May 18, 2014 | POSTED BY | Articles, Optometry School
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1) You get to the clinic 45 minutes early and can hardly sit still from being so excited.

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2) You have already imagined how scary your new attending doc will be before you even arrive at the clinic…

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3) You couldn’t get to sleep the night before because you were so nervous!

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4) The front desk pages you, and suddenly you forget what optometry is.

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5) Everything takes 10 times longer than it should. Your case history takes 35 minutes and you can’t figure out why!

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6) You see a tropia on cover testing, and spend the next few minutes triple-checking to make sure you’re really seeing it!

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7) You accidentally occlude both of your patient’s eyes during the refraction

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8) You can’t find any of the knobs or power switches on the slit lamp

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…so you just have the patient sit in an awkward position during your anterior segment evaluation.

9) Your patient asks you a question about eyes, and you draw a complete blank.

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10) Your patient asks for directions to the bathroom, and you realize that you’re not 100% sure where it is…

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11) You drop your patient’s monthly contact lens down the sink or on the carpet.

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12) You can’t find your tonometry probe ANYWHERE!

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…but then you find it on the floor!

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13) You get fluorescein everywhere BUT in your patient’s eyes.

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14) Your patient education skills leave much to be desired…

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15) You suddenly lose your ability to do basic mental math. PRA and NRA nets, anyone?

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16) You take a moment to think of something impressive and witty to say when you check in with your attending.

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…but then you get one of these looks.

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17) You take way too long on your dilated fundus exam because the retina is just so beautiful!

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18) Your BIO routine could double as a yoga session.

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19) You feel like a million bucks when you do something perfectly…

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…but before you know it, another curve ball comes along!

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20) You don’t know what to say when your patient asks how long you’ve been performing eye exams.

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21) You freak out a bit when your attending asks you what you think the patient’s C/D ratios are.

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22) You wonder how your patient’s visual fields could have spontaneously improved…

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…and then you realize you forgot to patch the patient’s other eye.

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23) You feel like dancing a jig after surviving the day!

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24) You must strongly resist the urge to high five your patient on their way out. After all, you didn’t make their vision any worse! That’s definitely a win.

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25) By the time you get home, you’re so tired you can hardly keep your eyes open…and you only saw two patients!

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Do you have any memorable moments from your first experiences with real patients? Share them in the comments section below!

  • eccacentric

    I will let you know in about a week!!

  • Pete

    hilarious. who else forgets to check IOP AFTER dilation?

    • jbopto

      oh yeah, I know I’ve had plenty of brain lapses like that before!

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