Hospital and Admitting Privileges

Dr. James Matthews has active and/or courtesy privileges at most hospitals located in Fayette County and at Harrison Memorial Hospital, in Cynthiana, Kentucky.

Many of our outpatient surgical procedures are performed at the Lexington Surgery Center and Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Members of our staff have been highly trained in the areas of their expertise.

Our Staff

Practice Administrator
  • Brandon B.
Assistant Manager
  • Daniel C.
Administrative Staff
  • Leigh G.
Certified Ophthalmic Technician


Administrative staff
  • Sarah S.


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