Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ordering fake eyes

I'm studying for another test I have on Monday all about contact lenses and prosthetic eyes. Prosthetic eyes are actually really cool. One thing they have to consider when ordering a fake eye is his big to draw the pupil (the black part of your eye). A real pupil can change size a lot in different lighting and when you're talking or reading. The doctor will base the pupil size off of the good eye's pupil size in normal room illumination and in conversation so that the eyes will look normal when they're talking with someone. How cool is that?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vision therapy

I had my vision therapy test today. I had no idea before I started school that optometrists even offer vision therapy services. What is vision therapy, you may ask? It's to help you out when you have a hard time controlling your eyes. For instance, you can have a hard time turning your eyes in or crossing you eyes, which makes reading especially hard. Or you can have a hard time focusing your eyes. About 5% of the population has some form of visual dysfunction, but many people with binocular vision problems think their eyes are like everine elses, so they never think to get therapy.
The best part is that with the help of therapy about 85-90% of people have a lot of improvement. This is especially true with children. Sometimes children with reading problems actually don't have problems with reading; it's more with their eye movements and focusing abilities.

Anyway, so that's what my test was on this morning. Now I've got to go study for my test on children's vision screenings, which is tomorrow.

Monday, November 18, 2013

City planning

For many many years, I have loved the idea of planning out cities. When I was 11 or 12 I would spend hours in my room drawing maps of islands with different terrains and climates and label different cities and what their exports and imports would be. I know, I was super cool. This fascination has never really left me, and was further made evident by be checking out this book from the library last week:

It's a story of a fictional Roman city, starting at it's inception as a military outpost and ended, well, I'm not sure how it ends because I haven't finished it yet. But it is really cool. I love stuff like this. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tornado warnings

The tornado sirens went off this evening for the first time since we moved to Columbus. We had a tornado warning issued for about thirty minutes, so we got Olivia out of bed, Katie grabbed the flashlight, and we headed to the basement. It's kind of spooky to hear the wail of the tornado siren along with the pounding rain and wind. But Olivia fell asleep on the carpet in our basement, and Katie and I played a boggle-like game together, so it was actually a little bit cozy. And then after the storm passed we came upstairs and finished washing the dishes, as if nothing happened. Kind of weird how the storms here pass so quickly.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ender's Game

Katie and I watched Ender's Game with some friends at a REAL movie theater tonight. It was our first official date in many months, I think (if you don't count temple trips). I really wanted to like it, but I think that since I first read the book when I was 14, and have re-read it 3 or 4 times, I couldn't help but notice changes from the story. Granted, I think they did a very good job given the limited parameters of the movie format. I would have probably liked it more if I hadn't read the book, but then again maybe the movie wouldn't have made any sense. 

Friday, November 15, 2013


After watching West Wing this evening with Katie, I found that this exists:

And it looks like a pretty active site.

From the header:

Josh has fans. Not many of them from the looks of it, but what we lack in numbers, we more than make up for in fervor.

Rules: Don't post in the wrong place. Stay on topic, people. Don't use capital letters. I don't have time to tell you twice.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Extreme patients

Notice that I did not write "extreme patience." That is something I do not have. But I do have a lot of extreme and crazy patients at my clinic.
Today, for example, was wacko. They guy I saw was mentally handicapped and had severe behavioral problems. At the end of the exam, he didn't know that he had a $2 co-pay, and he FLIPPED OUT at the check-out counter. He refused to pay the $2 co-pay, and proceeded to make a huge scene by yelling, storming about, and stomping very fast down the hallway. It kind of reminded me of Olivia throwing a tantrum, except this guy was 6' 2" and weighed about 210 lbs.
It seems like any crazy patients that come to the school are always seen by me. And I'm not the only one who thinks so: everyone at the front desk and the Eyewear Gallery agrees that all the special situations seem to happen when I'm around. The main secretary at the Eyewear Gallery gave me a piece of gum as a reward for handling the situation nicely.