A 32-year-old Caucasian male reported to the clinic with a chief complaint of vision loss in his left eye following trauma received during a basketball game. He explained that he had been hit around the left eye by an elbow during a game, saw an impressive flash of light and now felt some of the floor was missing or foggy. His systemic and ocular histories were unremarkable and he denied exposure to chemicals or allergies of any kind.
I (Dr. Kabat) must have burned my tongue on something. That was the only logical explanation. I was eating a delicious dinner on my 54th birthday, but it didn’t taste right. In fact, it barely tasted at all. Maybe some more salt? Nope…well, this is depressing. It’ll be better tomorrow, I thought.
Breakfast the next morning was equally bland. At work, I noticed that my right eye was tearing excessively, and that was unusual. Did I injure it somehow? Well, the eye felt a little bit scratchy. Some artificial tears should take care of it. Unfortunately, it kept on tearing throughout the day, and my eye felt… funny. Not painful, but almost like I had put a drop of tetracaine in my eye. Boy, this really isn’t my week.
It wasn’t until I started shaving on the third day that I realized what was going on. As I tried to puff out my cheeks, I found myself sputtering and spitting on the mirror. I looked closer at my face. I smiled a wide grin, and to my astonishment, only the left side of my face responded.
An 80-year-old white male presented to the eye clinic with complaints of blurred vision on his right side of one month’s duration. This was especially noticeable when the patient attempted to read. In addition, he reported mild right-sided weakness for the past five weeks. What we found prompted emergent imaging, which revealed a serious health issue.
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Most optometrists end up borrowing some money for optometry school.
It can sound so friendly, one of those "tell me about yourself and your goals" kinds of questions.
Ana Vargas, OD, was working as an associate OD at L A Optometrique in Sherman Oaks, California, for about five years when the owners offered her the opportunity to buy the office.