How does an ophthalmologist know when he or she is old?
For us ophthalmologists, these twelve months of 2018 represent the ante penultimate year before the all-so significant (to eye doctors) 2020.
As 2018 comes to an end, the wise ophthalmologist will no doubt take a minute to reflect on this year’s accomplishments and what triumphs and challenges may be ahead. For this medical editor, 2018 was a mixed blessing because it included one of those birthdays that people refer to as a “milestone.”
Please don’t feel badly if you were too busy to send me a card. Truth be told, I don’t celebrate birthdays anymore because I don’t want to attach significance to arbitrary numbers.
Though inside I still feel like one of those youthful, wild-and-crazy 18-year-olds who will one day be appointed to the Supreme Court, the birthdate on my driver’s license makes it clear that I am officially old enough to know better. Which begs the question: How does an ophthalmologist know when he or she has become old?
Counting the ways
There are ten reasons why I know I am an old ophthalmologist:
The ophthalmologists in my family wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019!
Peter J. McDonnell, MDDr. McDonnell is the director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times. He can be reached at 727 Maumenee Building 600 N. Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD 21287-9278 Phone: 443/287-1511 Fax: 443/287-1514 E-mail: email@example.com