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The Staff Members Who Will Go Down in History … or Infamy

These two employees certainly made their mark. Or left a mark, anyway.

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The GOOD: We had a patient come in to the office who told us he was homeless. A colleague sold him polycarbonate. If you can do that, you’re a superstar. — Janice Harris, Envision Eye Care, Marion, VA

The BAD: Some experiences stick in my mind… like the time a new staff member thought the customer would benefit from an executive trifocal in a rimless groove. She ordered it and sent it off without anyone else’s involvement. I still have nightmares over that one. — Mark Platter, Safety Rx Services, Crete, IL

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One OD’s Encounter Gives A Whole New Meaning to ‘Tick of the Eye’

What she thought was a scab had legs.

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I had a patient call with “something irritating her left eye for the past day.” We brought her in right away. I initially thought it was a chalazion that she had been picking at until I looked under the slit lamp. What I thought was a scab actually had legs. It was a tick embedded in her lid margin! — Kimberly Riggs, OD, Ligonier, PA

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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 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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