A trip to the doctor’s office can be intimidating for a young child. A trip to the Optometrist does not have to be a frightening experience. To ensure that you and your child have a good experience at the doctor’s office, consider following these steps to help your child prepare.
Before you schedule an appointment with the Optometrist, consider visiting the practice yourself to scope out the office. A kid-friendly doctor’s office will advertise as such. When visiting the office, speak with their staff to find out more information about the practice. Begin to create a relationship with the optometrist so you can understand how they work and what their values are. Having a friendly and welcoming environment for your child will help the trip go quickly.
A child’s fear of a doctor’s visit comes from them not knowing the reasoning behind going. Talk to your child about why they are going to the doctor’s and what to expect out of the visit. Highlight things like how the doctor will help them see better or what the benefits are of having healthy vision. Try to communicate to your child that the doctor’s office is nothing to be afraid of and perhaps even demonstrate some tests that will be taking place during the visit. Anything you can do to help your child feel at ease will help the entire process go smoothly.
Prepare questions for the doctor yourself. Inform them during the visit about any noticeable behaviors from your child that could influence their vision. Frequent headaches, squinting, or constant eye irritation are all things you should discuss with your doctor.
While waiting for your appointment at the doctor’s office, keep your child occupied. Bring games with you and play them while you wait. Keeping the child’s mind occupied on other things while in the waiting room will help keep the child calm.
After the appointment, make sure you follow through with any procedures the optometrist recommended. If your child needs eyeglasses, take them to pick out some frames for them. Give them a set of limited options so the choice is easier. Teach your child about basic eyewear cleanliness and care. Explain to them why they need the glasses and how it will help them day-to-day.