Going to an optometrist on a regular basis is more important than you might think – I think that a lot of people sometimes don’t realize this. I guess the first step in this is to find out just exactly what an optometrist is:

An optometrist is an eye doctor who has earned the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Optometrists examine eyes for both vision and health problems, and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Some optometrists also provide low vision care and vision therapy. Read more at http://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-doctor/choose.htm

But how do you find the right optometrist for your family? Check out these tips from the National Eye Institute:

You can:

  • Ask family members and friends about eye care professionals they use.
  • Ask your family doctor for the name of a local eye care specialist.
  • Call the department of ophthalmology or optometry at a nearby hospital or university medical center.
  • Contact a state or county association of ophthalmologists or optometrists. These groups, usually called academies or societies, may have lists of eye care professionals with specific information on specialty and experience.
  • Contact your insurance company or health plan to learn whether it has a list of eye care professionals that are covered under your plan.

Read more here – https://nei.nih.gov/health/findprofessional

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