Allison Bardes, M.D.
- Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Name: Allison Bardes
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Residency: West Virginia University
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Special Clinical/Research Interests: Cataract and refractive surgery
Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?
What does a typical day in the life of an ophthalmologist include?
A week in the life of an ophthalmologist can vary depending on your subspeciality. You can choose primarily a clinic based, or a surgical field, within ophthalmology. For a comprehensive (general) ophthalmologist, usually 4 days a week are in the clinic seeing patients. Clinic appointments can vary from routine eye exams, surgical evaluations, or procedure slots. 1-2 days a week are spent in the operating room or laser suite.
What is the biggest challenge of being a Ophthalmologist?
The biggest challenge of being an ophthalmologist is staying up to date. The field is changing rapidly with the advent of refractive IOLs (intraocular lenses) and MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery).
How do you foresee Ophthalmology changing over the next 20 years?
I foresee that the cataract field will begin to include more and more refractive surgeries.
What advice would you give a student who is considering an Ophthalmology residency?
My advice is to get involved early and make sure that it is a field you will truly enjoy. Find a mentor who can help get you involved in research, observe surgery, and spend time in the clinic learning about how to perform eye exams.