SOUTH CAROLINA — More than half of U.S. doctors say it is safe to conduct an eye exam, but about half don’t.
The reasons are varied, but they are all linked to the effects of anesthesia, anesthesiologist Mary Beth Niswender said Tuesday at the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting.
The American Academy, which is based in Philadelphia, has been calling for new standards to guide doctors.
The group, which includes more than 1,600 ophthalmologists, is one of the oldest medical societies in the country and is one reason that it is not uncommon to see doctors at eye doctors’ offices during exams.
In addition to anesthesia, doctors say the test may cause blood to clot in the eye.
Some also feel the test is an unnecessary expense, and some say it’s not even accurate.
“It’s the most intrusive thing I’ve ever done,” said Dr. Andrew Smith, an anesthesiology professor at Duke University Medical Center who specializes in anesthesia and anesthesia and emergency medicine.
Smith said he had undergone an eye-test four times, once in the emergency room and once in a surgery room.
He said he was able to get a good reading of the patient’s eye by looking at his eye for about a minute, and then he had to wait about 10 minutes before getting the test results.
When he first saw his results in 2011, he thought it was a joke.
He did not think it was related to the test.
But he has since experienced a slew of eye tests.
He also noted that many doctors are hesitant to tell people who have the test that they have had it, because it might hurt their career.
We have all been treated for the consequences of our decision to have this procedure done,” Smith said.
More recently, Dr. Michael E. Smith, a physician who treats patients with the test in North Carolina, said that doctors are often hesitant to disclose the test’s risks to patients because they are afraid of being blamed for having an abnormal test result.
Dr. James D. L. Kagan, an ophthalmolgy professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has also noticed an increase in patients being referred to eye doctors for testing.
I have seen the response of the medical community in this regard,” Kagan said.
“If you tell a patient who has had an eye examination that they are about to have an eye procedure, you can expect to hear the criticism that it was done wrong.
And it is.
But there is a tremendous amount of information out there about what an eye is and how it works.
As a result, doctors are more willing to be honest and open about the risks of this procedure.
And they are much less willing to withhold information.
That is because it may make them feel better about their job,” Kaga said.
Dr. Charles D. Sutter, an eye doctor and the director of the division of emergency medicine at the Mayo Clinic, said doctors should share the results of tests that they administer.
If the test causes blood clots in the eyes, for example, doctors can ask patients to go to the hospital, which can then check their eyes for bleeding.
Or, they can perform a simple eye exam that includes eye movements, such as looking at an object or taking a breath, and send the results to a lab.
But many people do not want to go through that long and costly procedure, and may instead go to a surgeon, an optometrist or a doctor who specializes on eye surgery, Sutter said.
If they feel uncomfortable about the procedure, they may not want their doctor to do it, he said.
“I don’t want to be the person who says, ‘We don’t do that because it’s painful.’
We do it because it is right,” he said, noting that eye tests have been proven to be safer than other procedures for treating eye conditions.
There are also many factors that contribute to eye damage.
For example, people with a genetic predisposition to eye disorders may have a higher chance of getting them.
Also, people who are more susceptible to eye problems have a harder time seeing or hearing in bright light.
And people with diabetes may be more likely to develop vision problems.
The American Ophthalmic Society, which represents the country’s leading ophthalmic societies, issued guidelines in April to help doctors better understand how the eye works.
Among other things, the group wants doctors to discuss their own concerns with patients and their colleagues about how to conduct a test and to help them get informed consent for any tests they may have.
The new guidelines, which are voluntary, are available online at www.aas.org/newsroom/medical-resources/resources-and-services/handbook-eye-testing