I wear glasses. I have since I was 8, so for me, they are just a part of my existence. My vision isn’t bad enough that I can’t get by without them in my house, but it is bad enough that I need them to drive or all the signs are blurry (I am near-sighted). My vision gets worse very slowly, so slowly that I don’t really notice it until I get my eyes rechecked and I get the new prescription and think “Wow, that stuff in the distance is now so much sharper!”.
I haven’t been for an eye exam in a few years now – yes, I should, but this isn’t about that. We’ve prioritized our medical money differently and I haven’t found the funds or really been that concerned about it. My birthday was this past week, and my driver’s license was expiring, so on Friday I went down to the BMV to renew my license. When I took the eye exam, I noticed that the first set of numbers they had me read seemed a little blurry to me, and I actually had to guess on one of the four numbers between a six and an eight. The other two sets of four numbers were perfectly clear. And yes, I passed the eye exam 100%, I was a good guesser apparently.
The old me would have just shrugged this off, may or may not have thought about it being time for another eye exam before I renew my license in the future, and moved on. But instead, I noted to myself that I need to get a new eye exam this year, and although chances are in the four years until my license renews again I would have had another eye exam, I might not have. So I’m heading off a potential “emergency” at the pass and not failing my next license exam and have to run out and buy new glasses, whether or not I could afford it. I can plan for the expense, research places to go, and not turn this putting things off into an emergency.
It’s amazing what a little thoughtful prior planning can do. If we can keep this up eventually the only emergencies we’ll have will be true emergencies and not the result of procrastination, financial or otherwise.