It was about 1990 when Thomas (not his real name) came to see me. I was a young assistant professor and we were in the very early days of excimer laser keratorefractive surgery.
Peter J. McDonnell, MD
Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled most of the known world from 161 to 180 AD. During this time, he wrote a book composed of his meditations. He meant this to be for his eyes only, and left orders that it be destroyed upon his death.
“Television has brought back murder into the home —where it belongs.” —Alfred Hitchcock
My friend looked up from her book. “Is it true that potassium levels rise in the vitreous after death?” she asked.
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, and Sjogren’s syndrome afflict an estimated 100 million persons worldwide. As an ophthalmologist, I
As a first year resident, everything was new and I was full of questions. My chief resident, Reay, is famous now but back then he was just a regular guy—but a regular guy with all the answers.
You know the type. When their team is doing well, sports fans are upbeat.
Stormy Daniels’ pupillary diameter could indicate high intelligence
The famous line from George Bernard Shaw's "Man and Superman"—"those who can, do; those who can't, teach"—is sometimes quoted to explain why certain of us choose a career in academics. Fortunately for many medical students, the head of medical student education in my medical school was both a doer and a teacher.
Two headlines broke new ground recently when it comes to horror and adversity. Coincidentally, they both involved worms and left eyes: "Woman pulls wiggling cattle worms from her eyeball, makes medical history" appeared along with "Brain-eating pork worm removed from man's eye."
My classmate in medical school, Eric, only became a medical student because his father insisted. Eric wasn’t happy about this until he discovered he loved ophthalmology. He went on to perform brilliantly as a resident and built an extremely successful and fulfilling practice. Eric’s story is not unique.