Dr. Young received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. While at Ohio State, he also received a Master of Science degree in Vision Science for his research on the visual ability of athletes. His research on tracking a baseball during the pitch has led to continued eye movement studies on baseball players at The Ohio State University by lead investigators Dr. Nicklaus Fogt and Dr. Aaron Zimmerman.
Dr. Young is a native of Southern Ohio, hailing from Portsmouth. He also played 4 years of varsity baseball at Earlham College, while earning at Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. Young practices at Opticare’s Newport office. You can follow Dr. Young on Twitter (@youngeyedoc) and Google Plus.
Area of Specialization: Pediatric eye exams and contact lens fitting and meeting the visual needs of athletes. Dr. Young also works closely with children to treat binocular vision disorders such as convergence insufficiency and amblyopia (lazy eye) in the Cincinnati area. Since joining the team in 2009, Dr. Young has started a vision therapy clinic at the Newport, KY office.
A Word from Dr. Young: I see patients of all ages, but I truly enjoy working with children and those with special needs. It is very rewarding to see the kids in our Vision Therapy Program progress at each visit.
Publicity and Recognition
- Sept. 2019: Appointed the InfantSEE Advocate from Kentucky by the American Optometric Association (AOA)
- April 2016: Voted "Young Optometrist of the Year" from the Kentucky Optometric Association
- 2014 Vision Monday Optometric Business Innovators
- 20/20 Magazine – Eyeing Online
Featured in Review of Optometric Business – Aug 20-27 2014
Memberships and affiliations:
- American Optometic Association
- AOA Contact lens and cornea section
- AOA Sports Vision Section
- Kentucky Optometic Association
- Northern Kentucky Optometric Society
- ABO Certified education speaker (American Board of Opticianry)
- Member of the Fort Thomas Lions Club
- Earlham College Alumnus
- Earlham Baseball Alumni Club
- The Ohio State University Alumni Association
- The Ohio State University College of Optometry Alumni and Friends Society
Dr. Kristin Gunn specializes in treating sports injuries and post-concussion vision problems. Pediatric eye examinations and scleral contact lens fittings are also a part of her eye care services. As a young child, Dr. Gunn received eyeglasses for vision correction, so she understands first-hand how important clear vision is for healthy child development. During rotations in optometry school, Dr. Gunn observed patients with concussions show significant improvement thanks to vision therapy and visual aids. These experiences have given her the knowledge and unique sensitivity that so many young patients need. Dr. Gunn is passionate about concussion research and treating patients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Having a key role in the overall healthcare of her patients drives her to find the right solutions for their medical conditions, no matter how mild or serious they may be. A native of Cincinnati, Dr. Gunn received a Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree from Ohio State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry. She was a student Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She was also a member of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) and traveled to Frome, Jamaica on a mission trip to provide eye care. Dr. Gunn was the Founder of the Indiana University Sports Vision Club and is a member of The American Optometric Association, The Kentucky Optometric Association, and The AOA Sports & Performance Vision Advocacy Network. She is also fully certified to fit MiSight® contact lenses by Coopervision for treating myopic/nearsighted children. Learn more about Dr. Gunn in this blog post entitled "Getting to Know Dr. Kristen Gunn."
Dr. Leah Akin completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. A native of Northern KY, she graduated Cum Laude from Thomas More College and currently resides in Erlanger with her dog Pepper. During her externships at SCO, Dr. Akin travelled to Alaska and Vermont to complete her clinical training. She was Vice President of the Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) and as a member travelled to Belize, Nicaragua, and Ecuador to provide eye care to underprivileged areas. Dr. Akin was a student Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a current member of the Kentucky Optometric Association and American Optometric Association, as well as a board member for the Boone County Local Board of Health. She enjoys practicing Primary Care optometry, with a special interest in pediatric exams and ocular disease management. In her free time, Dr. Akin loves to travel, work out at OrangeTheory Fitness, knit, and bake. She is excited to join the Opticare Vision team and provide comprehensive care at the Newport and Ft. Mitchell offices! Learn more about Dr. Akin in this blog post