Preparing your Child for His / Her Eye Exam

child eye examPediatric eye care is very important to your child’s overall health, so it is important that eye exams begin early in life. There are several things you can do to help prepare your child for an eye exam that will ensure that your child is comfortable, as well as making sure the exam is successful. Read on for Dr. Rosa’s tips concerning preparing your child for his or her eye exam!

Eye Exam Tips

Set aside some time to discuss with your child what exactly will happen during the exam. For instance, ensure that your child understands that Dr. Rosa will ask them to look at and identify objects. These objects can include letters, pictures, or even shapes of light projected on the wall.

You should tell your child that the doctor might put some eye drops in his or her eyes; however, this will not be very painful. It may sting for a moment. It is very important that you be honest so that you and your child can work with the doctor to reassure your child.

If your child is in his or her first year, the tests for pediatric eye care will include examinations for:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Eye movement ability
  • Proper eye alignment
  • Reaction to changes in light

For children between the ages of 3 and 5, a physical exam of the eyes will be conducted. Vision screenings using eye charts with pictures and letters will test vial acuity, and the ability to see detail and form of objects.

Your child will also be examined for “lazy eye” which can affect the ability to see details. Fortunately, this condition is reversible if it is detected early. If you suspect your child might have this condition, you should explain to him or her that the treatment may involve wearing a patch or using medicated eye drops.

You should also explain everything that might occur during an exam, so it is important to do your homework. Ask Dr. Rosa today to tell you what the exam will entail so you can explain it properly to your child. You can even make this explanation in the form of a story told in your own words.

Contact your Pediatric Eye Doctor in San Diego Today

If you want more help preparing your child for an eye exam, Dr. Rosa, a pediatric eye doctor in San Diego can answer your questions about this important process in keep your child’s eyes healthy. Please feel free to call us to set up an appointment!