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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #36- I Love Eyeballs

I spent 9 hours yesterday at the Indian Health Service Biannual Meeting attending continuing education classes. Indian Health CE is so unlike other optometry meetings because the patients are ¬†generally more complicated. Most people think of optometrists as the people who give you glasses and contacts, and that is a big part of what I do. My favorite part, though, is medical optometry. It’s like a puzzle. My patient has ¬†X, Y, and Z symptoms, and I have to connect the dots to decide what might be wrong. I’ve gotten several searches to my site along the lines of “I hate optometry” or “my optometry job is boring”. I really think those doctors are the ones that spit out prescriptions all day and never deal with any health issues. Eyes can tell you so much about the rest of your body if you do a little sleuthing and ask the right questions. It’s never fun to tell someone they might have diabetes or multiple sclerosis, but it does bond you to that patient in a certain way, and you feel the need to participate in their care and get them to the right specialist to keep them as healthy as ...

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