Meet a Specialist: Silas Wang, M.D.
Silas Wang, MD, is a visually oriented person. “For many people, myself included, being able to see plays a critical role in our daily lives. It helps us connect to our surroundings,” he says. “And that’s a big part of why I wanted to become an ophthalmologist—helping patients regain or preserve their vision is extremely rewarding.”
Providing Comprehensive Eye Care
Dr. Wang is part of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Cataract Consultation Service at Mass. Eye and Ear’s Boston (Charles Street) and Stoneham locations. He cares for patients with a variety of routine and complex conditions, ranging from dry eyes, inflamed eyelids, allergies, infections, and red eyes, to floaters, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. As a surgeon, he specializes in restoring vision in patients with cataracts, but he also performs pterygium removal surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
Improving Quality of Life with Cataract Surgery
Dr. Wang especially enjoys performing cataract surgery, which involves removing the clouded lens. “This procedure is unique because vision is restored quickly, and the results can often be life-changing,” he says.
He remembers one particular patient whose quality of life dramatically improved after surgery. “I took care of a woman with Down syndrome who could not express herself verbally, but her sister could tell she was having difficulty recognizing people and seeing objects,” Dr. Wang recalls. “The patient was afraid to walk on her own and clung to her sister’ arms to avoid bumping into things.”
This particular patient had a significant cataract in one eye, but she was apprehensive about surgery. She had already undergone cataract surgery in her other eye, but developed complications that led to permanent vision loss.
Dr. Wang and his staff helped quell her fears and ultimately performed a successful cataract surgery. “After surgery, her sister noticed immediately that she was walking confidently on her own and enjoying her personal hobbies again,” Dr. Wang says. “I was so happy to help her regain her sight and sense of independence.”
Such success stories are common in the Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Cataract Consultation Service, which has consistently met or exceeded international benchmarks for cataract surgery.
Research Focuses on Novel Approaches to Education
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Wang is also interested in studying new technology in medical education. Before joining Mass. Eye and Ear, he developed and evaluated new educational tools to help trainees become better diagnosticians and surgeons. He plans to continue this research in the future.
Generous Teacher and Mentor
As an Instructor in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Wang also teaches medical students and ophthalmology residents.
“My favorite thing about teaching is witnessing that ‘aha!’ moment, when a resident finally figures out a difficult medical concept or experiences a surgical procedure for the first time. “Being able to pass on my knowledge and experience to trainees, who are truly interested in learning, is highly rewarding for me,” he says.
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