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    Quote Originally Posted by optigrrl
    Stupidest question, and I seem to get this one periodically:


    "Why do my glasses move up and down when I do this?" (Pt. is moving glasses up and down with their hands)

    On an aside, this doesn't pertain to stupid questions but I feel it must be said, but don't you hate it when a patient comes in, opens a battered eyeglass case to show you frame catastrophe and they say: "I opened up the case, and the glasses were just like this!"

    (I actually told a customer once that I would fix up the glasses and replace the case...it MUST be defective.)
    :drop:
    Just goes to prove that there is a eyeglass goblin that goes from house to house seeking glasses to destroy:(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nettie
    How about "I need some contacts"....slaps down a glasses rx on the counter. I just take a deep breath before I respond, hoping they just gave me the wrong rx and do not really think that glasses and contacts are the same rx.

    Or when they hand you their glasses and say "just get the rx from these. I have had these 15 years but I know my eyes haven't changed".
    One of my former coworkers once had a man hand her the wrong Rx - it was for Viagra! She said that was the first time she had seen a black man blush.
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    How about " Can you make me beautiful?"

    I wanna say "yes with the new Versachmani full shield occuleded collection"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy Canty
    Several years ago, a nice young lady came in with a question from her husband. "He's an obstetrician and every time he delivers a baby, his glasses fog up. What should he do?"
    This is Andrew for real now . . .

    Best misunderstanding: Years ago, I was taking in an order, and I told the young woman I need to measure her PD. She slapped me. Turned out she was an obstetrical nurse, and in her world, "PD" stand for "pelvic diameter" . . . :D
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    A real one from today: Mum and 10 yr old son collecting his first pair. Mum is busy chatting to friend in waiting area and wandered over to sign the form. She looks at her son as says, "Oh My God I can see you've got rubbish eyes now, one eye looks HUGE"

    And another thing, If you've worked in engineering all of your life sir, please do NOT;
    1. Feel the need to tell me
    2. Feel the need to interogate me whilst I'm adjusting your specs
    3.Remove the frames from my hand so that you can show me where the bend needs to go
    4. Tell me you could do it yourself but....

    But please DO;

    1.Take them home and break them then come and confess that they are actually different animals to the engine parts you used to make and your tools don't work on spectacles.
    2. Go away and make yourself a frame which apparently you could do for a fraction of the cost.
    3. Sit a degree in Optometry and then return to tell me how to DO MY JOB
    Ah, that's better........

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    The eyeglass goblin struck again. A & A 180 frame was the victim, the patient was just wearing them and they fell apart. The goblin somehow stretched out the eyewire holes. We have got to start a tell-a-thon to help stop those goblins.

    Also, how about the medicaid that think they can get two pair of glasses, or even contact lens.
    they ask why their insurance doesn't pay for more, I want to tell them that I cannot pay for all of it. You know there use to be a time when being on medicaid was shameful, now it is prideful
    karenrp1956:drop:

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    Stupid questions

    In my previous life I can't tell you how many times I cleaned glasses in ultrasonic cleaners only to have customers insist that the glasses I brought back were not the glasses I left with.

    So - These aren't my glasses are they? - (just after being cleaned and adjusted they don't recognize them) gets my 1st place vote.

    One dear old soul went back home to get her husband who promptly told her she must be crazy because they were the same one's she had been wearing for the last 10 years.

    My second place vote goes to the long time customer who came in with her husband's three pair of glasses and stated " I am bringing back Franks glasses, he barely used them. " I can get just return them for creditl can't I"

    Uh - No

    She left in a huff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahr
    And another thing, If you've worked in engineering all of your life sir, please do NOT;
    1. Feel the need to tell me
    2. Feel the need to interogate me whilst I'm adjusting your specs
    3.Remove the frames from my hand so that you can show me where the bend needs to go
    4. Tell me you could do it yourself but....

    But please DO;

    1.Take them home and break them then come and confess that they are actually different animals to the engine parts you used to make and your tools don't work on spectacles.
    2. Go away and make yourself a frame which apparently you could do for a fraction of the cost.
    3. Sit a degree in Optometry and then return to tell me how to DO MY JOB
    Ah, that's better........
    OH YES! Those engineers, or those folks that have been wearing glasses since age 9, and they NEVER had any that got scratched all by themselves like these do!! :cheers:

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    And if one more person tells me that their lenses are suppose to be scratch proof, I'm gonna hit somebody. :hammer:

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    Just today.........

