Episode 60

Strategies for Building a Portfolio Career: Balancing Ophthalmology and Entrepreneurship

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | January 10, 2024

Dr. Rehan Ahmed, a board-certified ophthalmologist, has cultivated a diversified career portfolio through his determined entrepreneurial mindset. This approach offered him numerous benefits, including gaining diverse skills and experiences and building valuable networks. In this fascinating episode, Dr. Ahmed recounts his incredible success story of building a diversified career and the revolutionary device his team at Blink created, which benefits the field of eye care all around the world.


  • 00:01:13 – Dr. Ahmed’s Journey in Ophthalmology
  • 00:03:51 – How to build a portfolio career?
  • 00:07:43 – You recently won the Eyecelerator competition with Blink Frames at AAO. Congrats. Tell us more about that. What is Blink Frames?
  • 00:12:44 – Hard Journey Behind Ophthalmology Innovations
  • 00:14:44 – What’s next for the company? And you?
  • 00:17:07 – Contact lenses that track IOP and how Blink can work with them
  • 00:19:14 – What advice do you have for our listeners, saying someone just a few years out of residency who wants to build a multi-faceted career? How would you advise them?
  • 00:21:24 – Dr. Ahmed’s vision for his career

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Rehan Ahmed, MD

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist at Greater Houston Eye Consultants
Chief Medical Officer, Blink by Globe Biomedical

Rehan Ahmed is a board-certified ophthalmologist passionate about improving eye care. 

He has extensive experience in the wide spectrum of eye care – from direct medical and surgical patient care to managing medical optometry and ophthalmology practice environments to innovating in drug and device development. 

Dr. Ahmed has served as an investigator in multiple studies, designed early and late phase studies, and has led multiple regulatory interactions. 

His expertise is bridging strategic gaps in new treatment modalities between patients, providers, payors, and regulatory agencies.

He is a practicing ophthalmologist, Medical Director in Global Clinical Development and Operations at Santen Pharmaceutical, founder of Texas Eye and Vision Associates, and Medical Advisor at Blink, a startup in remote ocular healthcare; he also advises multiple med-tech startups.

Dr. Ahmed received his MD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the University of Texas, residency in ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, and MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Connect with Dr. Rehan Ahmed

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rehan-ahmed-md
Website: blinkframes.com


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