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What an experience! I just got back from a school screening in Arlington, TN. A school screening is where we, as optometry students, go to an elementary school, middle school, or high school and check the students' eyes. We check their vision and the basic health inside their eyes. Basically, make sure everything is working well.
The school screening today was my first opportunity to get into the community and use what I've been learning here at school. To tell you the truth, I was scared. I've practiced everything on other students before, but never on a wiggly kindergartner. And the skill I feared doing the most was direct ophthalmoscopy....so that's what I volunteered for. The first kindergartener I examined was soo nervous. He wouldn't keep still even for a second. He kept looking around every time I tried to shine my scope into his eyes. Finally, I had the doctor in charge come over to look in his eyes for me. It wasn't lookin' good. The next kid was just as bad as the first so I had to have the doctor come over again. 0-for-2. My worst fears were coming true. Then, my third student came over. He sat perfectly still, I looked in his eyes, and boom he was done. I didn't have problems with any of the students after that. It ended up being a lot of fun.
Another bonus to the screening was that I got to use someone's panoptic ophtalmoscope. It's a different type of scope than the ones we all got last year and I loved it. The views I could get of the nerves in the eye were so much better. I guess it just came as a benefit to doing service.