I’ve been going to the same optometrist now for about four years. I really like this doctor, she is a very nice and honest lady. I went to a different one last year and she couldn’t get my prescription right for some reason so I went back to the first one. Glad I did. She found a small cataract in my left eye that the other doctor didn’t find. I do have a referral for an ophthalmologist, but it is a ways out yet.
A couple of days ago I started getting some eye pain. That usually only happens when I need new glasses. I was thinking it was kind of early because it had been just under a year since my last eye exam. I usually go about every two years, which was the recommendation of the last ophthalmologist I went to in the States. But with me getting older and knowing I have the cataract I thought I should get them checked out. I went back to my doctor in Ciudad Quesada.
She asked me how my daughter was doing and how my husband was and if I had been back to visit the States recently. She only saw my daughter once before and that was over two years ago. I think the woman has a great memory. So she proceeds with the exam. During the exam she was trying to get my left eye focused, which is nearly impossible, and all I could see clearly was the first and last letter in the row. She was very thorough, gets the prescription ready and then compares it to my current glasses. She tells me that the prescription is still exactly the same. I am curious as to why I have been having the eye pain. She looks into my pupils and tells me that the cataract is getting a little bit bigger and it is in the center of my eye; that is why I could only focus the first and last letter of the line. She also tells me that I need to move my laptop farther back from me, about 50 centimeters. She just gave me advice today on how to prevent the pain and to come back in six months for a recheck. The cost of the eye exam was under $10.
I know many people talk about how gringos are always getting ripped off or treated unfairly. This doctor did not try to do that. She was completely honest with me. Didn’t try to tell me my prescription had changed just so she could sell me a new pair of glasses to make a profit. Didn’t charge me anything extra at all, spent at least 40 minutes with me talking and going over everything. I feel very lucky to be where I am and to know the people that I know. Until Mañana, Pura Vida!