Preparing Your Child For An Eye Exam

How can I get my preschooler prepared for his/her first eye exam?

Do talk to your child. Tell your child a little of what to expect, that he will be looking at pictures, and the doctor will be shining lights into his eyes. Let your child know that the doctor will not use needles. Prepare the child for the possiblity of eyedrops. At home you can practice putting artificial tears into the child’s eyes. Do not schedule the child’s appointment during his or her usual naptime. An alert child will allow the doctor to get more reliable information. Do bring your child’s favorite toy or snack.