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Does "OU" Mean "Both Eyes"?

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Old 04-07-2008, 01:29 PM
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Default Does "OU" Mean "Both Eyes"?

I've been reading this forum long enough to know that "OD" means "right eye" and "OS" means "left eye", but I just read a new code: "OU," which means the prescription is the same in both eyes. Is that true?
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:46 AM
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Yes
OD – Ocular Dexter

OS – Ocular Sinister

OU – Ocular Utrique
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:37 AM
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Default Ocular Utrique

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Yes
OD Ocular Dexter

OS Ocular Sinister

OU Ocular Utrique
Thank you, Sir Robin. I've seen your name on this forum before. Welcome back. Thanks for the lesson in, um . . . Latin?
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:57 AM
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I assume it is Latin, been a long time since I took Latin.
I do know that Myopia (nearsightedness) comes from a Greek word though.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:21 PM
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Default Does "OU" Mean "Both Eyes"?

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I assume it is Latin, been a long time since I took Latin.
I do know that Myopia (nearsightedness) comes from a Greek word though.
Sounds Latin, and there are tons of medical terms that are Greek.

I heard about a women who spoke a lot more Greek than English and was listening to the doctor describe her condition in English to her family. She understood most of what he said because of all the Greek medical terms.
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I never knew it was Latin. Does it mean that there are more Latin terms than English. By the way, how about for farsighted, how is it called?
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I never knew it was Latin. Does it mean that there are more Latin terms than English. By the way, how about for farsighted, how is it called?
The medical term for far sightedness is "presbyopia," which is Greek for . . . ready? "Old eyes."

Most medical terms are in Greek, such as "cardiology" from the Greek kardia which means "heart", and "ophthalmology" from the Greek word ophthalmos which means "eye." Not many medical terms are in English because the field of medicine has been around in one form or another a lot longer than the English language has.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:42 AM
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The medical term for far sightedness is "presbyopia," which is Greek for . . . ready? "Old eyes."

Most medical terms are in Greek, such as "cardiology" from the Greek kardia which means "heart", and "ophthalmology" from the Greek word ophthalmos which means "eye." Not many medical terms are in English because the field of medicine has been around in one form or another a lot longer than the English language has.
Thank you for that post, raidernation. I actually love reading terms, especially

scientific terms. How about you guys, anybody who like it too?
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:53 AM
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Thank you for that post, raidernation. I actually love reading terms, especially scientific terms. How about you guys, anybody who like it too?
You can tell I do. I like sounding like a smarty-pants.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:18 PM
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I never knew it was Latin. Does it mean that there are more Latin terms than English. By the way, how about for farsighted, how is it called?
PRESBYOPIA is actually loss of you eye's lens to focus due to aging..

The right term for Farsightedness is HYPEROPIA...
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:00 PM
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OD Ocular Dexter

OS Ocular Sinister

OU Ocular Utrique
Learn something new everyday! Thank you.
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PRESBYOPIA is actually loss of you eye's lens to focus due to aging..

The right term for Farsightedness is HYPEROPIA...
Thanks iamanurse. Are you really a nurse? Do you work with eyes and vision? In any case, thank you for joining us here. You are most welcome. Feel free to look around and answer any questions that you can, and go ahead and ask questions as well.
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