With small kids, it can be frightening to have an eye exam. For the parent, it’s a vicarious fear through the child, but for the child, it can be absolutely horrifying. Imagine having a stranger put a big, cold thing against your face and shining lights into your eyes! If you’re looking for a place in Dallas to have an eye exam, it might do both you and your child some good to know a little of what will happen beforehand.
HAVING THE TALK
Although most professionals recommend you have your child’s vision screened at six months of age, most people wait. And at four years old, a child might be able to understand more about what’s going on with the vision screening. Have a talk with them—teach them a little bit about how eyes work, and what the doctor will be looking for. That doesn’t mean you have to get into a lot of detail, but it will help if you can give a broad understanding. The second part of what you should talk about is the kind of tests the doctor will be running, and what it will be like. It might help if you tell your child the parts you dislike so they know that there will be parts they won’t be happy with, but that it’s the worst of it.
MAKE IT A GAME
Although you won’t be able to make all the tests into games, you might be able to make a game of the chart or something like that. If you draw a chart and cover one eye, see who can stand farther away from the chart or who can see the lowest line. Try giving points. Anything to engage the child.
Young kids don’t usually like the doctor. Who can blame them? Doctors will usually give them shots, and they don’t like that. Encourage your child to relax at this visit, because nobody’s going to be poking or prodding. Just asking how well they can see something. Photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/optometrist-doctor-patient-eye-91750/