Through a glass clearly: Nigel Davies
Nigel Davies is a consultant ophthalmologist
Ophthalmology is a fantastic specialty, principally because it involves a bit of medicine and a bit of surgery. You spend half your time in theatre and the other half in clinic. You see everybody from premature babies to people who are over 100. On the whole, you can also do a lot to help people out—vision is our primary sense. It is also an interesting specialty . . . the visual system is a fantastically complicated and quite amazing biological system, and so being able to study and understand it provides a good technical and academic challenge.
Learning the surgery is a challenge—it is technically demanding and tricky to learn, which can be frustrating. How did I overcome this? By persisting and practising.
One of the other difficulties is that apart from learning the clinical work, to progress through this career it is important