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Check your ‘Eye-Q’

I came across one of those vocabulary quizzes in a recent edition of the Readers Digest. Typically, I may know or guess the meanings of about half of the words, landing me somewhere in the ‘mediocre’ range. This quiz, however, was all medical terms related to anatomy, so I actually did very well. I only missed one or two, which was good enough to land me in the ‘bright-headed’ category (as opposed to the thick- or light-headed categories. Yes…!) Anyway, I thought I might challenge my readers to see how well they know their ‘eye vocabulary’. Good luck…

  1. Cilia    a) tear duct  b) eyelash  c) optic nerve covering
  2. Ocular dexter (OD)    a) right eye  b) left eye  c) TV series
  3. Hordeolum    a) blind spot in vision  b) stye  c) retinal cyst
  4. Strabismus    a) ocular surgical tool  b) red lesion on the white of the eye  c) misalignment of the eyes
  5. Pterygium    a) triangular growth on the front of the eye  b) bacteria that can cause a serious eye infection  c) retinal hole
  6. Tonometer    a) device that measures the pressure of the eye  b) device that measures the length of the eye  c) special thermometer
  7. Myopia    a) loss of focusing ability that accompanies age  b) commonly called ‘far-sightedness’  c) commonly called ‘near-sightedness’
  8. Caruncle    a) fleshy nodular structure in inner corner of eye  b) hard deposit on a contact lens  c) your mother’s brother who owns an automotive shop



6-8 correct: Bright-eyed!

3-5 correct: Opened-eyed

1-3 correct: Sleepy-eyed….


(answers: b, a, b, c, a, a, c, a)

How did you do?

-Dr. Rachel Merriman