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18 Crazy Excuses That Patients Gave for Breaking or Losing Their Glasses

‘Out jumps this angry rabid squirrel that attacked her face.’

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These glasses are oven-baked, not fried. PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. CHRISTINA DIXON.

YOU SEE YOUR PATIENT walking into the office with trepidation and a familiar grimace and you know just what it means: lost or broken glasses.

As you work to solve the problem, you hear all kinds of explanations, from the plausible to the far-fetched.

The best are those that just have to be true, because how could you make this stuff up?

Take a look at some of our favorite submitted stories from the communities of Overheard Optometry and ODs on Facebook.

1. Patient: “I ran over my glasses with my car.” – Dr. Sara Erlich, Hackensack, NJ

2. Patient: “My dog sat on my glasses.” – Susan Klein Friday, Optica, Natick, MA

3. Patient: “I opened the case and they were like this.” – Julie, Calgary, AB, Canada

4. Patient: “I flushed it down an industrial-strength Bank of America toilet.” – Dr. Beth S., New York, NY

5. Optometrist: “How did you break these?”

Patient: “I was playing soccer.”

Optometrist: “Oh, took a ball to the face?”

Patient: “Uh, no, I gave them to my mom and she put them in her pocket and sat down on them.” – Dr. Mark Foust, Eye Contact Vision Center, Rock Hill, SC

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6. Patient: “I need new glasses. Mine are now oven-baked, not fried.” – Dr. Christina Dixon, Eagle Eye Vision Center, Stafford, VA

7. “[The patient] went to throw some garbage in the dumpster and heard an odd noise. She opened the dumpster and out jumps this angry rabid squirrel that attacked her face. Ended up scratching the lenses terribly and she fell, which lead to the frames getting mangled.” – Dr. Nick Jankowski, Mt. View EyeCare Center, Vancouver, WA

8. Patient: “My cat ate my glasses.” – Dr. Nick Jankowski, Mt. View EyeCare Center, Vancouver, WA

9. Patient: “I haven’t seen my best friend in many years. We decided to have a glass of wine on my front porch. What comes next, I found myself running down the street in my birthday suit in the rain in the dark and lost my glasses in the process. There was no way I was going to walk around my neighborhood the next day or ever find it again.” – Dr. Lan T. Nguyen, Optometrist, Round Rock, TX

10. Optometrist: “How did your glasses break?”

8-year-old patient: “My brother stepped on them.”

Mom and patient begin to laugh.

Optometrist: “What’s so funny about your brother stepping on your glasses?”

Patient: “I was wearing them when he stepped on my face.” – Dr. Paul Woolf, Woolf EyeCare Center, Gilbert, AZ

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11. Patient: “I was on a party bus last night and my buddy put them on the radiator [and melted them]. Can you fix them?” – Jenna Gilbertson, McCulley Optix Gallery, Fargo, ND

12. Patient: “I am here because my glasses aren’t fitting anymore. Can you fix them for me?”

Temples in an almost unfixable angle.

Optometrist: “Well, that’s going to be hard to fix. May I ask what happened?”

Patient: “Nothing. It just happened like this.” – Dr. Marianne Lindenberg, The Netherlands

13. Patient: “I flushed them down the toilet.” – Megan Korte, Eye Institute East, Columbia, MO

14. Patient: “A parrot ate them.” – Amanda Wiseman, Primary Eyecare Associates, Sidney, OH

15. “I had one who claimed that she picked up the specs on Monday and didn’t touch them for two days and then she opened the case and the lens had a massive crack. This crack could be felt on the other side. Sounded like magic.” – Aruba Ahmed, optometry student

16. Patient: “I sneezed and then my glasses fell off!” – Sanne, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands

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17. “They were carrying their baby when the baby took the glasses off the [patient’s] face and threw them across the room.” – Ana, FL

18. Patient: “Hi, I need to replace my glasses. Can you check if I’m still eligible for the warranty?”

Optometrist: “Yes, it’s been about six months. Just make sure to bring the old pair.”

