There have been several times when working as a scribe, I have seen some very interesting cases. One in particular stands out in my mind. We had a young patient come in for her eye exam; she was about 7 years old. Her mother said she was a good student for the most part, but had some trouble with reading and was in Title 1 reading assistance. She was a very sweet and curious girl who had abundant questions about all the equipment and all the staff. The young girl did not seem to have issues with distance because her mom said she could see signs farther away than mom could, but she was not reading well and was behind in school. After the doctor’s exam, she was prescribed reading glasses. The doctor prescribed a pediatric bifocal so the child would wear them all the time and not have to remember to take them on and off for reading. The girl was excited! She really wanted glasses just like her friends in school, which is actually quite common among the kids in the area.
Raise your hand if you remember needing a pattern to edge lenses. How about heat-treating glass lenses? If you didn’t raise your hand, no worries: we have come a long way these last twenty years. As with any industry, change is inevitable and necessary; the optical industry is no different. In order to keep up, however, the classroom must also change to meet the industry standards.
Goodwin College’s Vision Care Technology program had their annual Paint Night fundraiser in November. These fundraisers provide the means to send students to optical conferences around the nation. This year our administrative assistant, Sara, chose a lighthouse as the subject. Little did she know the connection that lighthouses have with opticians.
Parts 1 through 4 of this series described the importance of determining the visual axis measurement to maximize patient visual comfort and satisfaction with PALs. This final installment introduces methods and devices to obtain that measurement.
Ever heard this? “Seems like I need to rotate my head to read clearly through one of my lenses.” I’ve been annoyed and frustrated when I thought that the lenses I dispensed were measured and fit correctly and yet the patient, the real expert, says, they aren’t. If these lenses were correctly placed, patients would have good binocularity and comfort at near, not the stereoscopic disruption and discomfort that they are experiencing.