My daughter needed new glasses. Her old ones broke again and she was complaining of headaches. This became the next important aliyah milestone. We had to figure out how to navigate the health system, get an updated prescription and buy new glasses.
I did some research and found out that there was an eye doctor that sees children in the medical center right by our house. Perfect, I thought! I called the medical center to make an appointment. The lady who answered the phone said to call back on the first of the month and make an appointment through the hotline. The first of the month was weeks away, but I said OK and hung up. I called the hotline on the first of the month and learned that the first available appointment was not for another three months. I was outraged. Could that really be?
I made the appointment and then did some more research. Turns out, yes, it could really be. In fact, that was a pretty typical wait time for an eye exam. I glued my daughter’s glasses back together and told her to hang in there until we made it to the eye doctor.
During our wait, I was speaking to someone and telling them about our saga. She mentioned that all glasses stores have an optometrist on staff. She recommended going to find the frames we like, and then asking for the optometrist to see my daughter and give her the correct prescription. My mind was blown. We have been waiting all this time to see an eye doctor and we could have just walked into a store.
I was still a bit hesitant to see a random optometrist. I usually like to get recommendations for medical personnel. By this point it was only another few weeks until our appointment anyway. I was really unsure what we needed. The appointment we were waiting for was for a ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam. We were told that they do not always provide the eye glass prescription. The optometrists in the stores just do a quick vision test and provide an updated prescription. I continued to speak to people, and eventually found a recommendation for an optometrist in a glasses store. I liked what I heard and felt confident that it would be sufficient for what we needed at this time. I made an appointment with the optometrist there for two days later. What a difference to three months.
Since the glasses store was in town, we decided to make a day of it. The girls stayed home from school and we enjoyed a lazy morning and a pancake breakfast. Next, we headed to town. Only one bus later, we were at the glasses store. We headed straight for the children’s section. My daughter found a frame she loved within a few minutes. We were early for our eye exam, but they let us go in anyway. Within another few minutes, my daughter had a new prescription. We went back to the glasses counter and provided our insurance information. Our insurance covers 90% off glasses up to 700 shekels. The exam is free when you buy glasses in the store. It was a bargain, i asked when the glasses would be ready, expecting to come back in a few days to pick them up. They said an hour.
It was lunchtime, so we found a pizza shop near the glasses store, enjoyed a nice lunch and then headed back to pick up the glasses. And that was it. We were done. Incredibly our glasses hunt was finished!