I Hate Diplopia


I hate diplopia (i.e. “double vision”). When a patient presents with that complaint, it usually means that I have to slow down, change my exam, perform different tests and ask a whole different set of questions than I normally would. I deal with it, but it’s a real time sink. One of those, especially early in the morning, gets me behind schedule for the rest of the day.

If the Florida Gators win tonight, then I’ll have a whole new set of reasons to despise diplopia. For one, it would mean that those slimy reptiles would then have become the latest team to win two titles in a row, replacing my beloved but down-in-the-dumps Blue Devils who currently hold that distinction (’91, ’92). Furthermore, it would also mean that the Gators would then hold both the national collegiate football and basketball titles within the same year, making it all the more difficult to avoid the loud and proud Gator fans who, though few in number, do turn up at inopportune times around these parts.

But what I really hate is that if the Gators win again, it means that I’ll have to watch this one more time, and that might be just a little too much. Last year it was cute; this year, it’s annoying. I’m not sure even sure what a Buckeye is, but tonight it won’t matter. I’ll develop a taste for them if it means I won’t be seeing that again.

I hate diplopia. Go Buckeyes–whatever you are.

  1. Mike the Eyeguy

    I had to laugh at Billy Donovan on this one. He’s chuckling at Noah’s antics, but at one point he sort of punches at him playfully, and you can tell that he just wishes that he would stop already.

  2. Double vision

    I thought this article was going to be about me for a second (I hate diplopia i.e. double vision) Wait a minute!

    Have you ever seen anyone who seems as unhappy and unemotional as Greg Oden? I think if I was going to make the $ he will be making next year and if I was on this kind of Final Four run I could crack a smile for the camera.

  3. Mike the Eyeguy

    Heh, I didn’t even think about that. No, no, not this time. 🙂

    Unlike LeBron James who was comfortable in the media spotlight at eighteen, Oden acts like, well, an 18-year-old. Maybe LJ will take him under his wing and show him the ropes.

  4. cg's WIFE

    Ok… Let me just say that at this house we are turning our eyes upon our beloved Detroit Tigers today and there will be no talk of basketball. Second of all, you ask what a Buckeye is… I’ve always thought that a buckeye is nothing more than a worthless nut.

  5. Stoogelover

    Gee … I can’t imagine why anyone would not want to watch that again! 🙂

  6. KS


    Plan on hearing that alot tonight.

  7. Mike the Eyeguy

    Like I said, loud and proud…

  8. Mike the Eyeguy

    c.g.’s wife–Thanks for the clarification. Still, to hate a team so much that you would be willing to watch that again? Oh well, I guess if UNC were in the final, I might bite the bullet too. March Madness can make for some strange bedfellows.

    Sl–Except for Yannick and Joakim’s mother, I’m not sure anyone would.

  9. Matt Dabbs

    I have run into both Donovan and Noah. I physically ran into Donovan on campus at UF while finishing up a jog. I was really tired and looked down for a minute and ran right between he and his wife bumping into both of them. I looked back and thought, “woops.” Noah on the other hand I “ran into” at the Gainesville Hilton with he and his family. While the dance is silly, I sure hope they win.

    By the way, Buckeyes aren’t so tasty so don’t make any committments on that one.

  10. Mike the Eyeguy


    Glad you had your brush with Donovan when you did because he’s not going to be around your neck of the woods much longer!

    Like you, I also have a history of running into BMOC (click here).

  11. Matt Dabbs

    That is a neat story. I had no idea that you studied clinical psychology either. When I was at UF I was working on a doctorate in clinical and healthy psychology but like you decided it was not for me and after 2 years decided ministry was more important and withdrew. Now I too try to help people see more clearly.

  12. Mike the Eyeguy

    I’ll work on the natural eyes and you work on the spiritual ones, and maybe together we’ll make a difference.

  13. Matt Dabbs

    You got plenty of spiritual good here. Keep it up.

  14. Terri

    Duke is no longer my least favorite team.

  15. Mike the Eyeguy

    Alright then, sounds like we’re making progress!

  16. Mike the Eyeguy

    Matt–thanks, I appreciate that. Like the sign says, I’m just “trying to put it all together.” Some days I succeed, some days I don’t.

  17. Matt Dabbs


    Just noticed that you are from Huntsville. My family is from Tuscumbia and I went to High School in that area.

  18. Mike the Eyeguy

    I’m constantly amazed at the number of people with North Alabama connections whom I encounter in the blogosphere. There must be something in that red clay that we’re all so fond of eating.

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