January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, so now or in the months ahead is a good time to get your vision checked. Talk to your doctor about the type of exam you might need. Your costs may vary based on the type of care you need and the provider you see.

If a routine eye exam is what you need or a new prescription for glasses or contacts, you’ll see an optometrist.

An ophthalmologist provides medical vision care to diagnose problems with your eyes that may require medication or surgery.