Meet Dr. Steven Ma, one of New Vision Eye Clinic’s most in-demand ophthalmologists. Dr. Ma was among the earliest eye surgeons in North America to conduct refractive laser surgery. He divides his professional time between North America and China, specializing in refractive cataract surgery, lens replacement surgery for presbyopia, and refractive laser eye surgery.

Why did you decide to become an eye doctor?

Eye sight is so important. From seeing our mother for the first time entering this world, to seeing our loved ones during our last day on earth, vision is what largely defines our memories and life experiences. Even when we dream, it is what we see in our dreams that we remember.

As a student, I met a patient who did not get her eyes checked regularly, and unfortunately developed eye cancer, which spread to the rest of her body and took her life. It was then that I decided I had to be an eye doctor.

What is the best part of your job?

I enjoy helping patients appreciate life. We take our vision for granted.

Many people with poor eyesight wear eye glasses to help their disability. They don’t realize that surgery can decrease their dependence on glasses, improve or remove their vision disability, and let them live a fuller life. When I explain this to patients, use the wonders of modern medicine to improve their vision, and then see their happy faces after this life-changing surgery, I know I’ve made a difference in their lives. This is the most fulfilling part of what I do.

Dr. Ma and one of New Vision Eye Clinic's nurses with a happy patient after another successful laser eye surgery

Dr. Ma (L), one of New Vision Eye Clinic’s nurses (R) and a patient (C) after another successful laser eye surgery procedure


Tell us about your educational background and training.

I was awarded my Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1990. I then trained as an eye surgeon from 1991 to 1995 at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Stanford University in California. I began performing laser eye surgery in 1995. Between 1998 and 2000, I received additional training in retina and ocular plastics surgery, along with advanced laser eye surgery from the University of Southern California. I’ve received additional training and have experience on eight different laser platforms.

What are the most important qualities for an eye doctor to have?

Empathy, surgical skills, attention to detail, and relentless pursuit of innovation.

What do you enjoy most about working at New Vision Eye Clinic for part of the year?

The great team of staff at the surgical center in downtown Shanghai!

This is part of a series of interviews with New Vision Eye Clinic’s ophthalmologists, eye doctors and ophthalmic surgeons.

Dr. Steven Ma is a Professor and Senior Ophthalmology Consultant at New Vision Eye Clinic.

To book an appointment with Dr. Ma, phone New Vision Eye Clinic on +86 21 6437 7445 (Beijing time: UTC +8)

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