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Mixed feelings about the Eye Doc

I had an eye appointment a few weeks ago. I had been putting it off because, well…just because I’ve been lazy. But when I had my final pair of contacts in for two months (when they are supposed to last two weeks) I decided it was time to get my butt in there.

I am living in a different area, so I googled “Ophthalmologists who specialize in diabetes” in my city. A place in the mall popped up.

What I really liked about the place? Instead of dilating your eyes, they have a machine that you put your face against, and it takes a picture of your retina and all the vessels in your eye. I’m not sure how it works exactly, but it was pretty cool. I got to see what everything looked like, and I didn’t have to deal with the crazy vision after the dilating eye drops. Another plus- since the picture is in your computer file, they can see if there have been any changes since your last visit.

When the doctor came in, this is what he said: “Brenda? Nice to meet you. I see you are a diabetic, what a shame.”

Now, maybe I’m being too sensitive…perhaps I was in a bad mood that day, but the word shame made me cringe. I just thought it was a strange way to greet somebody you just met…and it kind of put a bad taste in my mouth.

My eyes were healthy and no signs of complications at the moment. AND my vision finally stabilized! For years it has been getting worse and worse, but this only one eye slightly changed, which is fine because that means my vision is the same in both eyes, and now I don’t have to buy as many contacts.

While the picture machine was awesome, I’m not sure if I’ll be visiting the same place again. Not because of the rude doctor, but because the picture machine cost an extra 30 dollars and was not covered by insurance because I don’t have complications.

At any rate, I’m just glad to have ordered new glasses (because my old roomie’s face wash melted my lens in the old ones” and fresh new contacts!

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