June 24, 2010

Tip of the day

I recently had a check up with the eye doctor and left with a few tips that might be helpful to some of you:

  • Bring your kids to appointments with you.  Young children might be afraid of their first eye visit if it is thrust upon them without any preparation.  Watching someone else go through the check up and processing it afterwards with them helps them to be better prepared later.
  • Check with your insurance to see if you have coverage for vision.  Ask if it is a regular visit/check up or if it is for medical to be sure a routine appointment is covered. 
  • The doctor told me that unless you have a problem or a history of eye or vision problems, there isn’t a need for routine visits until age 40. 
  • Know your history and family history of illness.  A healthy lifestyle is as good for your eyes as it is for your heart.  If you or your family members have a history of diabetes, heart disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration or any other eye problems, let your doctor know. 

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