Don’t Make Me Put My Chin On There!

20130905_174930Today I did something that I haven’t done in over 2 years, sadly.  I went to the optometrist!  I usually wear contacts, but it seems glasses are coming back into style in some ways.  My insurance only allows me to get glasses OR contacts once a year.  Lame, but better than nothing that’s for sure.  I prefer contacts, but the glasses experience is all around less expensive and I could definitely use more $$ in my pocket.  Also, my prescription was WAY outdated and I could barely see the bottom line of the letter chart with them.  I knew it was time to get a new prescription when I was outside and I didn’t even notice a family of deer next to me 😉  Luckily I wear my glasses only at home and in the evenings, otherwise someone might already be dead if I tried driving while wearing them.

I chose the ones pictured above.  I love the wayfarer style and the red really spoke to me.  They are big, but not too big for my face.  I have to be careful what I choose because I have such a small face that I didn’t want them to look overbearing at all.  They are made of recycled materials, which is another plus for me. Not to mention, they were under the $100 limit that my insurance gave me, so yay!  I just had to pay the copay 🙂

I had heard from coworkers that the doctor was a bit eccentric, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  The staff and doctor were definitely all nice, but as soon as I got in his exam room I was taken aback.  The walls were covered floor to ceiling with newspaper clippings.  There were stacks of paper everywhere and post cards stuck to the walls.  It was unlike any doctor’s office I have ever seen before.  When I put my chin on the chin rest thing that you use while looking through the different lenses and the doctor asks, “is this better or worse,” I had some major discomfort.  I instantly felt that it was kind of oily.  I don’t know if he didn’t wipe it off previously, but it totally creeped me out.  I kept thinking, how am I going to sanitize my chin?!  🙂

Then his phone started ringing in the middle of the exam.  He left me there, chin resting in dirty plastic rest thing, while he went to go get it quickly.  I tried my best not to let my face touch the front of the lens exam thing. I also couldn’t help but notice that he was sniffling quite a bit.  He told me he was sorry that his phone went off and I kind of giggled.  Then he told me that he had to keep it on often because his sister had been murdered by her husband of 30 years!!!  The prosecutor was always calling his phone apparently.  I felt so bad for the guy.  All my thoughts of me, me, me dissipated when I heard this man’s sad story.  I can’t imagine losing a sibling in such a way.  He looked heartbroken.

I didn’t mind all the weirdness and everyone was so very nice and I was in and out of there so quickly.  I would definitely go back.  Hopefully next time the doctor also doesn’t have a cold either 😉  I managed to get home safely and happily and take a good hot shower and scrub the crap out of my chin 😉

Thanks for reading!



66 thoughts on “Don’t Make Me Put My Chin On There!

  1. Great post! I’m interested for two reasons – before I switched careers in my mid-forties, I practiced as an optometrist for 15 years. Then I went back to school to become a licensed psychotherapist. I’m sorry your optometrist experience was less than stellar – the newspaper clippings would take over a room, and the chin rests and equipment are usually cleaned with alcohol wipes in front of patients. Phone calls are usually only emergencies (I guess a murder does qualify!). For frames, you chose a classic in the Wayfarer – it never goes out of style and the red color is very contemporary. Plus, you’ll look so pretty in it that your eyes will get a healthy rest from your contact lenses! Be well…

    1. That’s quite an interesting career change 🙂 I have been wearing contacts since the 6th grade and am not really used to wearing glasses anymore. However, in the past year my vision has gotten worse and I attribute it to 8 hour days staring at a computer screen. Do you think that wearing glasses is better for my eyes than contacts with this job?
      Thanks for your help!

  2. This made me smile 🙂 I have OCD about some issues but luckily I never had a problem putting my chin on the chin rest but now I’ll be thinking of your story the next time I go! 😀

  3. Oh dear, I would have had the alcohol swabs out, cleaning everything, regardless. I think you showed incredible restraint and compassion. (Fortunately my eye doc is very ocd and after 16 years, we both have some good laughs. I just like to bug the docs about lack of hygiene between patient calls and what they actually touch before they start the exam …and I send them to the sink to scrub 😉

    1. I know what you mean 😉 My mind goes into robot mode when I have to “look the light” or look into the doctor’s face! I try not to be there mentally.

