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Gold Medal Award for Dr. Sameera.

Gold Medal Award for Dr. Sameera.

In a recent Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan,s annual meeting at Bhurban, May, 2014, Dr. Sameera Irfan has been given a Gold Medal award for academic and professional excellence in the field of Pediatric Ophthalmology in Pakistan for the year 2014.

This is in lieu of her major research on successful Amblyopia (lazy eye) therapy for children and adults as well as for writing 3 books on ophthalmic sub-specialties: Amblyopia, Strabismus, Oculoplastic surgery and numerous publications in national & international peer reviewed journals.

This is her third Gold Medal award; the first one was for distinction in Ophthalmology in MBBS final exam,  the second one was for best paper presentation as a junior ophthalmologist at the annual meeting of Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan’s meeting, 2000.

She has established the department of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Oculoplastics at the Mughal Eye Trust Hospital, Lahore which has been offering free clinical services to patients being referred from all over Pakistan and abroad. This is the first free, charity centre of its kind providing quality service to its patients.

Because of her successful work on Amblyopia (lazy eye)  management for patients of all ages, she has made an amazing contribution and difference in the field of pediatric ophthalmology. Patients presenting with squint usually have a poor vision in the squinting eye (lazy eye).  Her latest research on amblyopia management not only restores good vision in the squinting eye but also corrects the squint with glasses only;  such patients do not have to undergo squint surgery.

Dr. Sameera promises to keep up the good work and her efforts to make a difference in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery.


“Understanding Strabismus”

The management of a patient with strabismus / squint is one of the most challenging asks for trainee as well as general ophthalmologists. This book is clinically oriented and describes the management of all kinds of strabismus in a most comprehensive and a concise manner which is easy to grasp.

You can order it from the publishers: Jaypee Brothers or send me a mail and I shall post it to you.

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Life and Eyes

The eyes are the looking glass with which we see the world. They are also the windows to our soul. Such a sensitive organ is often taken for granted. We do not appreciate all that we see, and seldom what we experience. But once the sense is gone, we are in the darkness…literally.

The reason I chose ophthalmology was because of my mentor, Professor Akram Riaz; he was such a great teacher that I just gave up my longstanding dream of becoming a cardiac surgeon and instead became an Oculoplastic Surgeon / Squint Specialist. Now I make people’s eyes beautiful. WHY??

Eyes have always fascinated me and became interested in the physical aspects of it. When a person walks towards you and starts talking to you, eyes are the first feature on that person’s face that catches your attention; a pair of healthy looking eyes tell you a lot about that person’s personality. They reveal if that person is intelligent, humorous , if he/she is comprehending what you are saying and of course if they have the squint. If a person avoids looking at you while talking it means he/she’s lying  but if they look at you while lying it means they’re evil… so run.

A lot of my day to day life revolves around this organ and I am careful not only to look but also to grasp what is being  truly reflected. I plan to share interesting cases that I come across and hope they will throw light into understanding this beautiful but complex organ.

Looking forward to your thoughts too.


to any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.

the eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend

one’s eyes are what one is, one’s mouth is what one becomes

what we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented by the trustworthy eye