Atom612

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Soo I'm a new OMS1 and I can't really see well out of one of my eyes (non-correctable), so I would be forced to perform the opthalmoscopy/fundoscopy with my single good eye. When looking at the patient's opposite eye (so straight across when oriented in front of me) I'm bumping noses and basically almost kissing them o_O

We have to practice eye exams on our fellow classmates so I'm really considering dropping an extra grand on a fancy panoptic (has a longer eyepiece, shouldn't be at kissing level). But I was wondering if their use is allowed for boards? I'm a DO student so I don't think I have to do USMLE step 2 CS, but can I use it for the COMLEX level 2? Is it feasible/practical to tote this thing around with me when I actually start rounding?

Has anyone else encountered a problem like this? Should I just suck it up and use the coaxial? I tried using the search function but aside from people being frustrated with fundoscopy in general, no one's complained about this in the past.
 
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Just pretend you're seeing something with the other eye just to not be awkward. You won't see **** anyway and it won't matter unless you wanna be an ophthalmologist
Your proctors won't call you out on your BS if you do this? Also, is there really no use for fundoscopy clinically outside of opthalmology?
 
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Your proctors won't call you out on your BS if you do this? Also, is there really no use for fundoscopy clinically outside of opthalmology?
Don't they just want you to say normal findings even if you find something abnormal? Just pretend you're seeing everything. As for the latter, I'm sure some purists will say there is a lot of use for it and I'm a bad doctor but if I really think I need to properly look in those eyes I'll just get someone who can do it well unlike me
 
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Soo I'm a new OMS1 and I can't really see well out of one of my eyes (non-correctable), so I would be forced to perform the opthalmoscopy/fundoscopy with my single good eye. When looking at the patient's opposite eye (so straight across when oriented in front of me) I'm bumping noses and basically almost kissing them o_O

We have to practice eye exams on our fellow classmates so I'm really considering dropping an extra grand on a fancy panoptic (has a longer eyepiece, shouldn't be at kissing level). But I was wondering if their use is allowed for boards? I'm a DO student so I don't think I have to do USMLE step 2 CS, but can I use it for the COMLEX level 2? Is it feasible/practical to tote this thing around with me when I actually start rounding?

Has anyone else encountered a problem like this? Should I just suck it up and use the coaxial? I tried using the search function but aside from people being frustrated with fundoscopy in general, no one's complained about this in the past.
Please don't waste any money on this. Unless the eyes are dilated, it is difficult to do an adequate fundoscopic exam anyways. Just pretend and move on. Alternatively, you could inform your school of this and see what they say.

AGAIN, DO NOT WASTE MONEY ON THIS!!! It is not a big deal. I suggest a majority of students with two good eyes still can't see much of anything useful.
 
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