Invest in your Eyes?
Surveys often ask people to list some of things they fear the most in their lifetimes. One of the common answers is going blind. However, there is often a huge disconnect on what people say and what they actually practice. They value their eyes the most, so they say, but then make bad decisions when it comes to their eyes. For instance, contact lens wearers don't change out their contacts as often as they should. Some are just lazy and some just don't want to spend on buying more contacts. Sometimes we recommend special tests to rule out glaucoma or other eye conditions, yet patients instead sign a form saying they refuse the test. We have found most of these refuse for cost reasons despite the cost being very reasonable. A final example is patient's want lighter and thinner eyeglasses and want to get the best vision possible,, but instead buy the cheapest lenses available. So why the big disconnect? These same patients often drive the nicest cars, have the latest and greatest cell phone and data plan to match, go out to eat every weekend, have no problems buying cigarettes or alcohol or lottery tickets, spend top dollar on cosmetics, nails, hair styles, etc. The point? How much do you truly value your eyes? Would you rather buy a box of daily disposables contacts for $65 (3 months supply) or would you rather spend $150-$200 per month on your cell phone? Would you rather have an $600 or more car payment for month (that's nearly $15,000 over 2 years) or would you rather spend $250 on a nice pair of Oakleys or RayBans that will typically last you 2 years? Society deceives you and makes you think other things in life are more important. Are they? Invest in your eyes? Only you can decide.