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Cover Focus | July/August '22

Pursue With Passion

ME Asks: What advice would you give yourself about establishing a career in ophthalmology?

“Make sure you have the passion for it. If you enjoy what you do, you will do well. I always wanted to pursue ophthalmology because my father was blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other eye from a bacterial meningitis outbreak in Scotland when he was 8 years old. The illness left him with optic neuropathy and caused the loss of seven of his best friends.

Dr. Jackson in his early LASIK days.

I have long been committed to clinical research as part of my practice because of my dad’s story. After residency, spending a year in an academic or private practice refractive cataract fellowship (like I offer) can help provide insight into real-world ophthalmology and help you to determine which direction you want to go in for the remainder of your eye career.”

Mitchell A. Jackson, MD