So, real talk time. It’s been a REALLY long time since my last eye exam. Think a decade, add a couple of years and that’s how long it’s been since I’d had my peepers checked. It’s also about how long I’ve gone without being able to see clearly.
I grew up wearing contacts and glasses but once I got pregnant with my first child, I noticed that my vision started changing for the better so I counted my blessings and went with it. It wasn’t until a couple of years after my second pregnancy that I noticed my vision changing again, this time not for the better and back to having difficulty in seeing things clearly. As a new mom with a single and twins (3 under the age of 3!!) my vision wasn’t really a priority and I found it super easy to keep putting off getting an eye exam and a new prescription. Fast forward through the creation of my new website which required spending the majority of my time on a laptop and phone, I soon came to the realization that I wasn’t able to really ignore my blindness any more.
I partnered up with MyEyeDr, in which I made an appointment and tried to hide my embarrassment of how bad my eyesight had gotten as a result of my neglect. And as with most things, I wish I had done this so much sooner. My experience with Dr. Kaplan at the Mountain Brook office was amazing. She did a great job of not making me feel embarrassed, while explaining to me why it’s important to have regular eye health exams, even if you don’t necessarily need glasses. Much like regular checkups with your GP, eye exams are important and can detect medical conditions such as high blood pressure, macular degeneration, myopia, glaucoma and more.
After my eye exam with Dr. Kaplan, and her reassuring me that I was not in fact legally blind and could still drive, she walked me out to the lobby to help me choose some frames. Due to my indecisive nature, this process could have been difficult. However, an eyewear specialist was there to help, and showed me the beautiful frame selection that will fit every personality and preference. She helped me pick out a style that would work best for my face shape, coloring, etc. We had it narrowed down to 3 choices in about 15 minutes. I was taking selfies, texting friends and after a little deliberation and some voting from the staff and my friends, I had myself a stylish new pair of specs. And to further solidify my excellent choice, my kids, not knowing which ones I had picked, chose the same ones when I showed them the pictures. Score!
So, if you’ve been putting off getting an eye exam, like I had been for so long, take it from me, don’t wait. You’ll be so glad you went, especially when you can see clearly again, and you’ll have the peace of mind that you don’t have any underlying issues lurking around.
If you’re unsure of what your insurance will cover, MyEyeDr. can help explain your benefits plan to help ensure you’re getting the most out of them. With 2019 coming to an end, and vision insurance benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) expiring, this is a great time to schedule your eye exam, update your prescription and, get a pair of back-up glasses or computer glasses. An added bonus? Now through Dec. 31, 2019, frames are buy one, get one 50% off on select brands.
MyEyeDr. has many locations located around Birmingham for your convenience. To find an office near you visit their website. MyEyeDr. welcomes all insurances, and their trusted network of community doctors and insurance experts are there to help you maximize your benefits so you can see, look and be your best.
MyEyeDr. has re-invented the eye care and eyewear experience. Their approach to vision care unifies the science of optometry with the art of helping patients live their best life so that they can see, look, and be their best. Their trusted community doctors and eye wear consultants have worked hard to foster an environment that always puts the patient's needs first while also providing them with an ideal selection of eyewear and contact lenses, at prices for every budget. By welcoming all insurance plans, MyEyeDr. believes you shouldn’t have to choose between optimal vision and looking great in your unique style. For more information, visit www.myeyedr.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.