Why did you choose to become an eye surgeon?

I decided to become an eye surgeon when I was only 7 years old

So, the reason I decided to become an eye surgeon was because of a personal experience when I was seven years old. I had a great aunt who lost her vision to diabetes and it turned out that the reason she lost her vision was severe cataracts related to diabetes.

It left me absolutely in awe of what an impact that giving someone’s sight back can have on someone

So, when I was seven I witnessed her go into hospital and have cataract surgery and this had a really profound effect on her and on our family and this left me absolutely in awe of what an impact that giving someone’s sight back, and even performing as straightforward an operation as cataract surgery, can have on someone.

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Mr Alex J. Shortt | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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I’m Alex Shortt, a highly trained academic researcher and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. I trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. I specialise in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses and laser vision correction.

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