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Preparing Your Kids for their First Eye Doctor Appointment

Doctor’s appointments can be intimidating, especially for kids.

Your child may not understand why eye exams are necessary. Preparing your child for what they should expect from the eye doctor can calm their nerves and excite them for their appointment!

Step 1: We are here to help!

The first step is letting your child know that eye doctors are here to help! You can assure them there will be no shots. If they are old enough, your optometrist may ask them questions about themselves and their eyes.

Taking a stuffed animal or a favorite toy may help comfort your child in their appointment.

Step 2: What will happen when you are there?

It’s important to tell your child about the tests the optometrist will have them take. There is a test that will ask them to read out letters or objects so that your doctor can see how well your child can see up close and far away.

A pupil test is also done so that your doctor can find out how your child reacts to lighting. A small flashlight or object will be put in front of your child’s eyes while your optometrist studies the eye movements.

Some tests require machinery that may be intimidating to your kiddo. Typical eye checkups are noninvasive and are very easy to take.

Appointments should take less than an hour!

Step 3: Well rested and a full belly!

Making your child as comfortable as possible is key to having a good and thorough appointment! Making sure your child is well rested and fed can prevent your child from feeling cranky or uneasy during their appointment. Snacks and fun toys are always a good idea too!

At Independence Family Eye Care we strive to make everyone’s experience as comfortable as possible. Assuring your child they will be safe and comfortable can help them to understand why it is necessary to have regular eye appointments!