The Ophthalmology Group

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The Ophthalmology Group of Paducah has a long history, a noted reputation, and an eye for innovation.

In 1951 Dr. George H. Widener opened a practice of ophthalmology in Paducah. In 1954 the practice relocated to 1903 Broadway, and has been in continuous operation ever since.

After 18 years of going it alone, Dr. Widener invited Dr. Jeff Johnson (now retired) to join him as his partner. Drs. Widener and Johnson performed the first phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implant surgeries for cataracts in Paducah in the mid 1970s.

Dr. Ted Borodofsky (now retired) joined the practice in 1977 after completing a fellowship in cornea and cataract implant surgery in Houston, Texas. He further promulgated modern-day eye care for the community and this trend is now an established tradition of the Ophthalmology Group of Paducah.

In 1978, Dr. Widener passed away and Dr. Roland Myers (now retired) was added to the team. The medical culture of Paducah and the surrounding region began to expand in more dramatic ways. Subsequently Dr. Mark Gillespie, Dr. Carl Baker, Dr. Jeff Taylor, and Dr. Ron Tilford joined the group to provide complete ophthalmic care. In 1990 the Group opened the area’s first dedicated Eye Surgery Center offering procedures such as cataract surgery, corneal transplants, glaucoma and retinal procedures, Lasik vision correction, and eyelid surgery.

In 2013, Dr. Landen Meeks joined the practice and in 2016 Dr. James D. Kim arrived on the scene bringing newly-developed medical and surgical treatment skills for retina/vitreous conditions.

The accommodations of the Ophthalmology Group have also grown. In 2016, the practice opened The Paducah Retinal Center at its new Eye Institute at 4630 Village Square Drive. Current plans are to eventually relocate all of the varied services of The Ophthalmology Group to the Eye Institute. We have now grown to six doctors and a staff of more than 40, many of whom have been with the Group for more than 30 years!

“My experience here has shown time and again that these are a group of physicians who ultimately want only the best possible results for their patients,” says Joy Woodford. “I have witnessed first hand the continued investment of this group of physicians in both specialized diagnostic equipment and highly trained personnel. It gives me great pride to have been a part of this wonderful medical practice for nearly 50 years.”




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The Ophthalmology Group
4630 Village Square Drive
Paducah, KY 42001

(270) 442-1671
(800) EYE-2000