Today, I took a trip to the eye doctor. I haven't been in about three years, which isn't great, since I felt like my eyes were getting worse.
Turns out I was right! My eyes are slightly worse than before, and I had to shell out some dolla dolla bills for some new specs. While I was pretty sure I was watching my debit card sigh with exhaustion, I decided to blog about visiting the eye doctor. While some may put it off because of budget concerns or insurance not covering the full price, it's important to get your eyes checked regularly.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should probably suck it up and pay the money to get an eye exam. (This is what you could use an EMERGENCY FUND for!)
1) Sudden blurry vision / problems focusing. This can be a sign of not only eye problems, but certain other physical ailments.
2) Sudden appearance of visual disturbances such as floaters, flashes of light, or visual obstructions. These could be symptoms of serious conditions such as retinal detachment, retinal tear, or a retinal hole. If you have these symptoms, visit the doctor IMMEDIATELY.
3) Gradual blurring of vision. This is the typical reason most people seek an eye doctor as they get older. You'll notice yourself holding books or labels closer to or further from your eyes than usual.
4) Headaches. Headaches, obviously, can be a symptom of many different ailments, but if they're persistent, your vision might be the problem.
5) Squinting. This is pretty obvious, but if you find yourself squinting to read even the largest of signs, you might need vision correction.
There are a few more tips over at urbanoptiques.com, where I got this information. Don't let money woes get in the way of the health of your eyes. Ask your general practitioner for referrals, and do some research on ways to save money on lenses/frames/exams.
I'll be sure to post a before/after shot of my glasses (spectacles) as soon as I get the new ones!