1. Frequent Visits
This seems like an obvious choice for #1 on our list and rightfully so. It is critical to try and compensate for the time you will not be together. This is also influenced by geographic location; shorter distances are more conducive to increased visits and time spent together in person.
This year, we were about a 3-hour plane ride apart. Of course if it were possible, we would visit each other every weekend. Practically, we determined that it was feasible to at least visit each other one weekend every 2 weeks. This was also augmented by holidays, vacations, and ophthalmology conferences.
Of course, this should be individualized to each couple’s situation. In addition, if one of you is starting a new job/employment, try to negotiate a more accommodating schedule or more vacation days during this long-distance time.