I was in Kansas City last weekend. The occasion? The 26th Annual Durrie Fellows’ Reunion. Dan Durrie M.D. has worked with a doctor each year for 26 years to tell them the secrets of how to be the world’s greatest refractive surgeon. (“First, buy a coffee mug that says “World’s Greatest Refractive Surgeon,” is the type of thing you might hear on day one of your fellowship.) Each year we all gather together to talk about what’s going on in our lives, and more importantly, what’s going on in the world of SBK, LASIK, PRK, ASA, and other laser eye surgery acronyms.
It’s good to be around people that like the same thing you like. I remember when I was little and that was all it took to make a best friend (“You like ‘The Princess Bride’?, me too! Let’s quote it all day long!”) It’s kind of like that at the reunion, except a lot of the talk revolves around eye drops.
Mostly, it was just good to be around Dan Durrie again. The man is a living legend. He is the Johnny Cash of ophthalmology. It is well worth a trip to KC once a year to spend some time with him again, and remember, “yeah, I’m with that guy.” Hunter Vision is doing some great things, but there are even bigger and better things on the horizon. It is good to be on the journey with friends.