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You Should See What See Keeps in the Other Box Under Her Bed

Curiously weak lashes!

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WE HAD A PATIENT who was worried that she was losing her eyelashes too rapidly … so she collected them all in a little Altoids box and whipped it out under the doctor’s nose while in the exam lane. She wanted the doc to look at the discarded hairs “to see if there’s any issues.” The doctor politely informed her that “everything looks normal!” We still haven’t figured out how she collected that many eyelashes. — Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID

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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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Luckily Surrogacy is Not a Job Requirement

The customer asked her, “Will you have my baby?” But it’s definitely not what you think.

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Last year, we had a long time patient come in, prop her elbows on the counter, and proceeded to tell me her eggs were getting old and she was worried if she would be able to have any more children. Then her face brightened, and she looked at me, and asked, “Have you ever considered being a surrogate? You would be great, you’re still so young and healthy.” Fortunately, our Employee Handbook does not list surrogacy under any of the job requirements. I politely declined the honor. — Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID

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A Patient Wanted to Help. So She Grabbed My Nose Ring …

Ouch, that had to hurt!

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CAS FLORES recently shared a story in the Opticians on Facebook group, and it isn’t for the faint of heart. All we can say is “ouch.”

She gave us permission to republish the tale. In her words:

Y’all ….. I’m done for today and maybe for life.

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Cas Flores shows off her injury.

I have a nose ring and sometimes the post sticks out. I try and make sure it doesn’t because it looks like a booger. So, here I am measuring a lady for a PAL and she licks her thumb and tries to grab what she thinks is the booger. She yanks so hard, it pulls the stud through my nose! 

My eyes water and nose starts to bleed.

What in the hell is wrong with people?! Personal space! 

She said her motherly instinct kicked in and she just did it.

Good thing my friend is a PA and is coming with a lidocaine shot to try and extract it for me.

We followed up to see how it all turned out.

“The hole is a little bigger than it was,” Flores said, “but I’m good!”

When you work with the public, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Either that, or wear a protective mask at all times!

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