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An Interview with Dr. Veshal Madan
by Ms. Sucheta Mitra


Interview summarised by Ms. Sucheta Mitra


In this episode of Insight Radio, Dr. Veshal Madan, a renowned optometrist, shares his career journey and the impact of optometry on his professional life. He discusses setting up optometry schools, the importance of management skills, and the potential of artificial intelligence in the field. Dr. Madan’s research on diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy highlights the importance of early detection and comprehensive care. He also explores the use of technology in optometry education and provides insights into marketing strategies. Discover the world of optometry through Dr. Madan’s expertise and passion in this captivating episode.

Dr. Veshal Madan, shares his career journey and the impact of optometry on his professional life. Inspired by his father, an ophthalmic surgeon, Dr. Madan pursued optometry after initially aiming for medical school. He established an optometry school at D Y Patel Medical College and emphasizes the need for quality education in the field. Dr. Madan discusses the process of setting up an optometry school in India and encourages aspiring optometrists to seek assistance from experienced professionals. Collaboration between optometry and ophthalmology is highlighted as essential for harmonious healthcare delivery.

Acquiring Management Skills in Optometry: Dr. Madan stresses the importance of acquiring management skills and recommends pursuing a postgraduate degree in management, such as an MBA, for optometrists. He believes that a management degree equips optometrists with the necessary skills to effectively manage their practice, handle stakeholders, and navigate various aspects of their profession. Specializing in healthcare and hospital management or human resource management (HRM) is suggested to complement clinical skills and open opportunities in clinic setup and community-based hospitals. Marketing skills are also emphasized for effective promotion of optometric services.

Diabetic Retinopathy and Maculopathy: Dr. Madan’s research focuses on diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a common condition affecting individuals with diabetes, leading to permanent vision loss in some cases. Dr. Madan conducted research using non-invasive techniques like optical coherence tomography (OCT) to diagnose and monitor the effects of diabetes on the retina. Proper control of diabetes can reverse the condition, emphasizing the need for vigilant screening and an integrated approach involving diabetologists or physicians for comprehensive care.

Monitoring and Symptoms for Diabetic Patients: Dr. Madan explains the key symptoms and markers that patients with diabetes should monitor closely. Polyuria, polydipsia, and polyphagia are cardinal signs of diabetes. Fundus photography or OCT should be performed for patients with a history of diabetes for more than five years to detect early retinal changes. Symptoms like blurred vision or perception of a curtain-like obstruction should be considered alarming, requiring immediate medical attention. Maintaining proper blood sugar control is crucial to prevent and manage diabetic eye complications.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Optometry: Dr. Madan discusses the potential of AI and machine learning in optometry. AI has been successfully used for early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and detection of macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve diseases. AI can complement optometrists’ work by improving processes and patient care. Dr. Madan mentions Peek, a UK-based company offering a low-cost fundus camera attachment for smartphones, facilitating retinal image capture and immediate referrals.

Enhancing Learning with Technology: Dr. Madan highlights the benefits of technology-assisted teaching devices in optometry education. By incorporating videos, photographs, and clips related to optometry, students can have a visual experience of instruments, techniques, and procedures, promoting better understanding and retention. Visual therapy programs utilizing AI technology strengthen eye muscles using devices like computer screens and tablets. Interactive online platforms and educational tools facilitate real-time interaction between students and educators, enhancing the learning experience.

Engaging Lectures through Blended Teaching: The speaker suggests a blended teaching approach to make lectures more interesting and engaging. Providing teaching models, videos, and questions stimulates critical thinking and invites students to relate the material to their own experiences. Creating a supportive environment where students feel comfortable asking questions fosters an interactive session. The speaker emphasizes the importance of curiosity and freedom of thought, quoting Einstein and promoting active participation in the educational process.

Marketing Knowledge for Optometrists: Having managerial and marketing knowledge is crucial for empowering optometrists. Effective marketing and communication skills are essential for conveying information convincingly and building long-term patient relationships. Optometrists should focus on delivering quality work, avoiding false claims or excessive advertising. Online marketing platforms like Facebook can be useful, but authenticity and accurate information should be prioritized.

Career Choices and Giving Back: After completing their education, optometry students gain clarity about their career preferences. Pursuing a master’s degree, management degree (MBA), or Ph.D. depends on individual interests and goals. The speaker encourages students to excel in their chosen profession and utilize their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others. Continuous learning and staying connected are emphasized for making a positive impact in optometry.

Discover the fascinating world of optometry and beyond in our latest episode featuring Dr. Veshal Madan! Tune in to gain valuable insights the importance of quality education, collaboration, management skills, and marketing knowledge in optometry. He emphasizes vigilance in diabetic eye care, the potential of AI in diagnosis, and the benefits of technology in education. Join us as we delve into Dr. Madan’s expertise and passion for optometry. Don’t miss out! Find our podcast on leading platforms like Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more.