Dr. Lois M. Townshend
Associated Eye Surgeons
45 Resnik Road, Plymouth;
441 Route 130, Sandwich
What inspired you to choose ophthalmology as a career?
I love the intricate, technical requirements needed to perform eye surgery and I find helping people achieve their best vision both rewarding and challenging.
Why might a person choose an ophthalmologist for aesthetic procedures?
I have found, over my 30 years of practice, that ophthalmology lends itself well to aesthetics. I perform lid surgeries, (for both medical and cosmetic reasons) and deal with facial anatomy and facial muscles every day. Long before Botox was used to reduce wrinkles, it was used by ophthalmologists to straighten children’s eyes and calm facial spasms in adults. The majority of the fillers used in aesthetics are made up of the same material that I use to protect the eye during cataract surgery. I know these materials so well, and I know how the face moves and how it changes with age. I love being able to use this knowledge to help patients achieve a youthful, natural look.
What is Mission for Sight, the nonprofit you co-founded in 1994?
I founded Mission for Sight as a way to use my medical knowledge and my surgical skills to help the global community. In some countries there are no pediatric ophthalmic surgeons and I wanted to find a way to help.
What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
One of the most amazing things about my job is giving sight to a child who has never been able to see. There is no greater feeling in the world than this.