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Gifts for Ophthalmologists, Optometrists & Eye Care Professionals
"The eyes are the window to your soul." ~ Shakespeare
A couple of years ago, I put together an online page of the Best Ophthalmic Equipment available on eBay and Amazon. Near the end of it was a small section devoted to gifts for eye care professionals.
Recently, Squidoo (this writing platform) implemented a New Amazon Link Limit which helps with loading times, SEO, and conversion purposes. Also, it helps to keep pages "on topic" for readers, imo.
So, I decided to create this online resource featuring some of the most unique gifts for all kinds of eye care professionals (and their staff). Have a peek, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised and perhaps even tickled by what I found.
Along the way, I throw in some jokes and I pass along some of my pearls of wisdom . . er, umm, okay more like what I learned the hard way for your amusement.
Intro photo of a Composite Image Of The Earth And A Human Canvas Print / Canvas Art by artist David Parker is available on Amazon and featured herein. Attributions are shown when you scroll over each photo or under photos and are linked to the original source wherever possible. Some photos are those of products I feature from Amazon.com.
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I was having trouble seeing, so I went to my optimist.
He said, "Eh, you'll be okay."
(author unknown, sounds like Stephen Wright)
For the office & waiting room . . .
Sight Gags is written by an artist who also became an optometrist, Scott Lee O.D. This 100-page book is filled with over 90 cartoons to amuse even the most frightened patient. A must-have for your waiting room. Makes a thoughtful gift for students of ophthalmology or optometry and their staff.
Yes, I know, it should be spelled ophthalmoscope (sorry, I cannot correct Amazon titles). Perhaps that is why this reproduction of the original application and artwork patent submitted by Emil Meyrowitz in 1902 is such a great price. Printed on premium paper, double-matted, and set in a high-quality wood and glass frame. Measures 20 inches by 16 inches by 2 inches and weighs about 4.5 lbs. Includes hardware for hanging.
Medications & how to record them accurately . . .
These include inhalers, eye drops, pills, baby aspirin, and steroid creams.
"I'm taking a big round pill, a tiny orange one, a yellow pill and a little white pill." ~ new patient
People tend to remember medications by size, shape, and color. But there are thousands of "little white pills."
TIP: Ask patients to bring all of their medications (in their prescription bottles) in a bag with them to their appointment. (It's so much easier to record them this way).
And just as important, find out the patient's compliance - do they take their medications as prescribed? If not, record exactly how the patient takes their meds.
Handmade out of recycled steel by artist Guenter Scholz, this business card holder would make a lovely graduate or office gift. Measures approximately 8 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Gift-wrapping is available. Ships for FREE.
This cute little pendant measures about an inch square and is displayed under a 3/16" thick piece of glass. What I really like is that it comes with a ball chain in black (24 inches long), which can be shortened. Looks clever and fun as a pendant worn to any seminar or meeting. NOTE: the casing is not waterproof, therefore be sure to remove it before showering, etc.
3D model of the human retina (how cool is that?)
3B Scientific F16 MICROanatomy Eye Model (Retina)
I know, this is more of a teaching aid, really. But wouldn't it be awesome to have two huge slabs of retina sitting in your office? When I learned how to do OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), I think I stared at about a dozen diagrams of the retinal layers and tried to pair up the images with the diagrams. Somehow, I think a 3D model would've been more helpful, especially for understanding how important alignment is for comparative images.
The left model shows an 850 X life-sized view of the retinal layers, views of the choroid, and parts of the sclera. The right model shows a 3,800 X life-sized sectional view of photoreceptors and cells of the pigmented layer.
Measures: 9.8 inches by 9.1 inches by 7.3 inches
For the gentlemen
who work in the eye care field:
Eye Doctor Optometrist Vision Reading Chart Cufflinks
Top-rated reviews and just fabulous for any guy working in the eye care field. This tie measures 3-3/4 inches wide by 59 inches long and is made of wrinkle-resistant polyester. It displays, in fine quality, the Snellen eye chart which was developed in 1862 by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen. Eligible for FREE Shipping and Free Returns. Great low price. Shown below.