Patient: “Well, I lost them. Why else would I need a new pair?” – Dr. Movses D’Janbatian, Brand Optometry, Glendale, CA

Elvira Derhovsepian is an ophthalmic scribe and the creator of the social media platform @overheardoptometry, a community of people who share their unique (and sometimes so very common) stories in eyecare. Derhovsepian recently published the first volume of the Overheard Optometry book, now available at Amazon.com, and enjoys freelance writing and editing in her free time.

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12 Patients Who Left Everyone Speechless at the Optometrist’s Office

Off-the-wall comments are approaching record levels.

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MAYBE IT’S JUST that time of year, when everyone is stressed because of the fast-approaching holidays. Whatever the reason, patients sure seem to be coming up with some off-the-wall comments lately.

With the new year coming, I want to say that it’ll get better. I want to encourage readers that the year 2020 will bring forth fewer shocking statements in eyecare offices everywhere.

But when I look at the number of submissions we receive at Overheard Optometry, I know that’s unlikely.

Here are some examples:

1. I mean … 365 days a year x multiple years and you, patient, could be on to something.

 

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Anonymous location #overheardoptometry #wrinkles #contactlenses #optometry

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2. Well. At least this patient adopted a viable daily routine and has one less new year’s resolution.

3. Are we talkin’ natural? Gluten-free? Purified air? We need answers.

4. We got shopping to do, gifts to wrap, places to be, things to see …

 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 🇦🇺 #overheardoptometry #visualfield #glaucoma #optometryinaustralia

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5. Are we talking retinal pictures or holiday gifts at this point?

 

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Los Angeles, California, USA 🇺🇸 #overheardoptometry #itsallgucci #retinalphotos #optometryincalifornia

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6. Not sure who/what feels more invisible: the technician or the neglected black chair?

 

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Los Angeles, California, USA 🇺🇸 #overheardoptometry #awkward #optometryincalifornia

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7. Wish I was at the dentist, too, to avoid the obligation of having to reply to this.

 

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Boise, Idaho, USA 🇺🇸 #overheardoptometry #dentist #optos #optomap #retinalphotography #optometryinidaho

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8. Neither is your brain, is it?

 

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Los Angeles, California, USA 🇺🇸 #overheardoptometry #retinalimaging #patients #fundusphotography #optometryincalifornia

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9. Taking natural eye remedies to a whole new level.

 

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Los Angeles, California, USA 🇺🇸 #overheardoptometry #grits #eyeinjury #optometryincalifornia

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10. Can’t you see through the phone that I’m preparing for Thanksgiving dinner next week?

 

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Every office ever #overheardoptometry #eyeexam #receptionist #optometry

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11. Praying for 2020 vision in 2020.

 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada 🇨🇦 #overheardoptometry #astigmatism #optometryincanada

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12. As well as a 2020 mind for all our patients.

 

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Carson City, Nevada, USA 🇺🇸 #overheardoptometry #1or2 #refraction #snellen #optometryinnevada

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10 Mind-Bending Things Overheard at the Eye Doctor’s Office

‘This is worse than a gynecology exam.’

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TO THE ECPS reading this: When you got into this field, did you really know what you were getting into? Sure, you trained for the technical and medical parts of the job. But the daily chit-chat can be quite a different story.

Did you anticipate the double-meanings behind each answer? Did you predict having to work as a psychologist in addition to being an eye doctor? Did you ever think you’d unintentionally dig deep into your patients’ lives and open a Pandora’s box of life stories?

Take a look into the stories our followers have documented and reported to Overheard Optometry over the past few months. See if you can relate to any of your fellow ECPs — or perhaps even the patients.

1. When you need to take a second glance at your life and make sure you are an optometrist, and not an obstetrician.

 

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA #overheardoptometry #dilation #delivery #dilationdrops #optometryinwisconsin

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2. Or a psychologist. Wait, pull that chair back up. No you can’t lie down on it—are you serious?

