Saturday, Bear and I went to a new eye doctor for our exams and to get new glasses. I have been having some headaches lately that I thought could be contributed to my high BP that we are trying to control with medication.
Well, I’m getting old is basically what is happening to my focusing ability. I need progressive lenses to see far away and then close up. I’ve never had these before so this will be rather interesting. I got two pair of glasses, one for far-away and driving and my other pair will be for work, reading, and working on the computer. My contacts prescription remains the same so I will use up the remainder of my contacts that I have before ordering anymore. I only wear my contacts when I’m riding, competing or I’m not using my computer or extended reading. I’m seriously thinking of laser eye surgery but I’ll have to think more about it – that is something I will not hurry into a decision about since it involves my eyes!
Bless Bear’s heart, he gets a little nervous when we go and I can’t be in the room with him – they will ask him to many questions rapid fire and he can’t process them that quick and then he gets flustered. However, this Dr was great and Bear felt very comfortable with him (whew, score 1). Because Bear has the heart problems and diabetes (controlled with medicine) I wanted a comprehensive eye exam that would give us a better picture of his eyes and if there were any issues we could head them off at the pass. He came through with flying colors and everything looked good.
He only needed reading glasses but we discussed how he used his glasses at work and I felt that he needed to have progressive lenses for one of his pairs and just reading glasses for home. This way he would not have to keep taking his glasses on and off and misplacing them (which he has done!).
It had been along time since I had had my eyes dilated (30 years?) – Bear and I were a sight for a while as this will really mess with your close up focus – like non-existent! It really tired me out trying to pick out glasses while my eyes were dilated. That was a bit hysterical but we managed to get through – I was at one point laughing so hard I thought I would wet my pants!
Now, we did purchase the VBA insurance through my company and they will only cover one pair of glasses per person per calendar year. We each got an additional pair of glasses (they had a special for a 2nd pair). I also used our Flexible spending account which I had already figured in eye exams, glasses, and contacts into the account. So we each walked out with a comprehensive eye exam (including dilation), two pair of glasses, and a prescription for contacts for $590.00 which I used on my flexible spending account. This averaged to about $150.00 / pair of glasses. Now you are probably saying, wow, I could have done better than that at a cheaper place. Yes, I could have gone back to America’s Best or another location but we would not have received the type of exams that I wanted us to have which do cost more. In addition, the insurance discounted the extra’s we purchased such as the thin progressive lenses, the scratch resistant (I’m hard on glasses), and a slight tint. So, I feel that for what services were rendered for two people we were not overcharged. This could have been upwards of $1200.00 without insurance! Especially on the frames and lenses!