Amit Tandon, MD, Ophthalmologist and Refractive Surgery Specialist

Hi, my name is Amit Tandon. I’m a comprehensive
ophthalmologist at Ohio State University. I currently specialize in cataract surgery
and LASIK and refractive surgery. I remember the exact day when I decided to
go into ophthalmology. I was a third-year medical student and I had the opportunity
to go to the operating room and follow one of the ophthalmologists around. I watched
him do cataract surgery, and I truly thought it was amazing. This was such an intricate,
precise surgery. You’re operating on something the size of a golf ball, with these precise
hand movements and the way that he did it was just amazing for me to watch. I went home
that night and I told my wife how amazing the experience was. Even better was the next
day, when I was able to see the exact same patient when they had their eye patch taken
off and they could see again. I could tell it was a life changing experience for that
patient and to think that I could be part of that during my career, I knew this was
something I could do for the rest of my life. My primary interest in ophthalmology is both
cataract surgery along with LASIK surgery. For cataract surgery, I’m one of the busiest
surgeons at Ohio State. I do somewhere in the range of 1,200 to 1,500 cataract surgeries
every year. My specific interest in cataract surgery is choosing what type of a special
lense implant to use for the patient. There’s new advanced technology, which includes specialized
implants that will help correct astigmatism in addition to correcting your cataract. There’s also
specialized implants that will help correct presbyopia. Presbyopia in particular can be
challenging for some patients. Presbyopia is the need for reading glasses once people
turn forty. So some of this newer technology it’s possible that we can choose a lense implant
that will not only give you good distant vision, but will also give you back your up-close
vision. In my clinic, we try to take great pride in
really connecting with every single patient that we have. I feel like every doctor has
the ability to be a good physician just by how we have our training. But in truth to
be a truly good physician, you have to really connect with your patients and have a good
bedside manner. Even though I see eyes every single day and I do eye surgery every single
day, for my patients this can be sometimes a very nervous time for them. I find that
by being able to connect with them usually I can make them more comfortable and by doing
so make it a much easier and smoother experience. My staff feels the same way. We try and treat
all of our patients as if they are our good friends or our family members.

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