 

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Anonymous location #overheardoptometry #clearvision #2020 #hindsight

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3. When your optician is equipped with a request in one witty answer.

 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida, USA #overheardoptometry #optical #optician #glasses #optometryinflorida

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4. Or when you realize this optician and technician can be great friends.

 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA #overheardoptometry #prostheticeye #optometryinmichigan

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5. When the tables have turned and you become your patient’s patient.

 

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Northamptonshire, England, UK #overheardoptometry #opticnerve #fundus #optometryinengland

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6. Have you ever experienced a moment when you can’t say anything to make your patient feel better?

 

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St. Louis, Missouri, USA #overheardoptometry #gynecology #gynecologist #eyeexams #optometryinmissouri

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7. Or thought about perfecting your poker face when you’re hit with statements like this?

 

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Northamptonshire, England, UK #overheardoptometry #varifocals #multifocals #presbyopia #optometryinengland

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8. Sometimes, it may just be better to nod and smile, or pretend you didn’t hear anything.

 

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Anonymous location #overheardoptometry #flask #eyeexamsarerough

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9. Especially with comments like this…

 

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Trinidad #overheardoptometry #presbyopia #aging #optometryintrinidadandtobago

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10. When you’ve heard it all, it’s best to answer it as straightforwardly as this optometrist:

 

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South Africa #overheardoptometry #poorvision #contagious #eyes #optometryinsouthafrica

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12 Overconfident Eyecare Patients Who Thought They Knew More Than the Doctor

‘I’ve always had unisex eyes!’

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WHEN YOU EMBARK on the journey to become an eyecare professional, you endure years of classroom and clinical training to be able to see patients on your own. You proffer your professional advice on eye health, write prescriptions, and generally make it your business to know what you’re doing.

But what about the moments when your patients can teach you a thing or two? It happens sometimes, no doubt. But other times, they come up with some pretty crazy stuff.

What would you do if your patients said the following?

1. Denial ain’t just a river, it’s apparently a drink too.

 

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St. Louis, Missouri, USA #overheardoptometry #blurryvision #dilationdrops #beers #optometryinmissouri

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2. Stay tuned for the androgynous contacts, scheduled to be released next summer.

 

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Kansas, USA #overheardoptometry #unisex #contactlenses #optometryinkansas

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3. Oh, honey…

 

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Darwin, Australia #overheardoptometry #manukahoney #dryeyes #optometryinaustralia

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4. Perhaps it was on the “Popcorn” feature?

 

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Setúbal, Portugal #overheardoptometry #glasses #optical #optometryinportugal

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5. Tap, still or sparkling?

 

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Northamptonshire, England, UK #overheardoptometry #dryeyes #water #optometryinengland

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6. Flipping minds and corneas alike.

 

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Grants Pass, Oregon, USA #overheardoptometry #cornea #cornealinjury #optometryinoregon

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7. Meyend-blowing.

 

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Northhamptonshire, England, UK #overheardoptometry #contactlenses #dryeyes #naturalselection #optometryinengland

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8. Probably had it on “Heavy Wash”.

 

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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada #overheardoptometry #dishwashersafe #glasses #optical #optician #optometryincanada

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9. What kind of insect was that and where can we find it?

 

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Hermitage, Pennsylvania, USA #overheardoptometry #astigmatism #optometryinpennsylvania

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10. Glaucoma…gluten-free…tomato…tomahto.

 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia #overheardoptometry #glutenfree #glaucoma #visualfield #optometryinaustralia

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11. Isn’t it easier to pronounce the word with two syllables than the one with four?!

 

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St. Clairsville, Ohio, USA #overheardoptometry #obstetrician #optician #tomatotomato #optometryinohio

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12. No! Then all your logic would flow out of the holes. Don’t do that.

 

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Hampshire, England, UK #overheardoptometry #humphreyvisualfield #visualfield #eyepatch #optometryinengland

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