Friday, October 3, 2014
As an optometrist, it’s alarming to hear that, even today, more than 600 million people globally don’t have access to the eye care or eyewear they need. Many are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error that I know could be resolved with an eye exam and glasses.
There’s nothing like the feeling when a patient who’s forgotten—or never known—what it’s like to see clearly gets a new pair of glasses and breaks out in a big smile! During the week of World Sight Day, I’m looking forward to a lot of those moments.
I’ll be celebrating World Sight Day by volunteering with 45+ other doctors on board the VSP Mobile Eyes clinics in Sacramento. All three clinics plus portable lanes of eye exam equipment will be in service, providing free eye care and glasses to adults and children in need. On World Sight Day, October 9, the care will be centered on U.S. veterans in need and their families.
Friday, September 19, 2014
A very nice 85-year-old patient recently came in for a medical follow-up visit. Despite a history that included both glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, she was not good about follow up…but, on this occasion she had returned right on schedule!
So, I said to her, “You are here right on time. How come?”
With a big smile on her face, she responded, “My knitting. The last time I was here we talked about the scarf I was knitting. I wanted to show it to you—all finished.”
To clarify, I did not remember the knitting project. I do remember explaining in great detail her medical condition and my recommendations for care. Thank goodness, we must have also talked about knitting.
She needed medical care, but she followed my recommendations because she wanted to show me her scarf!
As I See It, we can’t overemphasize the importance of truly connecting with our patients. The quality of care certainly increases as patients sense their doctor’s personal interest in them.
It was a beautiful scarf!
Friday, September 5, 2014
There are so many stories and so little time! This is certainly the case when trying to describe the importance of extending eye care services to those in need. Vision is so important and we can all be very proud of our charitable efforts in sharing the gift of sight.
I’ll relate just one story. A young boy came to our practice as a result of the Sight for Students gift certificate program for his very first eye exam. His history was one of joy and happiness until he began to struggle in first grade. He was falling behind his classmates and was pretty down on himself as a result. Sure enough, it turned out that he was +6.00 in both eyes and was unable to focus at near. A proper diagnosis, a sporty pair of glasses, and a tincture of time was all it took to put him back on the road to success…because of a charity program that provided him access and opportunity.