By following these tips, you can help make the most of your child’s trip to the eye doctor:
- Ask your relatives, friends and neighbors if they know the name of an eye doctor who is good with children.
- Schedule the appointment when your child is not likely to be sleepy or hungry. If your child has a “cranky” time of day, schedule around it.
- Make a list of your questions and bring it with you. Take notes when speaking to the doctor, so that you can refer to them later.
- Have a plan ready in case you need to spend time in the waiting room. Bring a favorite storybook, coloring book or small toy that your child can play with quietly. A snack can also help to pass the time.
- Let your child watch a family member get an eye exam. Have the doctor explain what is being done, step by step, and encourage the child to ask questions.
- Bring your child’s favorite cuddly toy. The doctor can “examine” the bear or doll and holding a toy may keep little hands off of expensive equipment.
- Relax. Children look to adults for cues: if you seem nervous, your child may become anxious. A trip to the eye doctor should be fun for both of you.