Sitting Down With… Arthur Cummings, Consultant Eye Surgeon and Medical Director, Wellington Eye Clinic; Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Beacon Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
What inspired you to become an ophthalmologist?
I have always wanted to be a doctor and that has never changed, despite being exposed to other opportunities. After completing my medical degree, I was conscripted into the army – as all South African young men were at the time – and ended up working in urology. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to specialize in it. Coincidentally, my best friend had landed up in ophthalmology and having known each other for years, he persuaded me to spend a day with him in the eye clinic. I know it’s a cliché, but the rest is history. One look at the iris through the slit-lamp and I was sold – hook, line and sinker.
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