By Suzy Kridner
EDGEWATER -- Dr. Orest M. Krajnyk is a new ophthalmologist at Kutryb Eye Institute.
He completed his ophthalmology residency last year at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
While in training he's written several papers and presented at the American Medical Association Resident and Fellows Section Research Symposium in San Diego two years ago. He received third place in the health policy category for a paper on Common Disinfection Practices of Exposed Ophthalmic Equipment.
Dr. Krajnyk said he got an early start in his field when he worked as an ophthalmic technician for a retina center in New Jersey while attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology with high honors.
He's been practicing since July with Dr. Michael Kutryb, an ophthalmologist who founded the clinic in 2003, and also has a Titusville clinic.
Dr. Krajnyk and his wife, Jessica, a neonatal intensive care nurse at Halifax Health, and their son, Luka, 17 months old, enjoy Florida's warmer weather. The childhood sweethearts live in New Smyrna Beach.
"I like helping people," said Dr. Krajnyk, a personable young doctor who has been settling into life in Florida the past six months.
"Being able to give a person his sight back is such an incredible feeling," he said during a recent interview at the Edgewater clinic.
"Being able to do something that transforms someone's vision forever is a wonderful feeling" he said.
"I'm able to connect with people, including children. I'm a primary care physician for the eyes."
Following Rutgers, Dr. Krajnyk went to medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and did his ophthalmology residency at Brown University.
He said he specializes in no-stitch cataract surgery. He also is accredited for administering cosmetic botox and juvederm.
"Botox started out as a treatment for blepharospasms, where a person blinks all the time," he said. Now it's also used for cosmetic purposes.
"I'm very comfortable treating the face in general," he said.
"Procedures like cataracts and laser surgery have always intrigued me. I always have to keep up with the latest procedures."
He said cataracts are removed with an ultrasound machine that breaks up the cataract.
"We then clean the inside of the eye and implant a plastic lens," he said.
New corrective lenses that help astigmatisms also are advancing the field significantly, said Dr. Krajnyk. "They can reduce the need for distance glasses almost completely."
He also said multi-focal lenses can be used in appropriate patients.
"Some can reduce the need for glasses entirely."
Dr. Krajnyk has presented papers with others last year at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting.
He said he wants patients to know that "if they feel their vision isn't what they want, there may be new glasses or surgical intervention to help."
The goal of Kutryb Eye Institute is to provide world-class eye care such as complete cataract care, glaucoma treatment, corneal disease, retinal diseases, and laser vision correction.
Both Dr. Krajnyk and Dr. Kutryb are members of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Dr. Kutryb is a graduate of St. Louis University and the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He has performed more than 15,000 no-stitch cataract procedures.
The Kutyrb Eye Institute is at 2568 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater. For more information, call (386) 424-1422 or go online to www.kutrybeye.com.