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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.
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?
Why doctors have bigger houses than lawyers
According to a recent Washington Post report entitled "One weird reason why doctors buy bigger homes than lawyers," physicians tend to purchase more expensive homes than similarly paid members of other professions. Find out why!
Playing hide and Zika with Aedes aegypti
If asked to balance the desires of athletes eager to compete after years of training and the host country's desire to conduct the games as scheduled versus the public health risk of the Zika virus and Aedes aegypti duo, what would you advise?
Giving weight to worrisome reports
People—like my neighbor and I—for centuries, have tended to give too much weight to negative news stories and gloomy predictions. Hence my resolution for 2016 to pay less attention to the doomsayers and pour more drinks for my friends.

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