“How are you doing these days?” is the first thing I ask my elderly patients during this age of pandemic.
Of course I want to know about their eyes. But before that, we talk as if I am chatting with my grandma. Most of my patients these days are ones I’ve known for years. These are the patients who come regularly for in-office treatments to prevent blindness (e.g. Anti-VEGF injections for macular degeneration). These are the patients who still come despite the risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
We catch up. How are you getting your groceries? Are you eating well? Are you exercising? It’s a crazy time, how are you doing mentally?
Sometimes they just want to talk.