Aug. 15, 2017 — Casey Beal, M.D. ’09, calls his job as a pediatric ophthalmologist a fun yet challenging balancing act.
“You’re entertaining, distracting and examining the child all at once,” he said. “I like feeling like I’ve made a difference for these children. If you correct a child’s vision early on, they will have 70 to 80 years of good vision ahead of them.”
Beal discovered his love for ophthalmology in his fourth year at the UF College of Medicine. After completing an ophthalmology rotation that intertwined time in the clinic and the operating room, Beal knew the constantly evolving field would soon become his life’s work. Beal completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus (“wandering eye” or “crossed eye”) at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern, where he also taught courses in ophthalmology. Today, he is an assistant professor of pediatric ophthalmology and the associate program director for the ophthalmology residency program at the UF College of Medicine.
Doctor Gator asked Dr. Beal a few questions to prepare families for August, named National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.