Ophthalmologist, 81, reveals secrets to successful aging


Ophthalmologist Malcolm Ing meticulously prepares for his morning appointment.

Every movement is precise and has a purpose. He can’t help himself; it’s what surgeons do.

“This is my passion and you know I’ve been doing this for a long time. I actually started here 30-40 years ago at this break,” he said.

Ing has an appointment with Mother Nature. He started surfing at the age of 14 with a 12-foot hollow surfboard that weighed more than 50 pounds.

“We had to dump water out of it, pull the plug and dump out of it at the end of the surfing session,” he said.

That was nearly 70 years ago. His motivation to live life to the fullest comes from legendary surfer Woody Brown.

“He surfed into his 90s, I intend to do the same,” Ing said. “Right now, I’m 81… Still going strong! Yeah!”

When he’s not searching for the perfect ride, he’s known to thousands of patients as Dr. Malcolm Ing, a pioneer in the world of early surgical alignment.

When it comes to eye-muscle operations, few on this planet even come close.

“It came out to over 5,000. So yeah, it’s kind of cute though because when I’m in practice, sometimes somebody walks in and they say oh yeah, you fixed my eyes when I was two years old and I’m talking to this 25-year-old girl,” he said.

Besides his clinical practice, Ing is the chief of ophthalmology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He recently appeared on Wake Up 2day to talk about saving your vision.

Still working, still surfing. “If you keep care of your physical health and guard it and not do the things that are obviously unhealthy, you’ll probably get a long-term career,” he said.

Still competing and still winning.

“We’re age-divided right? It’s funny the HSA Hawaii Surfing Association had a legends division, and that was 60-plus, but when I reached 70 with a couple of the other guys, we prevailed on the HSA president to go to a 70-plus division, so now we’re called the Golden Legends,” he said with a chuckle. “Tell you the truth, it’s the Medicare Division, you know.”

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