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I love my new tonometer

Submitted by Maurice Dubois on Mon, 04/26/2010 - 11:38pm

First of all, from the bottom of my heart, I have to thank Dave for leading me to my purchase of my tonometer; what a fantastic instrument!

Several years ago, my ophthalmologist said that I probably had what is called "normal pressure" glaucoma; my pressure was usually 15-16 whenever he checked me, and the highest he ever recorded was 19 on my right eye. He told me to find a glaucoma specialist, so I did.

I went to the specialist for a couple of years, but several things discouraged me from continuing to see him. I found another ophthalmologist; she was somewhat younger and, I thought, perhaps less apt to be running a Speede Oil Change type of service, to see how many people she could get through her clinic in a day. She was a bit better at the latter, but she refused to give me a prescription for a tonometer. I left her and quickly acquired a tonometer prescription; and by the way, the requirement for a prescription for a non-contact tonometer is as silly as the need for me to have a real estate broker's license to sell real estate, or for a city to have building inspectors.

I fire another opthalmologist

Submitted by Maurice Dubois on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 5:58pm

My new ophthalmologist came highly recommended; he works in a large, modern office with three other ophthalmologists. The first time I saw him he pretty much dismissed my tonometer; I was disappointed at his attitude. He asked why I'd come to him and I explained that the previous one would not give me a prescription for the tonometer (personal connections got me the prescription). "I wouldn't have given you a prescription either," he answered.

I almost did a double take. "Why," I asked.

I fired my ophthalmologist today

Submitted by Maurice Dubois on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 10:19pm

A week ago I called my ophthalmologist's office to speak with her. I was told she would be out of the office till today. The lady on the phone asked me why I needed to speak with her; I explained that I wanted to buy a tonometer, and that if she was not in the office to have one of the other ophthalmologists call me. I didn't hear back from her the rest of the week; I was simply ignored.

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