Keeping sight all right

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  • By Airman 1st Class Brooke P. Beers
  • 18th Wing Public Affairs
Yellow school buses taking kids off to school, red lights when the traffic is already out of hand, and black coffee to give that extra boost in the morning.

The human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors.

Life would be pretty bland if not for our sight and the ophthalmic technicians and doctors at Kadena Air Base, Japan, who help to keep our eyes healthy.

An ophthalmic technician is the friendly face who makes appointments and screens patients before seeing the doctor.

The Kadena optometry clinic sees 35 to 40 patients a day, including active-duty members, retirees and dependents.

"When we go to tech school we learn about different medicines that we can prescribe patients and different contacts that work best for individuals," said Staff Sgt. Dwain Tolbert, 18th Aeromedical Squadron opthalmic technician.

During an appointment, patients may be subjected to the dreaded "puff test," which is a puff of air that tests the pressure of one's eye. But even if someone doesn't enjoy going to the eye doctor, it is important they get their eyes checked to maintain a safe and healthy life.

Without healthy eyes it would be hard to execute one's job safely and effectively. So, when it comes time to schedule an annual checkup, remember the scenery maintained by the local optometry clinic.