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Subspecialties Refractive, Professional Development, Business and Innovation, Education and Training

A Refractive Future Live Roundtable

Meet the surgeons: 

Ben LaHood, refractive, cataract and laser vision correction surgeon in private practice in Auckland, New Zealand, who chaired and moderated the discussion, 

Andrea Ang, a consultant ophthalmologist at the Lions Eye Institute and Royal Perth Hospital in Australia, who specialises in corneal and refractive surgery,

Martin Dirisamer, cornea consultant at the University of Munich, the University of Graz, and at Wels-Grieskirchen, and co-owner at Smile Eyes Laserclinics in Linz, Austria,

Ashiyana Nariani, Cornea & Refractive Surgeon and an Ocular Oncologist, Assistant Professor in the department of Ophthalmology at King Edward memorial (KEM) hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India.

Watch the discussion to learn about the following topics:

  • Why refractive surgery is the space to be in for young ophthalmologists
  • How to find a good refractive fellowship or further training
  • Making a start in your refractive career: new techniques, IOLs, looking for advice, troubleshooting
  • Public healthcare or private practice? Should you join a practice or try to go it alone?
  • What's it like to work with more experienced colleagues and come out of their shadow?
  • How has a refractive career changed over the years and how is it still likely to change?
  • Social media, public appearances, publishing articles - does it help? How do you build your reputation these days?
  • What's exciting you the most at the moment?
  • What important future developments are you predicting?
  • What impact has the pandemic had on your activities? 
  • What are the financial implications of building a refractive surgery practice in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?

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