• Users Online: 249
  • Print this page
  • Email this page

 Table of Contents  
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Scalpel tales

Department of Cornea, RIO GOH, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission30-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance31-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication04-Mar-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sharmila Devi Vadivelu
Department of Cornea, RIO GOH, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_5_20

Get Permissions

How to cite this article:
Vadivelu SD. Scalpel tales. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2020;58:1-2

How to cite this URL:
Vadivelu SD. Scalpel tales. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jun 4];58:1-2. Available from: http://www.tnoajosr.com/text.asp?2020/58/1/1/280003

A surgeon must have the eyes of a hawk, the heart of a lion, and the hands of a lady

Dear Seniors and Friends,

The office of TJOSR wishes you all a very Happy New Year!

It is with immense pleasure that we present to you the very first issue for the year 2020. We will begin this new year by thanking you all for this opportunity to serve you in 2019. It was a good year for the Journal, and we look forward to an even better year, filled with exciting new possibilities.

Ophthalmology is a demanding profession. In addition to being a good physician and a skilled surgeon, a comprehensive ophthalmologist also needs to be well versed in the evolving technology in this field. One does not need phenomenal ability to be a good surgeon; only a lucky few are born with that innate dexterity and skill which is the mark of a truly great surgeon. The rest of us get there by sheer determination, hard work, and a passion for perfection. There may be shortcuts to success, but there are no shortcuts to the acquisition of skill. Wet laboratory training, video-assisted skill transfer, observation, and assisting skilled senior surgeons with their surgeries, all help young surgeons in this endeavor. Over the years, I have heard too many residents tell me that they had considered quitting after their initial cataract surgeries. Luckily this phase passes. It does take time to get accustomed to the use of the binocular microscope. Patience and determination are all that is needed. A surgeon's skill is often judged by his technique, his speed and most importantly his ability to handle complications. Complications are an inevitable part of surgery and can happen to the most eminent of surgeons. However, the very word can strike terror into the hearts of the trainee surgeon. It is imperative to learn to handle such situations calmly and efficiently.

Once you have mastered the art of surgery, or come as close as possible, it is time to pass on your experience and knowledge to the next generation. A good surgeon knows how to operate, a better surgeon knows when to operate, and the best when not to operate.[1] It takes wisdom, experience, strength, and courage not to intervene.

On Saturday, I was a surgeon in South Africa, very little known. On Monday, I was world renowned

– Christian Bernard

These were the words of the pioneer of heart transplantation Dr. Christian Bernard, after his first human heart transplant. We cannot be perfect in the true sense, but there should be a constant strive for perfectionism. We need to step up our game every day.

In this issue, we have a fabulous “Guest Editorial – Quo vadis” by a renowned Cataract and Refractive Surgeon Dr. Arulmozhi Varman, who always strives to use the best of technology and his immense surgical skills to give an uncorrected visual acuity of 6/6 to each and every one of his cataract and refractive surgery patients. We also have a research brief titled, “Flash box-A pragmatic tool to hone surgical skills during residency training period.” Just like the flashcard which is being used as a teaching tool, the authors have come up with this name for the paper intraocular lens (IOL) box which is used as a practicing tool.

We have for you some well-written original articles and interesting case reports in this issue. There is an interesting case report on a newer lens used in the correction of aphakia – CMT Flex by Dr. Nivean et al. It is a hydrophilic foldable IOL which is scleral fixated without sutures or fibrin glue. This issue also carries our regular features, such as the Quiz and the Journal Scan. Over the ages, the field of vitreoretinal surgery has seen many breakthroughs, but it is very important to remember the history and the legends associated with it. This issue's Quiz on History in Retinal Surgery by one of our Joint Editors Dr. Madanagopalan is a must-read. I would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this issue. I would also like to thank the reviewers for their timely review of submissions and the entire Editorial Board for their coordinated efforts. Please do give us your feedback to make the issue more relevant for your clinical practice. We value your suggestions and feedback. We also request you all to submit ophthalmic images of good quality for the Cover Page of TJOSR.

  References Top

Knowing when not to operate. BMJ 1999;318(7180):A.  Back to cited text no. 1


Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
Access Statistics
Email Alert *
Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)

  In this article

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded100    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal