The most devastating thing that anyone would have to confront is the inability to see.
In all my clinics and all my talks, I reiterate to my team or audience one thing: we are all human beings. I do not believe in hierarchy, arrogance or poor attitude: this is both within the team and also in our interactions with patients. We all go through difficulties and suffering in life: I firmly believe in channelling these experiences into positive energy for our patients.
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The most devastating thing that anyone would have to confront is the inability to see. Not only does this have a massive impact on the logistics of life, it has a significant affect on the psyche of the human being. I feel it is important to try and explore these thought processes, which of course cannot occur in one sitting. I dedicate as much time required in clinics to explore this. In Oxford, we are lucky to work closely with excellent ‘Eye clinic liaison officers, ECLO’ who are able to help take the initial conversations I have instigated one stage further.
Furthermore, I am fortunate enough to work closely with the Oxfordshire Association of the Blind (OAB). The work that is done is awe-inspiring and at the backbone of this is moral support. I have the honour of giving talks at the OAB once a month on various topics of ophthalmology. The biggest joy I get from these sessions is the opportunity to talk with patients inflicted by sight impairment, without the mayhem of clinic time! The ability to engage with our fellow man is so important to me and is always a humbling experience. Please do follow this link to find out more (either to the OAB website or things I have doen for OAB, i.e. the just giving website).