I had never heard of or considered getting a prescription from our Doctor. When we first arrived in the Aquitaine, 8 years ago, I just rang up the Opthalmo, who had been recommended by local people,and made an appointment and now l see him every couple of years. My wife did the same and it was discovered she has glaucoma so returns every 6 months. These visits and treatments are covered by the Assurance Maladie up to about 60%/70% and our Mutuelle covers the rest. I recently recommended him to others who have made appointments with him, albeit for a couple of months hence.