Disease can also be thought of as dis-ease (courtesy Gordon Dekkert MD). Dis as a prefix meaning apart or away from, "apart from ease". Anytime a person is told they have to see a specialist, this will produce anxiety. What is going on? Is it serious? How did I get this? Will I need surgery? Am I going blind? Many studies have shown that people fear blindness second only to cancer.
When you come to see me, I will discuss with you what I find, what the tests show, what alternatives there are to address the problem, the pros and cons of each approach and my expectation for your vision. Although I cannot cover every conceivable issue or outcome, I will do my best to communicate with you how we can deliver the best care for you and your eye.
I have represented our practice on numerous national clinical studies and ophthalmic political committees, assumed leadership roles in local ophthalmic organizations, published peer reviewed articles and given dozens of lectures but that is mostly irrelevant to how I will care for you when you come to see me.
In the time I am not in the clinic or operating room with you, I enjoy golf, running, live music, reading, NYT crossword, red wine, single malt scotch and food of every possible kind. My lovely wife partakes in most of these endeavors and I look forward to imparting these joys to my two fantastic children.
"Be quick but don't hurry"--John Wooden
"All of our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last"--Marcel Proust
"Take my advice and do what you want"--as told by Willie Nelson