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My eyes, MY EYES

A few weeks ago I stopped in at my eye doctor/optician place when I took a friend downtown for her dentist appt, which was nearby. My glasses have all been bugging me so much lately, and so I had Christa, the wonderful person who runs the optical part of the place and assists the doctor, fix them. I love my eye doctor. I mean, adore, worship, am devoted to, etc., and I adore Christa too. She was having lunch, was out of sight behind a wall, and when I came in and asked if she was there, she recognized my voice and came out on her lunch break to help me. I hadn't been there in nearly two years, but she recognized my voice. So I made an appt for a checkup because I hadn't been in in almost two years and I know my eyes have, like always, gotten worse.

Not only is my eye doctor incredibly hot, he's charming, sweet, kind of dorky in a completely adorkable way, which on a handsome man, is just... guh. And he always makes you feel like you are his favoritest patient in the whole wide world when you are there. He has the high-techiest of techy tools, and he'll spend as much time as he needs making sure you see everything and know what it all means. And he doesn't insist on dilating my eyes, which gives me a huge headache. I have incredibly bad vision, but he always makes me feel like I'm doing better than I really am, and he checks every possible little thing that could be going wrong because people with my level of myopia usually have other problems, and he wants to make sure to catch anything early. People I've sent there, like feochadn, can vouch for what an amazing doctor he is.

He has a note on my chart that I am a "very nice patient" which is code for him for "people who don't complain about anything and are super easy-going." He's always worried that I don't want to tell him if things are bothering me because they're small. Today I actually had something to tell him -- that I've had really itchy eyes the past few days, and they're kinda gross and crusty when I wake up. And that my eyes were very red today because this morning, with my usual grace, I opened a new bottle of moisturizer that I had just put BPAL perfume oil in, and it splatted into my eyes and burned them. He was appropriately amused. He put this stuff in my eyes that makes them kind of fluoresce and I was sort of disappointed I wasn't going clubbing afterward (he confessed that he has a couple who are patients whom he has used the drops on when they're having black light parties, which I thought was totally awesome). My eyes are still stinging from them, but it beats the hell out of the eye puff test and the damn dilations. He shows you pictures of your brain, dude! And he gave me all these things to try, cheap, easy suggestions for the itchiness.

Anyway. I had such a significant change that I have to get all new contacts prescription, and all new lenses for my three glasses. But I had Christa look at my favorite old pair, which are like 12 years old by now, possibly even more, I think, and she also didn't feel super sure about their ability to withstand another lens change. I love these glasses, but I'm really not liking how sharp and kind of pinched I sometimes feel my ugly fat face looks in them, and I was kind of teetering on the edge of getting new frames for my main pair. They carry mostly trendy, very expensive frames, but she was making sure I didn't have to spend too much (and I know that if I'd asked her, she would have given me the info to buy them online for cheaper, but this is a case where, because my situation is so extreme, I feel better about doing this in person), and found me a fantastic pair like what I'd hoped for, in a really cool color --teal! (one of the things I hate about losing my Matsuda frames is that they are such an unusual color and style, which only shows up in bright light). I don't think they look too German Art Student, and Christa would never tell you you look good in something unless she really means it, so I think they'll be a nice change.

Despite the expense, I came out of there feeling pretty good, if stingy-eyed. I did a little shopping downtown afterward, although didn't really buy anything, because the whole glasses extravaganza is just going to put such a huge dent in what little money I have (which is very little). I worked some more on my Yuletide fic, though it's still utterly awful, but now the monthlies migraines have started. Way to ruin an otherwise really nice day, body!

I wish it was easier to go to the eye doctor more often -- moneywise, I mean. Because it's probably the only time I really look forward to anything medical at all.

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fenchurche
Dec. 11th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
Hmm... would you mind forwarding his info to me? I'm looking for a good eye person, since I realized recently that I haven't gone to see anyone since we moved here, um, 13 years ago. Definitely time to go! Even if just to make sure there aren't any disease issues (not that I seem to be having any problems, but that's the stuff that really should be checked yearly).
varina8
Dec. 11th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
What she said. I'm in the same boat.
gwyn_r
Dec. 11th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
I hope this goes to both of you, but I never know with LJ comments these days...

His name is Dr. Scott Campbell, and he runs a place called Spex on 6th and Stewart. It sometimes freaks people out -- it's both a hair salon and an optical place. He and his wife, who was a hairdresser, moved back up here years ago and decided to put both their passions together and open a shop, and their tagline is "Your look in focus." I've heard great things about the stylists in the salon, too.

He is incredibly thorough, and I've never known anyone who went to see him who didn't come back and tell me that I was right, he was totally amazing. I even had a friend who was so wigged by the optical/salon thing that she was very wary of going, and she came rushing back into my office almost screaming about how great he was. She had some specific concerns and problems that he addressed before she even asked, which really impressed her.
varina8
Dec. 12th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Merci! I like my current eye doc, but he's at GHC. While I can still see him, I don't like their optical side so I want to make a change.
gwyn_r
Dec. 11th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
I answered Varina's comment, but I never know if LJ sends comments to everyone on that thread, so just in case I wanted to let you know.
mystic_savage
Dec. 11th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
I love that icon!
dine
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
*laughs at your icon*

your eye doc & staff sound wonderful. mine is competent, but nowhere as personable, and I've been procrastinating calling for an appointment for months, cause I can't afford it. I know I need to do something, as my eyes have changed hugely, and close-up things are out of focus (I end up taking glasses off for reading)

maybe after the holidays I'll make it happen somehow
the_shoshanna
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
The new frames sound fabulous!
gwyn_r
Dec. 11th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
I think they are! I decided to move away from the cat's eye thing. Go rectangular. Unfortunately I always worry that I might end up looking like Mike Meyers' Dieter character. But when she gave them to me, she said, we have these in other colors but I just want to see how they fit, and then we both went, wow! The color was actually perfect -- I think they describe it as blue/azure, but whatever. Tealy is how I'd say it!
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