Should I date my optometrist? November 28, 7: I realize that dating one's doctor would be against their professional practice codes but an optometrist seems like a less clear case. Ethics guide does not address the question at all. I can't easily change optometrists as I live in a small city and she is the only one qualified to fit lenses for my rare corneal disease - I need new lenses every six months or so.
I can't think of any immediate concerns that would cause contention or conflict of interest. Now, if things get serious and you guys have a rather un-amicable separation, that may cause concern since the individual in question happens to be the most convenient source for your prescription. Other than that, I say go for it. I think there's an ethical dilemma with doctors and other similar practitioners because their status with you as a patient gives them some power- but in my eyes, it's different when you take the 'traditional' route and ask a doctor out OUTSIDE of the practice.
In that context, I think anything goes! What happens if the date goes badly? What happens if you break up? Then you've got no optometrist and no options for dealing with your rare corneal disease. I hope this bit doesn't sound rude; I don't mean it that way: I'm curious as to what makes you think your optometrist would be interested in dating you; I'd say one reason for the ethical guidelines is that it's hard for people to separate a doctor's professional politeness and interest from what could be a romantic interest.
Optometrists have received a doctor of optometry OD degree. Some optometrists complete residencies. They are thus doctors, and are licensed to detect, treat, manage, and refer cases of eye disease. That being said, even if there's nothing in the OD Ethics guide about doctor-patient dating, it would seem that the rules should be the same.
Would there really be that much of a difference if said doctor was an ophthalmologist performing laser surgery on you every six months? Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with dating one's health care provider outside of the context of the practice, as id said The physical proximity, too. There's also the issue that they know much more about you than you about them. If you can get to someone else easily enough - as a contingency plan - that might help your decision.
Know what I mean? It's not a big deal as I see it. What if your SO was an optometrist somewhere else? The only "ethics" issue I would see is acting on your urges in the doctor's office. As long as you are there, it's for lenses. Keep the "relationship" outside of that office, in other words. Many relationships ultimately don't work out. If that happens to you here, and you really need this guy, you're going to be in a tough situation.
I once dated a guy I worked with and saw around the office almost every day. After we broke up, seeing him around was a constant reminder of our relationship failure, and until I felt better about things i. Last thing I would have wanted would have been to need this guy for something or to have to ask for his kindness. Think carefully about how you would deal with the fallout before you jump into this. However, there may be ethical problems with one's optometrist dating a patient.