Sitting Down With… Sir Peng Tee Khaw, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital
In medical school, I found it very hard to make a choice between general medicine and ophthalmology. One of my mentors, Andrew Elkington, suggested I do general medicine training first, and try ophthalmology afterwards. It was a great piece of advice: by practicing general medicine, I learned so much about general disease and looking after patients, talking to them. I worked under a neurosurgeon, John Garfield, who taught me how to assess and make a diagnosis just by taking a history, without even touching the patient – a lesson I have used throughout my career. However, when I turned to ophthalmology, I enjoyed it enormously, and I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I love operating, developing and using novel techniques and technology, but also dealing with patients. Preserving and restoring people’s sight is incredibly rewarding, and the intricacies of the eye and vision discovered through research are fascinating. As a complete profession, ophthalmology is unbeatable.
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