Retina eye exam. I kind of love it?

 

When I leave a doctor’s office, I want to feel as though I’ve walked away with a big overflowing gift basket.

Inside would be all kinds of treats that would sustain me until my next visit.

I definitely felt that way after my last optometrist appointment.

Here’s what I got (lifts red blue checkered cloth):

A relaxed, uplifting atmosphere: When the overall vibe of a doctor’s office is friendly, I believe it makes the world of difference to everyone involved. From a patient perspective, the more comfortable I am, the more likely I will open up and be receptive to what is said.

New information: I left armed with a greater understanding of how diabetes effects blood vessels in the eye. Like every yearly visit, I got my retina assessment done (cost not covered by the Ontario government) where they took a picture of my whole eye, all the way to the back.

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My doctor went through it all, the different parts of the eye, what he looks for when he examines. Although truth be told I don’t retain much of what he says, my mind grasps onto a few points. Bit by bit my diabetes information jar is filling.

Feeling empowered: I felt like I had control over my eye health. Healthy blood glucose levels= healthy eyes. I can’t control everything, but the things that I can, I will.

I find going to the eye doctor fun. It’s like a game. Slide A or slide B? Follow my finger, look into the light. Focus on the little farm-house picture inside this machine.

Is there any medical appointment that you enjoy going to?

 

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