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    What if you examined Santa Claus?

    Take a guess what clinical findings you would see

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the towns, not an optometrist was stirring—not even an online retailer promising glasses at low cost.

    The practice’s exam lanes were cleaned, and equipment stored with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

    A patient like St. Nick is not as rare as you think—minus the fact that he is thought to be 1,746 years old. The chance of seeing an older male patient with an elevated BMI, who is presbyopic with pink-rimmed eyes and rosy cheeks, is really quite good.

    To embrace him and care for all of his problems is the challenge and can land you on the naughty or nice list.

    Previously from Dr. O'Dell: The power of the celebrity spokesperson

    Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound

    From the first handshake it is unclear if he has warm or cold hands because his hands are covered in white satin gloves. His handshake is firm, and his gait steady on the way to the exam room.

    Leslie E O’Dell, OD, FAAO
    Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO, is the director of Dry Eye Center of PA and Wheatlyn Eye Care in Manchester, PA. Dr. O’Dell lectures ...


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