Asad Movahedan, MD, is an ophthalmologist specializing in vitreoretinal surgery and says the best part of his job is the joy in a patient’s face when their sight is restored.
Vitroretinal surgeons perform operations on the vitreous (watery gel that fills most of the inside of the eye) and the retina (a thin layer of tissue that covers most of the back of the eye). The vitreous can cause many retinal diseases such as floaters (small dark shapes that float across your vision).
Dr. Movahedan was inspired by his father to become an ophthalmologist. “My father is an ophthalmologist who takes care of his patients like his own family; so I had the privilege of living with my role model. His desire to help his patients makes him an exemplary physician who loves his patients, which is a relationship I always wanted,” he says. “Seeing him happily interacting with his patients made me think this was the career for me."
Another positive aspect of his job, Dr. Movahedan says, is learning new things each day and meeting new people.