An optical refractor (phoropter) in use.
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When you think about an Optometrist, it conjures up images of someone standing next to you flipping lenses in those ‘big glasses’ to find your prescription.  And that certainly sums up a lot of my day, but there is much more than meets the proverbial eye.

It’s my belief that intuition as well as understanding the psychology of a patient’s response to either ‘#1 or #2’ is what makes a prescription good or bad, and what makes one Optometrist more successful in prescribing glasses versus another.

Slight hesitations or common letter mix ups tell me a lot about what you are, or are not, seeing.  When I flip a lens and have my patient re-read a line on the chart, I’m watching facial expressions and body language to gauge how much that lens might have helped or if I’m headed in the wrong direction.

To me, understanding a patient’s wants and needs along with their response to the vision test is what leads me to prescribing certain glasses.  No one part on its own is enough, but if I had to err, I’d rather see the body language and response time rather hearing the actual answer to “which is better, one or two?”

So if it seems like your eye doctor is going too fast or not listening to your response, often we do know what we’re doing.  I know I’m trying to ‘see’ everything in order to prescribe your best vision!

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