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A Day in the Life of an Optometrist

When your worst fear comes true

When I was in optometry school I found out that a distant relative had a choroidal melanoma, which is a malignant tumor in a deep layer of the retina. There are many causes including UV exposure, which is why every eye doctor advises patients to wear UV protecting sunglasses. The worst part of a choroidal melanoma is that in most cases there is no way to know you have one without a thorough eye examination that includes a detailed evaluation of the back of the eye.

Finding one in a patient’s eye is not something anyone anticipates. The good news in this though is that once discovered there is an opportunity for treatment and a chance to save a life.

Unfortunately I have diagnosed choroidal melanomas on several occasions. Each time I am reminded of how important the profession of optometry is and I am thankful that I have an opportunity to make a difference in my patients lives.

“Don’t put off for tomorrow as tomorrow may never come.”