Most children are visual learners, which is why it’s important to be proactive about your children’s visual health. One of the best ways to do so is to have them undergo regular eye exams. To make your children feel more comfortable about having an eye exam, follow these tips from your trusted eye doctor at Innovative Eyecare:
Give Them a Heads-Up
Most doctor- or clinic-related anxieties develop because the child doesn’t know what to expect in the visit and doesn’t understand why it’s necessary. Take the time and make the effort to explain to your child what an eye exam is, what happens during one, and why it’s important.
We suggest using age-appropriate instructional aids. Make it as interesting and fun as possible. Show them photos of the clinic, the optometrist and the instruments that will be used. Better yet, bring them to the clinic ahead of time and have them meet our friendly eye doctors. While your children may not fully understand the purpose and benefits of the eye exam, discussing things beforehand can help relax their nerves and build their trust.
Before the appointment, note all observations, questions or concerns you may have about your child’s visual health. Bringing their relevant medical documents is a time-saver as well, ensuring a smooth consultation.
Stay by Your Child’s Side
Stay by your child’s side during the exam, as this will help relax them. Your reassuring presence will make them feel safe and comfortable, helping to ensure their cooperation during the visit. If we prescribe eyeglasses, you should help your child choose a pair. This makes the experience more enjoyable for them.
Call us today at (256) 270-0899 or complete our form to schedule an appointment for you and your kids. We serve families in Decatur and nearby AL communities.