In an interview, Alex Shortt talks about his career and how he became a refractive surgeon
Interviewer: What’s your experience with lens replacement surgery?
Alex Shortt: I started in the NHS, and I learned to do cataract surgery. I trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and I did 500 cataract operations at Moorfields before I then became a consultant. Then I performed another 500 surgerys, and after doing over a thousand cataract operations, I then did some further training to become what’s known as a refractive surgeon.
There is some really specific training involved to become a refractive surgeon. You can’t just simply one day change over and start using these new technologies.
I’m at the stage now where on average, I do about a thousand lens exchange/cataract procedures per year, and have really excellent outcomes.