2021 Top Doctor: Deepti Saini, M.D.

Editorial StaffMay 5, 2021
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Ophthalmology

Med School/Year Graduated: Drexel University College of Medicine/2010

Years in Practice: 7

True or false: Eating carrots is beneficial to your eyesight. Why?

Mostly true. Carrots are full of the antioxidant B-carotene. One major study has shown that B-carotene may play a role in age-related eye macular degeneration. But it also demonstrated that very high levels could cause increased incidence of lung cancer in high-risk patients. So… binging on carrots won’t likely improve an average person’s eye health and isn’t recommended.

We’ve spent a lot of time staring at screens during the pandemic. In what ways can this be detrimental to our eyes?

While there has been no evidence shown that staring at screens can cause severe damage to eye health, patients tend to experience dry eye symptoms from prolonged computer/tablet use. This includes symptoms like foreign body sensation [and] blurred vision. We recommend taking scheduled breaks from screen time and using over-the-counter artificial tears to help with these complaints.

Is ophthalmology essentially a surgical field? Do all ophthalmologists perform cataract and retinal procedures?

Ophthalmology is one of the few unique specialties in medicine that is both clinical and surgical, and it was what drew me to this field. In my practice, I manage all medical problems of the eye, but my surgical skills are focused on cataract surgery.

What are the most exciting advancements in your field?

Most recently, we can now offer laser-assisted cataract surgery and highly advanced intraocular lenses that can help patients get independence from glasses for distance and near vision after surgery.

Your bio says you love traveling. Which destinations are on your bucket list?

I would love to go to the Maldives and stay in an overwater bungalow. I also want to go back to Singapore. It’s a small country, but it had so much to offer for tourism and cuisine.

What is the best depiction of your field you’ve seen in TV or film?

Ophthalmology is so under-represented in entertainment, and when it is, it’s often incorrect.  I remember loving the movie At First Sight growing up. Now I realize that it is impossible to restore someone’s vision like they depicted in the movie.

What was the last book you read?

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. I love romantic-comedy fictions. I also have a monthly subscription to Betty & Veronica Archie Comics.

Do you have any hobbies or interests you pursue in your spare time?

I really enjoy riding the Peloton bike or doing barre classes as much as possible since it helps me maintain my sanity. My other hobbies include cooking, especially Indian dishes, reading and shopping.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

In an alternate universe, a career in fashion, like a stylist or designer, would be exciting!

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