Most insurances give you some allowance to see an optometrist, the eye doctors. Just like your normal doctors, you should visit the optometrist yearly just to make sure nothing dramatic has happened with your eye sight. I say this mostly because my husband decided he wasn’t ever going to go have his eyes checked (only had one five years ago because he needed it for his visa), but I made him go. Turns out his eyes are pretty much perfect, but they try too hard to focus on everything which doesn’t help his headaches. So ha! Now we know. Also, hilariously, my previous lense prescription from the U.S. was overcorrecting my sight so thank goodness they caught it here. It’s important to go.

Optometrists check whether your vision is near sighted, far sighted, or normal; so what you expect but they also check for the more serious disorders and diseases in the eyes such as cataracts and glaucoma. Optometrists can also give you advice to ease the daily strain on your eyes. Not only can they prescribe glasses or contacts (for the brave) to help your sight, but there’s also adjusting lighting, screen light filtering, and general eye protection for daily life and occupational work. If you’re really desperate, like my parents, then the optometrist can probably recommend you a surgeon who can perform corrective eye surgery if they can’t do it themselves.

Now! Don’t be like my husband. See your optometrist regularly. You may assume that you don’t need glasses or that there’s nothing wrong (like my husband) but you won’t know you’ve got something going on until you sit down and they ask you to read those tiny letters. You may have to see them more often if you have conditions like diabetes, astigmatism, cataracts, and various others. You insurance should cover a standard check up as a minimum so take advantage of it.

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