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Happy Saturday Clinic

Happy Saturday morning! Saturdays are our most popular surgical consult day—we have 79 patients (that’s 158 eyeballs) on the schedule! As a trainee who was always working in someone else’s clinic, I often felt bitterly overwhelmed. But as a recent owner of my own practice, I feel only grateful and Read more…

LASIK Myths Part II

Thank you for all your great questions on my last post ❤️ Let’s bust some more LASIK myths today! 5️⃣ Dry eye is an absolute contraindication – Many LASIK candidates already have some dryness due to contact lens wear (4x more common). Mild and moderate cases can proceed with surgery Read more…

LASIK Myths Part I

There is a lot of misunderstanding and misplaced fear surrounding LASIK. As a board-certified LASIK surgeon and cornea specialist, I can say that my LASIK patients are some of my HAPPIEST patients. If I could have a clinic FULL of just LASIK patients, I’d be a happy camper (albeit a Read more…

The Cataract Surgery Dance

My practice is closed on Mondays, but I (happily) drive through LA traffic to staff residents in the cataract OR at USC. Residents spend their final year of residency perfecting this beautiful but dangerously precarious dance as follows: 1️⃣ The cataract (a hard, cloudy lens) is skillfully broken up and Read more…

Why I Did Fellowship Training

[Whitecoat Wisdom Wednesday- To do a fellowship or not to do a fellowship?…] For hundreds of ophthalmology residents applying to fellowship, the deadline to submit their rank list is next week! A fellowship is an optional 1+ year(s) of additional specialized training after residency. I was so blessed to have Read more…

LA County Strong

Today was my first day staffing residents in the cataract OR at USC+LA County Medical Center as a volunteer attending. It was my first time walking through the old County hallways since graduation, and it brought back a flood of memories from my residency days. Like the first time we Read more…

Keep That Glass Half-Full

Glass half-empty: This past Saturday, I had to operate (15 cataracts and 5 LASIK) for 13-hours straight with little time to rest and eat in between. Glass half-full: This past Saturday, I had the privilege of caring for 20 people who entrusted me to restore their sight during one of Read more…

Why I Chose Ophthalmology

[WWW- How to choose a medical specialty] Welcome to another  #whitecoatwisdomwednesday for healthcare professionals in training! Following the 20/20 theme this week ( à la Justin Timberlake), let’s talk about how I decided on ophthalmology. I’ve gotten so many questions about how to choose a medical specialty. Consider the following: Read more…