02 June, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from Your Precious Sight by @EichinChangLim

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Are you petrified by the thought of permanently living in COMPLETE DARKNESS?

Did you know that the only way to detect insidious eye diseases in the early stage, a crucial step in preventing the loss of eyesight, is through a regular comprehensive eye exam? Your Precious Sight is written by optometrist Dr. Eichin Chang-Lim. In this book, she shares the most memorable cases in her decades of being an eye doctor in an easy-to-read, insightful style. The stories span pediatrics to geriatrics and include lazy eyes, pink eyes, ocular allergies, refractive surgeries, the effects of diseases like multiple sclerosis and diabetes on your vision, eye twitching, floaters, flashing lights, dry eyes, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and more. This book is entertaining, fascinating, and informative. The author's ultimate goal is to encourage you never to take your precious sight for granted. Read this book and gain a better appreciation for that marvelous organ—the eyeball!

Read an Excerpt from Your Precious Sight

A day after Christmas, the front office was filled with merriment. The lights cheerfully blinked on the artificial evergreen in the corner, and holiday music softly hummed in the background.

Suddenly, I heard a commotion. A voice bellowed through the office as a man bickered angrily with my lead assistant, Lisa. I was going through some mail from the other day and hoped the front office could resolve the conflict. Lisa had been with us for three years and was well trained. I had granted her some authority to manage challenging patients.

Through all the muffled noises, I got the impression that the patient wanted to return his glasses. We’d had a couple of occurrences in the past in which patients wanted to return a pair of glasses and demanded a full refund after use, often for absurd reasons. In one case, a woman wanted to return her deceased husband’s glasses. “He doesn’t need them anymore, wherever he is now,” she stated.

Another time, a patient insisted that she did not need her new pair of Versace glasses because her son’s wedding was over and she had taken a good deal of photos with them on. “I want to return them and get my money back,” she explained.

I hoped this was not one of those obnoxious situations that would ruin my holiday spirit.

 A few minutes later, Lisa walked in with a chart in her hand.

“Mr. Johns wants to return his glasses and get a refund,” she said, shaking her head.

“What’s the reason?” I inquired.

“He said the prescription is wrong. He can’t see well with them any longer.”

I reviewed the chart. I did the refraction and eye exam two weeks prior; he was happy with the prescription and signed off on the dispensing day. The medical history was all negative. The dilated fundus exam displayed some early signs of vascular changes, which were within the normal range for his age. The optic nerve head and fundus were within the normal range as well. Since the next patient was not ready to be seen, I told Lisa that I would do the recheck on Mr. Johns.

Mr. Johns, in his late fifties, sat stiffly in the exam chair, his arms crossed. He was wearing a navy-blue sweatshirt printed with “This is What the World’s Greatest GRANDPA Looks Like.”

“Merry Christmas, Mr. Johns. Nice shirt.”

“Thanks,” he replied coldly. I watched his jaw clench, and his lips tightened into a thin, straight line.
I endeavored to break the ice. “How many grandchildren do you have?”

“Three. And one on the way.” His facial muscles relaxed. With that, I glided into his main complaint.

“The new pair of glasses worked fine until two days ago. Now everything looks blurry with them on.” Hastily, he added, “I can read better without these glasses, as a matter of fact.”

I rechecked his refraction, and he was right: the power of his prescription had changed dramatically in two weeks, from farsighted to nearsighted.

The two main reasons for a myopic shift—a change toward nearsightedness—are the development of a cataract or a change in the patient’s blood sugar level. Since his cataract was fairly unchanged, I suspected that his blood sugar was the culprit.

One’s blood sugar level can affect the shape of the crystalline lens—the natural lens behind the iris, about the size of an M&M—that can lead to fluctuating vision and require the alteration of an eyewear prescription. Most of the time, if a patient is known to have diabetes, we want to ensure that the patient’s blood sugar level is stabilized before finalizing the eyewear prescription.

I shared with him my tentative diagnosis and filled out a referral form for his PCP. When I handed him the referral letter, I gave him a heads-up about the blood test and let him know I would like to follow up with him regarding his prescription. He was reluctant and insisted that he was perfectly healthy. Nevertheless, he agreed to defer the returning of glasses until after he visited his PCP and had a blood test.

Almost four months later, he returned for a follow-up. Indeed, the blood test revealed that he had diabetes, and it was now under control with the oral medication he received from his PCP. His PCP provided him with a wealth of information about the complications of diabetes and the importance of regular eye exams. He followed the protocol diligently.

He was one of the lucky ones to learn how to manage his diabetes before serious ocular manifestation transpired.

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Dr. Eichin Chang-Lim is a semi-retired optometrist, a multi-award-winning author, a wife, and a mother to 2 children. She and her husband had a private optometry practice in Los Angeles. They live in Orange County, California.

In a recent interview, the author said, “You might have noticed that romance and inspirational are my niche genres. I write romance because I find it to be an intriguing genre. Relationships are quite involved in real life. Therefore, I use romance to depict the intricacies of relationships. Ultimately, it evolves into an inspirational and thought-provoking tale. Readers will discover that I tend to tell love stories beyond the confines of romance. I strive to convey the kind of love that is much broader and more profound than romantic or physical love. I strongly believe that love is more than a four-letter word. It’s multidimensional. It involves sacrifice, forgiveness, trust, demoting one’s ego, or even ‘letting it go’ at times. I also like to encompass the love of friendship, family, and even little pets in my stories.”

“As a romance writer, I write with my heart and soul. My mindset is that if my story can make a difference in even one person’s life, it’s all worth it, and that’s what love is all about,” she added.

Eichin modeled during college in Taiwan and was in several short films, including a supporting role in the comedy Indy/feature film Winning Formula. She has written five books: FLIPPING: An Uplifting Novel of Love, A Mother’s Heart: Memoir of a Special Needs Parent, Love: A Tangled Knot, TheLoveLock, and YOUR PRECIOUS SIGHT: An Optometrist’s Most Memorable Cases.

During the preorder period, YOUR PRECIOUS SIGHT hit the #1 New Release in seven categories at least once: Optometry, Physician & Patient Diagnosis, Eye Problems, Reference, Preventive Medicine, Aging, and Ophthalmology.

Besides acting and writing, she loves opera and a big bear hug. Learn more about the author at www.eichinchanglim.com

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