A couple weeks ago I went to the DMV to renew my driver’s license. When I went I had to take the eye test to make sure I had good enough vision to drive. To my surprise, I failed! Haha I honestly could not believe it, no wonder it was so hard for me to drive at night with all the lights. I have never worn glasses before, but now it was time I get an eye exam.
I wanted to go somewhere where I felt comfortable, with knowledgeable staff, a great selection of eyewear, and did not have to wait weeks to get an appointment. When I heard that Saks just opened a brand new optical boutique with optometrists and cutting edge equipment, I thought what better place to go than somewhere I know (very well…) that is close to work?
I scheduled my appointment at Saks and went last week. Dr. Garcia, the licensed dispensing optician, welcomed me at the Saks Optical Boutique and answered all my questions. During my eye exam he explained to me Saks’ innovative optical equipment, including an HD camera that takes photos of the cornea and retinal photos of inside the eye. This technology is rare to find in the Phoenix area, and it really helps get an accurate prescription and screen for any pathologies. They mentioned that in case the doctor is not there they use telemedicine, a remote diagnosis that’s a treatment which allows for a wide range of expertise at a faster rate.
My eye exam only took 45 minutes and then I was ready to pick out my eyewear. I tried on so many glasses as well as some sunglasses to find the right fit for me. They have so many designers to choose from such as Gucci, Celine, Dior, Dita, Balenciaga and Sama. My favorite frames were from Oliver Peoples and Dita I ended up deciding on a pair of glasses from their collection.
I ended up with two prescriptions–one to take care of my Miopiya and also one to avoid the negative effects of the computer blue light. I got the glasses with anti glare and blue light because our eyes are not designed to stare at screens all day so we get digital eye strain. Sometimes after long hours in front of my screen, I experience blurred vision, dry eyes, and sometimes headaches so when I told the doctor, he recommended for me to get a pair of glasses with blue light filter. Long exposure to blue light from your devices can even cause sleep problems, I had no idea!
I learned that getting regular eye exams every 1-2 years is important not only for your vision but for checking for overall health and diseases. Make sure wherever you go that you feel comfortable, ask questions, and find a pair of glasses you enjoy wearing.
If you have any questions about my experience or eye exams in general let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Take a look at the pictures below for some styles that I loved!