February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month 







Retina Associates of Kentucky’s Macular Degeneration Institute invites you to join us in raising awareness for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) during the month of February. February is AMD Awareness month and as one of the leading causes in blindness for people over 50 we are encouraging early detection. New treatments have given so much hope to our patients diagnosed early on. Our Macular Degeneration Institute physicians are dedicated to being a part of evolving treatments by engaging in meaningful, cutting edge research.  


Common risk factors that can contribute to a person’s risk of developing AMD: 

Age – 50+ 
Smoking – Smoking doubles the risk of developing AMD. 
Cardiovascular Diseases may contribute – high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and coronary artery disease 
Family History – If you have a family member who has the disease, you could be at higher risk. 
Nutrients – Diet deficient in green leafy vegetables, broccoli, or fish contributes to aging and the progression of AMD.  
Eye Color – Light colored eyes tend to be a greater risk than dark eye color 
Ethnicity – Caucasians are more susceptible to AMD than are members of any other ethnic group. 
Obesity – AMD is more likely to progress in severely overweight patients.  
Gender – Women n are more likely to develop AMD than men. 

You can help save your vision by smoking cessation, proper nutrition and weight control.  


Early warning symptoms of AMD: 

-General haziness or blurriness of vision  
-Need for bright illumination when reading 
-Blurred or blind spot in the center of vision 
-Wavy or crooked appearance of straight lines 
-Rapid loss of central vision 
-Inability to recognize faces at a distance 
-Loss of color vibrancy or ability to distinguish between colors  


Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to saving vision. Treatments are rapidly evolving, and many studies are ongoing at our practice and elsewhere.  


Treatments for AMD:  

-Proper diet with a special formula of vitamins and minerals. 
-Ocular injections 
-Combination therapy 

Our Macular Degeneration Institute physicians are encouraging early detection daily, to our patients and their families. Our physicians are committed to providing state-of-the-art total care for AMD patients with diagnosis, education, prevention, treatment, research, low vision services and support groups. 


Retina Associates of Kentucky offers retinal care to patients throughout Kentucky. You may call our office at 1-800-627-2020 to schedule an appointment at any of our 10 locations. 



Lexington Bardstown                           William J. Wood, MD
120 N. Eagle Creek Drive        Danville Rick D. Isernhagen, MD
Suite 500 Frankfort Thomas W. Stone, MD
Lexingotn, KY 40509 London John W. Kitchens. MD
  Prestonsburg Todd J. Purkiss, MD, Phd
Louisville Richmond Belinda L. Shirkey, MD
6420 Dutchmans Parkway Somerset Sheila M, Garcia Santana, MD
Suite 70   Blake A. Isernhagen, MD
Louisville, KY 40205    
2841 Lexington Avenue    
Ashland, Ky 41101    

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