Andrew Hendershot, MD, Cornea and External Disease Specialist


My name is Andy Hendershot. I’m an ophthalmologist
here at the Havener Eye Institute, and I’m a cornea and external disease specialist. I interact with a wide variety of people,
from CEOs to homeless individuals, people from all different countries. So it’s kind
of a very changing environment. I mean, day-to-day, you never know what you’re gonna get. It’s
a different experience every day. But the ability to help and kind of give back and
look back after a career and say, these are the people that I’ve helped, I think is a
very strong drawing point. I think a lot of patients feel refreshed when
their physician is upfront and honest with them and says flat out this is a bad infection,
or you have a bad problem, we’re going to do everything we need to do to fix that. But
I don’t like to mislead patients or falsely give them false hope. When there is hope and
we have every possible piece of equipment and machinery and treatment here we can,
we can help a lot of people that couldn’t be helped elsewhere. But I think it’s important
to be very honest and upfront with patients. And I think customizing treatment plans to
a patient personality, I can have two patients that I’ll see this afternoon with the same
exact problem that we’ll treat differently, whether it’s because they do or don’t want
to have surgery or they can or can’t do a number of drops a certain amount of time,
or a different surgical technique, one versus the other depending on their ability to position
or their ability to follow up or their ability to use drops. I think the most rewarding part of any ophthalmologist
work is being able to restore people’s sight. We have medical students that rotate with
us that obviously rotate with a whole bunch of different specialties, and on more than
one post-operative day I’ve had medical students with me that say, “This is really amazing.”
Patients come in the day after surgery, they see better than they’ve seen in years or in
their entire life. They’ve started reading the paper that morning or they come back a
week later and they’re able to read their bibles in church, their hymnals, they can
read their newspapers, they can write letters to their grandchildren again. So, restoration
of sight is pretty hard to beat in terms of rewarding.

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