New Year’s Resolution: Stop Losing It!

Police officer asks man with dilated eye to show contact Rx as proof of recent eye exam. He replies that of course he lost it already.
optoblog comic #27 Stop Losing It!

If it’s the law that I have to give them the Rx, then can it be the law that they have to keep it? Or pay for another one? Or pay to have it faxed or verified by a third party?

I have seen contact lens Rx’s on the black top of the Walmart parking lot. Can’t people at least take it home before throwing it away?

I wouldn’t be so annoyed, but lately lots of people have been asking for copies of their Rx, and every time I feel like asking, “What happened to the one I already gave you?”

I don’t get paid to fill it out the second time, you know.

The Real Optometry Seafoam Green

By the way, I have to apologize. I haven’t been using the official optometry seafoam green color in my Optoblog comics.
It has been described at OptViSci. From what I gather, it can be somewhat of a range of color, but I would assume that at least one of the colors on the aaopt.com website are probably the true Optometry Seafoam.
The RGB value I have been using on my first 24 comics has been an easy to remember 150,200,150 (Hex# 96C896). I thought it looked good, but now I’ve found something better: 132,175,148 (Hex# 84AF94).
I think it looks more seafoamy, and now that I’ve written it down, I know where to look if I forget the numbers. Look for comic #25 and onward to have the corrected color.

Which do you think is more seafoam-y?
Which do you think is more seafoam-y?

Optometry Comic Comptetitor

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With a mousepad, cut, copy, and paste YOU can draw too!

It appears that another optometrist with an actual art degree has been making comics for years and now has a book out. Review of Optometry even did a profile on Dr. Scott Lee, O.D.

I’ll bet he even draws them on paper instead of using a mouse in Paint.net.

Well, I see I shall have to get my game on to compete. But there is one thing Dr. Lee doesn’t have: seafoam green backgrounds. Yup, that was my idea.

I also now have Optoblog poetry, so I’m really diversifying my portfolio which will pay big dividends when I cash in on my book deal.

Be sure to stay tuned to my Optoblog comics. They’re just for optometrists. Patients won’t get them, but you will. Feel free to use them in your C.E. presentations. Send me a cell phone photo when you do!

LASIK Comic

Should I get my eyes LASERed? That depends...
To LASIK or not to LASIK...

I did this one because someone searched for “LASIK comic,” and I’m sure they were sadly disappointment that I didn’t have one.

Now before you get all over me for not spreading sunshine and lollipops about refractive surgery, let me first clarify that the above comic is comical, I thought. If I was told that my chance of winning the lottery was 99%, then I’d probably play it. If I was told that if I played the lottery that I had a 1% chance of dying then I wouldn’t play it.

I feel bad that I have to explain the resurrection reference, but I must make sure that those of you who never went to Sunday school understand that in the resurrection, our spirit will be reunited with our bodies which will be in a perfect form (our bodies, not us), so any LASIK disaster that plagued our days in mortality won’t bother our resurrected body.

My actual opinion regarding LASIK is pretty main stream. If someone really, really wants it and they have the proper medical prerequisites like cornea thickness, refractive error, good eye health, etc. AND they have a really good understanding of the risks and expectations, then I will recommend them to a good surgeon. Perhaps the surgeon that would do my LASIK if I wanted it.

But I don’t want it. I don’t fit the psychological profile since I’m perfectly happy in Night and Day contacts. I’m also rather wary of my family history since I’ve had three close blood relatives get it and most were left still needing glasses or enhancements.

Doctor Daycare

Kids run AMOK as parent has eye exam.

What is the CPT code for daycare?Now, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. I love kids. I have three young ones myself. I don’t even mind if patients bring their kids with them. We do that all the time. I don’t even mind if the kids are somewhat disruptive, like speaking out of turn, constantly asking questions, or even running around. It’s all good.

I was just speculating on what would happen if the kids where heck-bent on destroying stuff or if the parent decided not to manage inappropriate behavior at all and let them run around the office unsupervised. Then I thought it would be funny to put it in a cartoon. So don’t be upset. It’s comedy.

Bye the way, does anyone know the CPT Code for daycare?

Presbyopia Patient Education

Presbyopia Patient Education - Optoblog Comic #17

Seriously, would it be okay if we farmed out patient education on presbyopia to the techs or opticians or something? Are eye doctors the only ones on the planet who have ever heard of it? From the 40-something mildly farsighted patients especially I get these incredulous looks.

“But I’ve never needed glasses in my entire life!” they say.

If they can mandate that my child take sex ed in school, why can’t they mandate that everyone be forewarned about the whole presbyopia thing? I remember in second grade health class learning about the digestive tract with a slide show of a cartoon character traveling down a river on brown barrels. Why can’t they do a little ditty about the eyes too?

The Optom…etrician?

Confusion about what is an optometrist.

Seriously, I’ve heard countless times, “The last obstetrician I saw gave me these glasses that…”
Or, “Optometrist…that’s an eye doctor, right?”
It’s hard to believe they aren’t sure. I know in the back of their mind that they are confusing it with an OB.

I think we should make a Greek/Latin course mandatory in High School.