Chairside

Witty and insightful commentary on optometric practice from long-time humor columnist Montgomery Vickers, OD.

Haters Gonna Hate

It’s a complex emotion reserved for rare occasions—you know, no shows, online glasses sales and patients presenting with a complaint.
04/15/2017

Time to Get Serious About 2017

It’s never too late to make a resolution or two, unless you resolved to stop being late. Then you’re up a creek without a paddle.
03/15/2017

If You Can’t Beat ’Em, Join ’Em

You optometry bullies know who you are, and I have a plan to get back on top.
02/15/2017

Cover Your Assets

Patient education is tricky, but I’ve got a system that really works—as long as “huh?” counts as an answer.
01/15/2017

Get Online or Get Lost

Even your grandma has a Facebook account these days. Isn’t it time you finally became a real doctor, according to the internet?
12/15/2016

Oh, How I Wish

You can’t always get what you want, but maybe one day you will meet a genie in a bottle. Be prepared with your list of demands.
11/15/2016

20 Tips to Think Through

My mind wanders when faced with a big decision. Here’s where it goes, and what it has learned.
10/15/2016

Gotta Do the Math

Patients trust my math to correct their vision, and I don’t even know if I passed any math classes. This proves I’m good for something, at least.
09/15/2016

When Isn’t it Allergy Season?

You know it’s in full force when a patient recommends you take OTC ketotifen drops BID OU.
08/15/2016

One Billion Chairsides Later...

This column has been marking its territory in these hallowed pages for a quarter of a century. So watch where you step.
07/21/2016

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