Most kids are visual learners, which means they grasp concepts better through demonstrations. This is also one of the reasons they usually imitate the things you do. To ensure their continued learning and development, Myopia Institute emphasizes the need to take care of their eyes properly.
One of the best ways to do so is to have your child undergo an eye exam regularly. Here are some things you can do to help them prepare before the visit.
Explain What They Can Expect
Children’s doctor-related anxieties usually stem from being left in the dark why they need to visit one. While they may be too young to understand, explain the importance of routine eye exams. Telling them what often happens during one is also a good idea. When doing so, we suggest showing them pictures of the doctor, the clinic or the instruments to be used.
Be Prepared Too
Before actually scheduling an appointment, do a background check on your prospect eye clinic. Ask about their optometrists, vision correction services and pediatric eye care. Better yet, visit the clinic beforehand and check if it’s child-friendly. You may also bring along your child. You may even request to meet the eye doctors to start building rapport.
Stay by Your Children’s Side
One of the best ways to calm your children’s nerves during the eye exam is to stay by their side. Your support and comforting presence make them feel safe. If we identify underlying vision problems, we’ll explain our recommended management to you and your child.
If the tests reveal your child is nearsighted, for example, we may prescribe wearing eyeglasses to help them see better. Help them choose a pair in their favorite color. This way, they’ll feel eager to use them all the time. For those with lazy eyes, we may suggest including vision therapy in their treatment regimen and it would be great if you could be there while they perform the eye exercises.
Regular eye exams can help in the early diagnosis of hidden eye conditions your kids may have. The sooner we identify them, the better chances we have of managing them and preserving their eyesight. With these tips, we hope that your children feel encouraged to visit their eye doctors on a regular basis. Contact a myopia specialist near you today to schedule one for you and your family.