"I see on your form that you've had a lot of health problems recently."
"No, on the form, I see you checked that you've been having headaches, stiff neck, coughing, stomach pain, diarrhea, fever--"
"No, I am fine."
"Did you check all these boxes on the form?"
"Let me see that."
I show him the form.
"I do not know why I checked all those boxes."
"But you did check all the boxes-- I'm wondering, if you have trouble reading, we have some programs we can refer you to, it's really okay if that's a problem, I just want to make sure we have an accurate medical history."
"I can read just fine."
"Then I'm just trying to figure out why you checked all of these boxes."
"Sometimes things are blurry. I use eye drops. Visine."
"You have blurry vision?"
"Yes. When I have things close to me, like reading, the letters are blurry. I use eye drops. Is there a more powerful eye drop I can get a prescription for?"
"Have you been to an eye doctor?"
"No. I use eye drops."
"Is it possible you need glasses? It sounds like you might just be farsighted, and need glasses. Would be an easy fix to this problem."
"No, I don't want glasses. Not interested. I'll just use eye drops."
"Yeah, eye drops don't fix this problem. I think you need glasses."
"Never. I'm not interested in glasses."
"Do you drive a car?"
"I am going to have to refer you to an eye doctor."
"I have no interest in an eye doctor."
"I think it's important. And it's really not a big deal-- tons of people wear glasses, and they would help your life tremendously."
"Just give me a prescription for eye drops."
"I don't believe eye drops will help this problem."
"This is why I don't like doctors."