    "I need some of those flexy kind so they wont break when I sit on them"
    and.....
    "Will you please refund my order from six months ago and ring it up again today so I can claim it on my insurance?"



    My head hurts.

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    I hear this one all the time:

    You have a patient in new contacts in the chair in front of the eye chart. You ask: "What's the lowest line you can see?
    Patient answers: "You mean on the eye chart?"
    :hammer: Chip

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    This is a funny thread you have started!! Much of it actually sounds familliar~

    I just think of the folks that come through that door with those glasses hanging from that limp wrist. There they are, dangling. Pt. complains that these glasses are scratched up to the point that they cannot see out of them and all they ever used to clean them is exactly what we gave them; the lens cloth and cleaning solution. They are demanding a remake/refund after 2 years of cleaning their lenses with sand paper and they actually think that I don't know!!!:drop:
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    screw loose

    I turned the old screw loose around on a patient onc. I was dispensing glasses to the local shrink a lady sits at the dispensing counter next to him and tells me she has a screw loose. I said if the screw is on the glasses I can do it under my license if not the gentleman sitting next to you can deal with the other kind

    We all got a laugh out of it
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    The Medicine ran out

    That appears to be an ethnic thing. I heard it in NYC I have heard it in Southern Ca and everywhere inbetween

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    De Medicine ran out, at least in our area is a rural thing. Doesn't seem to have any ethinic basis but the deeper in the woods the patient lives, the more likely they are to use the term.

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    True STory

    I had a young nun (a modern, currently dressed nun) in with a pair of really beat up rigid contact lenses. I polished and more or less re-built the lenses and put them back on the patient.
    The young lady said they felt much better and that her vision was much improved. She then asked what the charges would be.
    I told her that there would be no charge. A fairly lengthy back and forth discourse went on with a lot of : "I insist that your charge me." and "That's all right Sister, there will be no charge."
    Finally I prevailed, and they young lady said: " All right but I insist that you tell me why you are not charging me."
    I told her: "Sister, I see that you are wearing a wedding ring. I am told that this is to symbolise that you are married to God. I'll be damned if I send your old man a bill."

    Chip:cheers:

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    Nice one Chip!

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    I used to work at an OD's office in a small medical building. The Dr in the suite next door was a plastic surgeon. This gave me a great opportunity to have fun with people whose ears weren't quite level:

    "Well, I can adjust your glasses or we can send you over to Dr. Wysocki to have your ears adjusted." Said it with a smile; mostly everyone laughed.

    [Of course, walking into his office was wierd with all those boxes of "Mammary Implants" . . .]
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    How about the contact lens progs that come in WITHOUT their contacts on!!!!!


    Who's the guy that works for Wal-mart? Had a couple of girls in here yesterday that swears WM sells contact lens on medicaid? How does that work
    karenrp1956:drop:

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    Wave Football question

    Not optical in nature, but still pretty funny:

    My wife asked me,

    what day is Super Bowl Sunday ? :hammer:

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    whats the stupidest question youve ever been asked

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    Contacts and medicaid

    I am sure that the OD charged for a CL fitting while billing medicaid for an eye examination and then charged for contact lenses while ordering glasses through the medicaid system. I know that is possible in California I have seen it done with Medi-Cal.
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    The stupidest question I ever heard followed 15 minutes of filing and adapting a temple to a long discontinued frame purchased somewhere else.
    "Why should I have to pay for this? Its not my fault it broke."

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    I once had an old lady bring in her false teeth, asking if I could mend them!

    Best one is "Could you give me a screw please as my husbands tool is too big"

    Or the lady contact lens wearer that came in with severe red eye, she was storing her lenses in urine....................yuk!

    Another lady sat on her glasses in the bath.

    Or the gent that ran over his flexon's with stylis panamics, with the lawn mower.

    Once had a trainee that we showed a bog standard CR39 lens to, the packaging had been adapted to show "Reactowhite Lenses" a new photochromic that offered all the protection of reactolites without changing colour, we even wrote a fictitious letter from head ofice, claiming how good the lens was...........hook, line and sinker! He could even see the difference whilst holding them up to the light, amazing.

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    A couple more...

    How did the sugar look in my eyes? (referring to diabetes)

    I tell them that I think they may have glaucoma... They ask "Is that bad?":hammer:

    How much stigma is in my eyes?

    The one I really like is when they come in without any glasses, contacts or old records and they ask "Has my prescription gotten worse?" Half the time they ask before I have even started the exam.

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