I’m just shy of a decade of practicing ophthalmology. In ten years time I’ve listened to a lot of questions from my patients and learned that many of these questions are asked again and again (only by different people). It occurred to me that if my patients are asking these questions, so are the three million other patients in the US that have cataract surgery every year.
So I created this website. My hope is that the blog format will allow me to provide real-time updates to those questions my patients are asking. As a secondary benefit, I hope that this blog will be informative to anyone with cataracts or eye disease who shares similar questions about the eyes.
In the spirit of a blog (and at the request of my patients) I will also be somewhat indulgent in the following manner: the single most common question I hear is not about eye disease, but about my daughter, Arden.
To those who are internally moaning “Oh no, not another ‘Isn’t my child cute’ site, I have the following to say: I understand your reaction; I was there. Prior to Arden’s birth I thought most parent’s gushing about their kids was about as bearable as fingernails on a chalkboard.All that changed with her birth. If you’re not a parent and don’t get it, you won’t until you are. And, I promise that the primary focus of this blog will be on eye disease.
Another thing: as an eye surgeon I have learned the importance of managing expectations. I truly love what I do and am ‘old school’ when it comes to many things such as taking call for my patients after hours and on the weekends (rather than forwarding my office phone number to a message that directs patients to the emergency room for after-hours problems). However, I would like to avoid the trap many doctors get into: sacrificing their family life for the professional demands of practicing medicine. As such, I will try to update this blog most weekdays but will generally not publish posts on the weekend.
I look forward to what I hope will be an interactive and educational experience for my patients, other readers of this blog, and myself.
David D. Richardson, M.D.
San Marino Eye
2020 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108