Jody, that pediatric doctor is correct as far as the governing medical licensing boards are concerned.
Personal example: I had a catract I needed removed and an implanted lens. We have an exceptionally good ophthalmogy surgeon in town and when I saw him we discussed and agreed upon a "distance lens" at my request. I've worn reading glasses for years and do NOT want to have to wear glasses full time for distance. Fussing w/contact lenses "ain't" my bag. I'm a wash n wear n out the door kinda gal.
As it turned out I was going to be having to spend some time near a University affiliated, nationally known, eye clinic. The head honcho oph. surgeon was nationally known and respected. I figured as long as I had to be in the area I'd get a second opinion.
I was not only upfront about
wanting a distance lens implant rather than a reading lens implant but I also provided him w/the measurements, figures, etc. including pictures of the eye in question. (NEVER get both eyes done for cataracts at the same time!).
The clinic ran all their own tests and measurements. Since they could schedule me whilst I was still in the area I figured why not have it done there. So I did.
The sheister gave me a reading lens instead of the distance lens I made it clear I wanted and was under the impression he understood that!!! (The opposite eye had good distance vision, the eye being done did have somewhat better reading vision is I'm sure why he took it upon himself to provide a "better" reading lens than my own in that eye.
BUT to add insult to injury, the sheister was off in his measurements (an assumed and accepted but rare occurance). So, now not only do I have to hold reading material almost to my nose, but I can't drive at night w/o a contact lens due to halos from headlights, street lights and even well lighted business districts. Even glasses won't help, has to be a contact lens - or let someone do refractory surgery on that eye.
So I filed a complaint w/the state licensing board. He got a slap on the paddies for not making note of our discussion or that he intended to implant a reading lens. However, I made the mistake of not providing the measurements, and agreed upon lens, etc. from the first oph surgeon because I had to sign a ROM for the state to institute the investigation and I wrongfully assumed that they would request that information from the first doctor so it was also noted that I failed to document my side of the story.
In effect, as that pediatric doctor said, if it ain't in the chart, it didn't happen.
The University eye clinic did offer to provide a contact lens or to do refractory surgery, etc. But I flat told them I had NO INTENTION of letting ANYONE who had trained under or worked w/that oph to touch my ever touch my eye again!!!!
So now I don't drive at night unless I have to. I keep a contact lens in my car just in case. And I cuss that sheister out every time I'm in my car and its getting close to dusk. I also have a voodoo doll w/his name on it so full of pins its a shapeless mass.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.