What drives ODs crazy during the holidays 2019 edition

December 10, 2019

Here we go again…it’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Here we go again…it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Well, maybe not every day.

We tried to alleviate your stress by offering suggestions of dos and don’ts from your fellow ODs.

Related: Holiday dos and dont's for ODs in 2019

That may not have worked, so find out what drives your colleagues crazy during the winter holidays.

Take a look at last year’s list as well to see how-or if-your annoyances have changed.

Related: What drives ODs crazy during the holidays

Check out this year's list!

Chris Wroten, OD
Hammond, LA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

When the hustle and bustle overshadow the reason for the season.
Eggnog and fruitcake!
Overdosing on Christmas music.
Patients who present for examination on December 27 wanting cataract surgery before their deductible renews on January 1 and are upset with us when it can’t be done.

Related: 6 things that drive ODs crazy during the holidays

Pamela Miller, OD, JD, FAAO
Highland, CA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

I am driven crazy by people who think they have to buy everything for the holidays but forget that the greatest gifts are empathy, kindness, and being happy.

Greg Caldwell, OD, FAAO
Duncansville, PA

When patients who moved away are home visiting but need an eye exam, and they are wondering if you can squeeze one more in on December 24. 

“Absolutely we can.”

Related: 15 things that drive ODs crazy during the holidays


Ben Casella, OD, FAAO
Augusta, GA
Optometry Times Chief Optometric Editor

People asking if I have completed my shopping. Just assume I haven’t, and move on.

Diana Canto-Sims, OD
Chicago
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

The Chicago traffic in winter weather! Yuck!

Vin Dang, OD, FAAO
Bakersfield, CA

Playing Christmas music as soon as Halloween is over and skipping the Thanksgiving holiday.
Patients waiting until the last minute to get their eyes checked now realizing that their benefits are going to expire, then wanting an appointment yesterday.

Andrew Morgenstern, OD, FAAO, FNAP
Bethesda, MD
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

Not much drives me crazy; I love the holidays. But if I had to say-busy parking lots and people who forget how to drive from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

David Geffen, OD, FAAO
San Diego
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

The amount of solicitations!

Richard Mangan, OD, FAAO
Aurora, CO

I am crazy 360 days of the year...nothing new about the holidays!

Barbara Fluder, OD
Valdosta, GA
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

Traffic.

Scott Moscow, OD
Roswell, GA

Holiday music.