Christina Y. Weng, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor-Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery and Fellowship Program Director at Baylor College of Medicine-Cullen Eye Institute, shares her video highlighting Drainage of a Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage. Dr. Weng provides her surgical video summary below and includes her video (click on the arrow) and she also tells RetinaLink why she decided on retina, her mentors and what is most challenging professionally in RetinaLink’s ongoing #ilooklikearetinasurgeon series.
Dr. Weng said, “My 86-year-old monocular female patient with recent penetrating keratoplasty in her better-seeing eye suffered a fall and presented with a suprachoroidal hemorrhage with severe pain, elevated intraocular pressure, and decreased vision. Despite maximum medical therapy, her intraocular pressure (IOP) continued to be elevated with persistent pain, so decision was made to take her for surgical drainage after a waiting period of 10 days to allow for liquefaction. The video highlights some important surgical techniques of a suprachoroidal drainage including the placement of an anterior chamber maintainer, cutdown of the sclera, and use of a cyclodialysis spatula to extract blood clots. Postoperatively, the patient’s vision improved from hand motion to 20/125 (her baseline), her IOP normalized, and her pain resolved. B-scan ultrasound confirmed near-resolved choroidals.”
RetinaLink (RL): Why did you decide on retina?
C. WENG, MD, MBA (CYW): I decided to become a retina specialist because I loved and welcomed the unique challenge that each retinal disease presents. The fact that no two surgeries are alike keeps things interesting and provides an opportunity to continue growing as a physician on a daily basis. Additionally, there are so many developments on the horizon of our field, it is really an exciting time.
RL: Who is/are your female mentor(s)?
CYW: I am incredibly grateful to have so many amazing mentors—both male and female—who have guided me in different ways through my early career thus far and there are too many to list them all in this limited space. I am particularly grateful to a number of women mentors who have been especially influential in shaping my growth and aspirations: Dr. Nina Berrocal (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute), Dr. Susan Bressler (Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute), Dr. Diana Do (Stanford Byers Eye Institute), Dr. Nell Gregori (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute), Dr. Judy Kim (Medical College of Wisconsin), and Dr. Jennifer Lim (University of Illinois Chicago). These accomplished and inspiring women are important role models for me and many, many others!
RL: What is your greatest challenge professionally?
CYW: The biggest professional challenge for me is maintaining balance between clinical duties, research, teaching, and life outside of work. I’m lucky to have a many extraordinary female mentors who seem to always have words of wisdom to offer when I am faced with making difficult choices.
Dr. Christina Weng can be reached via e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org