  4. You are too funny. I love your sense of humor. It is interesting how hearing about another person’s life can change our perspective of our own, or at least for that moment.

    1. 🙂 I get that from my father! Sometimes for me it takes hearing about the struggles of others to put things into perspective, making my problems seem trivial 🙂

  5. Those glasses are super cute!!
    LOL I also went to the optometrist recently, just to realize that since starting med school, my prescription has gone from -2.5 to -4.5! Dohhhhhh! No wonder I was getting headaches all the time! LOL

    1. 😉 My eyes are so terrible that I have never been able to not wear them. I got glasses in 2nd grade and contacts in 6th. It’s a necessary evil, that’s for sure!

  6. OH wow..that is awful for him! My co-worker’s wife was murdered the day before 4th of July and they don’t know who did it. It just makes me cringe.

    I wear glasses because I can’t wear contacts. They itch and make my eyes hurt. So I’ve worn glasses for almost 10 years now. I might get the surgery though.

    1. Contacts have never bothered me, but I think it’s just the one type I use, which is Bausch and Lomb Soft Lens 38. I’ve tried others and they irritate me. I’ve worn them since I was 11 I think, so quite some time! It’s going to be weird getting back to wearing glasses, but probably it will do wonders for my eye health 🙂

  7. I went to the eye doctor earlier this week. As I was waiting for him to enter the room, I noticed all the little areas that had dust accumulating on them. And that chin thing–ew–even though I watch him as he wipes it before I stick my chin in it, I always wonder about drug resistant bacteria. It isn’t enough to make me quit going to the eye doctor, but I do rush home and wash my face.

    Nice glasses by the way. My daughter recently got some very similar to them, color and all.I looked at them, but my hang up of being an old lady steered me to plain old black.

    1. When I was sitting in the dr.’s office today, I noticed all the dust on the corners of the baseboards and the cracks in the linoleum. Little things like that really make me uncomfortable after awhile because I keep noticing them! I like the glasses you had on in a picture you posted awhile back. They are very cool and hip 🙂

  8. I finally had an eye exam after way too long. Thankfully the optician wasn’t as eccentric 😉 I do hate all the chin rests, and machines they use and I HATE having the eye health tested…all those bright lights and puffs of air, ugh!
    Hope you find your new glasses comfortable and the prescription spot on.

  9. Usually when I go to the optometrist, they have a stack of paper on the chin rest and they rip of the old paper after each patient so that each person has fresh paper to put their chin on. It’s pretty nice.

  10. We have something in common – I went to the optometrist this Tuesday. My contacts were bothering me and I chose glasses too. Your description of all the clippings made me daydream about the eye doctor saying, can you read the third line, and then pick a random scrap from the wall and say “and how about this one over here?”
    It amused me.
    The glasses you picked look nice.

    1. Thank you! They were really cute and the only ones I liked that were covered totally by insurance. I’m actually really surprised that he didn’t do that 😉 He was odd enough! I will try to wear glasses to work more often. It’s probably better for my eyes since I work on a computer. (Plus, they are so low maintenance)!

      1. My husband picked my new pair, and I like them too. My eyes are feeling better. The new lenses are high density, uv protection, and anti glare for computer screens. Back to work tomorrow. B)

  11. When I go to my optometrist it is a two hour experience every time. I end up in about five different rooms before all is finished. They test so many different things and they take pictures of my eye! That freaks me out a little. I am glad you came through it ok. I love the glasses you picked out. Good luck with them! 🙂

    1. It used to take so much longer at my old optometrist, which was frustrating since I don’t always have that kind of time. The best thing about the new place is how quick it all was! I was seen promptly and only in there for half an hour at the most. I hope the glasses come in soon! They are so cute 🙂

  12. My eye doctor’s office is impeccably clean and the staff is absolutely fabulous. But, I am going to share this funny incident with them on my next visit in two weeks. 🙂

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