Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs RIP

To some ophthalmologists, the name Steve Jobs won't mean a  lot. He died today aged 56 with pancreatic cancer.

So why should eye surgeons, or indeed any other health professionals, remember him?

Older ophthalmologists may find it hard to adapt to the new world order which has seen Apple's and Jobs's iPhones and iPads transform the way that we create and share information. But for young opthalmologists in training today, I would suspect that these products have become essential tools of their trade.

Recent research carried out by EuroTimes has shown that the majority of ophthalmologists still prefer to get the latest news on ophthalmology from the printed magazine. But there is a growing number of ophthalmologists  who are looking to Apps or other  applications, not only to share information, but also to help them in their day to day work.

Of course it should be pointed out that Steve Jobs alone wasn't responsible for this technological revolution,  but he became a cheerleader for a new generation that wanted and continues to want to look at new ways of seeing, hearing and speaking.

The Apple website simply states: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius and the world has lost an amazing human being. "

Steve Jobs, rest in peace.