Jason E. Karo, MD
Dr. Karo joined Rhode Island Eye Institute in 2018, coming from North Carolina where he was in private practice for 8 years. He began his education as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, graduating magna cum laude in three years with a degree in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. After working in surgery in a private hospital Operating Room for 2 years.
Dr. Karo attained his medical degree at the University of Virginia in 2002 and joined the Army Medical Corps, completing his residency in San Antonio, Texas. His Residency spanned the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts resulting in near unlimited opportunities for unique training. In 2006, he received the program’s “Lambert award” for Most Outstanding Chief Resident. He was the first Resident in the history of his program to perform Laser Vision Correction and the first Resident to have it performed on his own eyes.
Following residency, Dr. Karo was stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for 4 years assuming a large care region as the military’s only Comprehensive Ophthalmologist for 200 miles. At Ft. Sill, Dr. Karo developed Ft. Sill’s “Warfighter Refractive Surgery Program,” seeking to serve deploying and Active Duty Soldiers with life-changing Vision Correction surgery.
For his work at Ft. Sill, Dr. Karo received a Meritorious Service Medal at the conclusion of his service. During his military career, Dr. Karo was deployed twice for Humanitarian Missions to Honduras in Central America, performing medical and surgical services in an austere environments seeing and treating hundreds of patients on behalf of the United States. Upon separation from the Military, Dr. Karo went into private practice in North Carolina before relocating permanently to Providence, where he resides with his wife.
Dr. Karo’s expertise is in cataract and corneal refractive surgery, having performed over 6,000 cataract surgeries and 5,000 laser vision correcting procedures. His cataract surgery services include standard and premium lens options as well as refractive/presbyopic lens exchange for those seeking permanent vision correction procedures prior to cataract development. His services also encompass medical services for the care of many common medical Ophthalmology problems.