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A passion for ultra-widefield retinal imaging

OT  speaks to Simon Browning about his next career goals

09 Mar 2018 by Ian Beasley

What is your professional passion?

Ultra-widefield retinal imaging and autofluorescence.

If you could change one thing about the way we work what would it be?

I would create a truly clinical profession where, as we all live longer, vision preservation for our patients comes before all else.

What is your next career goal?

To undertake much more lecturing on ultrawidefield imaging and autofluorescence. There is so much that is revolutionary and exciting in this area.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would say, get involved in education and teaching others, both professionally helping others expand their knowledge, and clinically helping patients understand their eyes in order to help them preserve their vision.

"To undertake much more lecturing on ultrawidefield imaging and autofluorescence. There is so much that is revolutionary and exciting in this area"

How do you manage a work/life balance? 

I don’t! I am very bad at this. My wife (who is chief executive of the national charity, the Spinal Injuries Association) and I often sit down and say we should get this right, but then are too busy to get round to it.

What do you do to unwind?

I love cooking, and I also attempt to play golf. Cooking I like to think I’m good at. Golf I’m not!

You have won the OT lottery. What are the first three things you would do with the £1m jackpot?

First, I would ensure the financial security of those near and dear to me. I would then go on a world cruise with my wife, and donate a lump sum of money to research into peripheral retinal changes and associations with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Tell us about your next holiday? 

Currently nothing is booked – an example of my bad work/life balance.! But the plan is to take a safari in South Africa. I am 60 this year, so we are looking to plan a few ‘big events.’

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