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    5 true pieces of advice first-years hate hearing

     

    4. “Oh, I never do (insert skill). There are more efficient ways to do that.”

    My initial reaction: So, you are telling me I practiced binocular balance like it was dogma, but you don’t even use it on the elderly? You don’t do fused cross-cylinder (FCC) on everyone? Where were these shortcuts in the lab manual?!

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    Why it is still true

    Okay, giggles aside, looking back at this reaction makes me feel like I was such a brat. No, clueless first-year Shelby, you do not have to do an FCC all the time, but you must know how to perform it, what normal is, and be able to know when it is needed.

    First-year me wanted a script detailing how to conduct an eye exam. It took lots more frustration and careful shadowing of different types of exams to realize how wrong I was.

    Shelby May
    Shelby is a third-year student at Southern College of Optometry. She is particularly interested in Vision Therapy and Pediatrics. Any ...

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