“Last chance before I lose my patience. You had one week to solve the problem. Your professionalism and customer service are embarrassing. You should make sure the job is done properly before informing me!”
That’s a message I received from a customer who purchased a pair of prescription glasses from me (I am an optometrist). But because of miscommunication, I’d gotten him the wrong pair of lenses. I told him I would get the new lens in one week. However, because of the supplier’s unforeseen circumstances, the order had to be delayed for two more days. …
Having good and effective communication skills helps you in all aspects of life — from your career to your personal life.
Being an eye care practitioner is rewarding. The satisfaction you get when you can solve visual problems. But sometimes, it’s challenging to explain diseases to your patients.
Here are some tips that I find helpful when I am communicating with my patients, and I believe these can be applied by anyone.
You need to sound confident when you are expressing your thoughts. Even if you need to express uncertainty, you need to speak with conviction.
By sounding confident, your…
Everyone has 24 hours in a day. But why are some people more successful compared to us? The key is effective and efficient time management.
You may have noticed people who look busy all day, but they still cannot get their job done. Many of us tried to multitask to finish more tasks at hand. But our brain is not built for multi-tasking. You might think you are doing more, but it is affecting your quality of work. It is irrelevant if you can do more things but doing it poorly.
Proper time management is essential for your relationships and…
I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with enrolling in online courses.
I am an optometrist by profession, but I am also someone who is curious and with a passion for learning new things. I always believe that learning new skills can broaden your horizons and open up to more opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic had made me panic. I did not lose my job, nor my salary was deducted. But seeing people around me and in social media losing their jobs and source of income scares me. I worried it might happen to me.
I had plans to…
There’s a saying — the early bird gets the worm. You might have heard of successful people like Richard Branson, Tim Cook, and Michelle Obama who wake up early and talk about the benefits of waking up early. Some of them wake up as early as 5 am. Personally, I am an early bird. I get it from my parents. My parents are early risers. They have been waking up at 530am every morning for the past 30 years. Some days I do enjoy sleeping in, but most days, I prefer to wake up early.
Here are 4 benefits I…
I spend at least four days a week in the gym working out. No matter how much you want to build your body, you can’t work out for seven days a week. If you don’t have proper rest days, you might injure yourself during the workout.
Our muscles need time to rest and grow. When we lift weights, we are creating tears in our muscles. Our body repairs the tears during rest. Many of us spend our rest day sitting on the couch watching television or reading a book.
You can consider doing active recovery. Active recovery is doing activities…
For many, it’s a hassle wearing glasses.
The contact lens is one of the greatest inventions. It allows us to be glasses-free. Your glasses won’t fall when you are running; your glasses will not fog up when you are wearing a mask; Sweat will not be dripping down your glasses while exercising.
But many contact lens wearers are not taking good care of their eyes while wearing the lenses. As an optometrist working in an eye hospital, I had seen many contact lens wearers with serious eye complications.
Here are my top three contact lens horror stories:
This is a…
All we want is better health.
We would do anything to have better health — eat foods that claimed to be beneficial to us, exercise daily, follow specific diet plans.
You probably heard of antioxidants. But do you know what they are?
Antioxidants are molecules that help us fight off free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by sacrificing their own electrons.
We constantly produced free radicals in our bodies every day. Excessive free radicals formation happened when we encountered stress, pollutions, alcohol intake, and prolonged exercise that causes tissue damage.
When the number of free radicals is more than antioxidants…
Sight is the most precious sense. It’s the sense that is hardest to live without. Many of us would be afraid to lose the ability to see.
Yet, we might do things that are harmful to the eyes without us noticing it. Some of these are habits we thought are harmless and did it unintentionally.
Here are five daily habits that you need to stop doing to avoid damage to your eyes:
Before you sleep, you look at your phone with lights off.
Are you one of those who do this?
Looking at a bright screen in a dark room…
Corticosteroids, commonly referred to as steroids are lab-made versions of hormones usually produced by our bodies. It works like cortisol, created by our adrenal glands to reduce inflammation. It is different from anabolic steroids that athletes used.
Steroids drugs help to slow down the immune system that triggers inflammation. Steroids help to relieve the pain but do not treat the condition entirely.
The drugs treat diseases like:
One of the most commonly used eye drops in eye care is steroid eye drops. It is widely used to treat inflammation, red eyes and reduce scarring.
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