About Us

Meet The Doctor

Karen Santos, Optometrist

Dr. Karen grew up in Toronto, Canada and was raised by hard working parents. When she was 6, her father graduated from Optometry school and opened his own practice. As a result, she spent many long hours working closely with her father and his patients and developed a deep appreciation for the profession of optometry.

"I watched with admiration as my father developed trusting relationships with his patients. He has always made patient comfort a priority" she said.

It wasn't until she graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of science that her true professional calling became apparent. Dr. Santos was accepted by Chicago's Illinois College of Optometry hoping to follow in her father's footsteps. In 2004, she graduated magna cum laude.

"I moved to Lexington to expand my clinical experience as a resident at Commonwealth Eye Surgery. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a highly skilled eye surgeon and some well respected optometrists." she added.

Dr. Santos concluded her residency and became very eager to practice in the Lexington area.

"The decision to stay in Lexington was easy because I had fallen in love with the beautiful state of Kentucky; as well as, my future husband." she said. "I started to practice with a great group of optometrists in a large multi-office practice.

After five years, I realized I was better suited for a smaller, more intimate practice, similar to what I had watched my father build."
Dr. Santos concluded, "I live in the Hamburg area with my supportive husband and our two small children. I look forward to building long-lasting relationships with my patients and becoming an integral part of the community."

Karen has been practicing optometry in the Lexington area since 2004.

Our Staff

Our staff at Hamburg Vision Center is well trained and focused on making your patient experience a personal one. All members of our staff attend continuing education classes throughout the year in areas of spectacle lenses, contact lenses and eyewear design.

The office culture at Hamburg Vision Center is one of excellence in patient care and personalized service. We believe and practice doing the right thing to make your experience a good one with long lasting happiness, eye health and optimal vision.

What to Expect

Why do so many people skip their annual eye exam? We believe it's because they don't know what to expect. For this reason, we feel it's important to outline the process so you can feel comfortable knowing there's nothing to worry about.

Upon your arrival, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our practice. We will ask you to complete a few forms. If you prefer to complete them in advance in the comfort of your home, the forms may be found in the Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and other information related to providing you with the best vision solutions.

Below, we've also included a list of the most commonly asked questions about coming in for an eye exam.

Why is my personal background important?

The doctor will review any current vision problems, your general health, as well as discuss your hobbies and lifestyle requirements to better tailor the examination to your needs.

What can I expect from the overall exam?

In addition to determining your prescription, or how well you see up close and far away, your eye examination will also check to make sure your eyes are healthy. The doctor will test your color vision, depth perception, as well as check for any early indicators of possible eye disorders, such as cataracts, retinal problems and glaucoma. Ultimately, the elements of your exam will be determined by the doctor.
These questions will be asked during the portion of the examination when your prescription is established. The doctor will ask you to compare a series of lenses to determine which is clearer for you. As the differences become less noticeable, the doctor will be closer to finalizing your prescription. For this reason, if you're having a hard time choosing between the options, it's a good thing!

What is the test with the puff of air for?

The puff of air measures the fluid pressure in your eyes. This is an important test, as high pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma.

Why is it necessary to know my blood pressure?

High blood pressure can affect the blood vessels in your eyes and can lead to future vision problems.

Why am I asked to follow a light with my eyes?

This test is used to determine how your pupils and eye muscles react, and is important in assessing neurological function.

Is it necessary for doctor to dilate my pupils during the exam?

Pupil dilation is not always necessary. The doctor will make this decision during your exam. If required, this painless process is like opening a door so the doctor can fully exam the retina. Dilation can also help detect diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and macular degeneration.