Just like any other trip to the doctor, a children’s eye exam can be scary if you’ve never experienced it before. If your child has a routine eye exam coming up and it is their first one, parents can do several things to help turn this into a positive experience rather than an anxious one. Here are a few ways that you can help:
• Don’t keep the appointment a secret! When it comes to children’s eye exams, one of the worst things you can do is spring them on your child. Tell them before the exam and help them prepare rather than show up to the office with a child who is confused and scared. This will only make them more anxious.
• Play “eye exam” with your child. While you won’t have the office, the chair or the equipment, you can have your child pretend the basic components of an eye exam by pretending to look in their eyes or having them cover an eye and find a picture on the wall.
• Be positive before, during and after your children’s eye exams. Children often take cues from their parents, and if you are anxious or worried during an exam, they will be, too. Making this a positive experience can benefit them over their lifetime, so say only positive things and have an upbeat attitude for this process.
• Take a comfort item. Does your child have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal? Most routine children’s eye exams will be just fine for a special security friend to accompany your child.
These are just a few things that can help your child during an eye exam. For other tips, please call the office of Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry today.