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A Week in the Life of An Optometrist

I had some really serious topics last week with sequestration, taxes, and selling out. Today I thought I’d share a little bit of the lighter side of my work. While I’ve been frustrated with some of the business aspects of being in private practice, I truly love most of my patients. I’ll give you a glimpse into a week in the life of an optometrist. These are all honest to God patients and true stories. Monday: A gentleman shows up and marks on his history form that he has glaucoma. He was not under treatment because he though his diabetes medicine would work for glaucoma as well. I appreciate dual uses for products but since his pressure was 26 and 47 (normal is under 21), we can safely conclude that diabetes medicine doesn’t work for glaucoma. After a long discussion about vision loss from untreated glaucoma, how to take drops, how he can get assistance if he can’t afford his drops, and how important follow up is, I asked if he had any questions. Like a good patient, he did. Mr. Glaucoma: “Can you do anything about the scratches on my glasses?” That sound you heard Monday afternoon was me ...

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Benefits of a Crappy Job

Benefits of crap jobs

Most of us have probably had several jobs before age thirty. Sometimes you have to go through a few crappy jobs to make you appreciate that good one when it comes along. I thought it would be fun to revisit my younger days and look at some of the jobs I had prior to my current career. I actually learned something from each one. Snow Cone Salesman This was my first effort at earning money that didn’t come from my parents. A mother of a friend of mine worked at at a school that had a snow cone machine. She let us use it one summer to sit in front of the Piggly Wiggly and sell snow cones. It was not very fun, and we only did it once or twice a week for a few hours, but we could bring in $20/day or more after paying for ice and syrup. When you can’t drive and have no bills, $40/week goes a long way. What I learned: Income-expenses (ice and syrup) = profit Factory Worker This was my first official W-2 job when I turned 16. In my hometown, there were 4 garment factories that made a variety of clothing. ...

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