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Those Aren't My Eyes

By Margaret Lyons in News on Jan 17, 2008 7:10PM

2008_1_17.snellen.jpgWho doesn't love going to the eye doctor--so many cool tools and bright lights, and the "what's better, one or two?" thing is like a quiz you can't fail. Best! Thank jeebus we never went to the Myers-Wyse Center for the Eye in Skokie, though. Too bad for Roman Tesfaye. She did go there and got way more (less?) than an eye exam.

Tesfaye alleges in a lawsuit that the an assistant at the practice sucked her toes during an exam. According to the suit, the assistant, Joseph Vernell Jr, dimmed the lights in the exam room and told Tesfaye to keep her eyes closed for some kind of test. He put her feet up on another chair, and she felt her shoe fall off. And then she felt something on her right toes. And then she felt it again.

"After feeling the toe-touching several times, she opened her eyes and witnessed Mr. Vernell stand up and pull his shirt down."

When she accused him of licking her toes, Vernell allegedly replied, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, but I was checking your sugar level," the suit states.

...Wow. Tesfaye is suing the practice for negligent hiring, negligent retention, battery and negligent supervision. We'd also throw in a charge of "worst lying ever." [Trib, NBC 5]