IN THIS VIDEO, PROF MOHAMMED MUHTASEB DISCUSSES WHY HE BECAME A CONSULTANT OPHTHALMIC SURGEON
Why did Mohammed Muhtaseb become a consultant ophthalmic surgeon?
Why do I do what I do? I feel very lucky to be in this profession as an ophthalmologist, and particularly as an anterior segment and cataract surgeon. This entails looking after the front of the eye, corneal transplants and doing cataract surgery. It’s incredibly rewarding.
The impact of cataracts on patients’ lives can be quite severe in terms of losing the ability to drive and losing the ability to perform hobbies and leisure interests.
People feel restricted, lack confidence, and feel less able to do the things that other people depend on them for like taking people to hospital appointments and doing shopping.
When people come to see me, even if they haven’t got a cataract, they can feel restricted by their need for glasses and contact lenses. For example, when they go out walking in the countryside and it rains, they can’t see through their glasses. Or, when they’re undertaking sporting activities. Or, they can’t swim with the contact lenses in — they feel very restricted.
What I can do is provide advice and surgical interventions to change their life around completely. Once my patients have had the surgical intervention, be it a cataract operation or refractive lens exchange procedure, the change in the appearance of their face and how they feel is incredibly rewarding.
People are happy; they’re wearing vibrant colours again. They come and tell me that they’re back to playing golf and driving and fulfilling their family members. That’s incredibly rewarding on a personal level.
Understanding the requirements of a patient is very, very important.
From my perspective as a surgeon, I find the whole process, from first meeting a patient all the way through to finally shaking hands with a very happy patient and discharging them, very rewarding. It’s a technical challenge because firstly, understanding the requirements of a patient is very, very important. I even consider what distance they hold reading material, where their computer is, the environment in which they read, is it dim or is it light? All of these things affect the kind of operation I do and the lens implant I recommend.