A DIFFERENT VIEW: SHADOWING EYE PHYSICIAN AND COSMETIC EYELID SURGEON Anting Hsiung College Park Scholars – Earth, Life, and Time Program Biological Science: Cell Biology and Genetics University of Maryland, College Park firstname.lastname@example.org May 2, 2008 Service Site Activities Dr. Banyong Chakshuvej, M.D. practices ophthalmology in College I shadowed Dr. Chakshuvej during patient visit, and my activities include: Park, Maryland. He provides service for routine eye check, treatments •Observe and assist Dr. Chakshuvej for problems and diseases with eyes, and cosmetic eyelid surgery. Its •Observe the diagnosis and treatments given by Dr. Chakshuvej mission is to bring better and comfortable life for patients through the •Observe the use of medical equipment, such as Slit Lamp Biomicroscopy medication for eyes. In addition, Dr. Chakshuvej also provides and Phoroptor/Refractors. cosmetic eyelid surgery to bring beauty people want. •Adjust the mirror for visual examination In addition, I also had chance to observe and assist Dr. Chakshuvej for 7305 Baltimore Avenue some minor in-clinic procedures. I had saw Botox injections, for medical Suite 101 and cosmetic reasons, and removing nodules around the eye. Sometimes, College Park, MD 20740 during the procedures, I needed to hold the patients steady, which gave (301) 779-0884 me an opportunity for a closer look on the procedures. Observation – Most common reasons for visiting Dr. Chakshuvej 1. Eye examination As suggest by the doctor, people should have eye examination every year, and people with diabetes or family history of glaucoma need to come more frequently. Many people came for glasses and contact lens prescription. 2. Diabetes check People with diabetes have higher risks of bleeding in the retina, which A poster in the main examination room called the Human Eye. can result in the loss of eye sight if the bleeding is severe. Some possible treatments include laser surgery, but it is only efficient if given early enough. 3. Glaucoma Impact Glaucoma is an eye disease that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and Eyes are the widow of the soul. During this shadowing experience, I result in vision loss and blindness. The symptom of this disease is learned more about various diseases associated with eyes, treatments usually unnoticeable, so patients with family history need to visit the for the diseases, and ways to prevent it. This gave me more insight doctor regularly. The check up includes eye pressure and sometimes and information about how to care my eyes and vision. I chose visual field test. shadowing a doctor because I am interesting in entering the medical 4. Cataract fields. However, after the practicum, I do not feel the same way. Being Cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. It is a a doctor requires patient, care, and concentration to bring the best very common in the elders. To prevent cataracts, people need to avoid medication for patients, and I do not think this profession is suitable for looking directly at the sun light and wear sunglasses. If the lens is too me. cloudy, patients can have surgery to replace the lens with permanent Acknowledgments intraocular lens implant. I would like to thank my site supervisor, Dr. Banyong Chakshuvej, and 5. Cosmetic eyelid surgery his receptionist, Alice Tsay, for allowing me to shadow and assist in the Dr. Chakshuvej is specialized for cosmetic eyelid surgery, and many office. I would also like to thank Dr. Holtz and Dr. Merck along with the people, men and women, come to Dr. Chakshuvej for the surgeries. Dr. College Park Scholars and Earth, Life, and Time Programs for their The examination room in Dr. Chakshuvej office. The seat was for the Chakshuvej also provides Botox injections. patients and the equipment on the right is called Slit Lamp Biomicroscopy . guidance and support throughout the practicum project.