Ramiro S. Maldonado, MD
Ophthalmic genetics, the branch of medicine concerned with inherited eye diseases, is a relatively new subspecialty with fewer than 100 practitioners worldwide. Since July 2017, the team at UK Advanced Eye Care became home to one of these rare practitioners, Dr. Ramiro Maldonado.
Dr. Maldonado specializes in the development of new applications for Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography. He dedicated his post-graduate training at Duke University to adapt this popular imaging technology, previously designed only for adults, to also be applied in the diagnosis of retinal diseases in neonates, infants and children. Dr. Maldonado’s work with the mentorship of Dr.Toth has been pioneering in the discovery of new retinal disease features that cannot be visualized with any other methodology. Dr. Maldonado’s interest in Image Analysis and Image Processing led him to investigate methods of reconstructing vessels from OCT images. Dr. Maldonado completed his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University and went on to participate in fellowships in medical retina and ophthalmic genetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
While Maldonado treats patients with retinal disease of any kind, his research interests focus on conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited disease in which the back wall of the eye is damaged causing severe vision impairment, and Stargardt disease, the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration.
In addition to diagnosing patients, Maldonado’s work involves genetic testing and counseling to give patients a comprehensive analysis of inheritance patterns that can help in determining the chances of passing on certain diseases and conditions to their children.
“Most patients with inherited retinal diseases are looking for answers about their future. They want to know how long they’re going to be able to see or how their vision will be in 10 or 20 years. Our goal is to try to answer their questions and guide them through the many challenges they will be facing in the future, as well as to connect them with the research treatment options that are currently available.”
Dr. Lucy Eakle Franklin
Dr. Lucy Eakle Franklin was born and raised in Lexington. Dr. Franklin received her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, followed by her medical degree from the University of Louisville. She trained in ophthalmology at University of Kentucky and then spent four years working as a comprehensive ophthalmologist in Louisville before returning to UK.
Dr. Franklin is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been inducted into both the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.
Her husband, Dr. John Franklin, also works at UK HealthCare and specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. They have two young daughters.