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At Closing Time Sometimes It’s a Race to the Door

Lights off just isn’t enough for some people.

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It’s closing time, the lights are off and we are at the door to leave, when one of our senior citizen patients announces, “I’m here!” So, we turn the lights back on. We let her know it’s closing time. She says with a laugh, “I got here before you walked out to the sidewalk and locked the door, so you will help me.” She explains she just got a ride back from a doctor’s office and needs to get new glasses. The two of us exchange looks and say, “Why not?” Life in a small town. Jill Sweig, OD, Oyster Bay, Optics, Oyster Bay, NY,/span>

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A Teen’s Mom is Angry the Store Is Out of Her Kid’s Third Frame

Maybe next time they should buy them in bulk.

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I got yelled at by a parent whose teenager broke his frame for the third time this year. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the frame in stock and would have to order it. I was thrashed and berated for not having the frame, and was told that I should keep “a few extra around here since you know my son breaks his glasses.” Yes, I know that. Especially since he just got the new frame off my board … four hours ago. — Elizabeth Reid, Vision Associates, Hayes, VA

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Something Got Lost in Translation During This Exam

And the OD suffered a finger in an unexpected place.

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A LOST IN TRANSLATION story: A Spanish speaking patient and I were doing quite well getting through the exam despite not speaking each other’s language fluently. I tugged my right ear, saying look at my ear for my slit lamp work. She promptly reached over, figuring she was performing as told, and stuck her finger in my ear! Lost in translation I guess. — Brian Parker, OD, Temecula Eye Center, Temecula, CA

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Could You Keep Your Cool if a Roach Joined You in the Exam Room?

It happened to this doc. See how he reacted.

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YEARS AGO, when I worked at a commercial practice, I was refracting a patient. I was standing to her right and spinning the dials when I looked down and noticed a cockroach sitting on her shoulder. Without a pause, I moved the near point rod down and gently placed my hand on her shoulder, at the same time flicking the roach onto the wall behind her. I completed the exam and the patient didn’t have a clue as to what transpired. — Mark Perry, OD, Vision Health Institute, Orlando, FL

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