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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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A California Doc’s Only Exception to the ‘No Dogs’ Rule

And no, it isn’t for service dogs.

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True tails! Our office policy is no pets, service dogs only. But there was one time we made an exception. A middle aged male patient arrived with his dog on a leash. He was talking very sweetly to his pet and bending over to pet him. As I approached him I looked down to greet the well-behaved animal. But behold, there was only a leash. This is when we implemented “the exception of the invisible dog.” — Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA

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An Exception to the Cancellation Policy?

The no-show who showed …briefly.

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Had a patient come in the office five minutes before their appointment to tell us they will not be here for their appointment and then ran out. — Michael Davis, OD Opti-Care, Eldersburg, MD

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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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