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Peter J. McDonnell, MD
He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times.
How to choose a subspecialty in ophthalmology
Shub-ad loved ophthalmology, but was having trouble deciding on her subspecialty. She knew her wise chairman, Pay-Dro, would help her think through the options.
Ten-day workweek for ophthalmologists
I feel inspired to offer my own vision for the working future: the ten-day workweek for ophthalmologists.
Ophthalmology and death by poison
Ophthalmology and death by poison
My position is that murdering people with poison is a terrible thing, even if the victim is an annoying parent, mother-in-law, or department chair. It's morally wrong, plus the penalty would likely be severe (suspension of operating privileges or even being fired—unless, of course, you have tenure). Yet ophthalmologists certainly have the means to go around poisoning folks.
If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?
By just about anybody's definition of success, ophthalmologists are successful: intelligent, well-paid, able to make people’s lives better and held in high esteem by the public. Not to mention good-looking. So they must be happy—right? Not necessarily.
Unpopular science
Recently, I attended two public addresses. Neither of the speakers, I believe, are stupid. But neither (obviously) had a science background.
How long will you live?
If we make the presumption that we will stay reasonably healthy and cognitively intact but cannot live forever, what would be ideal would be to at least know how much time each of us has left upon this green earth.
Dopamine: My drug of choice
Dopamine: My drug of choice
For some time now, I find myself looking at my smartphone with a frequency that is frankly disconcerting. In committee meetings, lectures, sporting venues, social events, and other settings, my eyes and fingers find themselves gravitating to that little rectangular device. For some time now, I find myself looking at my smartphone with a frequency that is frankly disconcerting. In committee meetings, lectures, sporting venues, social events, and other settings, my eyes and fingers find themselves gravitating to that little rectangular device.
Why pediatric ophthalmologists don't go to late night parties
Why pediatric ophthalmologists don't go to late night parties
Just like cataract surgery has evolved during my career from a three-day inpatient experience of extracapsular extraction to a three-hour outpatient experience of phaco, we physicians and our practices will need to adapt to our new reality.
The 12-year-old CEO
This person looked about as much as a 12-year-old as do I, and at the risk of sounding rude I told him that perhaps one of us had enjoyed a little too much champagne. "I will explain," he said, and proceeded to tell me a story.
Nicotine eye patch hits ophthalmic nerve
Nicotine eye patch hits ophthalmic nerve
In these clinical trials, have the investigators carefully evaluated the potential negative impacts of unilateral ocular occlusion and also proven that the drugs, such as nicotine, do not negatively affect the cornea or other ocular structures?

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