Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today asked seven ophthalmologists to answer five questions.

Below are Dr. Robert Weinstock’s answers.

OF WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST?

I am most pleased with the quality of care and the outcomes we deliver to our patients at the Eye Institute of West Florida. I am so proud of my father’s 4-decade dedication to the profession of ophthalmology and of his instilling in me the drive and commitment to raise the bar and put the patient first in all decisions that I make.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

I am a great sleeper, but occasionally, I will lie awake thinking about a patient who is not doing well, how to improve what I do and make the practice run better, my kids, and fishing plans.

WHERE ARE OPTHALMOLOGY AND MEDICINE HEADED?

The prevalence of disease will rise, owing to a national epidemic of obesity and the aging of the US population. Ongoing regulation will distract us from caring for patients. Reimbursement will decrease further, and the government will continue to interfere in our decisions about what is best for our patients. I anticipate eventual governmental control of medicine with a small, second-tier, private-pay system.

WHAT CHANGES ARE YOU MAKING IN YOU PRACTICE?

We are diversifying the services we offer. We have added cosmetic self-pay procedures and products. Our focus is on customer service and patients’ education.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE JUST GETTING STARTED IN OPHTHALMOLOGY?

Slow and steady wins the race. Bond with your patients, and treat them like family. By making their care your number one priority, you will almost always make good decisions.

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Robert J. Weinstock, M.D., is a cataract and refractive surgeon in practice at The Eye Institute of West Florida in Largo, Florida. Dr. Weinstock may be reached at (727) 585 – 6644; rjweinstock@yahoo.com.

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