New Glasses, Wrong Prescription

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Do you ever get the impression that people aren’t working quite up to the standard we were once used to?

My sister needed new glasses. So she did all the re-bop, shelled out a fair amount of money, only to discover, as she drove home from the optometrist’s, that she couldn’t flaming see out of the new glasses!

Back to the optometrist. Sorry, lady! That’s the prescription that the doctor wrote and that’s the prescription you’ve got. How about that? The person who tested her eyes, or maybe someone a little farther down the food chain, wrote the wrong prescription. So now my sister has two pair of glasses that don’t work, but don’t bet on her to be content with holding the bag. Someone’s going to have to pay. And someone’s going to have to re-do the tests and write up the right prescription.

Honestly, we shouldn’t have to expect that much incompetence. Now she has to drive back to the eye doctor’s with bad glasses on New Jersey’s highways–not an assignment for the faint-hearted. I wonder how long they’re going to ask her to wait for glasses that actually improve her vision.

Not supposed to happen in America!

P.S.–Almost forgot: someone said the glasses just had to be broken in, after a week or so they’d be just fine. Adding insult to injury.

11 comments on “New Glasses, Wrong Prescription

  1. When my eyes were going bad beginning in jr. high, sometimes my new prescription seemed wrong but I just had to get used to them – so there is some merit in that suggestion. It seems your sister could just call her doctor and have him send the correct prescription to the eye glass shop. If the mistake is in how he tested her, well then, she will have to be re-tested. How nice Heaven will be when we have no more physical imperfections!

    1. I think people in general are getting more careless–probably because The Great Quarantine and the Chinese Virus panic have unsettled their minds.

  2. We are running into this frustration all the time. It should not be happening, but then the worst part is that nobody wants to correct their mistakes even when they are discovered.

  3. I’m hearing more and more stories from friends about doctors whose “diagnoses” are more like trial-and-error guessing games. I had a problem like that a couple of months ago with a swollen and painful foot. After X-rays, blood work, a CT scan (of the wrong area, by the way), and an inspection for possible spider bite or other puncture wound, two doctors still couldn’t figure out the problem. Meanwhile, I could barely put any weight on the foot and I had to wear soft moccasins because I couldn’t get a sneaker onto the foot, which looked like a cantaloupe with five little Vienna sausages sticking out of the end of it. And then, finally, after a month or so, it gradually came back to normal by itself. But I still got charged for the office visits and tests. (Yes, I know I’m “covered,” but my taxes and premiums did the covering — after my deductible and up to my copays.)

    I think part of the problem is that medical schools just don’t teach person-to-person diagnostics any more. Another part is all the required government questionnaires. Everything is high-tech testing and checklist filling. There’s no room left — or time, for that matter — for actually getting to know a patient or anything outside of the government checklists and the medical board protocols. And again, I don’t think most medical students are trained to do anything else these days.

    1. I guess you rememberr the old-fashioned G.P. who found out what was wrong by questioning you, by listening, and by examining you by touch. I actually had a doctor like that, but only for a little while–she soon afterward retired.

    1. They seem to spend more time and energy on “precautions” and “protocols” than on the jobs they’re supposed to do.

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