Men's Eye Chart Polyester Tie by Wild Ties in Black
Why your vision is tested at every visit . . .
Why do you need to test both of my eyes? Only one eye has the problem?
As an ophthalmic assistant, I was asked this daily. My short & sweet answer:
"Eyes work in pairs so unless we cover (and test) each eye separately, it's impossible to measure the status of your vision."
If someone still looks puzzled, I ask them to look at the occluder (with both eyes open) and to tell me if their "bad" eye can "see it better" since their last visit.
Almost always, by this point, they understand.
True story: once, though, I told a patient, "we're going to check both eyes." Later, she complained to my boss that I should be fired for insisting on checking both eyes. So, if someone really resists, just chart what they say word-for-word.
The more in-depth reason (that is extremely rare) is the remote possibility of sympathetic ophthalmia occurring wherein trauma (or perhaps other conditions, including surgery) can cause both eyes to become affected (bilateral diffuse granulomatous uveitis) which may lead to total blindness - sometimes one eye is removed to prevent total blindness. This reason sufficiently scares people into wanting both eyes checked, including me.
There are other reasons too, ocular medications often have an effect on both eyes. But the tiny risk of going blind or losing an eye makes me want to have the assistant check my eyes every time. So please, be nice to the assistant, s/he is being thorough and doing right by you.
Your toughest case
for those who treat every type of strabismus:
Hammerhead Shark at the Eye Doctor - shown on 15 oz. mug and 4 coasters (next)
Gifts for eye doctors & office staff too . . .
For those working with strabismus patients and those with related conditions, I thought this gift basket would be perfect. It's a great reminder, too, that no matter how tough a case may seem, it's not as hard as it could be. You get the same fabulous items (listed in the glaucoma gift basket next).
Shown on 15 oz. mug and 4 coasters of Glaucoma Test Coffee Gift Baskets by Rich Diesslins
Often patients remark that they find the visual field test "intense" and "tiring."
For a yuk, I sometimes say:
"Yeah, you should see how much the three-eyed patients hate this test."
~ sousababy on Squidoo
Special thank-you gifts . . .
Hand-crafted in Germany and made of recycled steel and copper. Holds a standard 750 ml wine bottle to complete the character. Makes a unique and thoughtful gift for female eye doctors. Note: wine is not included. If a steel sculpture is unavailable, scroll down the Amazon page further for more selection.
By artist Guenter Scholz, here's the male version of this fabulous wine holder. These recycled steel wine bottle holders are individually made and is shipped directly from the artist. Note: Estimated shipping time is 1 to 2 weeks.
This recycled steel sculpture is a nice variation that also depicts a patient getting his eyes checked. Both figures appear to be male (in case that matters). Last time I checked, there was only 1 left. Remember, the wine is not included.
I have Czech relatives . . .
that found this one hilarious.
(But, if you find it offensive, I'll remove it):
A Czech goes to the eye doctor who asks him to read the following letters:
C Z W X N Q S T A C Z
"Read it?" the Czech replies, "I even know the guy."
Source: OptiBoard | Optical Jokes
Thoughtful, nice-to-haves . . .
More than 3,400 outstanding photographs and line drawings capture a full range of common and uncommon eye disorders. CD-ROM is included with the book and contains not only the illustrations from the atlas, but also useful internet links.
First edition: Winner of the Abbott Prize for Medical Writing
Full color illustrations, an extensive dictionary of common terms which are straightforward, succinct and easy to comprehend. First of its kind, 336 pages by two expert optometrists.
Just out May 2012 and already top-rated. This book would make an excellent book for residents, fellows, physicians (and their spouses). Covers: life, health, disability, and malpractice insurance, taxes, employee benefit plans, asset protection, cash flow, investments, debt management, continuing education planning, and more.
I know, you don't exactly get obstetrician parking privileges - but who says you can't at your own private practice? This sign measures 18 inches high by 12 inches wide, has rounded corners and two pre-punched holes for mounting. Made of thick aluminum with vinyl lettering, it's durable enough for outdoor (or indoor) use. Proudly made in the U.S.
Lastly . . .
Some fun photos of pets wearing glasses: