In med school, it isn’t that often that we practice a clinical skill on each other. (Thank God, pap smears??) We have standardized patients to walk us through most things. I guess our school was on a budget this week though because they decided that we should learn the ophthalmology skill set on our fellow classmates. And…. that each of us would get one eye dilated!
Real doctors put burning drops of mydriatics in our “non-dominant eyes”. The fact that I had a dominant eye at all was news to me!
Did I mention that it burned?
After getting the drops we waiting in a large classroom for our vision to get good and fuzzy. Obviously having one pupil much larger than the other is hilarious so I took plenty of photos!
Next, we split up into small groups with an ophthalmology resident to practice
torturing examining each other. Bright light hurts when you can’t accomodate!
Our resident was really nice except I don’t think he understood my jokes or why I wanted to take pictures of him. He did draw us this really nice diagram! I have no idea what it is about but it looks legit!
Michael went and picked up Colby from school after her session so she didn’t have to stumble home with half-vision. She had a purse full of dilating drops! Apparently when they were done with all of us they hand them out like candy! Colby’s idea? To dilate Milo’s eyes. I put my foot down on that one.