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    Could there be a dress code for ODs?

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    Dress for success. We’ve heard this tired old cliché for years. Most offices have a written dress code for staff, but does that dress code also apply to the doctors?

    Over the course of my career, my offices have tried everything—scrubs, dress clothes, business casual—anything short of T-shirts and shorts and only then because I didn’t want my office confused with the local Hooters. We tried the optical staff dressing one way while the technical staff wore scrubs, all the while I came traipsing into the clinic in whatever I felt like wearing that day, usually decided by what was clean in the closet. I felt as long as I stayed on this side of Lady Godiva or The Emperor, I was safe. I liked scrubs. The ophthalmologist I first worked for had everyone wear scrubs, including the professional staff, and I liked working in pajamas.

    I gravitated for a while to the opposite end of the clothing spectrum. I wore three-piece suits, swapping out the blazer once at the office for an angel-white, freshly pressed clinic jacket with enough starch to stand on its own in the corner. I abandoned that attire once I realized I was walking around the clinic like Lurch of the Addam’s family.

    Previously from Dr. Bowling: Why I’m thankful for optometric conferences

    Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
    Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in ...


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