...bad vision that is, at least in our family. Took DS(10) to the eye doctor last Friday. He had been complaining about not being able to see the blackboard in school etc. I had the school nurse give him an eye test which he failed so off the to eye doctor we went. He does need glasses, not for everything but for distance things like watching TV, movies, reading the board in school etc. Out of 6 of us, only my DD (8) is left not wearing some type of corrective lenses (DH, I and 2 DD's all wear contacts). $418.00 for the appointment, frames and poly-carbon (?) lenses that get darker when you go outside. It was expensive but I got very good "boy proof" flexible metal frames that should hold up for several years. We have been using the same eye doctor for 8 years and I really like him and his office administrator. She is great at helping pick the right frame for your face and making recommendations. I told her I would rather pay a bit more up front for really good frames and then just get the lenses replaced if his prescription changes. She discounted the frames and the appointment for me and it still came to $418.00. Oh well, I have it set aside so it will not add to debt and hopefully I can get reimbursed from our flex plan for out-of-pocket medical. It still comes out of DH's pay but at least you save the taxes on that amount. I'll take every bit I can back in my pocket thank you very much. DD(16) needs her yearly eye appointment and she says she wants glasses to wear when she does not feel like wearing her contacts. Her glasses are 3 or 4 years old and she does need the prescription updated but I refuse to pay for really expensive frames for her. She will hardly wear them so she and I will have to do some negotiating on this. I will probably pay a set amount and if she wants anything fancier, she can make up the difference. I want her to be able to see but we pay for the contacts, the appointment etc. and she never really wore her glasses once she got contacts so I don't see the point in paying top dollar for fancy glasses. She definitely needs a pair as back-up but we don't need to break the bank getting them.
The Eyes Have It
June 12th, 2007 at 01:02 pm