WICHITA — Dr. Kendall Krug, Hays, was recognized as the 2018 Optometrist of the Year during the Kansas Optometric Association Annual Convention and Seminar in Wichita. It is the highest award an optometrist can receive from the KOA and is in recognition of personal sacrifices to advance the profession and the welfare of the public.

A 1985 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, Krug was recognized for his work with the Kansas Optometric Association, including his service through the organization’s Low Vision and Third Party committees, as well as his contributions as a lecturer on low vision and other topics around the country.

Krug also has played a key role in the KanLoveKids Program. Through the program, which is coordinated through the Kansas Lions Club and Lions Club International Foundation, Krug provides low vision services to children in their communities. Krug was recognized through his contributions to this program with the Claude DeVorss Fellowship, a humanitarian service award presented by the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation.

Krug is part of a task force working to update the school screening standards in the state and is active in educating policy makers about vision care issues affecting patients across Kansas.

Previously, Krug was recognized by the Kansas Optometric Association with the Distinguished Service and Legislative Service awards.