The Truth about AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration)

In 1943, an eager young man from the state of Washington stepped of a train in Miami and offered himself to the war effort.  Col. Melvin L. DuPaul, USAF (Ret.) remained a soldier until the conclusion of the Second World War, but that wasn’t the end of his service to the nation.

“I stayed in the Army until World War Two was over, and then I graduated from flight school and got my commission, “ remembers Col. DuPaul. “After I got out, I did some training and stayed in the Air National Guard, but I got recalled in 1951. Then I stayed on active duty. “I retired from the United States Air Force in 1969 and started teaching civilian flying. I just retired from that the first of the year.” To stay in the air, pilots need their eyesight to be clear and sharp. When Col. DuPaul first noticed some odd changes in his vision, he thought he would have LASIK surgery and that would resolve his difficulties. He turned to his friend and fellow aviation enthusiast, Stephen M. Weinstock, MD, FACS, a board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of The Eye Institute of West Florida. #eyeinstituteofwestflorida Dr. Weinstock’s examination was especially revealing. Col. DuPaul learned that not only was LASIK not the proper surgery for him, but also that his eye issues went much deeper than a simple laser procedure could correct. “I was going to do this LASIK thing, and I knew Dr. Weinstock did that,” recalls the colonel, “so I called and went to see him. He said, I can’t do that, You’ve got cataracts; #cataractsurgery  I’ve got to remove them.

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Leonard S Kirsch, MD, FRCS(C) is a fellowship-trained vitreous and retina specialist. He is internationally known for the numerous papers and lectures he has presented here and abroad. Dr. Kirsch is currently an active participant in ongoing research to find new treatments for diseases of the retina. His expertise in the most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques of all diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous make Dr. Kirsch one of the elite in his field. In the Tampa Bay area, Dr. Kirsch pioneered the use of Photodynamic Therapy with Visudyne©, and intravitreal Macugen©, Lucentis©, and Avastin© for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Kirsch was also among the first surgeons in Florida to perform 25 gauge “no-stitch” vitrectomy in 2001. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada

Joined the Practice: 1993

Place of Birth: New York, NY
Undergraduate: Union College, Schenectady, NY
Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
Internship: The Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, CN
Residency: McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Montreal, CN
Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship: Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, CN
Fellowship: School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, La Jolla, CA
Board Certification: Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology
Academic Appointment: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida, Tampa
Specialty: Diseases and Surgery of the Vitreous, Retina and Macula

Richard J Hairston, MD, FACS, is a vitreous and retina specialist. He joined The EyeInstitute in June, 2001 coming to us from a busy retina practice in Washington, DC. Dr. Hairston graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and did his residency at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at The Center for Retina Vitreous Surgery, Memphis, Tennessee. He then served as Assistant Chief of Service in Ophthalmology and Director of the Ocular Trauma Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Most recently he was Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Hairston enjoys an international reputation as an outstanding retina and vitreous surgeon.

Joined the Practice: 2001

Place of Birth: West Virginia
Undergraduate: Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Internship: Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship: Center for Retina-Vitreous Surgery, Memphis, TN
Board Certification: Diplomat American Board of Ophthalmology
Academic Appointments: Assistant Chief of Service, Wilmer Ophthalmology Institute, Assistant Professor, Wilmer Ophthalmology Institute.

Specialty: Diseases and Surgery of the Vitreous, Retina and Macula