(I am using ZoomText to post this, so bear with me.) I had a vision scare the past week, and fortunately it was all a false alarm. I got laser treatment to strengthen my eye and am waiting for my sight to clear up from that. But i still left the Dr. with much anger. not at him, but at another doctor. I wasted over a year with a man who told me that i would go blind, and all he could do was slow it with laser treatments. I worked at my job for a few weeks, then he scheduled a painful treatment, and i would be out of work for weeks. it cost me my job and i was no better off. and after i had a really bad scare, he told me to wait a month and see what happened. today was the first laser treatment i have had since my new doctor saved my sight and gave me good news. and you know what? i did not feel anything. not one bit of pain. My new doctor actually put my eye to sleep and then worked on me, an option i was never given before. he even turned my MP3 player on for ne and i listened to Weird Al and Korn as he worked. didn't even know it could be done like that. it just infuriates me to think the previous doc withheld a painless method all those times and told me to "man-up" as the Death Star was shot into my eye between 120-300 times till i screamed. I understand to a degree how doctors think- and when i was a medic, i fell into the same trap. I know what's going on with my patient, i know what has to be done and that's how it will go. sometimes, i focused too much on packaging the patient to listen to them, and it didn't help anybody. the point is that the first priority is, Do No Harm. and my previous doctor ignored that rule. i am not ranting about malpractice or the pros and cons of Universal Health Care; i am just venting about the massive amount of trust i placed into a healer and discovering it wasn't respected. My current opthamologist is a man i respect and damn near love. he has been straight with me, he lays out all my options and allows me the dignity of choice. and if it doesn't work, he steps in and explains his choice for me. i guess i am done. but for both the patient and doctor, i suggest communication. talk to each other. i wish i had done that a long time ago.